For many years, Frank Capra's fabled film It's a Wonderful Life lacked a soundtrack album. Columbia corrected this situation in 1997 when they released Nick at Nite: It's a Wonderful Life, the Record. Most of the soundtrack is instrumental background music, with the famed songs "Buffalo Gals" and "Auld Lang Syne" being the only vocals. For fans of the film, it's certainly an enjoyable listen, but the music doesn't quite hold up on its own -- it's designed to be heard with the film, and it works best in that context.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine