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A marvelous compilation of Christmas music
on December 11, 2011
"Now That's What I Call Christmas!" is a two-disc holiday music compilation that was released in October, 2001 by Universal Music Group. The album is part of the (U.S.) Now! series, and the first holiday-themed album in the series.
The album has a lot of music - 36 tracks of Christmas music ranging from old standards from the 1940s through the 1990s. I enjoyed most of the songs, although my favorites were older songs like "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby," "Home for the Holidays" by Perry Como, and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee. A few of the songs didn't strike my fancy, like the version of "Jingle Bells" by Diana Krall. Also, I'm not a big Britney Spears fan, so I didn't really enjoy "My Only Wish."
I loved Ella Fitzgerald's rendition of "Sleigh Ride," although my choice for the album would have been the Ronettes' hit version. And Gloria Estefan's driving Latin beat in "Love on the Layaway" was one of the highlights of the album.
Even with a few tracks that didn't work for me, this album has a ton of great Christmas music, and it's one of the better Christmas albums that I have.