This review refers to the "Yule B' Swingin'" Too!" CD(Hip-O/Universal Music).....
"Baby It's Cold Outside"....but you won't even notice with this CD on your changer. It'll warm you through and through with it's oh so recognizable voices and musical styles.From the opening track of Louis Armstrong's classic rendition of "Christmas In New Orleans" to Billy Holiday's wonderful "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", you'll be smilin' and swingin' to all these fun tunes.
I was looking for something fun, upbeat and just a little different from the usual holiday fare, and wow! did I find it with this one. Fans of swing will find this to be a real and rare treat.All these legendary greats performing some fabulous holiday tunes in a style that that never gets old. It's a match made in music heaven.
Some of the wonderful sounds you'll be delighted by are Louis Prima's "Shake Hands With Santa Clause"(this one will really get you jumpin'),..."Baby,It's Cold Outside", a provocative duet from Ann Margaret and Al Hirt...Dean Martin sings "Rudolph, The Red Nose Reindeer"(appropriately enough),..Ella treats us to a moving "White Christmas", and Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra entertainingly perform "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus".There are 13 tracks in total, including such greats as Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, June Christy,Joe Williams, Bing Crosby with The Andrews Sisters and of course... Duke Ellington.(See buying info for complete list of songs and artists).
Many of these recordings are quite old but sound great on this CD. It's a mix that will just have you wanting to get up and swing...and if you're new to it..don't worry.. the basic 'swing step' is included in the booklet that comes with the CD!
Have a 'hip' holiday.......Laurie