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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate Christmas with sixties music, 8 Sep 2009
This review is from: Heartbeat Christmas (Audio CD)
Typical of Heartbeat compilations, some tracks are included from earlier or later, but the vast majority are from the sixties. Compilations of Christmas music devoted to, or even dominated by, the sixties are not exactly commonplace. Even though I've got several tracks elsewhere, I haven't come across a compilation quite like this one.

Of all the tracks here, Rockin' around the Christmas tree (Brenda Lee) appears frequently on other Christmas compilations and it's a track that everybody should recognize, whether or not they own a copy. The Beach Boys are represented by their cover of Santa Claus is coming to town, rather than the Christmas song they are famous for, Little Saint Nick. Similarly, Bing Crosby is represented by Winter wonderland instead of White Christmas, while Any Williams opens the set with his version of that song. Other highlights include The happiest Christmas tree (Nat King Cole, another singer not represented by the most obvious track), I want Elvis for Christmas (Eddie Cochran with the Holly twins) and Christmas vacation (Bobby Vee).

Two British Christmas songs that I'm particularly pleased to find here even though I've got them elsewhere are Lonely pup in a Christmas shop (Adam Faith) and Christmas cards (Alma Cogan). Do you hear what I hear? (V era Lynn) and Twelve days of Christmas (Spinners) provide further British representation, while Little drummer boy (Rolf Harris) represents Australia on what is primarily a compilation of recordings by American artists. Of course, P J Proby (who sings Silent night) became a star in Britain having failed to break through in America, where he hails from. So we Brits will claim him, too, especially as he appears to have stayed with us since his glory days.

Except only for the Spinners folk-pop track, the first 22 tracks may generally be described as pop music, varying between easy-listening and rock'n'roll. The last two are easy-listening pop-country tracks, these being Christmas is my favorite time of the year (Kenny Rogers) and Have yourself a merry little Christmas). As a country fan, I love these tracks, but I'm not sure if they really belong here, especially as the Kenny Rogers track is of more recent vintage (early eighties) than all the other tracks here. Still, they appear at the end, so if you don't like them, you can stop the CD during or after the instrumental version of Sleigh ride that occupies track 22.

If you love sixties music and want a multi-artist Christmas collection, this may be as near as you'll get to what you're looking for.
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