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 7, 2014 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:
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by FRANK SINATRA
Selections: 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
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by JOHNNY MATHIS (http://smarturl.it/cc_mathis_amzn) (Legacy)
Selections: 1. It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas 2. Ol’ Kris Kringle * 3. The Very First Christmas Day 4. Calypso Noel 5. My Kind Of Christmas 6. Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Bette Midler with Johnny Mathis) 7. Give Me Your Love For Christmas * 8. Sleigh Ride 9. The Christmas Waltz 10. Christmas In The City Of The Angels 11. Christmas Is…12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 13. Home For The Holidays 14. Sign Of The Dove
* previously unreleased
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by BARBRA STREISAND
Selections: 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
New Cover and sequence from 2013 Version
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by IL DIVO
Selections: 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
Previously released as The Christmas Collection
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by PERRY COMO
Selections: 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)
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS POP ALBUM
Selections: 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
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS HARD ROCK ALBUM
Selections: 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
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COUNTRY ALBUM (Walmart Exclusive)
Selections: 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