REGIS PHILBIN, "The Regis Philbin Christmas Album"

For its intended market, this collection of juiceless standards (and one original) powered by Philbin's surprisingly ineffective voice and inflated by big-band producer Steve Tyrell, is inoffensive en

Customers who purchase "The Regis Philbin Christmas Album" at one major online retailer also are reported to have picked up the blues record by "O.C." dad Peter Gallagher. This intimates that if these customers are not dedicated Reege-heads or joking, there remains quite a market for CDs produced by folks whose major musical talent is appearing on television already.

That group may have picked up "Regis" for its big draw: a duet/skit with Donald Trump on "Rudolph," wherein "the Trumpster," a nickname I am not making up, hires Old Red, and if there's anything more indicative of the pure Christmas spirit than an obscenely rich reality TV star talking business deals with a reindeer over boom-pah music, I've yet to hear it.

For its intended market, this collection of juiceless standards (and one original) powered by Philbin's surprisingly ineffective voice and inflated by big-band producer Steve Tyrell, is inoffensive enough until the Trump thing, which dooms it to a 2006 holiday season on the clearance racks with William Hung and Mr. Hankey. On the plus side, it has produced some decent Letterman material. - Jeff Vrabel