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Merry Xmas
The Mills Brothers
Merry Xmas
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1


      

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Great Christmas classics by a great vocal group.
Tom B | Westport, CT USA | 11/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Mills Brothers have voices of gold interwoven in a tapestry of magic. Their records made the world sing along, and we still recognize them instantly. Who doesn't know from the first few notes their songs such as "Paper Doll," "Glow Worm," "Yellow Bird," "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" and many others? On this disc they bring the same level of skill and artistry to Christmas favorites like White Christmas, Silent Night, Joy to the World and more, enriching them with comforting warmth and heartfelt performances. For really nice Christmas music this disc is like a group of old friends sitting by the tree."
Another Christmas Classic At A Bargain Price
Kim K. | Bayonne, New Jersey | 11/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Mills Brothers had some of the best voices in recorded music. I grew up hearing their recordings thanks to my parents and grandparents. You can't go wrong with this collection of holiday music, especially if you enjoy strong harmonies. Highly recommended."
Great Old Christmas Recording, Kinda Croonerish
rodney wiltin | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | 04/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a real nice and relaxing 1959 christmas recording. Even the upbeat numbers come across as relaxing. This is probably due to a small, four man vocal group with a small (perhaps rhythm section of an orchestra) musical backing with some christmas sounds thrown in (rather than the big orchestra backing with strings and brass that was so common on christmas albums back in the 1950's). The relaxing and very easy-listening nature makes this album one of the greatest christmas albums for background music during the christmas season.

This album is a perfect mix of six secular christmas songs and six religious christmas songs. All are great and so you can play the whole thing without any skipping of songs. So, songs such as HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS and I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS to O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM and SILENT NIGHT are all wonderfully done.

The singing is fantastic with great harmony singing from the four singers. Sometimes they take solo leads as well and that is also great. It sounds like they could have had good solo careers.

The musical backing is very small, as mentioned, seems like just a drum, guitar, organ in some of the songs, and maybe one or two other instruments but it works real well to create that smooth but mellow 1950's/1960's 'croonerish' styled musical backing. There are occasional christmas sounds as well which helps make this musical backing (and just the whole recording) sound very christmasy. Think of some of the mellow songs on PERRY COMO'S 1959 christmas album, SEASONS GREETINGS, where there is often just a small musical backing and that's what this whole recording is similar to, to the songs of WINTER WONDERLAND or SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN on that great PERRY COMO christmas album.

100% recommended to fans of the more mellow 'crooner' sounds of yesteryear. If you like this style, then you should really like this done with the christmas songs that are found on this cd. And the overall sound, from the music to the singing to the production is good and done in such a way that it really keeps to that old-fashioned christmas sound and mood from decades ago.

If you can find this and like the description in this review, then you should pick this up. It really is a christmas classic."