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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1964 Stereo recordings at last!!!
One of the very few classic Xmas albums that once you've heard, it would be impossible to do without!
I had an original UK mono of this LP and it took me years to track down the stereo version.
It truly does contain superb and infectious melodies and is a magic recording to play during the festive season.
Brenda's Xmas album is up there with Chet...
Published on 21 May 2005 by Mr. B. Fraser

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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Rock My Xmas Tree. It went back.
Having been a fan of Brenda lee for 40+years and the owner of LPs and singles, I was very disappointed in this download hoping to put it on my ipad, the quality of the voice is bad, why not sell a download of the originals. 1 out of 10
Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by Wendy


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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1964 Stereo recordings at last!!!, 21 May 2005
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Mr. B. Fraser (London United Kindom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Audio CD)
One of the very few classic Xmas albums that once you've heard, it would be impossible to do without!
I had an original UK mono of this LP and it took me years to track down the stereo version.
It truly does contain superb and infectious melodies and is a magic recording to play during the festive season.
Brenda's Xmas album is up there with Chet Atkins/Bert Kaempfert/Doris Day and Ray Connif,-essential sixties Christmas music.
Once you've heard it you CANT dispense with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brenda with giggles, 2 Jan. 2013
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A lovely fun easy listening album with the wonderful Brenda and songs you mostly know from the past.Sung only in the style Brenda can do. Nothing to dislike about this album. Some songs i've not heard before but are brilliant.As you can see from past reviews i'm Christmas crazy and have a vast selection of Christmas music especially the oldies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than Rockin' around the Christmas tree, 24 Oct. 2002
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Audio CD)
Brenda is one of those singers - just like Bing Crosby - who's most famous song is a Christmas classic, despite a vast catalog of other material. On this collection, Brenda demonstrates her skills on a wide variety of Christmas songs, although there is only one carol (Silent night).
The oldest recordings here (from 1956, when Brenda was only 11) are Christy Christmas and I'm gonna lasso Santa Claus - this song is quite amusing but also has a moral tale, as it points out that Santa is more generous to the rich than the poor. Sadly, that will always be true.
In 1958, Brenda recorded Papa Noel, a cajun-flavored song, and Rockin' around the Christmas tree. Expected to be a massive hit, it missed the charts completely, though Brenda wasn't yet in the big time. Following the multi-million selling I'm sorry in 1960, a decision was taken to try again that Christmas. This time, the song went high in the charts, not just in America, but around the world.
The remainder of these songs, except the last three (which were recorded in 1965, but remained unissued outside Japan until the release of this CD), were first released on Brenda's original Christmas album in 1964, which also included some of the earlier tracks, including (of course) Rockin' around the Christmas tree.
Some of the songs were originally popularized by other singers, including Jingle bell rock (Bobby Helms), White Christmas and Silver bells (both Bing Crosby), This time of the year (Brook Benton) and Blue Christmas (Ernest Tubb, but made even more popular by Elvis), but Brenda's vocal style makes her versions distinctive, even though the arrangements are mostly faithful to the originals. It's a marshmallow world is a brilliant song which had already appeared on the Phil Spector Christmas album, though I don't know it's origin.
What really makes this album, though, are the original songs. Apart from those recorded in 1956 and 1958, there is Christmas will be just another lonely day (a serious song written by Ray Stevens, best known for his comic songs), Strawberry snow and the slightly silly (but brilliant) The angel and the little blue bell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars christmas classic, 6 Dec. 2013
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good old Christmas song a classic of yester year up there with all the good ones in my opinion gets you in the Christmas mode
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Rock My Xmas Tree. It went back., 29 Dec. 2012
Having been a fan of Brenda lee for 40+years and the owner of LPs and singles, I was very disappointed in this download hoping to put it on my ipad, the quality of the voice is bad, why not sell a download of the originals. 1 out of 10
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