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White Christmas

October 25, 2010

$9.49
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Silent Night
2:37
2
Adeste Fideles
3:10
3
White Christmas
3:03
4
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2:17
5
Faith Of Our Fathers
2:53
6
I'll Be Home For Christmas
2:55
7
Jingle Bells [feat. The Andrews Sisters]
2:34
8
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
2:41
9
Silver Bells [feat. Carol Richards]
3:02
10
It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
2:46
11
Christmas In Killarney
2:42
12
Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)
2:55


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 25, 2010
  • Release Date: October 25, 2010
  • Label: Geffen
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Geffen Records
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  • Total Length: 33:35
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  • ASIN: B0047C2IIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,259 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rosetta Stone of Modern Holiday Music October 13, 2004
By Jon Oye
Format:Audio CD
It's a little annoying that so many people only associate Bing Crosby with Christmas music, given his monumental and pioneering achievements in the recording, movie, and radio industries. But let's face it, nobody does Christmas better than Bing. Admit it - the Holidays just don't feel complete unless you've heard Bing croon "White Christmas" at least once. The fact is, anyone who's ever recorded a secular Holiday song since World War II owes a debt to Mr. Crosby. And this is the album that started it all.

"Merry Christmas" (its original title) was first released in the form of a multiple 10-inch 78-rpm record set in 1945, later making the transition to 33 1/3-rpm LP, and eventually becoming the very first million-selling Christmas album.

Bing's 1935 recording of "Silent Night" (the '47 version is included in this collection) was, in fact, the very first Christmas record to become a huge hit. Ironically, Bing had been reluctant to record a religious song for the purpose of commercial gain, and he only agreed to do it if the proceeds went to charity.

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", on the other hand, was not only the first secular Holiday tune to do well, it ultimately became the biggest selling record of all time (current estimates have it at over 50 million), and it opened the floodgates to an onslaught of annual postwar Holiday recordings by major artists that continues to this day. Its initial success was attributed to its striking a chord with homesick GI's in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during the Second World War, but that somehow spilled over onto the Home Front, and it continued long after the troops returned. So much so that it cracked the Top 40 in an amazing sixteen different years!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Cherish This Album All My Life December 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the only Christmas album that would make my "Top 10 Albums of All-Time" list. I am currently 24 years old and I found this record in my parents stack of vinyl years ago. There is something amazing about this album that is hard to put into words. I've recently bought it on cd. Strangely, the cd is called "White Christmas" while the original album is titled "Merry Christmas." Exact same cover and content. I play the vinyl a few times a week during the Christmas holiday. I prefer how it sounds to the cd. The cd is one of those $5 bargain bin releases. It doesn't sound very good. Hopefully one day it will be given the remastered treatment it deserves.

I often tear up when I listen to this album. Yet I keep going back to it. It sounds very old and the mood it puts you in is quite unexplainable. It transports you back in time. When there was snow at Christmas. When actors sang. When the world was much different, more wholesome about Christmas, family, and the holidays. I've recently lost two grandparents in the last two years. This album makes me fantasize about how my dad's Christmas's might have been. With all our family together, in the house that is now abandoned, in the old decaying polish neighborhood in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY I used to go to for holidays when I was younger. It just reminds me of my grandparents and all those wonderful Christmas celebrations that don't seem to be as big a part of the world anymore.

The first half of this album are the slower, more introspective, Christmas songs. I was going to list my favorites but I love them all. The background vocals on some of these are so errie and haunting. Sung by people long passed. "Faith of Our Fathers," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Adeste Fideles.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best $5 Investment You'll Ever Make! December 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm a kinda old dude, I guess. I remember in '49 as a little boy when My mom & dad went Christmas shopping and bought the 10 inch LP version of this Crosby classic. I've played it every year since for all those decades, even though it is now worn out.

Every time I play the current cd version, I am stunned by the feelings and memories it conjures up of times that, in many ways, were much more wholesome and meaningful than they are now. Memories of the smell of a christmas tree, the sight of the bubble lights twinkling away and of a Santa soon to be here. And these songs just bring it all to life. Really indescribable, but oh, so wonderful! To this day, it's the one album that will rekindle that old Christmas spirit.

Bing was an absolute master of his craft back when this album was made and John Scott Trotter's orchestrations were to Bing what Nelson Riddle was to Sinatra - perfect!

There's no point in reiterating the performances of these superb songs. That's been done a million times already. I just wish they'd remaster the songs so that they are sonically what they were in '49 rather than the somewhat harsh electronic enhancements they have embellished them with for so many years now.

But ultimately, it makes no difference because it is the music that is important and, for my money, this is the finest Christmas album ever made and will be the best $5 investment you will ever make!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Christmas Music? You Need This! November 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love Christmas music, often pulling it out to listen to mid-year. And you'll never catch me listening to anything but Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas. That's why I'm a little ashamed to admit to only just now getting this classic collection.
What I've been missing all these years is a truly wonderful CD. Bing has a rich, strong voice that is pleasing to listen to. The arrangements feel dated, but that's part of the charm. It feels like an old friend from the very first listen.
My only real complaint (and a minor one at that) is the pacing of the album. The first six tracks are all slower numbers. They do include a great version of "Silent Night," and Bing's classic recording of "White Christmas," so I do enjoy listening to them. Still, by "I'll be Home for Christmas," I'm ready for an upbeat track.
Fortunately, the second half doesn't disappoint in that regard. "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," both sung with the Andrews Sisters, kick things up a notch or two. Both are fairly familiar arrangements with just enough newness to set them apart from the other versions you already have.
The CD ends with the songs I was unfamiliar with. "Christmas in Killarney" is a fanciful description of the holiday in Ireland, while "Mele Kalikimaka" wishes us a Merry Christmas from Hawaii. Both songs sound a little like the land they represent and are a fun way to end the CD.
The recordings here are old, as shown by the occasional scratchy background noise, especially noticeable on "Adeste Fideles." But it doesn't affect my enjoyment one bit. My only regret is not getting this great CD sooner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas songs CD
I love listening to Christmas songs. Especially ones sung by Bing Crosby because it reminds me of my days of being a child.
Published 2 months ago by kathleenh
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
I gave this as a christmas gift to my sister and she loved it. I got the CD in a timely manner and it was in perfect condition. GREAT CD!
Published 2 months ago by Laura Krajca
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
i got it on time and in great shape it still sounds good too.i recommand it to anybody who loves music.
Published 2 months ago by homer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
I mainly got this CD for the one song on it. My grandson was learning the Merry Christmas in Hawaaian and I don't know how to spell it but he was so cute singing this and he knew... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk About A Classic!
Bing Crosby's voice was just so lovely. There are a few people that I just have to listen to at Christmas and Bing Crosby is one of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tiffiny Hargrave
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Christmas album ... for 50 years
What's to say about Bing Crosby's voice and Christmas that hasn't already been said ... He may have been a lousy father, but he had a great voice perfect for Christmas songs!
Published 3 months ago by katieray
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't be Christmas without this CD
There are other Christmas albums done by Bing and with other singers, but Bing Crosby's White Christmas beats them all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album never gets old
Timeless crooner Bing Crosby is fantastic on his renditions of classic Christmas tunes, and a few contemporary tunes from the time. Love it!
Published 3 months ago by Caleb C Christopherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Classic
What a classic ♡♥ what better way to spend the holiday with such great music. Brings back childhood memories. Enjoy
Published 3 months ago by jenb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
We had a White Christmas here in Wyoming and Bings White Christmas made it better, CD sounded really good also good quality
Published 3 months ago by L. Martinez
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