Friday, December 25, 2015

25 Holiday Records: 3: Burl Ives Christmas Album

We're counting down to Christmas Day with a list of 25 records we have in the shop at Royal Cat Records! Why? Because vinyl rules!

This next record is by a beloved childhood favourite!


Burl Ives Christmas Album
by Burl Ives
Columbia ‎– CS 9728

Burl Ives is a beloved childrens entertainer who also has a great track record as a serious folk musician and dramatic actor. He is kind of the white Leadbelly in the sense that he popularized many traditional folk tunes during the 1950s and 60s folk revival and made them palatable for a middle class white audience. Most of us know him from his kids records and his turn as the Snow Man narrator in the animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tv special. He sings some classic songs on that show, none of which are included on this record. In fact, this is not the Burl Ives record you should own. It is very traditional and ballad-y, sung in a gentle boring way that lacks any of the pep or inventiveness of many of Burl's performances. 

A1 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
A2 Silent Night, Holy Night
A3 O Little Town Of Bethlehem
A4 O Holy Night
A5 Happy Birthday, Jesus (A Child's Prayer)
B1 Oh What A Lucky Boy Am I
B2 Jingle Bells
B3 Santa Mouse
B4 Ava Maria
B5 The Christmas Story
B6 Medley: Thy Rebuke; Behold

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