Holiday Album Thursday: Christmas with the Rat Pack

We hope everyone had a good Christmas from Rock on Philly! Our last installment of Christmas album reviews is Christmas with the Rat Pack, released in 2002 by Capitol Records. It’s time to wind down from egg nog to champagne for New Years with classics sung by Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. The singers on this album are loved by all ages and the jazzy movement of the songs keeps you in the party mood for New Year’s Eve.

Starting with the Irving Berlin hit “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” with Dean Martin, the album kicks off with a nice upbeat rhythm and a standard jazz ensemble. “Mistletoe and Holly” was written for Frank Sinatra in 1957, carrying on typical characteristics of jazz standards from that time like big band instrumentation and swing rhythm like all the songs on the album. The classics always have a romantic feel to them that is perfect for keeping the holiday spirits alive post Christmas. Other favorites like “Jingle Bells” by Sammy Davis, Jr. and “Winter Wonderland” by Dean Martin are great for kids and visiting grandparents. “Christmas Waltz,” written for Frank Sinatra as the first Christmas waltz has become very popular and recorded by other artists, such as She & Him and The Carpenters.

The collection of older classics and new music written at the height of popularity of the three singers are sure to remain classics forever because of the sentiment that it brings to older generations and to newer generations that are reminded of time spent with people who cherish this style of music. We hope you pull out these standards and rock out to them the rest of the holidays, and again next Christmas season. Have a great end to 2013 and rock on!

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