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Christmas with Bobby Darin (1CD): complete Christmas album + 7 bonus tracks; moving performance; good sound!
on 4 June 2016
“Christmas with Bobby Darin”, released by Delta Leisure Group from UK in 2011, contains the complete album “The 25th Day of December” plus 7 bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):
LP “THE 25TH DAY OF DECEMBER” (Atco 33-125)(1960):
01 O Come All Ye Faithful (Atco 45-6211)(b-side, November 1961)
02 Poor Little Jesus
03 Child of God (Atco 45-6183)(b-side, BB Pop 45/October 1960)*double sided hit
04 Baby Born Today
05 Holy Holy Holy
06 Ave Maria (Atco 45-6211)(uncharted a-side, November 1961)
07 Go Tell It On The Mountain
08 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
09 Jehovah Hallelujah
10 Mary Where Is Your Baby?
11 Silent Night
12 Dona Nobis Pacem
14 Christmas Auld Lang Syne (Atco 45-6183)(a-side, BB Pop 51/October 1960)
15 Dream Lover (Atco 45-6140)(a-side, BB Pop 2(1)/April 1959; UK 1(4)/1959)*his biggest hit in UK
16 Beyond the Sea (Atco 45-6158)(a-side, BB Pop 6/January 1960; UK 8/1960)
17 Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (Atco 45-6167)(a-side, BB Pop 19/May 1960; UK 34/1960)
18 Clementine (Atco 45-6161/London HLK 9086)(a-side, BB Pop 21/March 1960)
19 Splish Splash (Atco 45-6117)(a-side, BB Pop 3(1)/May 1958; UK 18/1958)
20 Mack the Knife (Atco 45-6147)(a-side, BB Pop 1(9)/August 1959; UK 1(2)/1959)*his biggest US hit
1 This current set contains the complete Bobby’s Christmas album “The 25th Day of December” plus 7 bonus singles. In this set, the song “Christmas Auld Lang Syne” was included as part of the Christmas album in the song listing. This so happens to be the same as the CD version of “The 25th Day of December” including the bonus track “Christmas Auld Lang Syne.” I have a feeling that this was a direct transfer of that CD, then, also adding on other singles tracks.
2 Compared to the “The 25th Day of December” CD, this current set is much cheaper, with 6 more bonus tracks and also equally good sound. Better value!
3 The sound is good.
1 The 4-page booklet is essentially useless because the inner sleeves contain only advertisements of other Christmas CDs from Delta.
2 There are mistakes in the song listing:
(a) The song “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”, the title was simply labelled as “While Shepherds Watched.”
(b) The song “Christmas Auld Lang Syne” was simply labelled as “Auld Lang Syne.”
(c) The above song was mistakenly listed as part of the album.
3 There was no essay, no label & number and no chart position.
4 There is no picture of album front cover.
This current set is the only Christmas album ever recorded by this much-loved--and tragically short-lived—singer, and contains some of his most majestic vocal performances, spotlighting qualities only hinted at on his pop releases. This set is a welcome addition to my Bobby Darin library and will be treasured.