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New American CD presents Doris's complete Christmas recordings...
by Stephen M (Last updated: 09 October 2008, 9:00pm)

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/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+++ 

The "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 amazon.com.

[Do also check out the previous Doris Day release from Collectors' Choice Music: "You'll Never Walk Alone"/" With A Smile And A Song".]

 

PRIZE DRAW!
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.


What year was the original US LP of Doris's Xmas studio album released?

ANSWER: 1964
WINNERS: Craig Rhyne (Astoria, NY) and
Bill Saul (Aurora, CO)

The closing date to enter this draw is the 1 December 2008. Prizes will be sent to the 2 randomly picked winners directly from Collector's Choice Music. The competition is ONLY open to one entrant per household and entrants with a US postal address.

 

Front & Back Sleeve CD Packaging
Complete Christmas Collection
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  1. Silver Bells

  2. I'll Be Home for Christmas Real Audio Clip

  3. Snowfall

  4. Toyland

  5. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Real Audio Clip

  6. Be A Child At Christmas Time

  7. Winter Wonderland Real Audio Clip

  8. The Christmas Song
    (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

  9. Christmas Present

  10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Real Audio Clip

  11. The Christmas Waltz

  12. White Christmas Real Audio Clip

  13. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly  Real Audio Clip

  14. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

  15. Here Comes Santa Claus

  16. Ol’ Saint Nicholas

  17. Christmas Story

  18. Silver Bells [1950s Version]

  19. The Christmas Song [1940s Version]
    (With Les Brown & His Orchestra)

  20. Silent Night

  21. Christmas Greeting From Doris

  22. Let No Walls Divide (Overdubbed Version) Real Audio Clip


CD 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 cake.
 

 

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