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.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2