Christmas with The Rat Pack

May 6, 2017 - Comment

Just as irony is being pronounced dead, along comes this boozy holiday compilation to suggest that rumors of its demise may be premature. Given the culture’s simmering lounge mania, this collection (with its cheesy homage/rip-off Oceans 11 art direction) may be belated–but hey, punctuality was never these swingin’ cats’ bag, Jack. The novelty of having

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Just as irony is being pronounced dead, along comes this boozy holiday compilation to suggest that rumors of its demise may be premature. Given the culture’s simmering lounge mania, this collection (with its cheesy homage/rip-off Oceans 11 art direction) may be belated–but hey, punctuality was never these swingin’ cats’ bag, Jack. The novelty of having three of the 20th century’s most notorious sinners belt, whoop, and sing the praises of sleigh bells, roasting chestnuts, and the virgin birth would be enough to recommend this dizzy, 21-track delight, but there’s actually some rewarding pop archaeology here as well. Two of the best tracks–Sammy Davis’s ring-a-ding-ding romp through “Jingle Bells” and Dino’s dreamy “Peace on Earth/Silent Night”–hail from a vintage, ultra-rare Reprise sampler. Sammy’s typically over-the-top “Christmastime All Over the World” and Nat Cole tribute, “The Christmas Song,” also make their CD debut. Dino’s holiday TV specials yield more unreleased rarities: Sinatra-Martin duets of the loopy “Marshmallow World” and a touchingly tipsy take on “Auld Lang Syne” that suggests the boys have shared more than one cup of kindness. –Jerry McCulley

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Janet P. S. says:

I host all the family at Xmas eve & love to have excellent music on in background I host all the family at Xmas eve & love to have excellent music on in background.Doesn’t get BETTER than this. The talent on display is not only as magical as this holiday season but also will put ANYONE In the Christmas mood.SINATRA, Martin & Sammy D. Jr… singing Christmas music.Priceless! (but oh, ironically as for pricing…..NOT much, so wonderful and quick delivery, no isues to contend with at a time when otherwise VERY busy as if).

Wendy says:

The Rat Pack are Naturals at Christmas Cheer This is one of my favorite Holiday CDs. I usually buy a new CD every year and do enjoy the contemporary artists additions to the typical holiday musical fare but I have owned this CD for quite a few years now & I still enjoy it. It is not traditional choir Christmas music but many of the songs are classics, with a few songs that are not on the “usual” collections, such as Frank Sinatra’s Christmas Waltz & I Believe, or Christmastime All Over the World by Sammy Davis Jr. If you’re a…

Jon Warshawsky says:

Perfect holiday album – I love this I loved this! Okay, so many of these tracks are available elsewhere. And the ‘Oceans 11’ packaging cues don’t tie well to a set of holiday music. But this is a great Christmas album. There’s a blend of the serious and the ridiculous that delivers on both counts, and it’s a trip back to an era of Christmas before terrorism and everything else that has, for those of us old enough to think about it, taken a bit of the spirit from the holiday season. So this is a Christmas album for grownups, and…

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