Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jackie Gleason - All I Want For Christmas (1969)

Jackie Gleason - All I Want For Christmas (1969)

On the second day of Christmas I give to thee Jackie Gleason's "All I Want For Christmas (1969)." An album that has been long out of print, all I could find out about this album was that it is a double album which includes many of the songs that were on Gleason's previous Christmas releases, some of which — 'Tis The Season, Merry Christmas and Snowfall — you find on this blog. I hope you enjoy this album!

Track List
  1. Christmas Moon
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  3. Blue Christmas
  4. Snowbound For Christmas
  5. It's Christmas Time All Over The World
  6. That's What I Want For Christmas
  7. December
  8. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  9. Christmas Island
  10. You're All I Want For Christmas
  11. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  12. Jingle Bells
  13. White Christmas
  14. Santa Claus Is Commin' To Town
  15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  16. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  17. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  18. Happy Holiday
  19. Winter Wonderland
  20. The Story Of A Starry Night

1 comment :

  1. Oh, the weather outside is frightful! And while we're on the subject of Christmas music....

    I am not a huge fan of popular Christmas music. I love the traditional stuff - Schubert's Ave Maria, for example, I think is the most beautiful piece of music ever composed. But there are a few exceptions: Bing Crosby's White Christmas and Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song are undeniable classics. Bob Dylan's new LP is called Christmas in the Heart. The man can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. It's a wonderful record. He even does a good job with Winter Wonderland - a tune I have always loathed with a passion I can't even describe. Good for you, Uncle Bobby!

    But for the most part, popular Christmas music has been known to make me sick to my stomach. One tune in particular is enough to drive me to extreme violence. Dick Wells is a legendary disc jockey and singer. Back in the fifties and sixties he was the vocalist for the Harry James Orchestra. He is also a good friend and an expert on the subject of popular songs. I once had a telephone conversation with him that went like this.

    DEGAN: Dick, who wrote, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow?

    DICK: Tom, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

    DEGAN: Are Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne still alive, Dick?

    Dick: No, Tom. Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne are both dead.

    DEGAN: Good.

    Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is another "Christmas song" I wish had never been written. I find it amazing and ironic that the root of Gene Autry's extraordinary fortune is based on the fact that he penned this hideously dreadful piece of holiday trash. Gene Autry is also dead. No comment. It's Christmas. Joy to the world.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY