Picks and Pans Review: Once Upon a Christmas

updated 12/17/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/17/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Since 'tis not the season to be picky, let's agree to overlook some of the lapses on this album: the fact that Parton and Rogers duet on only six of the 10 tracks, Dolly's tendency to overwhelm Kenny vocally and her amazingly shaky vocal on White Christmas. There is, after all, lots of real warmth in this collaboration, taken from their Dec. 2 TV special. Parton's medley version of Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride is delightfully easygoing, Rogers renders Silent Night with moving restraint, and they get together for a lively version of Dolly's new song I Believe in Santa Claus, which should join the lists of pop carols everyone looks forward to every year. Anyhow, these performers are so ingratiating that when they offer up their season's greetings, you can't help but respond in kind. Merry Christmas, folks. (RCA)

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