Various Artists

Merry Christmas [Proper]

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 2:35
3 2:00
4 2:28
5 1:15
6 3:12
7 1:30
8 2:18
9 2:43
10 3:56
11 2:59
12 3:13
13 1:29
14 2:33
15 2:19
16 3:07
17 2:54
18 2:58

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:31
2 1:54
3 3:25
4 1:27
5 2:40
6 1:28
7
3:39
8 2:58
9 3:22
10 1:46
11 2:57
12 2:51
13 2:50
14 3:06
15 2:04
16 2:13
17 3:28
18 2:34
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