Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nearly Perfect? : Time - Life Treasury Of Christmas

Here's a series of posts to try and rekindle my enthusiasm for (Dinsdale) Kringle's Folly. I'll grab tracklists from various commercially available Christmas compilations and give them a quick once over to see if there's really been any point at all in trying to make a Perfect Mix. Has my Perfect Compilation been out there all along? We'll see...

Time - Life Treasury Of Christmas

Disc 1

01. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
02. Medley: Winter Wonderland / Sleigh Ride - Dolly Parton
03. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale
04. O Little Town of Bethlehem - Andre Previn
05. The Twelve Days of Christmas - Roger Whittaker
06. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing - Nat King Cole
07. O Holy Night - Perry Como
08 The Christmas Song - The Carpenters
09. Medley: Carol of the Bells / Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly - Robert Shaw Chorale
10. Twas the Night Before Christmas - Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians
11. Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley
12. Santa s Beard - The Beach Boys
13. Christmas in My Home Town - Charley Pride
14. Away in a Manger - Ed Ames
15. Silent Night - Jim Reeves
16. Home for the Holidays - Perry Como
17. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
18. Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
19. Good King Wenceslas - Morton Gould and The RCA Symphony Orchestra
20. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
21. Medley: Here We Come A-Caroling / O Tannenbaum / I Saw Three Ships - Atrhur Fiedler and The Boston Pops
22. Ave Maria - Leontyne Price with the Choir of St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Disc 2

01. Ding Dong Merrily on High - Roger Whittaker
02. If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Elvis Presley
03. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
04. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Perry Como
05. Jingle Bells - Jim Reeves
06. What Child Is This? - Andre Previn
07. Adeste Fidelis - Luciano Pavarotti with the National Philharmonic
08. I ll Be Home for Christmas - Perry Como
09. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Julie Andrews
10. Christmas in Dixie - Alabama
11. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby
12. Medley: Joy to the World / Angels We Have Heard on High - Robert Shaw Chorale
13. Blue Christmas - Glen Campbell
14. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus
15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
16. Mary s Boy Child - Harry Belafonte
17. Rocking - Roger Whittaker
18. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Lena Horne
19. The First Noel - Sergio Franchi
20. Silver Bells - Kate Smith
21. Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
22. It s Beginning to Look like Christmas - Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters
23. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus

Not a bad song in the bunch. 32/45 that I would consider favorites.A solid collection. Not quite perfect though is it?