Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Leroy Anderson, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel|
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: FIEDLER,ARTHUR Title: WHITE CHRISTMAS Street Release Date: 10/01/1996
No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Title: WHITE CHRISTMAS
Street Release Date: 10/01/1996
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Late-period Fiedler, still worthwhile
(4 out of 5 stars)
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An Old Favorite
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(5 out of 5 stars)
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Christmas isn't Christmas without this CD
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