JT’s 25 Albums of Christmas No. 5

Christmas with Peggy Lee

If songs were like gumdrops, Christmas with Peggy Lee would pretty much be a candy dish full of them. That’s really the best way I can think of to describe this sparkling collection of standards and lesser-known gems.

Seriously, this album is a treasure trove of unheralded Christmas tunes that you’ve probably never heard – some quirky, like “Don’t Forget to Feed the Reindeer and “Christmas Carousel” (Much of the album is a repackaging of Lee’s 1960s Christmas Carousel album – she’s much more than the singer of “Fever”), and some beautiful like “The Christmas Spell” and “The Star Carol.” In fact, “The Star Carol” just might be the prettiest Christmas song you’ve never heard. The album is also peppered with great takes on classics like “The Christmas Waltz,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” and “Happy Holiday.” There’s even a couple of New Year’s songs – “Song at Midnight” and the haunting “My Dear Aquaintance (A Happy New Year),” which was recently covered by Regina Spektor.

And each song is imbued with Lee’s delicate jazz vocal stylings – all sugar and spice and everything nice. Just like a gumdrop. Check it out here.

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