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One of three Christmas albums you will need...,
This review is from: Christmas Crooners [3d Pop-Up Edition] (Audio CD)
...the other two being:
Now That's What I Call Xmas (or similar);
Best Christmas Carols...Ever!, the (or similar)
This one's something special though. It contains some of the greatest singers, musicians and songwriters the world has ever known, among them - Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and not forgetting the "unnerving unswerving Irving Berlin". Put it on and at once you will feel as though the snow's 2 feet thick outside, there's a roaring log fire in your living room and Bing Crosby's about to call round with a bottle of brandy and a box of mince pies. The sound is no longer coming from your CD or MP3 player, but from your grandmother's radiogram.
The spoken-word interludes (possibly from original live TV or radio performances, maybe even well known ones? I don't know myself) add to the atmosphere - an ambience and warmth oddly similar to Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity.
For a compilation, the album is unusually cohesive. It sounds like a collaborative studio project recorded in one session. It almost certainly wasn't (though some of the pieces may be related?) and maybe (or maybe not) a lot of the songs were recorded in Los Angeles in July...or something. Which just goes to show how good the production is.
You can't force magic.