Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Sinatra Family Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Let's travel back back to 1968, and review the Sinatra Family Christmas album.  I love Sinatra, I really do, and I've always loved the Rat Pack (Christmas with the Rat Pack is one of my favorites of the season) but this album....what can I say about it....its not his best work.  Sap prevails over swing, despite Nelson Riddle's arrangements. Most of the songs are dull and uninspiring....even Frank cannot bring this up from the depths of awfulness.  Sadly, Frank Sr. is not prominently featured on this crapfest, which probably is a good thing...for him...certainly not us, the listener.  He only sings two of the tracks on his own, the rest have him and his family, or just his spawn singing.  I've always thought that Nancy Sinatra was a bit bland in her singing voice, and her sister Tina is no better, perhaps a bit worse, and lets face it, Frank Jr. is no Frank Sr.  Tina is mesmerizingly flat singing ''Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town'' and Frank Jr., doesn't fare much better with his rendition of Whatever Happened To Christmas? Whatever indeed...this is dreadful!  There is also a rat-pack inspired rendition of  The 12 Days of Christmas which just makes me yearn to hear the Rat Pack sing this instead. The cover is incredibly dated too...everyone wearing white, and Tina and Nancy with their signature 60s hairdos.

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