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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires - Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley and The Jordanaires
  2. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  3. Mandy Miller - Snowflakes - Mandy Miller
  4. Alma Cogan - Mrs Santa Claus - Alma Cogan
  5. Russ Conway - Snow Coach - Russ Conway
  6. Nat King Cole - Frosty The Snowman - Nat King Cole
  7. The Mills Brothers - I Believe In Santa Claus - The Mills Brothers
  8. Louis Armstrong & The Commanders - Zat You, Santa Claus? - Louis Armstrong & The Commanders
  9. Louis Prima - Shake Hands with Santa Claus - Louis Prima
  10. Louis Armstrong & The Commanders - Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong & The Commanders
  11. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
  12. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
  13. The Moonglows - Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
  14. Patti Page - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Patti Page
  15. Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires - Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me - Elvis Presley and The Jordanaires
  16. The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra - Midnight Sleighride - The Sauter Finegan Orchestra
  17. Fred Waring and Orchestra feat. The Teen Trio - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Fred Waring and His Orchestra
  18. Spike Jones and his City Slickers - Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers
  19. Max Bygraves and Children's Chorus - Do You Love Old Santa Claus? - Max Bygraves and Children's Chorus
  20. David Seville & The Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - David Seville and The Chipmunks
  21. Mel Blanc - Christmas Chopsticks - Mel Blanc
  22. Dancer, Prancer & Nervous (The Singing Reindeer) - The Happy Reindeer - Dancer Prancer & Nervous
  23. Terry Hall & Lenny The Lion - I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas - Terry Hall & Lenny the Lion
  24. Barry Gordon - Nuttin' for Christmas - Barry Gordon
  25. The Weavers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Weavers

Disc: 2

  1. Ronnie Hilton - White Christmas - Ronnie Hilton
  2. Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet - Dickie Valentine
  3. The Beverly Sisters - Little Donkey - The Beverley Sisters
  4. Harry Simeone Chorale - The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale
  5. Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
  6. Vera Lynn - (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays - Vera Lynn
  7. Alma Cogan - Christmas Cards - Alma Cogan
  8. Perry Como & the Fontane Sisters - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters
  9. Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford - Christmas Roses - Frankie Laine & Jo Stafford
  10. Dean Martin - The Christmas Blues - Dean Martin
  11. Gordon MacRae - (Here's To) A Wonderful Christmas - Gordon MacRae
  12. Eddie Fisher - You're All I Want For Christmas - Eddie Fisher
  13. Bing Crosby - How Lovely Is Christmas - Bing Crosby
  14. Dave King - Christmas And You - Dave King
  15. The Stargazers - The Little Fir Tree - The Stargazers
  16. Eve Boswell - The Christmas Tree - Eve Boswell
  17. David Whitfield - Santo Natale (Merry Christmas) - David Whitfield
  18. Frank Sinatra - The Christmas Waltz - Frank Sinatra
  19. Eddie Fisher - That's What Chrisrmas Means To Me - Eddie Fisher
  20. The Beverly Sisters - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Beverley Sisters
  21. Anne Shelton - Merry Christmas - Anne Shelton
  22. Anne Shelton - My Christmas Wish - Anne Shelton
  23. Lita Roza - St Nicholas Waltz - Lita Roza
  24. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney & Trudy Stevens - Snow - Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye/Rosemary Clooney/Trudy Stevens
  25. Ruby Murray - The Very First Christmas of All - Ruby Murray

Product Description

Product Description

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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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
All the songs here were recorded between 1950 and 1959 and a diverse lot they are, although they all have a Christmas theme. Only after I bought this did I notice that Amazon list two other multi-artist double CDs of fifties Christmas music Christmas Hits Of The 1950'sand More Christmas Hits Of The 1950s. I'll buy and review those later despite duplication. There isn't as much duplication as I feared (fewer than 20 tracks) although I have other compilations that provide me with further duplication; I don't mind that. It is also the case that further songs are duplicated by different versions between this compilation and the other two that I named. All that said, all these compilations are reasonably priced.

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.
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I bought 'A !950's Christmas' because I have recently been researching the history of Christmas chart hits for a magazine article and this had a couple of big U.K. festive smashes on it like 'Christmas Alphabet' by Dickie Valentine which reached No 1 here in 1955. To be honest, I have never really taken much to music from the 1950's previously. A lot of it has always seemed a bit too nice and safe and as such has not really interested me. Christmas though is kind of a time for 'fluffy clouds' and 'idealistic dreaming' and as I have long been a Marilyn Monroe fan and attended the excellent, War & Peace Revival at RAF Westernhanger earlier this year, which kind of got me more into the period, I thought I should give this very reasonably priced double CD a go.

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.
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Not a bad price for some classic Christmas tunes! Bought for a present but some great originals on the album. Not a bad price.
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I needed to get away from the same old Christmas songs and this was a great choice. Nice old originals and some nice tracks that you will never hear on the radio or tv sadly.
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Mostly good period stuff, but perhaps too many novelty numbers
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I am delighted with my purchase. Thank you, AAAAAA++++++
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