Frankie Avalon's Christmas Album

by: Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon's Christmas Album may be a little too tied to its time -- one listen to the syrupy arrangements makes that clear -- but that's part of its charm. It's a nice artifact from the early '60s, one that will certainly appeal to Avalon's dedicated fans. There isn't too much imagination on the record, but he delivers such standards as "Blue Christmas," "White Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" quite appealingly, and if the newer songs fall a little flat, they still make for pleasant listening. All and all, it's a nice holiday album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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