Originally released in 1957, A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra was the first full-length Christmas album for Ol' Blue Eyes. The recording features the Ralph Brewster Singers along with a Gordon Jenkins conducted orchestra. The album includes the holiday favorite "Mistletoe and Holly" which was co-written by Sintra himself.
Christmas, to some it's a tree by the fireplace tipped with a gleaming star, to others a reflective hour in church surrounded by flickering altar candles and stained glass windows, or the long-awaited sight of loved ones.
In "A Jolly Christmas," Frank Sinatra vocally weaves these varied impressions into a tapestry of Christmas music both new and old. Side One of the album is devoted to popular Yuletide favorites of recent origin; on Side Two, Sinatra sings the traditional carols.
Frank Sinatra is the perfect choice for such an album. In the course of his unique career, he has experienced not only the joy of success, but also the solemn years of struggling. Now, as a fully mature artist, Sinatra rings responsive chords in millions. What you hear, then, as you listen to "A Jolly Christmas," is a man whose understanding enables him to sing these songs with equal feeling and beauty.
"...the album has touches of magic during "The Christmas Waltz" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."" -Jim Smith, allmusic.com
1. Jingle Bells
2. The Christmas Song
3. Mistletoe and Holly
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. The Christmas Waltz
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
1. The First Noel
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3. O Little Town of Bethlehem
4. Adeste Fideles
5. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
6. Silent Night