|Burl Ives Christmas Album|
|No production credits|
|Released on 1968|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|A 13349 cover
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K ronomas X.0: HEY HEY HEY, I’M TALKIN’ CHRISTMAS. Four years after his immortal role as Sam the Snowman, Burl Ives tossed off this talkie. If the spoken asides of Elvis bored you, Burl doing it across an entire album should bore you a whole new one. I like the man and his singing voice, which is almost nowhere in attendance on this album. Instead, he chooses to narrate most of these Christmas tales, including the prayer of a young girl, “Happy Birthday Jesus,” which would get my nod for the creepiest Christmas song ever. It’s followed by a short recitation from his childhood, “Oh What A Lucky Boy I Am.” I’ll bet the babysitting gigs just dried up after this album. Even when he sings, the performances are lackluster: “Jingle Bells,” “Ave Maria.” The low rumbling tones and sluggish pace of his voice are better suited to “Thy Rebuke,” an excerpt from Handel’s Messiah that’s about as far away from “Holly Jolly Christmas” as you can get and still be on the same snowglobe. Originally released in 1968, Burl Ives Christmas Album has been re-released over the years as a cheap repackage with different artwork. The Burl Ives/Christmas connection is a strong one, but this is probably the weakest of the bunch. Really, he sounds like he’s ready for the retirement home on “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” and “Silent Night.” Of minor interest, the album does contain one of the few recordings of “Santa Mouse,” based on the Michael Brown book, in which Santa dresses a little mouse with a tiny beard and suit. Which, now that I think of it, was probably not a healthy sign for Santa, and likely led to the unfortunate “reindeer in a dress” incident that haunted his later years.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||1995||Sony Music Special Products||CD||64771|
|US||Sony Music Special Products||CD||A 13349||different cover|
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