New American CD presents Doris's complete Christmas
(Last updated: 09 October 2008, 9:00pm)
instant Christmas cheer into your household with an album of the
songs loved and associated most with the holiday season.....
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
UK re-issue of "The Doris Day Christmas Album"
only represent some/not all of Doris's festive
recordings. What you get with the 2008 release is a
definitive collection of everything
relating to this theme.
In 2003, I coordinated the before mentioned UK
re-issue of Doris'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, Collectors' Choice Music, the
American golden oldie re-issuer 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, that
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. A+++
"Complete Christmas Collection" will be
available to order exclusively through Collectors'
Choice Music from the 1 November 2008 but will
go on general release from the 25 November
2008. Pre-order it now from
[Do also check out the previous Doris Day
release from Collectors'
Choice Music: "You'll Never Walk Alone"/"
With A Smile And A
Below is the
answer to the competition question and the winners of
the two copies of this new CD kindly provided by the
folks at Collector's Choice Music.
year was the original US LP of Doris's Xmas studio album
Rhyne (Astoria, NY) and
Saul (Aurora, CO)
date to enter this draw is the 1 December 2008.
Prizes will be sent to the 2 randomly
directly from Collector's Choice Music. The competition
is ONLY open to one entrant per household and entrants
with a US postal address.
Complete Christmas Collection
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Be Home for Christmas
it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
A Child At Christmas Time
(Chestnuts Roasting On An Open
Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Here Comes Santa Claus
Ol’ Saint Nicholas
Silver Bells [1950s Version]
The Christmas Song [1940s Version]
(With Les Brown & His
Christmas Greeting From Doris
Let No Walls Divide
Review by Allen Pollock:
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
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