The Platters

Christmas Album [PGD Special Markets]

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Given that the original 1964 release Christmas with the Platters clocks in at under half an hour with all of 13 tracks, this budget-priced reissue -- which includes only ten of those 13 cuts -- isn't much of a value at all. Certainly the performances (including renditions of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" alongside the Buck Ram originals "Come Home for Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby") are all superb, but with Christmas with the Platters readily available on CD, this slapdash collection is essentially worthless.

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