Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jackie Gleason - Merry Christmas (2002)

Jackie Gleason - Merry Christmas (2002)

My last Jackie Gleason post was so popular that I thought I would do another. Originally released in 1956, "Merry Christmas" was Jackie's first Christmas album. At least one reviewer thinks this is one of best Christmas albums "of all time."

With its soft-blanket strings and romantic bent, Gleason's orchestra was perfectly suited for Christmas music. His haunting arrangements make for some wonderful interpretations, especially the wistful baritone chorus of "White Christmas" and a dreamy reworking of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." One of the warmest holiday albums of all time.
—Jim Smith,

Track List
  1. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  2. Christmas in Paris
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. White Christmas
  5. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7. The Christmas Song
  8. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  9. Snowfall
  10. By the Fireside
  11. Home (When Shadows Fall)
  12. Happy Holiday
  13. Winter Wonderland
  14. The Story of a Starry Night

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