Monday, December 10, 2012

Bing Crosby
"Merry Christmas" (Vinyl)

Released in 1945, this album in all of its incarnations has sold 15 million copies worldwide.  In addition, Crosby's "White Christmas" is the highest-selling single of all time (in excess of 50 million.)

Originally released on Decca on a series of 78 discs, I possess a 33 rpm version released on MCA which looks like it's probably from the 1970's.  In addition to countless vinyl pressings, the album has existed on CD, and probably will until the end of time.

The slower, gentler tunes are all dulcet and soothing; the up-beat tunes are chipper and playful, thanks in part to the Andrew Sisters' accompaniment on tunes like "Jingle Bells" and "Mele Kalikimaka."

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