Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tony Bennett - Snowfall: The Christmas Album (1994)

A reissue of Bennett's 1968 album with the addition of a bonus track.  The arrangements swing, Bennett is in excellent voice - what's not to like?

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: Even with the bonus track, the CD is only 31 minutes long, so there's not a lot of bang for your buck here.  My favorite track is Winter Wonderland - what a great arrangement.  Other top tunes are My Favorite Things and White Christmas.  The bonus track, I'll Be Home For Christmas, was recorded during a live appearance by Bennett on The Jon Stewart Show, a talk show on MTV from 1993-95.  Recorded with a swinging trio, it is one of the better songs on the disc.  The clunkers here are track 4, a generic medley of holiday tunes that really needs a big band, and track 5, an original song titled Christmasland.  I'm not a fan of the song Snowfall, but with Bennett at the helm, this version is tolerable. 

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Original 1968 cover artwork:

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