The list author says: "A few years ago, weary of the typical commercialized Christmas music, I decided to research and put together a meaningful collection that would actually be enjoyable and add to the holiday spirit. Since I love jazz, classical, soul, and blues, it was obvious that I would be discovering treasures from all genres. It has become apparent, judging by my favorites, that I am also highly sentimental and nostalgic about Christmas. And not surprisingly, I'm finding that many of the true jewels hail from the golden age of recorded music - the 50s and 60s. The following are what I consider to be the best from my ongoing endeavor so far."
"Frank's first Christmas album is a great orchestrated vocal album. Gordon Jenkins conducts the orchestra and choir, providing Frank with a very tasteful backing. If you're an audiophile or collector, you'll want to get this "Entertainer of the Century" edition (1999 remaster). It has superior sound, and it sports the original black cover. The original CD issue from the '80s also sounds very good."
"This isn't the typical perky Doris Day album - she gives a smokey and delicate performance here, and this import is the version to get. It includes the entire original album plus 3 bonus tracks. The domestic issue left 2 of the original songs off."
"What a find! This Ultra-Lounge Christmas series is a high quality collection of (mostly) jazz from Capitol's vaults dating from the 50s and 60s. Great attention was given to the running order of songs, making this sound very cohesive instead of thrown together. They make it fun, and the sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!"
"For this one, we travel back three centurys to the baroque period. It is a classical warhorse that depicts the birth of Christ, and this is one of the more popular versions available. It's been a treasured part of my collection for 25 years."
"When Dan succumbed to cancer a few years ago, he left behind this beautiful gift. He wrote most of it himself and employed acoustic instruments, often playing them in Old World fashion. On first listen, it becomes apparent that this was a heartfelt effort - not a commercial one. This is NOT the usual pop star Christmas album."
"Ol' Dino created a classic, and this is the version to get. The other version, by Collectors Choice, omits an original song and adds 5 others that weren't on the original album. Some of them have nothing to do with the winter theme."
"Another excellent big band compilation. If you're an audiophile and you're only going to get one of the big band albums here, this is the one you want to get - it has excellent sound - the best you're going to find for music from the 30s, 40s and 50s."
"200 years ago, Americans didn't perform most of the Christmas music that we enjoy today. This list wouldn't be complete if it didn't contain what is probably the finest example of the hymns, carols, and spirituals that our forefathers performed in churches and town squares across the young nation."