My Kind of Christmas
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A devoted family man (despite his playboy image), Dino always adored Christmas. He was no doubt feeling nostalgic as he sang these, and you will, too, as you hear the King of Cool deliver Silver Bells; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; White Christmas; Baby It's Cold Outside; Blue Christmas , and more! This updated 2011 edition also includes a "Swingin' Yuletide Mix" of Winter Wonderland and a newly created duet in which Dean croons along with the sultry Scarlett Johansson on I'll Be Home for Christmas !
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In 2009 we were given the first version of My Kind Of Christmas - gone was the McBride vocal but now we get a contemporary mix of "Winter Wonderland" which pales in comparison to the familiar and classic 1959 version and sounds oddly like Dean Martin fronts Mannheim Steamroller. (I love Mannheim Steamroller, but this track just seems completely out of place.) Also gone were the alternate versions of "Let It Snow", "Winter Wonderland", and "White Christmas": Christmas With Dino had included both the 1959 Capitol and 1966 Reprise versions of those three tracks. But wait, there's more! Along comes 2011 and "My Kind of Christmas" also gets a makeover and since they apparently didn't learn their lesson with the McBride vocal, now they've replaced the original version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with a newly mixed duet with Scarlett Johansson. So that's four releases in eight years covering essentially the same material.
I'll be honest I've never been very fond of the instrumental arrangements or production found on the 1966 "The Dean Martin Christmas Album" on Reprise. It's got a bit of a more "contemporary" feel (for the time) and just doesn't fit Martin's "lounge" style. My first recommendation is to pick up 1959's A Winter Romance. There you will find the classic arrangements of Gus Levene, the production of long-time Sinatra producer Lee Gillette and the classic Martin versions of "Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow", "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", and "Baby It's Cold Outside" (without Martina McBride). Yes, those tracks can be found on these compilations as well but "Winter Romance" works best as a "theme album" and you'll want to hear Martin's takes on "The Things We Did Last Summer", "June in January", "Canadian Sunset" and "It Won't Cool Off".
2nd choice: If you are going to go with one of these four 21st century comps then seek out the 2004 version of Christmas with Dino.
These 14 songs are full of Christmas cheer. Dean breezes through stuff like "Jingle Bells" and "Let It Snow, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow". There's both a sense of enjoyment in his voice and humor in his delivery. Listen to the German accent this Italian balladeer gives Santa during "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer". Only Dino could get away with that!
A couple of tunes concern themselves more with what might go on under the mistletoe rather than Christmas itself. There's a bouncy version of "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" and the sly fun of a 1959 recording of "Baby It's Cold Outside" in which a female chorus tries to escape Dino's attempts to have a "hot time" on a cold and snowy evening.
There are also nostalgic and beautiful versions of "White Christmas", Silver Bells" and "Silent Night" that are sung smooth as silk. They'll make you think of the Christmas TV specials you used to know; the ones helmed by great singing hosts like Dino, Bing and Perry.
"My Kind Of Christmas" is NOT bad, just repetitive. I guess that's bound to happen, when you consider that unlike other singers with a bigger catalog of holiday themed material, Dean only made a total of two dozen studio recordings of this type. But, put this CD on as background music during a holiday get together this year and I'll bet more than a few of your guests will smile just a little bit bigger. Dean Martin's voice has a way of making people do that.
If the preview of this 2009 release is representative, they've wisely ditched the Martina McBride "duet" from 2006's Baby It's Cold Outside and restored the original.
But a heavy-handed, bouncy pseudo rock beat was overlaid on Winter Wonderland for 2009. The original strings and backing vocals are still there, just buried under the muck--along with Martin's voice. Compare it to the original version available elsewhere and you'll agree that less is more.
The OOP 2004 "Christmas with Dino" release remains the best Dean Martin Christmas CD.