Christmas Memories

Lawrence Welk

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Christmas Memories Review

by Johnny Loftus

The sound and overall vibe of Lawrence Welk's Christmas Memories will be familiar to fans of the famous bandleader's milquetoast variety program. Viewed through a furious, sideways eggnog hangover, the show seemed to take place in a bizarre antireality, populated by stuffed tuxedo ruffle shirts and more taffeta than an explosion at a McCall Patterns factory. It was like a WASP Def Comedy Jam. With a few swooning numbers from the Lawrence Welk Orchestra leading the merry way, Christmas Memories runs through the usual standards, and features contributions from numerous Welk ringers. The Lennon Sisters' pristine harmonies work wonders with an understated "The Little Drummer Boy" and warm things up with the cheery cocktail lounge favorite "Christmas Island." The biggest Grinch in the world will have to say "Aw, shucks" when the smiling quartet sings "How'd you like to stay up late/Like the islanders do/Wait for Santa to sail in with your presents in a canoe." Other highlights include a jaunty instrumental take on "Sleigh Ride" led by Welk show accordion virtuoso Myron Floren (arriving complete with hokey hoof effects, fluttering flutes, and jangling sleigh bells); a countrypolitan "Holly Jolly Christmas" from Clay Hart ("Y'all have a good Christmas now, y'hear?"); and everyone's favorite Emerald Isle singalong, "Christmas in Killarney." Christmas Memories is typical of the budget holiday fare that floods the market each Christmas. But it's also a trip down memory lane for anyone who's ever been transfixed by the grimacing white-bread kookiness of The Lawrence Welk Show.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Lawrence Welk 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
2 Lawrence Welk feat: Norma Zimmer 01:58 SpotifyAmazon
3 Lawrence Welk 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
4 Lawrence Welk feat: The Lennon Sisters 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
5 Lawrence Welk 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
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Lawrence Welk 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
7 Lawrence Welk feat: The Lennon Sisters 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
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Lawrence Welk 01:56 SpotifyAmazon
9 Lawrence Welk 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
10 Lawrence Welk feat: Myron Floren 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
11 Lawrence Welk feat: Jo Anne Castle 01:49 SpotifyAmazon
12 Lawrence Welk feat: Clay Hart 01:56 SpotifyAmazon
13 Lawrence Welk 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
14 Lawrence Welk 01:57 SpotifyAmazon
15 Lawrence Welk feat: The Lennon Sisters 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
16 Lawrence Welk 01:35 SpotifyAmazon
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