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Ahh ... that's better! Bing Crosby's original Christmas settings, remixed with newly-recorded orchestral arrangements for the LSO / Classical Music Sentinel

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I don't know about you, but every year when I play my Bing Crosby Christmas recordings I can't help but feel that the background vocals, and particularly the orchestral accompaniment, always sound slightly anemic and unidimensional. But now with the magic of audio technology, Crosby's original vocals have been remastered and remixed against fresh new recordings of backup singers and the wonderful London Symphony Orchestra. As Kathryn Crosby herself notes in the booklet: "Hearing Bing's voice with these completely new, beautifully recorded, orchestral accompaniments makes it seem as though he's back after all these years. It's magic." Like using Photoshop software to brighten up an old faded photograph, this type of digital audio manipulation breathes new life into the music.

Now I've never really been a proponent of tampering with audio. I've heard digital remasters of older analogue recordings that were actually detrimental and personally, I believe that analogue sounds more natural. One glaring example is a digital remastering of a famous analogue recording of the Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss on one of the most iconic classical music labels in which the software doing the transfer completely removed the sound of the "wind machine" because it was considered noise. And obviously whoever did the quality assurance tests didn't know the work very well as it was commercially released with this major flaw.

But in this case the end result is quite amazing. And of course, this may not be "classical" music but it certainly is a "classic" when it comes to Christmas recordings, to be enjoyed once again!

Tracks include

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Sleigh Ride

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

White Christmas (feat. Pentatonix)

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Jingle Bells (with The Andrew Sisters feat. The Puppini Sisters)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Do You Hear What I hear

The Christmas Song

Little Drummer Boy (with David Bowie)

Twelve Days of Christmas (feat. The Puppini Sisters)

Winter Wonderland

The Christmas Song (feat. The Tenors)

White Christmas (Bing solo)

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