|The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas|
|previously released material|
|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.
Gary Yealdhall -- cover art
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