- Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Memory Lane
- ASIN: B00FB2CAKK
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
A 1950's Christmas
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The 1950s provided a rich assortment of Christmas songs and melodies that have since stood the test of time to become eternal Yuletide favourites. Memory Lane's fifty track musical souvenir recalls many of those charming seasonal gems for those lucky enough to have 'digged the decade' as well as those looking to re-enact the time in all its vintage vibrancy.
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Among the tracks on this compilation but not on the other two are two by Alma Cogan (Christmas cards, Mrs Santa Claus) and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (a very distinctive adaptation by Spike Jones and his City Slickers), not forgetting the instrumental Midnight sleigh ride(Sauter-Finegan orchestra). It is an adaptation of a classical piece; Greg Lake adapted the same classical piece to create his Christmas song (I believe in Father Christmas) so the track here may sound familiar, but it's very different.
Apart from the Rudolph adaptation, there are several children's songs near the end of CD 1. If you don't like them, console yourself with the fact that they are consecutive, so are easily skipped. I've reviewed plenty of children's albums so I'm used to these sort of tracks.Read more ›
Well, I am really glad I did because both discs here are great! The album is quite American in feel and is thus a bit 'showbizz' in places but the way the album has been compiled you never get too much of any one style in a row. There are some lovely Jazzy moments here, some old fashioned romantic songs, a few Christmas party classics and a smattering of festive novelty/kids songs as well all of which make for a great listen.
In fact, if you are an old dreamer like me you will soon imagine yourself actually spending Christmas with Marilyn Monroe. The festive mood of fun and happiness and dreamy atmosphere of both CD's really sends you after a while and its not long until you are sat in your fav armchair staring into space with a sickly sweet, contented smile on your face!
The second CD is probably just the better (but there's not much in it) and Ronnie Hilton's version of 'White Christmas' is a really refreshing change to old Bing if you have become a bit jaded to his classic version.Read more ›