New American CD compilation presents Doris Day’s complete Christmas recordings

October 9, 2008 2 Comments

Inject instant Christmas cheer into your household with an album of the songs loved and associated most with the holiday season.

I am sure many of you will be asking, “What sets this Doris Day Christmas release apart from those previous?” In short, the 1997 American CD “Personal Christmas Collection” and the 2003 UK re-issue of “The Doris Day Christmas Album” only represent some and not all of Doris’s festive recordings. What you get here is a definitive collection of everything relating to this theme.

In 2003, I coordinated the before mentioned UK re-issue of Doris Day’s 1964 Christmas album. We did attempt to extend this release to become a “complete” collection but the powers that be prevented that from happening. Where my past attempt failed, the American golden oldie re-issuer Collectors’ Choice Music,  succeeds. To start off with their packaging sparkles with the most divine “Christmas” themed promotional shots taken from Doris’s movies. They also feature the original sleeve artwork for Doris’s 1964 LP which incidentally opens the collection (tracks 1-12). Doris even extends her personal greetings to you all through a rare 1969 audio recording (made at the same time as her voice-over promos for her TV sitcom). I really do give credit to this label for putting such an obvious amount of thought and care into this project, especially when CD sales are on a downturn.

The “Complete Christmas Collection” will be available to order through Collectors’ Choice Music from the 1 November 2008 but will go on general release from the 25 November 2008.

Doris Day – Complete Christmas Collection
Label: Collector’s Choice Music USA
Order it now from amazon.co.uk & amazon.com

  1. Silver Bells
  2. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  3. Snowfall
  4. Toyland
  5. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
  6. Be A Child At Christmas Time
  7. Winter Wonderland
  8. The Christmas Song
  9. (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  10. Christmas Present
  11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  12. The Christmas Waltz
  13. White Christmas
  14. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
  15. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  16. Here Comes Santa Claus
  17. Ol’ Saint Nicholas
  18. Christmas Story
  19. Silver Bells [1950s Version]
  20. The Christmas Song [1940s Version] (With Les Brown & His Orchestra)
  21. Silent Night
  22. Christmas Greeting From Doris
  23. Let No Walls Divide (Overdubbed Version)
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2 Comments to “New American CD compilation presents Doris Day’s complete Christmas recordings”
  1. Allen-Pollock says:

    Take the warm ballad style of Doris Day; mix with some seasonal favourites for the ideal Christmas offering everyone will need to rush out and buy.

    Highlighting twelve tracks from THE DORIS DAY CHRISTMAS ALBUM released in 1964, the songs include mellow versions of WINTER WONDERLAND, THE CHRISTMAS SONG, I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, BE A CHILD AT CHRISTMAS TIME and that perennial Crosby classic WHITE CHRISTMAS, whilst new versions of SILVER BELLS and THE CHRISTMAS SONG recall two popular numbers Doris recorded earlier in her career. Fortunately these original recordings have also been dusted off and embroidered with tinsel together with two other festive singles HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS and OL’ SAINT NICHOLAS. Salvaged from an aborted 1959 Christmas album project, DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY, is joined by LET NO WALLS DIVIDE, originally featured on a 1961 multi-artist USA album release called ALL STAR CHRISTMAS (WE WISH YOU THE MERRIEST) whilst the previously unreleased SILENT NIGHT is a welcome find. I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM recorded for the HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD album, also makes an ideal wintry import.

    With Doris’ innate warmth and vocal style keeping out the chill, this is the ultimate showcase for your Christmas celebration especially as 1969 personal Christmas greeting from Doris has been dusted off in order to add icing to the Christmas cake.

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