Christmas Collection: 20 Th Century Masters (Rmst)

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Review Text This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1999 collection The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas, itself a single-disc distillation of the two-CD set The Voice of Christmas/The Complete Decca Christmas Songbook. It is an excellent 18-track album sampling Crosby's holiday-related recordings made between 1942 and 1956, ranging from religious efforts like "Silent Night" to a medley of traditional carols ("Deck the Halls," "Away in a Manger," and "I Saw Three Ships"); World War II-era seasonal standards such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas"; and, finally, a restored version of the original 1942 recording of "White Christmas." (The song was so popular that Crosby had to re-record it in 1947 because the first master recording was wearing out; ironically, it's the later version, more commonly used since then, that is better known.) There are plenty of Christmas compilations by Crosby, who remains best remembered for his holiday recordings; this is the best single-disc one, released at an attractive price. ~ William Ruhlmann

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  1. 1. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - 3:47
  2. 2. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) - 3:12
  3. 3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - 2:19
  4. 4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - 3:39
  5. 5. That Christmas Feeling - 3:03
  6. 6. Christmas Carols: Deck the Halls/Away in a Manger/I Saw Three Ships - 3:27
  7. 7. Jingle Bells - 3:33
  8. 8. Silent Night - 3:42
  9. 9. Christmas Is a Comin' - 3:41
  10. 10. First Noel - 3:35
  11. 11. I'll Be Home for Christmas - 3:57
  12. 12. Here Comes Santa Claus - 3:03
  13. 13. Christmas Song - 3:55
  14. 14. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 2:16
  15. 15. Silver Bells - 3:05
  16. 16. Sleigh Ride - 3:44
  17. 17. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - 3:47
  18. 18. White Christmas - 3:57

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9/23/03 

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