Christmas for all demographics
Reviewed December 2009
Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas
By various artists
Walt Disney Records: 2009
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Designed as a promo to publicize this year's holiday schedule on Disney subsidiary ABC Family cable channel, the 16 songs here are all drawn from movies or specials airing between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Despite the hokey nature, it's not a bad collection taking in everything from Bing Crosby and Andy Williams to Hillary Duff and Simple Plan, meaning everyone from the kids to grandma will like something on here.
The songs progress from the lightest, fluffiest pop, tracks by actresses Alexa Vega and Amber Stevens, from the new made-for-TV movie "Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe," through Simple Plan and new-swing by the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, to classic pop by Williams and Crosby, and jazz by Ella Fitzgerald.
Among the treats are songs from long-running animated Christmas specials, "Frosty the Snowman" (the theme song performed by Jimmy Durante) and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" ("Put One Foot in Front of the Other," by Mickey Rooney and Fred Astaire).
Given the disparate nature of the songs here, most purchasers may not play this as a set at all instead, rip it to iTunes and then mix and match the various tracks into your rock Christmas set, your jazz Christmas set, ...
Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).