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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 11:20)

I'm starting to worry that either I won't get my copy of the CD from CCM until after Christmas or that my copy got lost in the mail. CCM said that they shipped mine out on December 10th. I paid $6.95 for 5 to 10 business day shipping. I believe it should be coming from the USPS and not UPS. In the e-mail they had sent me, it said that the estimated delivery date would be between December 19th and the 24th. I checked today's mail (December 22nd) and still nothing. Every day, I go to the mailbox hoping it would be there, similar to when Charlie Brown had checked his mailbox hoping for a Christmas or Valentine's Day card and ends up with nothing. If I don't get it by December 24th, I will e-mail CCM's customer service and tell them that I didn't receive the CD and to please send me out a replacement one. I had ordered CDs from CCM in the past and the CDs came either on time or even earlier than that. I just hope that the CD will be on its way either tomorrow or by Christmas Eve.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 13:13)

Mine was due today, but hasn't arrived yet.  It is coming via UPS so there's still a chance it will be on the afternoon truck.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 13:45)

The cd arrived just a few minutes ago! I'm impressed by the art/design of the release - the colors are nice and strong, and the original/vintage artwork is nicely replicated too. Won't be able to listen to it for a couple of hours - and even then it'll be at work so I won't be able to listen closely. But, so far it visually exceeds my expectations. I have CCM's cd of ? And The Mysterians and while it's ok, it wasn't that well made - the cd was manufactured poorly and on the cheap (even if it sounds good, all the songs won't necessarily play with jumping around a bit). So far, A+!
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 14:39)

I ordered my copy directly from Collector's Choice, but they were not able to deliver in time for Christmas (Backordered).  I ordered it on Amazon over the weekend, and I am now in receipt of the disc.  Very nice.   Thank you to Chip and Collector's Choice, and all who worked to get this released!  This will be Christmas Perfection!
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 15:06)

Mine just arrived as well.  It's been riding around on a 10 degree truck since 6 Am so I'm letting it warm up before I try it. 

Amazon had the CD packed in the box like it was made of gold or something.  I'd never seen such great packing from them before.  Thanks Amazon & CCM.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 15:36)

Ha! Amazon sent mine in a cardboard envelope!
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/22/2009 16:41)

That maybe because you ordered so late.  I ordered mine over a month ago.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/26/2009 07:51)

Update: I still haven't received my Mantovani CD from CCM yet even though it was guaranteed for delivery by Christmas Eve. As I had said earlier, the estimated delivery date was supposed to be between December 19th and December 24th. It's now Saturday, the day after Christmas, and I'll be calling CCM's customer service today. If customer service is not available until Monday, I will give them a call on that day. I don't blame CCM. I have ordred from them before and their delivery time is normally reliable. I blame the USPS for either losing my CD, damaging it, or mailing it to the wrong address. I'll update you all as soon as I get some more information on my order.

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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/26/2009 16:21)

My Mantovani Christmas Carols CD arrived from Amazon on 12/24, as promised.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to listen to it, as delivery was late in the afternoon and I had to leave for my Christmas Eve and Day festivities. 

I listened to it upon arriving home today (12/26).  It was worth the wait!  Listening to it was a great way to put a wrap on the holiday!  Great to have it in my home again! 
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/26/2009 23:49)

I just received my CD this afternoon. Better late than never. The sound quality was excellent. It was worth the wait.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/09/2010 23:53)

Well, it appears that Dutton Vocalion's Christmas CD release this year is going to be the Decca eqivalent ("Mantovani Christmas Album") of London's "Christmas Carols."  Last year's Collectors' Choice CD clearly has the edge with it's use of the original artwork, and the fact that the Dutton Vocalion release will be part of a two-fer, the other half of which is not Christmas music.  It makes me wonder why Dutton Vocalion could not have turned it's attention to a couple of other artists whose music they release on a regular basis (Stanley Black and Frank Chacksfield), and offered first-ever CD issues of their Christmas work.  Unless there's something I'm missing - this Mantovani release has a sense of "been there, done that" to it.

http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=CDLK4429

Mantovani 			CLASSICAL ENCORES & MANTOVANI CHRISTMAS ALBUM
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/10/2010 05:24)


I've mentioned Stanley Black and Frank Chacksfield to Oliver Lomax (A&R chief at Dutton-Vocalion Records) several times in the past, but as I have previously stated on the message board, Dutton-Vocalion is reticent to issue Christmas material because of its limited marketing potential (being a seasonal item). That's why this year they chose to reissue Monty's Christmas album as a 2-fer with the 1965 album, Classical Encores.

As for the album artwork for the Christmas LP, they used the British Decca cover and it's on the back of the CD (but only a small picture). Only the outer edges of the Christmas cover are shown on the front of the CD. Simon Wiernik (Dutton-Vocalian's sales manager) told me that's how they chose to market it. I in turn told him that what they should have done at the very least is had a split cover on the front of the CD, showing both covers.

Anyway, here is a picture the British Decca LP artwork they used for their new CD:





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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/10/2010 15:30)

At least you have a chance to give your input Chip.  Think how us outsiders feel when we get as frustrated.  Thanks for your efforts for sure.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:08/01/2011 22:06)

Just came across this thread and figured I'd chime in. I too found the Christmas Carols Cd backordered upon ordering. It did arrive after Christmas and it was as GREAT as described. A few questions though:

With the shipping/stocking issues should we infer that demand was high for the disk?

Has the response to the release of this incredible album sparked CCM, or others, to open their catalogs for other great record releases?

Just wondering.


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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:08/02/2011 00:12)


Bob,

The demand for the CD was high, but the shipping delays were primarily due to production delays with UMG (Universal Music Group).

As for future new releases, CCM is unfortunately now out of the business of reissuing classic LPs on CD (Christmas or otherwise). Click here and scroll down to my post of June 30, 2011 for my announcement.

 

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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/02/2011 13:35)

CCM being out of business is indeed bad news.  It seems that due to this, stock is being cleared out, and while CCM titles are still regular price through their website, www.deepdiscount.com has CCM releases that are in stock on sale for extremely low prices.  The Mantovani title is $2.09.  I loaded up on a bunch of CCM titles there, all under $4 each.

I'm looking forward to giving this addition to my Christmas music collection a spin this year when I start playing Christmas music.  Up until now the only Mantovani in my collection has been Christmas Magic, so this will make a nice addition.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/02/2011 14:40)

Jon,

The album, Christmas Magic, which was originally released in 1980 by Holiday Records, is not authentic and genuine Mantovani Christmas music. It is by "The Mantovani Orchestra" with a totally different conductor and orchestra. Of the ten songs on the album, 5 are re-recorded versions of songs Monty previously did on his two authentic Christmas albums, and 5 are new Christmas songs that he had never recorded during his career.

Regrettably my friend, you are not alone, as there are countless others out there who for years have been totally unaware that they do not have the real McCoy -- and it's a damn shame. Thankfully, the release of Monty's original, classic and legendary first Christmas album is correcting that.

By the way, DeepDiscount.com and Collectors' Choice Music are sister companies; they are both owned by Super D Distribution.

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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/02/2011 17:49)

Yeah, I think I remember you mentioning in past posts about Christmas Magic.....but it is an album my parents had an LP of that I grew up hearing around Christmas time, so it is in my Christmas rotation around the holidays.

But now it will be nice to have the real deal added to my rotation.
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:12/02/2015 09:42)

Even though Mantovani's "Christmas Carols" is no longer in print,the Album can still be aquired through Amazon,as a Mp3 Album Download,with the price lower than the CD itself was!
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RE:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!
(Date Posted:11/05/2016 15:44)

Just Gotten My copy of the Real Gone/Universal Special Markets CD of this has just arrived! Sounds and Looks Gorgeous! Lovin' It! 
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