Probably recorded in the sixties, Frankie Avalon`s "Frankie Avalon`s Christmas Album" is as good (or at least up there) as many crooner christmas cd`s out there. Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin's christmas styles is what you`ll get here. Actually, Vic Damone is probably who Franke sounds like the most here.
Now, Frankie's vocal delivery isn't as pure or defined as those mentioned and seems to lack a little in the way of emotion and singing on key, but it is still a pleasant, deep, and enjoyable voice that if you want a christmas crooner offering that isn't one of the norms you usually hear at christmas time, then try Frankie's christmas cd.
Of special note on this album and perhaps the best things about it is the wonderful orchestra that backs up Frankie Avalon. Some wonderful arrangements and at times, lush strings to help this album get one into the christmas mood. A decent backing chorus also adds to the beauty of this cd.
Just listen to "THE CHRISTMAS SONG," "I`LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS," "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS," and the other 9 songs and you`ll know why I say this cd is up there (in general) with some other crooner cd's.
Half the songs you`ll probably know, the other half you most likely won`t, so you get some great refreshing new ones, but also terrific old standards.
While an album (cd) like 'Perry Como's - Seasons Greetings' is still a better christmas offering, this 'Franke Avalon's Christmas Album' is a very fine and fresh crooner christmas cd that I recommend with 5 stars.