Various Artists – An Easy Christmas (2001)

frontcover1This is just a sampler, full with 20 old and classic christmas songs, performed by many stars in the easy listening style.
You can hear singers like Don McLean, David Bowie, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Perry Como and Al Green.

“This is my most favourite christmas album ever-I had to order a second copy as the first had a scratch on. I listen to it all the time. Not your average Christmas album!”(by miss r aughton)

“Great to listen to while wrapping presents” (by Zoe Bell)

And I guess, I will play this album (amongst others) on December 24, 2016 … Enjoy this romantic and sentimental sampler.

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Tracklist:
01. Andy Williams: Most Wonderful Time Of Year (2001) (Pola/Wyle) 2.34
02. Nat King Cole: Christmas Song (1963) (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Tormé/Wells) 3.14
03. Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby (1953) (Javits/Springer) 3.26
04. Dean Martin: Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow (1965) (Cahn/Styne) 1.58
05. Judy Garland: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944) (Martin/Blane) 2.45
06. Harry Belafonte: Mary’s Boy Child (1957) (Hairston) 2.59
07. Bing Crosby: White Christmas (1954) (Berlin) 3.04
08. Al Green: Silent Night (1963) (Gruber/Mohr) 3.19
09. Crystal Gayle: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer (1996) (Marks) 2.57
10. Anne Murray: Snowbird (1978) (MacLellan) 2.11
11. Don McLean: Winter Wonderland (1991) (Bernard/Smith) 2.54
12. Charles Brown: Please Come Home For Christmas (Christmas Finds Me Oh So Sad) (1961) (Brown/Redd) 3.18
13. Doris Day: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1964) (Gannon/Kent/Ram) 2.27
14. Andy Williams: Sleigh Ride (live) (2001) (Anderson) 2.22
15. Crystal Gayle: Silver Bells (1996) (Livingston/Evans) 4.09
16. Don McLean: Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (1991) (Coots/Gillespie) 3.06
17. Perry Como: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1959)(Traditional) 2.56
18. Al Green: What Christmas Means To Me (1963) (Story/Gaye/ Gordy) 3.44
19. Bing Crosby + David Bowie: Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (1977) (Fraser/Grossman/Alan Kohan/Simeone/Davis/Onorati) 2.38
20. Michael Ball: Happy New Year (1999) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.18

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Doris Day – Day By Day (1956)

FrontCover1 By the winter of 1956-1957, Doris Day had become a respectable, even spectacular record seller, as long as her recordings were tied into her film projects. Her soundtrack album of songs from her film Love Me or Leave Me, a biopic about Ruth Etting, had been the longest-running number one hit of 1955 and “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),” the theme from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which she starred, was a gold-selling Top Five hit in 1956. But Day’s non-film recordings were less assured of a commercial reception. Day by Day, an LP without a movie tie-in, was her attempt to change that, and it was largely successful. Frank Sinatra had demonstrated the possibilities of the concept DorisDay02album, in which a single mood was sustained throughout an entire LP, and Day and her conductor, Paul Weston, tried out the idea on Day by Day, assembling a group of love songs mostly from the 1930s and ’40s (the only exception being “Autumn Leaves”) and giving them all intimate, small-band arrangements. Day’s convincing, conversational tone was perfect for the approach, at least to the extent that she conveyed warmth and understanding of the lyrics. Unlike, say, Sinatra, however, she did not take the opportunity to plumb the depths of those words; when she sang Gershwin & Gershwin’s “But Not for Me,” for example, she stayed on the surface, never exploring the heartbreak that the song wittily detailed. That was the way a band singer of the ’40s would do it, and Day was a band singer of the ’40s. So was Sinatra, but he had found reason to change, while Day had not. Nevertheless, Day by Day made the Top Ten, demonstrating that Day could sell records without a cinematic association. (by William Ruhlmann)

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Personnel:
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The Paul Weston Orchestra

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Tracklist:
01. The Song Is You (Kern/Hammerstein II) 3.21
02. Hello, My Lover, Goodbye (Green/Heyman) 3.40
03. But Not For Me (G.Gershwin/I.Gershwin) 2.40
04. I Remember You (Schertzinger/Mercer) 4.03
05. I Hadn’t Anyone Till You (Noble) 3.06
06. But Beautiful (van Heusen/Burke) 3.26
07. Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Prévert/Mercer) 3.05
08. Don’t Take Your Love From Me (Nemo) 3.26
09. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren/Gordon) 2.46
10. Gone With The Wind (Magidson/Wrubel) 2.50
11. The Gypsy In My Soul (Boland/Jaffe) 3.06
12. Day By Day (Stordahl/Weston/Cahn) 3.28

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