TCD-107 The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas
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Released on 1986
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C ome Christmas time, this one ends up on the holiday platter in my home more than any other disc. The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas contains 45 of the most beloved (really, I’m not just shilling for the AOL-Time-Warner-Life company, they’re classic) Christmas songs. It’s Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price and other bygone stars singing what many would still regard as the definitive versions of yuletide treasures like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas.” This two-disc set never fails to put me in the Christmas spirit and, together with The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas Volume II, represents a solid four-disc foundation for any holiday music collection. In fact, volumes one and two may be all the Christmas music you need, since they offer a wide variety of artists and have very little overlap in terms of the Christmas songs they pick. As guardians of our country’s history, Time-Life has compiled several collections of American music (folk, bluegrass) which preserve the songs of my parents’ generation (and their parents too). Thus, this is the Christmas that I grew up with, and it never fails to make me feel nostalgic for the Christmas of my youth. Of course, we grow older and (hopefully) come to understand that the idea of a benevolent, supernatural figure with unlimited love for good children is none other than Jesus Christ chinese whispered through a commercial age, but the emotional ties to the temporal wrappings of Christmas remain strong. In a sense, Christmas is Christian theology in baby form: adorable, pure, simple yet infinitely sufficient. It’s also one of two traditions (marriage being the other) that unite us for a moment. For you, maybe the Neville Brothers and Andrea Bocelli evoke Christmas. For me, it’s Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Burl Ives. For all of us, it’s a time to celebrate, sing and rejoice in the real meaning of Christmas.

TRACK LISTING

    Disc One
  1. Bing Crosby: WHITE CHRISTMAS    3:04
  2. Dolly Parton: MEDLEY: WINTER WONDERLAND/SLEIGH RIDE    4:37
  3. Harry Simeone Chorale: THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY    3:01
  4. André Previn conducting: O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM    2:50
  5. Roger Whittaker: THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS    3:22
  6. Nat King Cole: HARK, THE HERALD ANGELS SING    1:47
  7. Perry Como: O HOLY NIGHT    3:39
  8. The Carpenters: THE CHRISTMAS SONG    3:39
  9. Robert Shaw Chorale: MEDLEY: CAROL OF THE BELLS/DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY    2:20
  10. Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS    6:44
  11. Elvis Presley: HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS    1:57
  12. The Beach Boys: SANTA'S BEARD    1:58
  13. Charley Pride: CHRISTMAS IN MY HOME TOWN    2:03
  14. Ed Ames: AWAY IN A MANGER    2:21
  15. Jim Reeves: SILENT NIGHT    3:07
  16. Perry Como: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS    2:54
  17. Gene Autry: RUDOPLH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER    2:50
  18. José Feliciano: FELIZ NAVIDAD    3:00
  19. Morton Gould and the RCA Symphony Orchestra: GOOD KING WENCESLAS    2:35
  20. Bobby Helms: JINGLE BELL ROCK    2:07
  21. Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops: MEDLEY: HERE WE COME A-CAROLING/O TANNENBAUM/I SAW THREE SHIPS    5:05
  22. Leontyne Price with the Choir of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York: AVE MARIA (SCHUBERT)    4:47

    Disc Two
  23. Roger Whittaker: DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH    4:20
  24. Elvis Presley: IF EVERY DAY WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS    3:15
  25. Brenda Lee: ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE    2:00
  26. Perry Como: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN    2:53
  27. Jim Reeves: JINGLE BELLS    2:15
  28. André Previn conducting: WHAT CHILD IS THIS?    3:08
  29. Luciano Pavarotti with the National Philharmonic, Kurt Herbert Adler, conductor: ADESTE FIDELES    3:45
  30. Perry Como: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS    2:53
  31. Julie Andrews: GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN    3:09
  32. Alabama: CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE    3:33
  33. Bing Crosby: DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?    2:42
  34. Robert Shaw Chorale: MEDLEY: JOY TO THE WORLD/ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH    3:10
  35. Glen Campbell: BLUE CHRISTMAS    2:32
  36. Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus, Robert Page, conductor: IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR    3:20
  37. Judy Garland: HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS    2:43
  38. Harry Belafonte: MARY'S BOY CHILD    4:20
  39. Roger Whittaker: ROCKING    3:02
  40. Lena Horne: LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW    2:21
  41. Sergio Franchi: THE FIRST NOEL    3:11
  42. Kate Smith: SILVER BELLS    2:34
  43. Burl Ives: HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS    2:08
  44. Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS    2:35
  45. Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus, Eugene Ormandy, conductor: WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS    2:02

CREDITS

Gary Yealdhall -- cover art

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1986 Time-Life Music 2LP STL-107  
US 1987 Time-Life Music 2CD TCD-107  

 

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