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It's a cracker...,
This review is from: Merry Christmas (Audio CD)
Of all the Christmas albums on the market by Nat Cole and his cotemporaries, male and female, and there are a lot of them, this is by far the best.
Mostly traditional Christmas carols, with a couple of lesser known ones, and a sprinkling of contributions from Tin Pan Alley, of which Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting...)" is the best known and quite rightly sets the tone as the album opener.
They are all sung impeccably in Cole's inimitable style, deep and crisp as the proverbial snow, warm and mellow as your cup of cocoa, and with feeling enough to stir the coldest of hearts - I defy anyone to listen to "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" without getting a little moistening in the eye. Five tracks further on "The Happiest Christmas Tree" is two minutes of absolute froth, but even so may remind you, with a smile, of a passage in a well-known British TV sitcom of the '90s that used it to great effect.
Orchestral backing and arrangements of the carols, recorded in 1960, are by long-term collaborator Ralph Carmichael, and are gorgeous without being over lush or sugary. The other songs were recorded with various arrangers at other times going back to 1956; for clarity and tonal quality they certainly don't sound over forty years old.
A vintage Christmas album, by a real singer in the popular genre, ideal for playing at any time, but I suspect best in the evening.