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Croon And SwoonCroon And Swoon: A Classic Christmas (1998) and its less impressive companion, Croon And Swoon: A Classic Christmas, Volume Two (1999), were released in a fairly crass (and tardy) attempt to cash in on the lounge craze of the mid-nineties. The dust having long settled on that particular fad, these discs still sound pretty damn good, thanks in no small part to their purity of vision (all classics, no Squirrel Nut Zippers). You see, there was a time when this music wasn't "easy listening" - it was popular music - and these songs come primarily from the years before rock 'n' roll rendered the form irrelevant. Together, the Croon And Swoon volumes comprise 36 songs from 1940 to 1970, including a number of arguably definitive renditions. A good introduction for the enthusiast, a sufficient collection for the dabbler.

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  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Mel Torme, 1966)
  • The Christmas Waltz (Peggy Lee, 1960) Frosty The Snowman (Gene Autry, 1950)
  • Happy Holiday (Bing Crosby, 1942)
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland, 1944)
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Doris Day, 1949)
  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Bing Crosby, 1951)
  • It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Andy Williams, 1963)
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Lena Horne, 1966)
  • My Favorite Things (Tony Bennett, 1968)
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry, 1940)
  • Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt, 1953)
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, 1943)
  • Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson, 1952)
  • (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays (Perry Como, 1954)
  • This Time Of The Year (Brook Benton, 1959)
  • We Need A Little Christmas (from Mame) (Angela Lansbury, 1966)
  • Winter Wonderland (Louis Armstrong, 1952)

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