Season's Greetings: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection

Season's Greetings: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection

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Overview

Universal Music Group's 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection, usually devoted to mid-priced single-disc best-ofs of individual artists, here expands to a three-disc compilation of seasonal music drawn from the label's extensive catalog. Season's Greetings is a sort of rough history of holiday music, starting with Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," the granddaddy of all Christmas songs, and proceeding in more or less chronological order through 36 tracks. (The less than two-hour running time would have fit easily on two discs, but a limited number of tracks is one of the hidden prices of discount releases.) This is not a thorough survey of the best and most popular Christmas recordings available to the compiler; rather, it's a bit idiosyncratic, substituting lesser-known tracks and including the occasional oddity, such as the Marvin Gaye instrumental "Christmas in the City." But it does trace the development of holiday music from a mainstream pop concern in the '40s and '50s to primarily a product of subgenres like country and black pop from the '60s on. (Artists of the rock era just haven't shown as much interest in recording Christmas songs, though there are a couple here.) By the third disc, any pretense at a broad stylistic range has been abandoned; all 12 tracks are by black pop acts. Robyn Flans' poorly written, error-filled liner notes (contrary to what she writes, the film White Christmas was not a remake of the film Holiday Inn, and the Andrews Sisters did not make "Winter Wonderland" popular, they only revived it) don't help an appreciation of the set, but it doesn't bear close scrutiny anyway. Accept the bargain price and use it as a miscellaneous addition to your holiday music collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0731455672824
catalogNumber: 556728

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathy Mattea   Track Performer
Leroy Anderson   Track Performer
Burl Ives   Track Performer
Amy Grant   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Eartha Kitt   Track Performer
Brook Benton   Track Performer
Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Boyz II Men   Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Jackson 5   Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Track Performer
Stephanie Mills   Track Performer
Aaron Neville   Track Performer
New Edition   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Supremes   Track Performer
Temptations   Track Performer
Waitresses   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Mel Tormé   Track Performer
Dinah Washington   Track Performer
Pips   Track Performer
Bobby Helms   Track Performer
Jimmy Durante   Track Performer
Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Vince Gill   Track Performer
Ronald Isley   Track Performer
Brenda Lee   Track Performer
Angela Winbush   Track Performer
Harry Simeone Chorale   Track Performer
Dru Hill   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mel Tormé   Composer
Brian McKnight   Arranger
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
John Scott Trotter   Contributor
Ralph Blane   Composer
Jim Hendin   Photo Courtesy
J.J. Hollis   Composer
Michael Ochs Archives   Photo Courtesy
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Robyn Flans   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Ken Darby Singers   Contributor
Johnny Moore   Composer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Cliff Owens   Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer

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