Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song

Track

The Christmas Song

Artist

Nat 'King' Cole (piano, vocals)

CD

Nat "King" Cole 1946 (Classics 938)

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Musicians:

Nat 'King' Cole (piano, vocals), Oscar Moore (guitar), Johnny Miller (bass).

Composed by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells

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Recorded: New York, June 14, 1946

Albumcovernatkingcole-1946-classics938

Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Partridges, as ground-nesting seedeaters, have no business in pear trees, unless they're waiting for said fruit to fall and yield its seed. Or maybe they're hanging out for acoustical purposes, to amplify the marginal snickering that passes for partridge birdsong. Certainly they can't compete as singers with Nat King Cole—who could? As for "The Christmas Song," Rudy Reindeer prefers Nat's first recording, despite its being long shelved in favor of remakes with syrupy strings. In any form, though, it's the coolest possible yuletide greeting, with Jack Frost nipping at your nose and partridges dressed like Eskimos in pear trees.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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