This is utterly stunning; and the only christmas album the should be considered essential (apart from El's origianl xmas album).
What can be said about raw, dirty rhythm and blues christmas songs. The likes of "Santa Claus is Back in Town" is excellent, the lyrics and performance outstanding. "Merry Christmas Baby" from 1971 is blues, absolutely incredible and must be considred among the very very best songs Elvis ever made.
The doo-wop/rock n roll version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" is a masterpiece; although Mr Berlin tried to have it banned, this is unique and compelling.
"Blue Christmas" is here; it had to be, but so is lesser known gems, like "I'll Be Home On Christmas Day", another bluesy/country song. The huge "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas" plus more exceptional rock n roll in the form of "Here Comes Santa Claus" and edspecially "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me."
A few excellent gospel renditions here also, whlist a couple of misfires in the shape of a bland "Silver Bells", and "Winter Wonderland" do nothing to detract from the magic.