Even though it includes some of the same songs, this isn't the Time-Life Christmas collection advertised annually on TV. It's actually a budget version of that anthology, and not a bad deal at all. Some may argue it's missing the two Elvis Presley tracks found on the three-CD TV version. Others will contend that any self-respecting Christmas music aficionado probably already owns (or should own) Elvis's wonderful '57 Christmas Album
. What's attractive about this one is it gathers a lot of classic singular
performances in one place--a tad too much Bing Crosby, perhaps, but also the original
hit versions of "Jingle Bell Rock," Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby," Burl Ives's "Holly Jolly Christmas," and the Drifters' "White Christmas" (the blueprint for Elvis's version). This is a terrific cross section of seasonal sounds. --Bill Holdship
This Christmas season, share your greatest holiday memories-and make some new ones with this "memorable" double-disc set! Includes It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Perry Como & the Fontane Sisters; This Time of the Year Brook Benton; Christmas Auld Lang Syne Bobby Darin; Silent Night Dinah Washington; Santa Baby Eartha Kitt with Henri Rene & His Orchestra; Frosty the Snowman Gene Autry; Silver Bells - Earl Grant; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland, plus Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Greg Lake, Eva Cassidy, Andy Williams and more!