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Christmas All-Time Greatest Records, Volume 2
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2000
I loved this cd...It has your staple favorites like "Rocking around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee and "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms. Don McLean's version of "White Christmas" set in L.A. is wonderful too. It's classic with Judy Garland's "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but it's also cute with Andy Williams' "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus." Good variety!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Christmas All-Time Greatest Records Volume 2 is a budget priced CD that has 12 timeless and memorable Christmastime songs and ballads. Indeed, some of the best music we ever hear has been written and performed for the Christmas holiday. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent and that artwork is pretty even though it's similar to the artwork for the 1st Volume of this set.

Bobby Helms starts things off wonderfully with his spirited rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock." Bobby never sounded better and the bells in the background fit in well--even with that electric guitar work! "Jingle Bell Rock" holds its own very well; and Bobby delivers this like the champ he always was and remains! In addition, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has Brenda Lee singing her heart out to an early rock and roll holiday tune that is still positively electric. Brenda's excellent diction enhances her performance all the more and those electric guitars work well even if they are just a tad too loud in the arrangement. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" got a lot of teens up and onto the dance floor when it was first released; and just one listen will tell you why! Of course, Bing Crosby's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" lacks nothing--it's all THAT good. The Andrews Sisters do a fantastic job with Bing on this number; and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" has a sophisticated big band style arrangement, too.

Judy Garland's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" comes from the MGM movie called "Meet Me In Saint Louis." Judy sings this beautifully; I simply can't imagine any songbird ever performing this better than Judy does here. Judy's incredible sense of timing is striking and her voice is memorable--since when do songbirds sing this well?

Wayne Newton performs a favorite of mine, "I'll Be Home For Christmas." "I'll Be Home For Christmas" features Wayne squarely front and center in the spotlight--right where he belonged and still belongs! Wayne never skips a beat and the music fits in perfectly with his vocals. Moreover, "White Christmas" gets the royal treatment from the great Don McLean; Don sings with all his heart and soul and it makes a lovely highlight of this album. Similarly, Donny Osmond's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" is another stunner; it's very romantic and Donny delivers this with great sensitivity. The percussion works wonders for "What Are You Doing New Years' Eve," too.

Bobby Vinton performs "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" very nicely; I love it! "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" gets a new sound from Bobby but it works very well and I think you'll like this number. The CD ends well, too, with the great Andy Williams singing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." This adorable number touches me with its natural beauty and it leaves me wanting more.

Christmas All-Time Greatest Records Volume 2 offers us 12 fantastic Christmastime numbers that any fan of high quality control Christmas music is sure to enjoy. I highly recommend this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
I was looking for an album with Christmas songs that I remembered from my childhood so that I could introduce them to my own children. This album has the hits I was looking for - Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock" sung by Bobby Helms are two that immediately get me in the Christmas spirit. All in all, a nice collection of classic Christmas music sung by artists that I recognize and love. I think I may purchase the first volume as well (this is Volume 2).
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on November 28, 2011
All the songs are nice and especially - I'll be home for Christmas - remember Hawkeye singing it on MASH and my eyes become teary for all of our troops that will not be home with their loved ones during this holiday season. Remember what the season is all about - not the shopping and worldly matters but for One small baby born into this world to save us - BABY JESUS. Wishing all a pleasant and painless Christmas Holiday Season. (CD is nice too!)
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on January 3, 2015
CD does not have many songs only 11 so it is over fast
Songs are good but certainly doesn't fulfill the title of "Christmas All Time Greatest Records", but being a budget Xmas Album it is OK but I now realize that a lot of Artists are 2nd String Singers except for a few, who is Don McLean + others to deserve credits of All-Time Greatest" recordings?
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on March 14, 2014
This cd has a nice variety of songs. I felt like my Christmas music collections didn't have a lot of variety. (I love Tabernacle Choir and have all of their Christmas albums) So I bought this and volume 1 to round out my collection. I don't care for the arrangements of a few of the songs, but overall I like the cd.
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on December 14, 2011
I bought this CD for my parents. They do not own a Christmas CD and it was a great choice. My mother and I listened to it yesterday while we were baking and it set the mood for the Christmas season. The CD came in great condition and would purchase from the seller again.
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on September 10, 2012
This vol. 2 CD is a must have for the holidays. It has all the classic holiday songs. It is prefect for background music at holiday gatherings. I also purchased vol. 1 at the same time. Would highly recommend buying both.
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on March 19, 2013
Some of the best traditional Christmas songs ever recorded! That song by Judy Garland almost makes you cry! My mother loved Judy and always was saddened by the life struggles she had! I will never forget that!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
Not a bad buy, about 80% of teh songs are good. A few newer songs on the album not that fond of. But would buy again.
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