Twenty of Frank Sinatra’s most iconic festive holiday classics are to be gathered together for the new collection Ultimate Christmas, which is to be released via Capitol/Universal Music on 6 October 2017.
The new collection also honours the Sinatra family’s holiday traditions with Frank joined by his children, Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr, on three songs. Ultimate Christmas is available now for pre-order in CD, digital, and 180 gram 2LP black vinyl editions, as well as a limited 2LP white vinyl edition.
Ultimate Christmas showcases Sinatra’s merry best, from the tranquil and traditional favourites ‘White Christmas’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, and ‘The First Noël’ to the rollicking ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, and ‘Mistletoe And Holly’.
Sinatra’s children add their voices to ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’, ‘The Bells Of Christmas (Greensleeves)’, and ‘I Wouldn’t Trade Christmas’. The collection’s iconic recordings span 1957 to 1991, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Gordon Jenkins, and Johnny Mandel, among others.
Throughout his six-decade career, Frank Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double-platinum and one triple-platinum album by the Recording Industry Association Of America. Sinatra demonstrated a remarkable ability to appeal to every generation and continues to do so; his artistry still influences many of today’s music superstars. The Oscar-winner also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures – and even makes a posthumous appearance in the hugely anticipated sequel to Blade Runner.
Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, The Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he remains a legend and an inspiration around the world for his contributions to culture and the arts.
Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Christmas will be released on 6 October. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and purchase the collection here.
The Ultimate Christmas tracklist is:
‘The Christmas Waltz’
‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’
‘The First Noël’
‘Mistletoe And Holly’
‘The Christmas Song’
‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’
‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’
‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’
‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’
‘I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day’
‘The Little Drummer Boy’
‘Whatever Happened To Christmas’
‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ – with Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina
‘The Bells Of Christmas (Greensleeves)’ – with Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina
‘I Wouldn’t Trade Christmas’ – with Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina
‘A Baby Just Like You’