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

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12 Songs of Christmas
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Studio album by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Fred Waring
ReleasedAugust 1964
RecordedJune 16–19, 1964, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
GenreVocal jazz, traditional pop, Christmas
LabelReprise
FS 2022
ProducerSonny Burke
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12 Songs of Christmas is a 1964 album of Christmas music by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians.[1][2][3][4] The artists had previously collaborated for the album America, I Hear You Singing, released earlier the same year.

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.[5]

Reception[edit]

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."[6]

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.'"[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."White Christmas"Irving Berlin3:46
2."It's Christmas Time Again"Sonny Burke, John Elliot, James K. Harwood2:50
3."Go Tell It on the Mountain"Traditional, John Wesley Work III3:25
4."An Old-Fashioned Christmas"Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen3:46
5."Where Angels Sang of Peace"Traditional2:59
6."The Little Drummer Boy"Katherine K. Davis3:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Johnny Marks2:38
2."Do You Hear What I Hear?"Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne Baker3:11
3."The Secret of Christmas"Cahn, Van Heusen3:48
4."The Twelve Days of Christmas"Traditional3:51
5."Christmas Candles"Dean Kay, Vincent O'Dea, Jay Clinton2:40
6."We Wish You the Merriest"Les Brown2:19

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "12 Songs of Christmas". Amazon.Com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians* – 12 Songs Of Christmas". Discogs.Com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  3. ^ "12 Songs of Christmas Frank Sinatra Bing Crosby and Fred Waring album". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ "12 Songs Of Christmas Frank Sinatra Bing Crosby And Fred Waring Album". The Marsvolta.Com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Amazon". Amazon. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "Variety". Variety. October 7, 1964.
  7. ^ "The Gramophone". December 1965.