Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, more prepare Christmas albums

Legacy Recordings’ Classic Christmas Album series rings in this year’s holiday season with new collections by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, plus compilations of hard rock, country and pop Christmas classics. The eight new titles will be available everywhere October 7th through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

This year not only introduces genre-specific, various artist compilations to the series but also previously unreleased and rare tracks. The Classic Christmas Album by Frank Sinatra features two previously unreleased tracks, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with singer Dorothy Kirsten and an alternate version of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. This alternate version follows a different approach to the performance of the same song Sinatra recorded four years later with the B. Swanson Quartet (track #2).

The Classic Christmas Album by Johnny Mathis features the two previously unreleased tracks “Ol’ Kris Kringle” and “Give Me Your Love For Christmas.” This holiday collection also includes “The Very First Christmas Day,” “Christmas In The City Of The Angels” and “Christmas Is…” These rare recordings were originally released as singles but are now making their first appearance on CD.

Each of the new collections gather 10 or more remastered tracks that span the career of each artist, all of whom recorded multiple holiday albums through the years (some on multiple record labels), as well as occasional Christmas tunes on other albums such as soundtracks or benefit albums.

With many of their holiday albums either out-of-print, or never issued on CD, or highly collectible rarities, each new title in the Classic Christmas Album series is a welcome cross-section of those hard-to-find classics. Each Classic Christmas Album gathers a career’s worth of precious memories, often spanning decades, while creating new memories at the same time.

The eight new Classic Christmas Album entries comprise the following:

sinatrachristmas

The Classic Christmas Album by Frank Sinatra

1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
4. I’ve Got A Home In That Rock
5. Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful)
6. Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)
7. Jingle Bells
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
10. Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land
11. Silent Night, Holy Night
12. White Christmas
13. Baby, It’s Cold Outside * (duet with Dorothy Kirsten)
14. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! *

* previously unreleased

mathischristmas

The Classic Christmas Album by Johnny Mathis

1. It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas
2. Ol’ Kris Kringle
3. The Very First Christmas Day (Single Version)
4. Calypso Noel
5. My Kind of Christmas
6. Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
7. Give Me Your Love for Christmas (1961 Version)
8. Sleigh Ride
9. The Christmas Waltz
10. Christmas In the City of the Angels
11. Christmas Is… (Single Version)
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (From the MGM Film, “Meet Me in St. Louis”)
13. Home for the Holidays
14. Sign of the Dove

streisandchristmas

The Classic Christmas Album by Barbra Streisand

(featuring a new cover and sequence from 2013 version)

1. Jingle Bells?
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
3. Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night)
4. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
5. My Favorite Things (From “The Sound Of Music”)
6. Ave Maria Op. 52 No. 6
7. I Remember (From “Evening Primrose”)
8. One God
9. Christmas Lullaby
10. The Best Gift
11. I Wonder As I Wander
12. Snowbound
13. Christmas Mem’ries
14. Gounod’s Ave Maria
15. The Lord’s Prayer

ildivochristmas

The Classic Christmas Album by Il Divo

(Previously released as The Christmas Collection)

1. O Holy Night
2. White Christmas
3. Ave Maria
4. When A Child Is Born
5. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
6. Over The Rainbow
7. Panis Angelicus
8. Rejoice
9. Silent Night
10. The Lord’s Prayer

comochristmas

The Classic Christmas Album by Perry Como

1. Here We Come A-Caroling/We Wish You A Merry Christmas
2. It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas
3. There’s No Christmas Like A Home Christmas
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
6. (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
7. O Holy Night
8. Winter Wonderland
9. Silver Bells
10. The Little Drummer Boy
11. Christmas Dream
12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
13. White Christmas
14. The Story Of The First Christmas (medley)

popchristmas

The Classic Christmas Pop Album

1. Last Christmas (Metro Station)
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You (Big Time Rush)
3. Sleigh Ride (Karmin)
4. All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day (Hurts)
5. Christmas Time (Backstreet Boys)
6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (New Kids On The Block)
7. Silent Night (Bros)
8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (B2K)
9. This Christmas (Jagged Edge)
10. White Christmas (Westlife)
11. This Christmas (Menudo)
12. Feliz Navidad (Acoustic Version) (Los Lonely Boys)
13. She Came Home for Christmas (Mew)
14. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) (Glasvegas)
15. Carol Of The Bells (Phantom Planet)

rockchristmas

The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album

1. Amazing Grace (Jeff Beck)
2. The Little Drummer Boy (Alex Lifeson)
3. Silent Night/Holy Night Jam (Joe Satriani)
4. Christmas Time Is Here (Steve Vai)
5. The Christmas Song (Steve Lukather)
6. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Neal Schon)
7. Sleigh Ride (Stuart Hamm)
8. O Come All Ye Faithful (Trevor Rabin)
9. Deck The Halls (Ted Nugent)
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Robin Trower)
11. We Three Kings (Halford)

countrychristmas

The Classic Christmas Country Album (Walmart Exclusive)

1. Christmas Time’s A Comin’ (Patty Loveless)
2. Christmas Time (John Anderson)
3. Pretty Paper (Kenny Chesney with Willie Nelson)
4. Rockin’ Little Christmas (Deborah Allen)
5. Santa Baby (Kellie Pickler)
6. Blue Christmas (K.T. Oslin)
7. Please Come Home For Christmas (Lonestar)
8. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Sara Evans)
9. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Alabama)
10. Jingle Bell Rock (Sweethearts Of The Rodeo)
11. Mele Kalikimaka (Jake Owen)
12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Ricochet)
13. Winter Wonderland (Brad Paisley)
14. White Christmas (Lari White)
15. The Christmas Song (Brooks & Dunn)
16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Martina McBride)

Author: Buddy Iahn

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