20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Burl Ives

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Burl Ives

by Burl IvesBurl Ives


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This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1999 collection The Very Best of Burl Ives Christmas. That album, in turn, was drawn from several previous Ives albums, the 1952 set Christmas Day in the Morning, Christmas Eve (1956), Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (1965), and the TV soundtrack Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1966). Ives came to be closely associated with Christmas when he served as narrator for the animated TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1964 and scored a hit with the then-newly written "A Holly Jolly Christmas." But his earlier seasonal recordings had been of a more folk-ish and traditional cast, particularly on the Christmas Eve LP. Appropriately, his Have a Holly Jolly Christmas LP contained cheerier, more pop-oriented fare, and by combining four tracks from the former and seven from the latter with a few other selections, compiler Laura Graven achieves a good blend of different kinds of material. Ives' appealing tenor is what holds it together, however, as he performs the songs with warmth and enthusiasm.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811323523
catalogNumber: 000051902
Rank: 11543


  1. Overture/A Holly Jolly Christmas
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  3. White Christmas
  4. Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem
  5. Silver Bells
  6. Twelve Days of Christmas
  7. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  8. The Little Drummer Boy
  9. What Child Is This?
  10. Silver and Gold
  11. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  12. Winter Wonderland
  13. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  14. Silent Night
  15. A Holly Jolly Christmas

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burl Ives   Primary Artist
Herbert Rehbein   Conductor
Decca Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Maury Laws   Musical Director
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes
Dick Smith   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Laura Graven   Producer
Traditional   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
Henry Onerati   Composer
E. H. Sears   Composer

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