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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)

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VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)

VA - The Ultimate Christmas Album, WCBS-FM 101.1, Vol. 5 (2000)
25 MORE Great Songs for the 25th of December

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 449 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb
Label: Collectables Records | # COL-CD-2522 | Time: 01:19:08
Holidays, Pop, Rock, Vocal Pop, R&B

The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 5 collects more pop and rock holiday tunes, this time venturing further into the '70s and '80s with songs like Paul McCartney & Wings' "Wonderful Christmastime," Hall & Oates' "Jingle Bell Rock," and Barry Manilow's "It's Just Another New Year's Eve." The collection still features traditional pop chestnuts, including Dean Martin's "A Marshmallow World," Johnny Mathis' "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)," and Andy Williams' "Sleigh Ride," but this volume's overall feel is more contemporary than classic. Other highlights include Manhattan Transfer's "A Christmas Love Song," the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," the Tokens' "Little Drummer Boy," and the Jackson 5's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." If The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 5 isn't necessarily the most coherent volume in the series, it's certainly one of the most interesting.

Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) [MFSL Remastered 2013]

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Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) [MFSL Remastered 2013]

Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) [MFSL, Mastered by Rob LoVerde 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 85 Mb | Scans included | 00:34:16
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Vocal Pop | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2135

Dean Martin finally got access to conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle for an album project, and the result was an easy swinging collection with appealing horn charts and a series of comfortable readings of recent and vintage standards. Especially notable were the two songs borrowed from My Fair Lady, "On the Street Where You Live" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," which Martin and Riddle re-imagined as straight-forward love songs; "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" (which Martin would try again in a more contemporary arrangement four years later for one of his biggest hits); and a solo version of "Just in Time," which the singer had recently done with Judy Holliday in the film version of the musical Bells Are Ringing. This Time I'm Swingin'! was a good, confident set by an artist who had figured out how to make competent albums without expending a lot of effort, which was a key to his charm.