Entertainment Weekly - 12/8/00, p.102
"...Wondrous, romantic fare for wide-eyed big kids. Cole sings with such warm, disbelief-suspending authority..." - Rating: A
Recorded between 1947 & 1960.
Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg (July 1990, Capitol Studios, Hollywood).
Personnel includes: Nat "King" Cole (vocals, piano); Frank DeVol, Pete Rugelo, Ralph Carmichael, Dave Cavenaugh, Nelson Riddle (arranger, conductor); The Singing Pussycats, The Starlighters (background vocals).
Producer: Lee Gillette.
Compilation producers: Carole Cole, Paul Atkinson.
Includes liner notes by Carole Cole.
Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg (Capitol Mastering).
Personnel: Nat King Cole (vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Bob Norberg.
Liner Note Author: Carole Cole.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (08/19/1946-07/07/1960); WMCA Radio, New York, NY (08/19/1946-07/07/1960).
Arranger: Nat King Cole.
This compilation of Nat "King" Cole's Yuletide-related recordings is packed full of the smoothly performed, sentimental favorites associated as much with Cole himself as with the season. His version of "The Christmas Song," for example, is an unforgettable classic, while his rendition of "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" has a warmth that nods to tradition while avoiding cloying sentimentality. This collection includes both old-time religious favorites like "I Saw Three Ships" and "Away in a Manger" and more contemporary fare, like "Frosty the Snowman" and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."