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Holly Jolly Christmas [Import]

Burl Ives Audio CD
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Yule love 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection. The new UMe series, with all 23 albums released September 23, 2003, is a spin-off of 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, which features "best of" albums from the most significant music artists of the past century and, with shipments of more than 22 million albums since its inception in 1999, is the most successful ... Read more in Amazon's Burl Ives Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002QVS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Holly Jolly Christmas
2. Christmas Is A Birthday
3. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
4. Christmas Child (Loo, Loo, Loo)
5. White Christmas
6. Christmas Can't Be Far Away
7. The Little Drummer Boy
8. Snow For Johnny
9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Silver Bells
12. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Product Description

12 cozy Christmas classics including the title track plus Little Drummer Boy; Silver Bells; Winter Wonderland; Hear the Bells on Christmas Day; Snow for Johnny; Christmas Is a Birthday; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and more holly jolly tunes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful haunting voice ... 4 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you could bottle Christmas and release it in song form, this CD would be the package it came in. Wonderful yet haunting echoes of Christmases gone by; you can smell the pine of the tree and the crackle of the burning fire as you mull spicy wine! OOH Christmas! What a time!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some great tracks 14 Dec 2013
By Lucia
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Burl lves recorded a few Christmas albums, this one dates back to the early 1960`s and is the CD version of the original hence the short duration time when compared with current CD`s. There are some really nice tracks of traditional American Christmas songs and a few not so well known numbers. The Little Drummer Boy version comes as a real gem whilst Burl`s warm voice is always warm and nostalgic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS 2 May 2013
By Eddie.B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
GREAT SINGER WITH A GREAT VOICE SINGS HIS FAVORITES,WHAT A GREAT RECORD FOR ANY ONE WHO LIKES BURL IVES,WHAT CAN YOU ASK FOR?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holly Jolly Christmas 9 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd is fab. Just lovely for an old fashioned nostalgic christmas,couldn't be sung better. A lovely collection of songs. So relaxing to listen to with a feel good factor.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone not love Burl Ives? 23 Oct 2000
By Candace Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think the only way to dislike Burl is if you believe he was like his "Big Daddy" character in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." But if you appreciate his unique voice and folk approach to singing, you will adore him. This is a fine and unusual Christmas album, since Burl's versions of these songs are not the standard ones. But they are delightful nonetheless. Everyone knows "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas," one of the stellar songs from his 1964 Christmas special, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This is not the identical version to the illustrious TV show, but it still works.
Burl Ives is an American icon and it's a pity that his style of music has gone out of fashion. This album is a feel good effort and it's impossible not to listen to it without smiling, laughing and wishing Burl was still around to sing his special brand of music. Hopefully this album will induce you to sample some of Burl Ives' other non-Christmas efforts. He was uniquely talented and a pleasure to listen to.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burl Ives sings a dozen Christmas songs on this 1965 album 20 Dec 2005
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The only complaint about "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" is that Burl Ives sings only a dozen songs on it and you can find CD collections that will offer more tracks culled from his various Christmas albums. His first, "Christmas Day in the Morning," came out in 1952, followed by "Christmas Eve" in 1956. "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" came out in 1965, with the soundtrack to the classic holiday television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the following year. The title song of this album was written by for the special by Johnny Marks, who also wrote the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which Ives sings on this album, and the final track, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." That is a pretty good trio of Christmas songs, which would make Marks one of the best writers of Christmas songs ever.

How this album is different from the previous Burl Ives Christmas albums is that he has shifted to this point to more of a pop-oriented approach to singing Christmas songs that the traditional folk style that defined his earlier albums. There are still some folk songs on this album, with "Christmas is a Birthday," "Christmas Child (Loo, Loo, Loo)," "Christmas Can't Be Far Away," and "Snow for Johnny." But most of the songs are definitely more popular than secular, with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and "Silver Bells." I tend to think of "The Little Drummer Boy" as being more religious than it really us, but that is more because the music is more hymn-like.

The net result is that you have Burl Ives singing eight recognizable Christmas songs and introducing you to four songs that you have probably not heard before that are perfectly suited to his strengths as a singer. Ives started out in the 1920s as an itinerate folk singers, moved to Broadway in the 1930s, appeared on the radio in the 1940s, and became a popular folk singer in the 1950s. But most people today probably remember him as the Snowman who narrates the story of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" that still airs each holiday season forty years later. Because of that connection it is entirely possible that a Burl Ives Christmas album will be warmly received in your home by those who do not know about the rest of his resume. He certainly produces the requisite warm seasonal feelings.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas album even for non-Burl Ives fans! 25 Feb 1999
By PFMarvel@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Burl Ives was primarily known as one of America's greatest folksingers; and that quality is the strongest part of this album. In addition to Rudolph (from the TV special) and Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl really shines best on songs that tell wonderful stories, most notably "Christmas is a Birthday, Christmas Child, and Christmas Can't be Far Away". You've probably never heard most of these but I guarantee these will enhance the experience of anyone who enjoys the yuletide season. He is less spectacular on the standards such as "White Christmas", and "Silver Bells", (probably due to our familiarity with the Bing Crosby versions) but they are nevertheless sturdy, well-produced versions. My kids love the whole album, but I enjoy the whole thing, I am sure, for different reasons. The production is 1st rate, and Burl can spin a story in song as well or better than anyone. Try it and you'll find at least a few gems in here.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best EVER! 6 Dec 1999
By Tom O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this Burl Ives Christmas CD! It has a great blend of old favorites with the special burl ives touch. I love to sing along with these songs as i decorate my tree. To me, it wouldn't be Christmas without Burl Ives!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is the Definition of Classic Christmas 28 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a child I drove my parents crazy by listening to this cd not only in the holiday season but in the summer as well. This album is sure to make anyone's holiday a whole lot brighter!
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