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5.0 out of 5 stars A few rarities here among the more popular songs, 5 Dec 2013
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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While this collection comtains a fair number of familiar songs, albeit not usually the most famous versions, it comtains plenty of songs that I haven't seen very often on Christmas compilations, if at all. The previous collection Christmas Hits Of The 1950's contains a higher proportion of obvious tracls and fewer rarities.

One song that I am surprised not to have come across more often is This time of the year. Originally co-written and first recorded by Brook Benton, I have covers of the song on Christmas albums by Brenda Lee and Barbara Mandrell, but I think that's all, so it's great to find Brook's original here.

Christmas is a feeling in your heart (Andy Williams) can be found on Complete Christmas Recordings, but I know of nowhere else that it's available.I don't remember seeing Christmas story (Doris Day) and The gifts they gave (Harry Belafonte) on a multi-artist compilation before. Other notable rarities include The shepherd boy (Joan Regan), I want to spend Christmas with Elvis (Marlene Paula), neither of which I've heard before, and Footprints in the snow (Johnny Duncam). This Johnny Duncan is not the 1970's American country singer, but a 1950's British singer who had a UK #2 pop hit with Last train to San Fernando. Amybody who remembers that hit will have some idea of what to expect - a country / bluegrass somg that is completely different in style from anything else here.

Fiana Decker's two Christmas tracks (Do you love old Santa Claus?, I'm a little Christmas cracker) are not as rare as some of the other tracks here, but they are not particularly common either, so it's nice to find them here.

Of the ,ore obvious tracks here, White Christmas (Drifters) is the classic version featuring Clyde McPhatter. It seems to be growing in popularity, and deservedly so, judging by its more regular appearance on Christmas compilations these days. Run Rudolph run (Chuck Berry) is a famous classic track that most post people have heard.

This is a great collection of fifties Christmas music, particularly interesting for the rarities and other less-heard songs, some of which were popular in the fifties before fading into obscutrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great at anytime not just Christmas, 16 Jan 2014
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Quite a few of the songs on this cd I'd not heard, (a little before my time) but were really good. It will be played more next Christmas along with others.
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