1964: The Jack Jones Christmas Album
The highlights of Jack Jones’s first Christmas album are two of the lesser known songs on the record. Lullaby for Christmas Eve was co-written by Pete King, who regularly arranged Jones’s pieces. The singer’s simple and beautiful rendition of this song; a lullaby from a father tucking his daughter into bed on Christmas Eve- is heart warming and full of that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling. The second memorable track is Village of St Bernadette, a song first released by Andy Williams in the early 1960’s. For the rest of the album, Jones delivers the standard Christmas fare, with tracks including Sleigh Ride, White Christmas and a number of traditional carol melodies. Jones is accompanied throughout by a large choir, but his powerful voice still manages to dominate. Despite the fact that The Jack Jones Christmas Album has been re-released numerous times since its first appearance, it is yet to be reissued on CD. Lovers of a good old fashioned Christmas album will nonetheless enjoy digging out the record player for this one, even if it is just to hear the horse and sleigh bell sound effects that make this album so much fun.