|1. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Dean Martin|
|2. Mistletoe and Holly - Frank Sinatra|
|3. Christmas Time All Over the World - Sammy Davis Jr.|
|4. The First Noel - Frank Sinatra|
|5. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin|
|6. I Believe - Frank Sinatra|
|7. Silver Bells - Dean Martin|
|8. The Christmas Song - Sammy Davis Jr.|
|9. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Frank Sinatra|
|10. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Dean Martin|
|11. The Christmas Waltz - Frank Sinatra|
|12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin|
|13. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra|
|14. Peace On Earth/Silent Night - Dean Martin|
|15. Jingle Bells - Sammy Davis Jr.|
|16. White Christmas - Dean Martin|
|17. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra|
|18. Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin|
|19. I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) - Frank Sinatra|
|20. A Marshmallow World - Frank Sinatra|
See all 21 tracks on this disc
The novelty of having three of the 20th century's most notorious sinners belt, whoop and sing the praises of sleigh bells, roasting chestnuts and the virgin birth would be enough to recommend this dizzy 21-track delight, but there's actually some rewarding pop archaeology here as well.
Two of the best tracks--Sammy Davis's ring-a-ding-ding romp through "Jingle Bells" and Dino's dreamy "Peace on Earth/Silent Night"--hail from a vintage, ultra-rare Reprise sampler. Sammy's typically over-the-top "Christmastime All Over the World" and Nat Cole tribute, "The Christmas Song" also make their CD debut.
Dino's holiday TV specials yield more unreleased rarities: Sinatra-Martin duets of the loopy "Marshmallow World" and a touchingly tipsy take on "Auld Lang Syne" that suggests the boys have shared more than one cup of kindness. --Jerry McCulley
Martin gets to cover the hip seasonal songs, like "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Baby It's Cold Outside," and "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" while Frank does more of the religious songs, such as "The First Noel" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." All Sammy gets to sing is "Christmas Time All Over the World," "The Christmas Song," and "Jingle Bells." Martin gets to cover "Silver Bells," "White Christmas," and "Winter Wonderland," so he makes a strong showing on this album. Sinatra, as you would expect, shines most on songs that show his finely honed vocalization skills, such as "The Christmas Waltz," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
Obviously it would be nice if Sammy was thrown a few more crumbs, and you can argue the album would hang together better if they cut the couple of songs Martin sings that really sound like he is holding a martini in one hand. Fans will probably not care, but there are a few tracks that seem to run a bit more against the grain than some of the others, even though Martin milks them for all they are worth. The cover is an "Ocean's 11" inspired image that had the "11" with a couple of candy stripes and then a shot of the three kings of holiday singing.
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