Dean Martin – The Dean Martin Christmas Album (1966)

frontcover1The Dean Martin Christmas Album is a 1966 studio album by Dean Martin arranged by Ernie Freeman and Bill Justis.

This was Martin’s only album of Christmas music released on Reprise Records (his only other Christmas album, A Winter Romance, having been released in 1959 on Capitol Records). It was reissued on CD by Hip-O Records in 2008, retitled A Very Cool Christmas.

Ricci James Martin, Martin’s son, wrote in a biography of his father that The Dean Martin Christmas Album was the only one of his father’s albums that was played in the Martin household, his parents seldom listening to Dean Martin’s music.

This was the fourth of five albums Martin released in 1966. Billboard magazine reported in its December 3, 1966 issue that The Dean Martin Christmas Album was on top of its “Best Bets for Christmas” chart.

The release of The Dean Martin Christmas Album in October and The Dean Martin TV Show in November 1966 were accompanied by what Billboard described as a “merchandising avalanche” by Reprise Records and their parent company Warner Music. Billboard described Martin as running the “hottest streak of his career”, and said that Reprise planned to sell $4 million of his records over the Christmas sales period. Billboard later reported that Martin had sold 850,000 albums in December 1966.

Reviewing A Very Cool Christmas, the 2008 reissue of the Dean Martin Christmas Album on Allmusic.com, William Ruhlmann gave the album three and a half stars out of five. Ruhlmann commented that Martin was in a “typically easygoing, good-natured mood on these tracks…He sings the seasonal material with the same nonchalance he gave to pop music of the period”. (by wikipedia)

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Personnel:
Dean Martin (vocals)
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unknown orchestra

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Tracklist:
01. White Christmas (Berlin) 2.54
02. Jingle Bells (Pierpont) 2.22
03. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Cannon/Kent/Ram) 2.28
04. Blue Christmas (Hayes/Johnson) 2.15
05. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Cahn/Styne) 1.57
06. Marshmallow World (DeRose/Sigman) 2.41
07. Silver Bells (Evans/Livingston) 2.25
08. Winter Wonderland (Bernard/Smith) 2.10
09. The Things We Did Last Summer (Cahn/Styne) 2.43
10. Silent Night (Gruber/Mohr) 2.47

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