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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Christmas album, 25 July 2011
This review is from: Merry Christmas Children Everywhere (Audio CD)
Perhaps there are more novelty songs than is ideal, but there's a lot of interesting tracks here, some of which are hard to find elsewhere. (I'm sure people will feel there's a good reason for that.) The set opens with a track featuring Morecambe and Wise, but while there is some singing, it is mostly banter between Eric and Ernie. It's all good fun, but unless you're paying attention, it will pass you by. After that opening track, everything else works as background music.

Pinky and Perky were two pig puppets that were regulars on British TV in the early sixties. I was not aware at the time that they were Britain's answer to the Chipmunks. I realized this much later and if I had any doubt, this CD makes it obvious by including two Pinky and Perky tracks as well as two Chipmunks tracks, all of them versions of Christmas classics. Although you can tell the difference, the similarities are more obvious than the differences.

Elsewhere, I was slightly disappointed that while there are two Rolf Harris tracks, neither of them is Six white boomers. That song about kangaroos replacing reindeer for Santa's sleigh ride around Australia is Rolf's best Christmas song, but you have to look elsewhere for it. I have both the Alma Cogan tracks elsewhere. Of the two, the better one is Christmas cards, although she had a UK top ten hit with Never do a tango with an Eskimo. My favorite track here is Snowy white snow and jingle bells (Dorothy Squires), but some of the other obscure songs are worth a listen too. Ronnie Hilton (White Christmas) and the Cliff Adams singers (Twelve days of Christmas) do great versions of standards to round off the set in great style.

If truth be told, I think children will appreciate this set more than adults, so I'll knock a star off for that reason, but I don't have any regrets about buying it, especially at the price I paid.
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