Merry Christmas Box of Music: The Hits, The Rarities, The Novelties And More

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
£4.99
Release date: 16 Oct 2015

CAT No: FVTD229UPC TEXT: 5055311002293

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Across three CDs and 82 tracks, The Merry Christmas Box Of Music is a celebration of the festive season through the popular music of the fifties and sixties. There can be few people unaware of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas or Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, and there was a time when nearly every artist of note made either a single or LP aimed at the Christmas market. America’s music trade paper Billboard even published a separate Christmas Albums chart for eleven years, a sure sign of the festive season’s ongoing importance to the record industry. Over the years records made for the Christmas market ranged from the religious, to the novel, sentimental to the rocking and everywhere in between. Some songs like White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Sleigh Ride and even Santa Baby have been recorded many times and they’re all represented here, but so too are less well known songs like Must Be Santa which seemed to be a ‘must record’ song in 1960 and has been recorded by artists as diverse as Alma Cogan (whose version from 1960 is in this collection), actor Lorne Green and even Bob Dylan.

Other Christmas hopefuls like Rock ’n’ Roll Santa Claus, A New Baby For Christmas and Santa Won’t Be Blue This Christmas have, quite possibly, only made it on to vinyl once, but are nonetheless worth listening to, while others, like Sleigh Ride, have had many a run out in both instrumental and vocal stylings. Many of the biggest names in recording history are here, Elvis, Johnny Mathis, Lonnie Donegan, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin and Bobby Vee, so too are less familiar names like Jim Eanes, Tricia Marks, The Del-Vets, Barry Richards and others. They all have one thing in common – they tried for Christmas hit record glory. Some achieved their aim, others didn’t, but collectively we hope they’ll keep you entertained over Christmas for many years to come. CDs One and Two of our compilation pack in 60 Christmas recordings both popular and collectable, while CD Three commences with sequences of festive-themed instrumentals and novelty songs, before wrapping Up with Ray Conniff’s easy listening masterpiece We Wish You A Merry Christmas (including four medleys of festive favourites) in its entirety, perfectly capturing the spirit of Christmases five decades ago.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas (Perry Como)
  2. Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (The 4 Seasons)
  4. The Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone Chorale)
  5. Mary’s Boy Child (Harry Belafonte)
  6. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) (Elvis Presley)
  7. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee)
  8. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) (Adam Faith)
  9. Bambino (The Springfields)
  10. White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
  11. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) (Nat King Cole)
  12. Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt)
  13. Christmas Alphabet (Dickie Valentine)
  14. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Dean Martin)
  15. Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry)
  16. Baby’s First Christmas (Connie Francis)
  17. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd)
  18. Christmas Is A-Comin’ (The De Castro Sisters)
  19. I Like Christmas (Teresa Brewer)
  20. Winter Wonderland (The King Brothers)
  21. The First Christmas Day (Gary Miller)
  22. Sleigh Ride (Johnny Mathis)
  23. The Very First Christmas Of All (Ruby Murray)
  24. Little White Berry (Roy Castle)
  25. New Baby For Christmas (Johnny Preston)
  26. My Christmas Love (Bobby Vee)
  27. Merry Christmas Baby (Dodie Stevens)
  28. Little Donkey (Nina and Frederik)
  29. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Harry Belafonte)
  30. Please Come Home For Christmas (Charles Brown)

CD2

  1. Rock And Roll Santa Claus (Huey Piano Smith and The Clowns)
  2. Papa Noel (Brenda Lee)
  3. I Just Can’t Wait Till Christmas (Teresa Brewer)
  4. I’d Like You For Christmas (Julie London)
  5. It’s Christmas Everywhere (Paul Anka)
  6. (Things That Make Up) Christmas Day (Ral Donner)
  7. It’s Christmas Once Again (Frankie Lymon)
  8. Merry, Merry Christmas (Ruby Wright)
  9. The Happiest Christmas Tree (Nat King Cole)
  10. Christmas Day (Linda Scott)
  11. White Christmas (Emile Ford and The Checkmates)
  12. My Christmas Prayer (Billy Fury)
  13. Virgin Mary (Lonnie Donegan)
  14. Christmas Calypso (Tricia Marks)
  15. The Angel And The Stranger (Lynn Cornell)
  16. Must Be Santa (Alma Cogan)
  17. List Our Merry Carol (Petula Clark)
  18. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Bobby Darin)
  19. C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. (Rosemary Clooney)
  20. Here Comes Santa Claus (Pat Boone and The Foley Sisters)
  21. Santa Won’t Be Blue This Christmas (Jimmy Charles)
  22. I Want A Boy For Christmas (The Del Vetts)
  23. Christmas At Our House (Lou Monte)
  24. Joy To The World (The Lennon Sisters)
  25. Christmasday Is Coming (The Blue Diamonds)
  26. Christmas And You (Dave King)
  27. Good Morning Blues (Dee Dee Ford)
  28. Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley)
  29. Christmas Doll (Jim Eanes)
  30. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Brook Benton)

CD3

  1. Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson and His Pops Concert Orchestra)
  2. Christmas Sleigh Bells (Wally Stott, His Orchestra and Chorus)
  3. Winter Wonderland (Roger Williams)
  4. Rockin’ J Bells (Little Bobby Rey and His Band)
  5. Twistin’ Bells (Santo and Johnny)
  6. Mr Santa (The Lollipops)
  7. Baby Sittin’ Santa (Barry Richards)
  8. Santa And The Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley)
  9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (The Chipmunks)
  10. Monsters’ Holiday (Bobby Boris Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers)
  11. I’m Walking Backwards For Christmas (The Goons)
  12. (All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth (Dick Emery)
  13. I Want Elvis For Christmas (The Holly Twins)
  14. Santa Claus Is Watching You (Ray Stevens)
  15. Nuttin’ For Christmas (The Fontane Sisters)
  16. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Gayla Peevey)
  17. Medley: Jolly Old St Nicholas; The Little Drummer Boy (Ray Conniff and The Ray Conniff Singers)
  18. Medley: O Holy Night; We Three Kings Of Orient Are; Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly (Ray Conniff and The Ray Conniff Singers)
  19. Ring Christmas Bells (Ray Conniff and The Ray Conniff Singers)
  20. Medley: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!; Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep); We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Ray Conniff and The Ray Conniff Singers)
  21. The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Ray Conniff and The Ray Conniff Singers)
  22. Medley: The First Noel | Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; O Come, All Ye Faithful; We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Ray Conniff and The Ray Conniff Singers)