Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas - 1955 Monumental Xmas Record - Canadian Issue - LP In Shrink

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Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas


Label: MCA Records (1973 issue)
Cat #: LA-245
Country: Canada
Format: Vinyl, LP

Vinyl: VG+ VG++, few light scuffs (listen to our copy)
Cover: VG+ VG++ has only minor cornerwear (see pic)


Tracklisting:


A1 Silent Night (Christmas Hymn) 2:35
A2 Adeste Fideles (O, Come, All Ye Faithful) 3:08
A3 White Christmas 3:03
A4 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2:15
A5 Faith Of Our Fathers 2:54
A6 I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) 2:52


B1 Jingle Bells 2:35
B2 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town 2:38
B3 Silver Bells 2:59
B4 It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas 2:43
B5 Christmas In Killarney 2:40
B6 Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) 2:49


Credits:
Accompanied By - John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra , Vic Schoen And His Orchestra



It's a little annoying that so many people only associate Bing Crosby with Christmas music, given his monumental and pioneering achievements in the recording, movie, and radio industries. But let's face it, nobody does Christmas better than Bing. Admit it - the Holidays just don't feel complete unless you've heard Bing croon "White Christmas" at least once. The fact is, anyone who's ever recorded a secular Holiday song since World War II owes a debt to Mr. Crosby. And this is the album that started it all.

"Merry Christmas" (its original title) was first released in the form of a multiple 10-inch 78-rpm record set in 1945, later making the transition to 33 1/3-rpm LP, and eventually becoming the very first million-selling Christmas album.

Bing's 1935 recording of "Silent Night" was, in fact, the very first Christmas record to become a huge hit. Ironically, Bing had been reluctant to record a religious song for the purpose of commercial gain, and he only agreed to do it if the proceeds went to charity.

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", on the other hand, was not only the first secular Holiday tune to do well, it ultimately became the biggest selling record of all time (current estimates have it at over 50 million), and it opened the floodgates to an onslaught of annual postwar Holiday recordings by major artists that continues to this day. Its initial success was attributed to its striking a chord with homesick GI's in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during the Second World War, but that somehow spilled over onto the Home Front, and it continued long after the troops returned. So much so that it cracked the Top 40 in an amazing sixteen different years!

For my money, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is the real gem of this set. Could the troops have been any less pensive and wistful upon hearing this breathtaking recording in the winter of 1943 than they had been with "White Christmas" the year before? Bing's voice floats hauntingly over the opening guitar strains as we're drawn for a brief moment into a parallel, yet more reflective and somewhat melancholy realm . . . until we're finally lulled gently back to our own time and place with the exquisitely sustained final note. This is artistry of the highest order, and the perfect marriage of singer and song. Anyone who only remembers the aging Bing Crosby of the leisurely TV Christmas Specials of the 1960's and `70's should give this performance a serious listen.

Holiday novelty tunes are certainly still a part of our world, and "Christmas In Killarney" and "Mele Kalikimaka" have to be categorized as such, but they're so darned warm and infectious one can't imagine this collection without them. Besides, once upon a time Bing was as well known for singing Irish and Hawaiian songs as he was for Christmas ones.

Another one of my favorites is "It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas", which unfailingly elicits an almost Pavlovian reaction of childlike anticipation of the Yuletide season every time I hear it.

There's a lot more to enjoy here, particularly Bing's workout with the inimitable Andrews Sisters on the jazzed-up "Jingle Bells" (recently ripped off, note for note, harmony for harmony, and pause for pause, by Barry Manilow), but I'll leave the rest for you to discover. Or rediscover, since these songs and carols are all practically a part of our collective unconscious. If they're not, if you're too young to have heard this collection before - well, trust me, it's essential Holiday listening.

And it is, as they say, the perfect stocking stuffer!



Bing Crosby - White Christmas

Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds in the film HOLIDAY INN (PARAMOUNT PICTURES, 1942) sing the famous Christmas song "White Christmas" from the composer Irving Berlin.
i love this song by bing crosby and only him
it doesnt feel the same when somone else sings it

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Bing Crosby - White Christmas

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Bing Crosby - It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

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Bing Crosby - I'll Be Home For Christmas
The pictures are perfect, really puts me in the Christmas mood

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Bing Crosby - Silent Night

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Bing Crosby - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

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Condition Used
Format LP
Label MCA Records
Color Black