9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A holiday classic, but there are better options nowadays,
This review is from: White Christmas (Audio CD)
Look, let's face it. If you celebrate Christmas and listen to Christmas music, odds are you own this album. It's a classic. This album has been around for decades, and Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' (as it's now being issued; used to be called 'Merry Christmas') has become perhaps the most classic and essential Christmas album on the market.
And look at the track listing! 'White Christmas,' 'Silent Night,' 'Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful),' and 'Jingle Bells' are all Christmas standards, and Bing is largely responsible for that. They all appear on this album, as well as 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas' and 'Christmas in Killarney,' two songs that should be standards but aren't.
But, I give this four stars. Why, you may ask?
Well, in 2009, 'White Christmas' is still a classic, but it's becoming outdated. Nowadays, there is '20th Century Masters - Christmas Collection: The Best of Bing Crosby,' which has the original 1942 recording of 'White Christmas,' as well as an older version of 'Silent Night.' Or, for those who want it all, there's the two disc collection, which has the remake and the original version of 'White Christmas,' everything on this album (minus 'Faith of Our Fathers,' which, in all fairness, is not a Christmas carol) and plenty more. I recommend seeking that album out if you are a Christmas music purist.
And that leads to another complaint. When this was first released in the 1950s, they had to use the 1947 remake of 'White Christmas,' because the original 1942 master was severely damaged. While that version is great, don't get me wrong, with the compact disc reissue, I would have personally added the original '42 version as opposed to the '47 version offered here and the one that gets the most radio play. But that's just me personally.
Overall, as many previous reviewers have stated, it's just not Christmas without hearing at least one Bing Crosby Christmas carol. And many people will tell you that you don't have a Christmas CD collection without 'White Christmas' in your possession. And, quite frankly, I can't say I disagree.
Highly, highly recommended for anybody who likes Bing Crosby or just Christmas in general. This CD is truly a must own if you celebrate Christmas and want some carols to deck the halls with. But, just keep in mind there are better options nowadays.