The latest in Bear Family’s ‘Holiday’ series –on mid‐price CD !
29 Swinging Chestnuts
1 CD with 24‐page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time c. 79 min.
What we started with our compilation ‘Heading For The Christmas Ball’ (BCD 17611) in 2020, is continued with this CD compilation: providing the festival of love with more exuberance, even though some songs are nostalgic and dreamy and you might even feel transported back to your own childhood. This Christmas disc invites you to the Christmas ball, to dance, to swing, to contemplation and exuberance among family members, friends, peers and guests.
Parade of Christmas Rarities
Rare recordings, which cannot be found on any Christmas collection, are in focus here. Once again we present a number of songs that have never been available on CD before. For example, a novelty number by Dancer, Prancer & Nervous, The Singing Reindeer or I Like A Sleighride by Peggy Lee. Great female voices by Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Mahalia Jackson, The Fontane Sisters and others can be heard.
R&B and blues are on your ears from Floyd Dixon, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Sugar Chile Robinson, and Christmas classics from famous greats like Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin. There’s also a track from the 1957 TV special by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Rex Griffin delivers Western Swing, Django Reinhardt remains the guitar icon, while Ramsey Lewis conjures up Christmasy tunes on piano. The CD again features producer’s notes on each song, plus photos and illustrations in the 24‐page booklet!
Also available on LP: BAF18072
01 Here Comes Santa Claus ‐ Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
02 Santa Claus’ Party ‐ Les Baxter & His Orchestra
03 It’s A Marshmellow World‐ ‐Johnny Desmond
04 Nuttin’ For Christmas‐ ‐The Fontane Sisters
05 Willy Claus (Little Son Of Santa Claus) ‐ Molly Bee
06 The Happy Reindeer ‐ Dancer, Prancer & Nervous, The Singing Reindeer
07 Christmas Auld Lang Syne ‐ Bobby Darin
08 Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow ‐ Les Brown & His Band Of Renown
09 Mistletoe And Holly ‐ Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby
10 I’m Ready To Reform ‐ Rex Allen
11 Five Pound Box Of Money ‐ Pearl Bailey
12 Jingle Bells ‐ Frank Sinatra
13 Have Yourself A Merry Christmas ‐ Judy Garland
14 I Want You For Christmas ‐ Dick Robertson & His Orchestra
15 Christmas Swing ‐ Michel Warlop, Django Reinhardt & Louis Vola
16 Rudolph, The Red‐Nosed Reindeer ‐ Frank ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson
17 Empty Stocking Blues ‐ Floyd Dixon with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers
18 The Christmas Song ‐ Nat ‘King’ Cole
19 I Like A Sleighride (Jingle Bells) ‐ Peggy Lee
20 Willy Claus ‐ The Dispoto Sisters
21 The Sound Of Christmas ‐ Ramsey Lewis Trio
22 The Nutcracker Suite ‐ Les Brown & His Band Of Renown
23 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ‐ Peggy Lee
24 Mrs. Santa Claus ‐ Alma Cogan
25 Sleigh Ride ‐ Andy Williams
26 You Don’t Have To Be A Santa Claus ‐ The Mills Brothers
27 Jingle Bell Rock ‐ Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker
28 Silent Night, Holy Night ‐ Mahalia Jackson
29 Auld Lang Syne ‐ Roy Kral‐Jackie Crain Sextet
GENRE: Swing/Jazz/Rhythm & Blues/Pop