The Platters – 1963 – Christmas with the Platters

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It’s all about those honeyed harmonies on this winning collection of festive favorites from a classic vocal group. Drawing on doo-wop, soul, and blues, The Platters’ voices melt into each other over sighing strings on dreamy versions of “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Their massed singing sounds weightless and angelic, seamlessly meshing even when they ratchet up the tempo and start swinging on “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Tracks
A1 Jingle Bells Jingle
A2 White Christmas
A3 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
A4 Christmas Time
A5 Blue Christmas
A6 I’ll Be Home For Christmas
A7 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
B1 Come Home For Christmas
B2 Jingle Bell Rock
B3 All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
B4 Winter Wonderland
B5 Silent Holy Night
B6 For Auld Lang Syne

Old-school doo wop and R&B enthusiasts should note this baker’s dozen of seasonal offerings from the incipient incarnation of the Platters. The quintet serves up distinct and soulful interpretations of well-known selections, such as the buoyant opening “Jingle Bell Jingle” and a heartfelt stirring rendition of “White Christmas“, boasting a signature Buck Ram string arrangement. More in the spirit of the genre is the appropriately ebullient “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town“. The yuletide novelty “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” is likewise a standout, featuring a lighthearted lead from Zola Taylor. Standing in contrast is the affectively sublime “Silent Night” which is one of the effort’s finest moments, as well as “Auld Lang Syne” and a heartfelt “I’ll Be Home for Christmas“.

Ram’s combination of intimate orchestration and warm inviting vocals has never sounded better. His influence similarly stretches into a pair of original compositions. “Christmas Time” is a waltz ballad that feels right at home in the Platters’ canon beside the likes of “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes“. Ram’s “Come Home for Christmas” is languid and laid-back, with a smoky debonair lead from tenor Tony Williams. Of the uptempo numbers, “Jingle Bell Rock” captures the essence and innocence of the era.

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  • Logan
    Posted at 11:54h, 22 December 2019 Reply

    I hope you all enjoy Christmas 2019. Merry Christmas!

  • Dan
    Posted at 11:57h, 22 December 2019 Reply

    Everyone ready for Christmas hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season

  • Paul
    Posted at 22:15h, 22 December 2019 Reply

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  • Bill
    Posted at 20:54h, 23 December 2019 Reply

    Merry Christmas Everybody.

  • Nils
    Posted at 10:23h, 24 December 2019 Reply

    I wish everyone a merry christmas,greetings from Germany

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    Posted at 19:20h, 25 December 2019 Reply

    Merry Chritmas from South Africa

  • Jessica
    Posted at 19:52h, 25 December 2019 Reply

    Marry Xmas to everyone 🎄

  • Alex Gold
    Posted at 11:16h, 26 December 2019 Reply

    Happy Christmas to everyone around the world! ❤️

  • Thomas
    Posted at 23:33h, 01 January 2020 Reply

    Happy New Year yall.

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