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12 Songs of Christmas (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Fred Waring album)

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Released  August 1964
Producer  Sonny Burke
Release date  August 1964
Label  INDEPENDENT
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Recorded  June 16–19, 1964, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
12 Songs of Christmas (1964)  Softly, as I Leave You (1964)
12 Songs of Christmas (1964)  That Travelin' Two-Beat (1964)
Artists  Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Waring's Pennsylvanians
Genres  Christmas music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz
Similar  Frank Sinatra albums, Traditional pop music albums

12 Songs of Christmas is a 1964 studio album by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.

Contents

All of the songs were included on CD as part of the 2-CD set Nothing but the Best (Limited Christmas Edition) issued in 2009.

Reception

In the USA, Variety received the album favorably. "This is an attractive compilation of seasonal standards delivered in standout style by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, singly and in tandem, with the polished support of Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians. Among the top sides in this set are "Go Tell It on the Mountain," "The Little Drummer Boy," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and "The 12 Days of Christmas."

Gramophone in the UK was not so keen, commenting: “12 Songs of Christmas,” with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians (Reprise R2022). Plenty of expensive talent crammed uncomfortably into a small, well-worn stocking. Obvious, pallid stuff, with the two head groaners actually together on only two tracks, and neither of them anywhere in particularly good voice. Collectors of sheer corn may take a perverse delight in an item called “We Wish You the Merriest."

Personnel

  • Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians (Tracks 1-12)
  • Bing Crosby (Tracks 2-3, 9, 11-12)
  • Frank Sinatra (Tracks 3-4, 6-7, 12)
  • Songs

    1White Christmas3:54
    2It's Christmas Time Again2:49
    3Go Tell It On the Mountain3:28

    References

    12 Songs of Christmas (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Fred Waring album) Wikipedia


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