Sinatra, Martin and Davis – Christmas with the Rat Pack (2002)

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. seemed to always being playing on the house stereo when I was a kid. They were also on the tube a fair amount, though it’s a safe bet that I had no idea why they seemed so funny.

And speaking of TV, check out the closing “Auld Lang Syne,” taken from The Dean Martin Show. There’s some off-key, late and slurry stuff going on there … which makes me think that they’d been living up to their reputation and tipping a few back.

Though this compilation contains material found on other records, there are a few gems not found anywhere else: Sammy Davis’ “Jingle Bells,” Dean Martin’s “Peace On Earth/Silent Night.” There are also a couple of other Sammy Davis rarities: “Christmas All Over The World” and “The Christmas Song,” the latter taken from Sammy’s tribute album to Nat King Cole.

It has been another crazy year. What I need now is some downtime with the family, some original lounge music, and maybe just a little of the ‘ole egg nog (which may or may not have a little somethin’ in it).

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he writes several weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.