Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas album of the day: "Snowbound for Christmas"

Issued by the UK "public domain" label Jasmine, this one is a real grab bag, but it includes some real gems - namely seven seasonal tunes by Les Paul and Mary Ford. The pair do their overdub thing, performing lovely renditions of "Jingle Bells," "The Christmas Song," "Silent Night" and more with lots of great guitar and harmony parts.

The only dud is "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer," sung by Mary in a grating baby-talk voice. There's lots and lots of other stuff, too, spread out over this two-CD set, including several tunes by the Anita Kerr Singers, songs from Dinah Shore, Red Foley and more, including a handful of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Singers performance you likely have on Bing's own Christmas releases. Still, it's cheap.

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