Christmas Songs

December 6, 2016 - Comment

Mel Torme is so famous for writing “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” it’s surprising that he never recorded a full Christmas album before 1992′s Christmas Songs. Besides that standard, Torme’s own compositions here include the heartfelt “The Christmas Feeling” and “Christmas Was Made for Children.” He also sings Johnny Mercer’s Christmas

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Mel Torme is so famous for writing “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” it’s surprising that he never recorded a full Christmas album before 1992′s Christmas Songs. Besides that standard, Torme’s own compositions here include the heartfelt “The Christmas Feeling” and “Christmas Was Made for Children.” He also sings Johnny Mercer’s Christmas lyrics for “Glow Worm” as well as more traditional fare. Backed by both orchestra and big band, Torme is alternately swinging and sentimental on this instant classic. –David Horiuchi

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T. Sloan says:

Wonderful! I have to admit that I was disappointed with this recording. It’s not terrible, but Mel was just not in very good voice and I cannot imagine myself wanting to replay most of these tracks next year. I did enjoy some of the more up-tempo numbers; but his voice on the ballads was not up to par. The orchestra was very good and I enjoyed the arrangements. They were perhaps a bit schmaltzy, but that works in this context. If I had to do it over again, I would have just downloaded the few tracks…

Anonymous says:

Many years ago, Mel Torme was featured annually on one of the TV networks’ Thanksgiving Day parade coverage. He worked from a set decorated to look like a living room at Christmas, complete with tree, fireplace, greens, and of course, a grand piano. At the end of the parade show each year, he sang “The Christmas Song”, which always seemed to me like a semi-official kickoff to the Christmas season.So when this turned up on my Amazon search of Christmas MP3s, I downloaded it without…

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