Just months after the February 2003 debut of Michael Bublé's first studio album for Reprise Records, the Canadian crooner released an EP of Christmas music. Let It Snow! reinforced the young artist's connection to the great vocalists who had inspired him as it featured such classics as "White Christmas," "The Christmas Song," and the Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn-penned title track. Eight years later, Bublé finally released a full-length seasonal set. 2011's simply-entitled Christmas, his fifth album for Reprise, shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Boasting the familiar likes of "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and "A Holly Jolly Christmas," the album was his third chart-topper. It's gone onto become his most successful LP to date, with over 4 million copies sold in the U.S. and 12 million worldwide. It's also had four billion streams (calculated as equivalent to 60 million albums). On November 12 in North America and November 13 elsewhere, Warner Records and Reprise will celebrate 10 years of Christmas with a limited Super Deluxe box set.
The box contains:
- The original album on CD and exclusive green vinyl;
- DVD: The Making of Christmas, a previously released behind-the-scenes and in-the-studio compilation filmed during the recording of the album with Bublé's commentary;
- A 48-Page hardcover book including a new letter from the artist to his fans;
- An individually numbered 12 x 12 lithograph (an edition with a signed lithograph is also available);
- An exclusive Christmas ornament plus 6 sheets of wrapping paper and 6 Christmas cards; and
- A bonus CD of seven songs.
There has been no word on any remastering of the album. The bonus disc premieres two newly-recorded songs: the original "The Christmas Sweater" (co-written by the artist) and a new studio version of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" recorded at Abbey Road with the BBC Big Band Orchestra. Other songs on the CD include the 2015 single "The More You Give (The More You'll Have)," "Winter Wonderland" with Rod Stewart from Rod's 2012 Merry Christmas, Baby LP, "Frosty the Snowman" with The Puppini Sisters and "Silver Bells" with Naturally 7 (both from the 2012 Deluxe Edition of Bublé's Christmas), and a solo version of "White Christmas" (likely from the Let It Snow! EP).
Unfortunately, despite the hefty price tag, this isn't the complete Michael Bublé Christmas. A pair of bonus tracks from the previous deluxe edition of Christmas are missing: the solo "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Song." Let It Snow! also included a rendition of David Foster and Linda Thompson's latter-day standard "Grown Up Christmas List" which is absent. The original, solo "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (or a subsequently released live version of the tune) hasn't been carried over, either.
The 10th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set of Michael Bublé's Christmas is due on November 12 in North America and November 19 worldwide. A digital edition will also be released and can be pre-saved at Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and similar services. You'll find pre-order links and the track listing below.
- It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
- Jingle Bells - feat. The Puppini Sisters
- White Christmas - feat. Shania Twain
- All I Want for Christmas Is You
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- Santa Baby
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
- Silent Night
- Blue Christmas
- Cold December Night
- I'll Be Home for Christmas
- Ave Maria
- Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad - feat. Thalia
- Michael's Christmas Greeting (Hidden Track)
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (10th Anniversary) - with The BBC Big Band Orchestra (previously unreleased)
- Winter Wonderland - duet with Rod Stewart (from Merry Christmas Baby, Verve CD 16455-4, 2012)
- The Christmas Sweater (previously unreleased)
- Frosty the Snowman (feat. The Puppini Sisters) (from Christmas: Deluxe Edition, Reprise/143 CD 528352-2, 2011)
- Silver Bells (feat. Naturally 7) (from Christmas: Deluxe Edition, Reprise/143 CD 528352-2, 2011)
- The More You Give (The More You'll Have) (2015 digital single)
- White Christmas (likely from Let It Snow!, Reprise/143 CD EP 9362-48649-2, 2003)