Frank Sinatra: Jingle Bells
Frank Sinatra (vocals)
A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (Capital CDP 7 48329 2)
Frank Sinatra (vocals),
Ralph Brewer Singers (vocals), orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins.
Composed by James Lord Pierpont.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, July-May 1957
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
What could be better than listening to Sinatra sing a swinging "Jingle Bells" every Christmas season? Nothing. For years, however, I was convinced there was an audio mistake on this cut. At the 1:25 mark, Sinatra sings "jing-jingle bells" The double syllable comes so quickly that it sounds just like it used to when a phonograph needle would repeat a groove on a used LP. (I feel so old.) To hear that sound on a CD, though, was confounding. So I finally took time to investigate the apparent glitch. It turns out Sinatra simply needed another beat to make things work musically, so he gave us an extra half a word. I wouldn't put up with that from just any croon-crooner. Merry Christmas!
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky