Phil Spector's Christmas Album
Label: Phil Spector International
Cat#: 2307 005
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: UK 70s Issue
Original Year of Released: 1963
Cover: VG+ VG++ minor cornerwear
With The Phil Spector Wall Of Sound.
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Rock & Roll, Soul, Ballad
A1 Darlene Love - White Christmas
A2 The Ronettes- Frosty The Snowman
A3 Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans - The Bells Of St. Mary's
A4 The Crystals - Santa Claus Is Comin'To Town
A5 The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride
A6 Darlene Love - Marshmallow World
B1 The Ronettes - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
B2 The Crystals - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
B3 Darlene Love - Winter Wonderland
B4 The Crystals - Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
B5 Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
B6 Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans - Here Comes Santa Claus
B7 Phil Spector And Artists - Silent Night
This album was something of a revolution in its time, at least where Christmas music was concerned, although all that Phil Spector actually did was apply his normal production style to Christmas music.
The Crystals, famous for Then he kissed me and Da doo ron ron, sing brilliant, energetic versions of Santa Claus is coming to town, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Parade of the wooden soldiers. The Ronettes, famous for Be my baby, are equally brilliant on Frosty the snowman, Sleigh ride and I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus. Bob B Soxx and the blue jeans, famous for Zip-a-de-doo-da, also excel on Bells of St Mary's and Here comes Santa Claus.
Darlene Love, whose biggest success was as lead singer of the Crystals on He's a rebel, sings four songs here, a rare chance for her to be credited as a solo performer. Christmas (Baby please come home) is the only original song here. White Christmas includes the rarely heard verse about being in Beverley Hills. The other two, Marshmallow world and Winter wonderland, are also outstanding.
The closing Silent night is just a series of spoken acknowledgements set to a backing track. Don't worry about that - the twelve songs that go before set the standard for Christmas rock albums when it was first recorded and still do, because nobody has bettered it since.