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Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Talk about smooth! Tony Bennett is the very definition of the word. Snowfall practically renders every other version of the songs included here null and void. Even "White Christmas" sounds better in Tony's hands than it di... more »
Talk about smooth! Tony Bennett is the very definition of the word. Snowfall practically renders every other version of the songs included here null and void. Even "White Christmas" sounds better in Tony's hands than it did in Bing's. It could be because Bennett's warmth extends not only from the quality of those pipes but his delivery. How many other grown men do you know who could get away with "My Favorite Things"? But it goes without saying that the collection's finest moments come when the crooner takes the romantic lead, with "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." The real killer here, however, is "The Christmas Song," which practically becomes an aphrodisiac when Bennett sings it. And it's not all about amore, as there's a truly beautiful version of "Silent Night."
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Buy the Sony 2004 version instead
M. R. Traska | Chicago, IL | 01/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recording is a re-release by an off-brand label and not to be confused with the very same CD released by Sony in 2004 from a 1968 Columbia recording on vinyl and remastered from the original tapes. As such, it's not surprising that this particular release is a bit off compared to the Sony release. But that said, I have to take issue with the only other reviewer here because doesn't know what he's talking about: as the vinyl LP and the Sony CD will show, Tony does a wonderful job with Christmas songs. Bing, Andy, and Perry all suck at Christmas tunes, on the other hand, because their 'popular' takes on Christmas songs were homogenized, commercialized, and sanitized for the lowest common denominator. Personally, I think their versions are shallow, schmaltzy, mediocre and forgettable and are what made me cringe whenever I heard them -- they sound so plastic, like Muzak. Bennett, in contrast, is a musician's musician and takes as much care with singing Christmas songs as he does with everything else. He can also swing hard and has a wonderful sense of musicality, whereas the other guys don't come close.
I suspect that if Tony Bennett's versions of Christmas songs don't sound 'Christmasy' enough to you, your taste in Christmas music has been badly damaged by way too many saccharine TV Christmas specials. I suggest large doses of Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and Mel Torme to straighten out your ear! And I strongly add that you should go for the Sony release of this album (or even the excellent Columbia LP, if you can find it) and leave this off-brand release in the remainders bin where it deserves to stay. Here's the Amazon link for the correct album: