RE:The Ralph Hunter Choir (The Living Voices): Latin Lullaby
(Date Posted:11/24/2010 12:21)
Artwork was a big part of those classic Christmas albums! The original cover (1954) of Percy Faith's Music of Christmas, showing a father dressed as Santa cradling his sleeping daughter. Perry Como's likeness in an ornament hung on a Christmas tree on the 1956 RCA release of Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music
. Johnny Mathis in skiing attire on the classic 1958 album Merry Christmas
. Just a few examples of Christmas album cover art that hinted to the buyer of the musical treasures within the grooves.
When Music of Christmas
was re-recorded and re-released in stereo in 1959, Columbia changed the artwork. The 1959 cover showed a Christmas tree with a poinsettia plant and a lit candle. Today that cover might create controversy since some would say it's a fire hazard!
Personally, I much preferred the original cover of Music of Christmas
. Even in 1959, Columbia probably felt that with the re-recording, the artwork should be updated as well. Just MHO.
When London re-released and re-recorded Mantovani Christmas Carols in stereo in 1958, the artwork was much the same as the original 1953 release. What was the thinking at London?
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