Merry Christmas is a compilation album by Bing Crosby that was released in 1945 on Decca Records. It has remained in print through the vinyl, CD, and downloadable file eras, currently as the disc and digital album White Christmas on MCA Records, a part of the Universal Music Group, (reissued in June 1995) and currently on vinyl as Merry Christmas on Geffen Records (re-issued in September 2014).
What Jesus is to Christmas, Bing Crosby is to Christmas music. The Irish crooner's 1941 version of Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin's dreamy ballad "White Christmas" has sold 50 million copies, inspiring covers by everyone from Stiff Little Fingers to New Kids on the Block. Crosby's 1945 album Merry Christmas – expanded over the years with tracks from throughout the Forties and Fifties and reissued on CD as White Christmas in 1986 – has a distinct Irish-Catholic flavor thanks to the hymn "Faith of Our Fathers" and the jaunty "Christmas in Killarney. There's also the Hawaiian-tinged "Mele Kalikimaka" (one of three songs where he makes hella merry with the Andrews Sisters). And the orchestra-backed versions of "White Christmas" and "Blue Christmas," both poignantly sung by Brian Wilson, hint toward Pet Sounds majesty.
Title on labels: Bing Crosby Sings And Narrates A Christmas Story - An Axe, An Apple And A Buckskin Jacket. Código de Barras e Outros Identificadores.
For the novice Crosby-Christmas fan, this set is perfect for several reasons: not only does it give you a fine overview of Bing's career, the sound quality is exceptional. This album (Bing Crosby's "White Christmas") is a true Classic. My mother had the album on 78 rpm records. The original title was "Merry Christmas", and it consisted of only eight of the present twelve songs.
Remastered LP reissue of Bing Crosby's classic, Merry Christmas, album. Disc: 1. 1. Silent Night (1942 Single Version) (Side 1). 2. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) (Side 1). 3. White Christmas (Side 1). 4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Side 1). 5. Faith Of Our Fathers (Side 1).
The folks at MCA essentially fused together one half of White Christmas and one half of That Christmas Feeling to create Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs. Not a bad recipe for success, except that here they elected to "restore" the songs to the original mono masters from Decca. At times, especially on the White Christmas selections, "remanded" seems like the better word. While tape hiss and saturated sound levels have a certain charm on vinyl, the original defects come through too clearly on compact disc.
|A3||Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer|
|A4||O Little Town Of Bethlehem|
|B1||Away In A Manger|
|B2||Jingle Bell Swing|
|B3||That Christmas Feeling|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Creative Sounds Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Thomas Nelson Audio
NotesPhonographic copyright "Courtesy of Creative Sounds LTD."
"This cassette has been carefully prepared from old recordings to preserve the integrity of Mr. Crosby's original performance."
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 0 20049 80842 9
|4923||Bing Crosby||White Christmas (CD, Comp)||Creative Sounds Ltd.||4923||US||Unknown|