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Bing CrosbyMerry Christmas

Genre:Pop
Style:Vocal, Holiday
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Tracklist

Silent Night
Adeste Fideles (Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful)
White Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Faith Of Our Fathers
I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)
Jingle Bells
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Silver Bells
It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
Christmas In Killarney
Mele Kalikimaka

Notes

Bing Crosby's third Christmas album from 1955, originally bearing the same name as his 1945 release Merry Christmas, although the title was later changed to White Christmas. There are, however, several variations with different titles and alternating artwork. This release contains the 1947 re-recording of 'White Christmas', as the master of the 1942 original was worn out.

When Decca, along with the rest of the music industry, abandoned the 10" LP format in 1955, they created a new 12" inch LP version of Merry Christmas, catalogue Decca DL-8128, with four additional songs and the now familiar cover with Crosby in his Santa Claus stocking cap as pictured above. The new songs were "Silver Bells" and "Mele Kalikimaka," both recorded in September 1950, and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "Christmas in Killarney," both recorded on October 1, 1951. The album's track listing was also adjusted slightly, with "Faith of Our Fathers" now preceding "I'll Be Home for Christmas." This issue has remained unchanged to present; first pressings of the album were released on Decca's all-black label with the catalog number in the top left corner of the front cover.

In 1963 the album was made available in electronically re-channeled stereo (with Decca's moniker, "Enhanced for Stereo" added on the upper right corner of the cover), Decca DL-78128. Mono copies made after the introduction of stereo have "DL-8128" in the bottom left corner of the front cover. All copies from the 1960s feature the Decca rainbow label. The mono version was temporarily deleted in 1968. The re-channeled stereo mixes are considered by many to be inferior due to the addition of artificial reverb, giving the once intimate-sounding "dry" original masters a "concert-hall" sound. The reverb is particularly intrusive on tracks such as "Adeste Fideles", "White Christmas", and "Silver Bells."

In 1973, after MCA merged all their labels (Decca, Uni, Kapp) to one corporate name, MCA Records, the album received a new catalogue number, MCA 167. This version was only available for a short time. Eventually, MCA chose to create a new numbering series for its reissued Christmas albums, and Merry Christmas was assigned MCA 15024. This exists on the black with rainbow, tan, and blue with rainbow labels. While the initial MCA pressings were in re-channeled stereo (as on the post-1963 Decca issues), the original "dry" mono mixes were restored to several of the later MCA pressings- most notably on the blue with rainbow labels.

In 1986 Merry Christmas was transferred to compact disc, MCAD-31143 and included these same twelve songs in their original mono mixes. Universal Music Group (successor to MCA Records) changed the name of the album to White Christmas, keeping the contents and the catalogue number unchanged. A new mono re-master was made in 1992 and reissued in 1995 (with either Catalog #MCAD 20820, or Catalog #MCAD 31143), and again in 1998 (with Catalog #B0017220-02), which is the one available at present.

Other Bing Crosby Christmas albums:

1st: Merry Christmas (1945)

2nd: Christmas Greetings (1949)
4rd: A Christmas Story (1957)

5th: A Christmas Sing With Bing - Around The World (1958)

6th: I Wish You A Merry Christmas (1962)

7th: 12 Songs Of Christmas (1964)

8th: A Time To Be Jolly (1971)

9th: The Greatest Christmas Shows (1978, radio broadcast)

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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1955, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Mono, Gloversville
    Decca – DL 8128US1955US1955
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1955, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Mono, Album
    Decca – DL 8128Canada1955Canada1955
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1955, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Mono
    Decca – DL 8128Canada1955Canada1955
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1955, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Mono
    Decca – DL 8128US1955US1955
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1955, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Mono, Gloversville
    Coral – cops 1011Lebanon1955Lebanon1955
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1955, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Mono, Album
    Decca – DL 8128Canada1955Canada1955
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1956, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Festival Records – FR12-1105Australia1956Australia1956
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1956, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue, Mono, Pinckneyville Pressing
    Decca – DL 8128US1956US1956
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas = メリー・クリスマス, 1957, VinylMerry Christmas = メリー・クリスマス
    LP, 10", Album, Reissue, Mono
    Decca – JDL-2001Japan1957Japan1957
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1960, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue, Mono
    Decca – DL 8128US1960US1960
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1960, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Repress, Mono, Gloversville
    Decca – DL 8128US1960US1960
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1960, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue, Mono, Gloversville Pressing
    Decca – DL 8128US1960US1960
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1960, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Brunswick – 008 597Germany1960Germany1960
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1960, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Decca – DL 8128US1960US1960
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1960, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Decca – DL 78128US1960US1960
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1961, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Decca – DL 78128US1961US1961
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1961-10-00, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Brunswick – LPBM 87 060Germany1961Germany1961
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1963, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Brunswick – LAT 8556UK1963UK1963
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    Decca – DL 78128Canada1963Canada1963
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1964, VinylMerry Christmas
    5×7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Single, Jukebox, Stereo
    Decca – DL 78128US1964US1964
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1965, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1967, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Decca – DL 78128US1967US1967
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    Cover of Felices Navidades, 1967, VinylFelices Navidades
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    Decca – CP9011Spain1967Spain1967
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1969, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold
    Decca – SDL 15Japan1969Japan1969
    New Submission
    Cover of White Christmas, 1970, CassetteWhite Christmas
    Cassette, Album, Reissue
    Coral – C-COPS 1011Italy1970Italy1970
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    Cover of Merry Christmas , 1970-11-00, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Unofficial Release, Stereo
    First Record – FL - 1960Taiwan1970Taiwan1970
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1970-10-00, VinylMerry Christmas
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    中聲 – CSJ 393Taiwan1970Taiwan1970
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1971, VinylMerry Christmas
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    Decca – DL 78128US1971US1971
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Black Rainbow Labels
    MCA Records – MCA 167US1973US1973
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
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    MCA Records – MCA-15024US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
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    MCA Records – COP/S 1011, MCA Records – COPS-1011Australia1973Australia1973
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Compilation, Reissue, Mono, Black Rainbow Labels, Gloversville
    MCA Records – MCA-15024US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Reissue
    Coral – COPS 1011Italy1973Italy1973
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo
    MCA Records (Canada) – MCA 167Canada1973Canada1973
    New Submission
    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Reissue, Stereo
    Decca – DL 78128, MCA Records – MCA-167US1973US1973
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
    LP, Album, Reissue
    MCA Records – MCA-190040Venezuela1973Venezuela1973
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
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    MCA Records – MCA 167Israel1973Israel1973
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    Cover of Merry Christmas, 1973, VinylMerry Christmas
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    MCA Records – MAPS-1011Venezuela1973Venezuela1973
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