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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.