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Bing Crosby...a Necessary Element of Christmas
on March 31, 2008
Bing Crosby is practically as much a part of Christmas for me as Santa Claus and snowmen. When I was four, I heard "White Christmas" for the first time and was mesmerized by Bing's amazing voice. The following year, my mom took me on an outing to the local record store and I bought "Merry Christmas", the old tape containing all of Bing's most well-known Christmas songs. It was later re-released as a CD entitled "White Christmas". Up until last year, I would play that album non-stop in December.
When I was out doing my Black Friday shopping last year, I came across this album. Curious to see what was on it, I flipped it over and saw that I had missed out on many other great Bing Crosby Christmas songs. I promptly purchased it and stuck it in my CD player as soon as I got home.
All my old favorites were there, such as "White Christmas" and the uptempo "Jingle Bells" featuring the prominent clarinet solo. The other tracks were instant hits with me. I was familiar with most of the songs but one in particular stood out--"Christmas Is A Comin'". Others who own this CD seem to agree that it is truly a unique song, one that isn't heard every day. It's catchy, fun, and easy to tap your foot to!
Also worth noting is the 1942 version of "White Christmas". It's somewhat different than the 1947 recording, which is the one that usually gets played on the radio and included on Bing Crosby albums (including the "Merry Christmas"/"White Christmas" collection). This is explained in the album liner, which contains a wealth of information about Bing Crosby and his Christmas music.
I highly recommend this album for anyone who celebrates Christmas or anyone who enjoys Bing Crosby. The selection of music, unique songs, and well-written liner make this my top pick for a Christmas album, dethroning even the old standby from my childhood.