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The Edie Adams Christmas Album

The Edie Adams Christmas Album


Edie Adams was a beautiful and gifted actress and comedienne, but surprisingly few people today remember her career as a singer. Adams got her first big break when she became a regular on Ernie Kovacs' television series in 1951, and she frequently showed off her gifts as a vocalist on the show, as well as serving as a comic foil for Kovacs, who would marry Adams in 1954. While Adams was a frequent presence on television and in movies well into the '90s, she also appeared in a number of successful stage musicals and headlined in nightclubs; the classically trained Adams even dipped her toes into opera, starring in the Seattle Opera Company's production of Offenbach's La Pericole. In December 1952, Adams was frequently called upon to sing Christmas-themed material on the Kovacs Unlimited show, and 15 rare airchecks of Adams performing seasonal material are collected on The Edie Adams Christmas Album. These numbers were all performed live, with just a piano for accompaniment, and have been preserved here warts and all; Adams briefly flubs the lyrics on "It's A Marshmallow World," a bird makes an unexpected appearance on "Christmas in Killarney," and while Ernie Kovacs may have been one of the most inventive comedians of his time and the love of Edie's life, his two duets here show he was no singer. But Adams is in splendid form on these recordings; she had a fine voice, and her performances had a genuine charm and imagination, while she was capable of sounding jazzy on "Winter Wonderland," poignant on "I'll Be Home for Christmas," contemplative on "I Wonder as I Wander," and playfully romantic on "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," and handling each with confidence and grace. The album includes a fine liner essay from Josh Mills, Edie's son, attesting to her love of the Christmas holidays, and The Edie Adams Christmas Album shows she loved the songs of the season, and could sing them quite memorably. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • Label: Omnivore
  • UPC: 816651012084
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Track listings

  • 1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Featuring Edie Adams/Ernie Kovacs)
  • 2. It's Christmas Time
  • 3. Household/Holiday Blues (Featuring Ernie Kovacs)
  • 4. Christmas Song, The (Merry Christmas To You)
  • 5. Silver Bells (Featuring Ernie Kovacs)
  • 6. Blue Christmas
  • 7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  • 8. I Wonder As I Wander
  • 9. It's A Marshmallow World
  • 10. White Christmas
  • 11. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • 12. Christmas In Killarney
  • 13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • 14. Winter Wonderland
  • 15. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
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