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Christmas Memories (CD)

Year: 2003
Label: Ranwood
Catalog Number: 7064-2
Number of Discs: 1
Editor's Rating: (Read Review)
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Track Listing:

1. I'll Be Home for Christmas  Song Info 
2. Silver Bells  Song Info 
3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear  Song Info 
4. Winter Wonderland  Song Info 
5. Silent Night  Song Info 
6. What Child is This?  Song Info 
7. The Little Drummer Boy  Song Info 
8. The First Noel  Song Info 
9. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas  Song Info 
10. Sleigh Ride  Song Info 
11. Santa Claus is Coming to Town  Song Info 
12. A Holly Jolly Christmas  Song Info 
13. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer  Song Info 
14. Christmas in Killarney  Song Info 
15. Christmas Island  Song Info 
16. Good King Wenceslas  Song Info 

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Editor's Review

If you remember the 4-record Lawrence Welk Christmas set that Reader's Digest issued in 1970, then the release of this CD is a welcome development. While "22 Merry Christmas Favorites" is a terrific CD, I've spent years wondering how on earth they could leave off Jo Ann Castle's rip-roaring honky-tonk piano rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". This CD remedies that omission and brings you several steps closer to having all of the songs that were included in that LP set.

You should also get "Jingle Bells", which features several alternative (though perfectly legitimate Lawrence Welk) recordings, as well as a few Welk recordings that aren't readily available anywhere else on CD. Then you'll need to hope for one more release to fill in the rest of the gaps, or, ideally, a CD release of the 4-record set itself. In the meantime, this CD is a must. If it contained nothing other than "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and 45 minutes of Lawrence Welk talking about life in North Dakota, it would be well worth the price. But this one is solid from top to bottom.

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Song Information

Silver Bells

Featured Performer(s): Norma Zimmer (Vocal), Jimmy Roberts (Vocal)
Song Credits: Ray Evans (Composer), Jay Livingston (Composer)

The exciting sights and sounds of Christmas in the city come sparklingly alive as Jim Roberts and Norma Zimmer join their voices to sing this unique Christmas song. Most Christmas songs are built around the religious aspects of the holiday or family gatherings or, if an outdoor scene is depicted, it is the snow-covered country or a cozy small town. But in this song, the big city, with its lights, glittering shop windows and busy shoppers, also has a warm, Christmas feeling which has been caught by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. This paragraph taken from the Reader's Digest collection, "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk", 1969 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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What Child is This?

Featured Performer(s): Ralna English (Vocal)

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The Little Drummer Boy

Featured Performer(s): Lennon Sisters (Vocals)
Song Credits: Harry Simeone (Composer), Onorati (Composer), Davis (Composer)

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Featured Performer(s): Dick Dale (Vocal)
Song Credits: Meredith Willson (Composer)

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Sleigh Ride

Featured Performer(s): Myron Floren (Accordion)
Song Credits: Leroy Anderson (Composer)

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Featured Performer(s): Jo Ann Castle (Honky-Tonk Piano)
Song Credits: Haven Gillespie (Composer), J. Fred Coots (Composer)

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A Holly Jolly Christmas

Featured Performer(s): Clay Hart (Vocal)
Song Credits: Johnny Marks (Composer)

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