The Proper label didn't go out of its way when trying to come up with a name for this collection. As an album title, Merry Christmas may seem a little generic perhaps, but it's actually rather fitting. It's a straightforward title that gets right to the point of the matter. And that's exactly what Proper did in regard to the featured music as well -- this is a straightforward compilation of all the expected favorites. Yet what sets Merry Christmas apart from the myriad other straightforward holiday collections out there is this particular album's scope -- it's whopping. Spanning two discs and clocking in with a total of 36 tracks, Merry Christmas definitely isn't short on music. The quantity's here -- and so is the quality. You really can't go wrong with this collection. It's the perfect one-stop holiday collection to own. All the big-name holiday performers are here: Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and yet more Bing Crosby. You may never have to buy another holiday collection after this.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2