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A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra

A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra

September 18, 2007
4.7 out of 5 stars 227 customer reviews

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Since the review I'd written 2 yrs. ago of this Sinatra holiday album mysteriously vanished, I feel compelled now, early August, to write a new one. I own a pretty big collection of cool yule albums, cassettes & cd's, and A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra is easily in my top 10 faves. The opening tune, Jingle Bells, is the best I've ever heard-a fun, bouncy, swingin' tune that you just know Frank enjoyed recording. Who can resist hearing Frank, backed by the Ralph Brewster Singers, sing "I love those J-I-N-G-L-E BELLS-BONG-those holiday J-I-N-G-L-E BELLS-BONG!" Under the superb conducting of Gordon Jenkins(except for the last 2 cuts which were conducted by Nelson Riddle)the entire album takes you on an old fashioned holiday journey through traditional songs as well as beautiful hymns sung as only Frank can sing them. Even if you already own the classic yuletide albums by Bing, Perry, Johnny, Nat & Andy, your collection is not complete without this Sinatra holiday album. Very highly recommended!
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A question for Christmas trivia buffs: What did Frank Sinatra have in common with Andrae Crouch? ("father of modern Gospel music"). Both men instigated changes to the beloved seasonal classic, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." And both singers enjoyed the approval of the song's composer, Hugh Martin (who left us March 11, 2011 -- five months shy of his 97th birthday).

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It was 50 years ago this month (November, 1957) that Frank Sinatra's "A Jolly Christmas" album was released by Capitol Records - barely one month after the release of "Elvis' Christmas Album" -- which became the "Number 1" best-selling LP of the 1950s -- despite composer Irving Berlin waging a conspicuously unsuccessful campaign to keep Elvis' version of "White Christmas" off the radio: Elvis' Christmas Album sold 7 million copies!

In the 50 years since then, "A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra" -- a collaboration with "the orchestra and chorus of Gordon Jenkins" -- eventually sold one million copies (and is listed as the "Number 13" best-selling LP of the 1950s). But at the time of its release, the sales outlook for this LP wasn't nearly so bright . . .

[In 1957 Sinatra's career had reached a new peak, with albums that same year, including the masterpiece, "CLOSE TO YOU" (with the "Hollywood String Quartet") and an up-tempo classic, "A SWINGIN' AFFAIR." It was the same year his PAL JOEY ("Lady is a Tramp") movie soundtrack held the "Number 2" position in album sales (for one week -- and sold 500,000 copies.]

But at this time in 1957, music critics weren't in the spirit for a `traditional-style' Christmas LP. Some suggested that Gordon Jenkins' string arrangements and vocal choruses were "passé" and in "poor taste." (!
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Even in 1957, how many more times could you have heard "Jingle Bells," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," or any Christmas classic before they seemed repetitive? Especially if you're Frank Sinatra and Gordon Jenkins (who had earlier worked on the sad, beautiful "Where Are You?") recording in mid-July Los Angeles. But the beautiful results heard here speak to the staying power of these songs and to the mastery of their singer. The songs mentioned above, plus "The Christmas Song," "Christmas Waltz," "First Noel," and Mendelsson's "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," receive beautiful, lush string treatments with the reverence Jenkins always gave to Sinatra's most serious material. On the remastered version, Nelson Riddle's "Christmas Waltz" is also uncovered; it's interesting to compare the two versions. This music is every bit as refreshing as a breath of cool Christmas air.
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If I could only have one C-mas disc, this is the one. I hate to sound repetitive- judging from the reviews of this and the earlier releases of the same package of songs, everyone else feels the same way. I wanted to carry that five star rating over to this new re-release since there is only one review. This is a great album in every sense. There isn't a single throwaway here. "Mistletoe and Holly" and "Christmas Waltz" are my favorites since they're relatively unheard (Sinatra co-wrote Mistletoe). Jingle Bells is also quite definitive of Frank's style. This is a huge part of my family's Christmas, and I think it will bring wonderful memories to you and yours. Be advised that in addition to earlier versions, you can pick this package up under the alternate title "Sinatra Christmas Album" on Capitol, usually for bargain price. Thanks to Frank for this wonderful album, and to you for reading my review. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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THE CD CONTAINS 12 SONGS THAT HAVE BEEN 24-BIT DIGITALLY REMASTERED, THUS THE QUALITY OF THIS RECORDING IS EXCELLENT. FRANK DOES A WONDERFUL JOB ON ALL THE SONGS, ESPECIALLY "WHITE CHRISTMAS" AND "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS". THE ARRANGEMENT BY NELSON RIDDLE IS A GOOD INDICATION WHY FRANK HAD SO MANY HITS WITH NELSON ARRANGING. THIS CD IS A MUST FOR EASY LISTENING FANS AND THOSE WHO LIKE SINATRA. OF ALL HIS CHRISTMAS RECORDING (THIS IS THE THIRD I KNOW OF-THE SINTRA CHRISTMAS ALBUM AND SINATRA SINGS CHRISTMAS SONGS BEING THE OTHER TWO) THIS IS THE BEST BY FAR. SINATRA IS CLEAR AND AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME IN THIS PERFORMANCE. IF YOU ARE A CHRISTMAS MUSIC JUNKIE LIKE ME, THIS RECORDING IS A MUST
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