- Audio CD (September 28, 1987)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Universal Special Products
- ASIN: B000002QWD
- Average Customer Review: 186 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,202 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Genre: Christmas Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 7-OCT-1997
Try to forget the fact that Bing Crosby probably never had to record another song in his life after he immortalized "White Christmas." If you can do that, you'll find plenty more to like in this crooning Christmas collection. There's the Romantic Bing, charming the tinsel right off the tree with "The Christmas Song," and that cure for cabin fever, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" There's the Reverent Bing, solemnly singing "Adeste Fideles." And of course, there's Bing the Showman, belting out "Good King Wenceslas" with a bit of that ole vaudeville shine. But no matter what you're told, "White Christmas" will be the number one reason for sticking this one in your stocking. And who can blame you? It's as timeless now as it was way back when. --Steve Gdula
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This albumn has a really good mix of different songs like Mele Kalikimaka and Christmas In Killarney. But it also has big time standards like White Christmas and Silent Night. The ONLY thing wrong with this CD is it's too short! LOL
But you can solve that with Bing's 'The Voice of Christmas' collection which basically has every Christmas song Bing ever recoreded on 2 CD's. The sound is pretty good especially considering it was recorded around 70 years ago.
I play this several times every year due to all the memories it has associated with it - being at my grandparents house, etc.
This is a true classic albumn that everyone should have in their collection. I would rate this a 9.5 to 9.75 out of 10 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE!!!!
For the novice Crosby-Christmas fan, this set is perfect for several reasons: not only does it give you a fine overview of Bing's career, the sound quality is exceptional. The packaging of the set is excellent and it even includes some nicely written liner notes with a synopsis of Bing's Christmas songs and musical style, as well as an explanation of his tremendous musical impact upon the 20th century.
Other reviewers have complained about the sound quality on this set. I am puzzled at this criticism. I have most of these songs on casette, vinyl and some even on their original 78 and 45 issues. The sound quality here is quite acceptable and good on most tracks. This set will give you many hours of enjoyable listening and help you branch off into other Crosby CD's which includes his lesser-known vocals. Hopefully this collection will convince you that Bing's vocal mastery was unparalled. Then you can sample his earlier, jazz-influenced work during his Columbia years in the early 30's and branch off into his 20's work with the Rhythm Boys. But for the beginning Crosby listener, this is as good a choice as any. I highly recommend this set. Enjoy!
Fast forward to today 2012. I bought this CD for my daughter this year, who is married and has her own child now. Good music never goes out of style and Christmas music as good as this is rare nowadays. I want my grandchildren to know of its timelessness also.