Mitch Miller and The Gang Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch! (Expanded Edition) CD
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  • In His Role as Producer at Columbia Records, Mitch Miller Had an Incalculable Impact on American Pop Culture, Fostering the Careers of Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, and Many Others

  • He Also Was a Popular Recording Artist in His Own Right, Releasing a Series of Chart Albums Mostly Credited to Mitch Miller & The Gang

  • His 1958 Album Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch Was One of the Best Selling Christmas Albums of All Time, Hitting #1 upon Release and Going Top Ten for Three Straight Years After That

  • However, That Album Has Never Seen a Complete, Authorized Reissue Anywhere in the World

  • Real Gone Music & The Second Disc’s Expanded Edition Not Only Includes the Complete, Original Album with Original Art but Also Features Eight Rare Bonus Tracks

  • Many of the Bonus Tracks Make Their CD Debut, Including “Must Be Santa,” a Favorite of Bob Dylan

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos from the Columbia Vaults

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York 

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    Mitch Miller and The Gang: Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch! (Expanded Edition). CD

    Are you ready to sing along with Mitch? Between 1961 and 1964, Mitch Miller invited television audiences to “follow the bouncing ball” as he conducted his cheerful chorus on musical favorites of every kind. Miller’s television show was an offshoot of his hit series of Columbia “Sing Along” LPs, which were just one of the avenues by which Miller practically defined popular tastes in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. At Columbia Records, the onetime child prodigy and trained oboe player nurtured the careers of Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Doris Day, and established the role of the producer in pop music. His reach even extended to young children, as he spearheaded the Golden Records label. In 1958, Mitch Miller & The Gang released one of their most enduring albums: the original Christmas Sing Along with Mitch, featuring rousing renditions of beloved carols including “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Surprisingly, this classic LP—which went to #1 on the charts and hit the Top Ten for three straight years after that—has never seen a complete, authorized reissue on CD anywhere in the world. Now, this family sing-along gem is finally arriving on CD in a deluxe, expanded reissue sporting the original, classic cover art from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records! And that’s not all. Eight rare bonus tracks, many appearing for the first time on CD, have been added to Christmas Sing Along with Mitch! You’ll hear spirited versions of the Broadway favorites “Be a Santa” and “Pine Cones and Holly Berries,” as well as the original recording of “Must Be Santa,” a favorite of none other than Bob Dylan! Mitch also offers “Season’s Greetings” and “Auld Lang Syne” from a long out-of-print holiday collection. The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese has penned the new liner notes for this set, which features rare photos from the Sony Music Archives and a shimmering remastering from Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios! Christmas Sing Along with Mitch: Expanded Edition is a bountiful Christmas gift from one of the most influential talents in all of American popular song.

1. Joy to the World
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3. What Child Is This
4. We Three Kings of Orient Are
5. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
6. Silent Night, Holy Night
7. Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly
8. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
9. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
10. The First Noël
11. The Coventry Carol
12. Away in a Manger (Luther's Carol)
13. O Little Town of Bethlehem
14. Season's Greetings
15. Must Be Santa
16. Christmas Spirit
17. Be a Santa 
18. It Came upon the Midnight Clear/Away in a Manger
19. Whispering Hope
20. Pine Cones and Holly Berries
21. Auld Lang Syne

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