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(Date Posted:07/16/2011 20:50)


***THIS IS A YULE LOG.COM EXCLUSIVE***


I got word today from my friend Alan Bunting in the U.K. that he has just completed remastering work on a brand new Christmas compilation CD that will be released in Europe by Guild Music in the next couple of weeks, and then here in the United States in the next couple of months.

The CD will be called Christmas Celebration, and the big news about this CD is that it will contain seven of the fourteen songs from Percy Faith's long out-of-print LP, Hallelujah (aka Music Of Christmas, Volume 2).

It will also contain songs from three other long out-of-print LPs: Billy Vaughn's Christmas Carols LP from 1958 (eight songs), George Melachrino's Christmas Joy LP from 1959 (five songs), and Wally Stott's Happy Holiday LP from 1959 (two songs).

The other songs on the CD are from albums that are currently in print: Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas LP from 1959 (two songs), Mantovani's Christmas Carols LP from 1958 (one song), Mantovani's Christmas Greetings LP from 1963 (one song) and Arthur Fiedler's Pops Christmas Party LP from 1959 (four songs).

Alan has personally done all the transfers, audio restoration and remastering for the music on this CD. The Guild Music catalog number will be #GLCD-5185, and it will available for purchase beginning on or around August 1st directly from Guild Music (Click here), or by early fall from other various online retailers. Alan sent me the artwork that will be used for the new CD, but asked me not to post it until it has been published on the Guild Music website. Therefore, I will file an update message later this month posting the CD cover artwork.


Christmas Celebration



Track Listing:

 

  1.  Jingle Bells

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

  2.  We Three Kings Of Orient Are

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)

 

  3.  Hark The Herald Angels Sing

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

  4.  Good King Wenceslas

            GEORGE MELACHRINO AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSP-2044 ~ 1959)

 

  5.  Snowfall

            WALLY STOTT AND HIS ORCHESTRA (aka Angela Morley)

            (Warner Bros. WS-1341 ~ 1959)

 

  6.  Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

            ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSC-2329 ~ 1959)

 

  7.  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

            GEORGE MELACHRINO AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSP-2044 ~ 1959)

 

  8.  White Christmas

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

  9.  The First Noel

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            Columbia CS-8176 ~ 1959)

 

10.  Joy To The World

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

11.  Nazareth

            MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (London PS-142 ~ 1958)

 

12.  Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

13.  Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

14.  Sleigh Ride

            ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSC-2329 ~ 1959)

 

15.  Fairy On The Christmas Tree

            GEORGE MELACHRINO AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSP-2044 ~ 1959)

 

16.  Winter Wonderland

            ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSC-2329 ~ 1959)

 

17.  Christmas Sleigh Bells

            WALLY STOTT AND HIS ORCHESTRA (aka Angela Morley)

            (Warner Bros. WS-1341 ~ 1959)

 

18.  Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

            ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSC-2329 ~ 1959)

 

19.  Christmas Alphabet

            GEORGE MELACHRINO AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSP-2044 ~ 1959)

 

20.  God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

            GEORGE MELACHRINO AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (RCA LSP-2044 ~ 1959)

 

21.  Carol Of The Bells

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)

 

22.  Silent Night, Holy Night

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8176 ~ 1959)

 

23.  It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (DOT DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

24.  I Saw Three Ships

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)

 

25.  O Little Town Of Bethlehem

            BILLY VAUGHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Dot DLP-25148 ~ 1958)

 

26.  Angels From The Realms Of Glory

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)

 

27.  Christians, Awake!

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)

 

28.  O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)

 

29.  The Skaters’ Waltz

            MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (London PS-338 ~ 1958)

 

30.  Hallelujah Chorus

            PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

            (Columbia CS-8033 ~ 1958)








*Message edited 08/11/11 to add the following update:

I posted the artwork for the new CD above. Also, Kaikoo Lalkaka, the owner of Guild Music, wanted me to let you know that they have an entire line of other Christmas CDs as well. To view their entire offering, Click here


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/16/2011 22:47)

Awesome!!!




Thanks for the Tip, Chip!

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/16/2011 23:25)


Sure thing, Diane. And I'm not sure if it was intentional, but I like your rhyme.


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/17/2011 05:51)

Chip, this is another medal for your patience and persistence to bring back one of the most beautiful Christmas Instrumetals to the new generations or to the older ones who does not have access into it during that era.

Congratulations and I hope I can order this ahead online

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/17/2011 05:57)

Who says Christmas can't come in July?  Great news.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/17/2011 07:29)


At long last, three of my favorite vinyl recordings will be available on CD:

  • We Three Kings of Orient Are by Percy Faith
  • Good King Wenceslas and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by George Melachrino
Thanks for this news, Chip!  You made my day!


(Message edited by CluelessInSeattle On 07/17/2011 07:34)
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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/17/2011 12:04)

Fantasic news! Can it be ordered here in the States, or is it via the Queen's Postal Service?

Now it Alan could get alhold of the orignal 1959 Masters of "Music of Chirstmas" by Percy Faith from Columbia/Sony, and put that out on a superb remastered disc, I'd run out of gifts to ask for anymore!

Christmas does come in July.
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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/17/2011 17:36)

About 25 years ago (wow - can it be?) I would start listening to our beautiful music station right after Thanksgiving because of all the instrumental Christmas music you wouldn't hear anywhere else.  This track listing looks like it will bring back memories of listening to that station.
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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/17/2011 23:00)


Nestor
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The new CD will be available for purchase online directly from Guild Music in about two weeks.


Joliom:

Nice to hear from you.


Will:

Glad to hear the news made your day.


Johnny:

Yes, the new CD will be available from U.S. retailers in about two months. As for releasing the entire Music Of Christmas LP by Percy Faith, unfortunately that won't happen as Guild Music's forte is multi-artist CD compilations.


Jim:

I'm assuming that you're referring to our former great Tri-State area radio station Easy 93, WPAT. If you are, then yes, this new CD is a page right out of their playbook. I really miss that station!


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/18/2011 10:55)

You mentioned the tracks were from Hallelujah aka Music of Christmas Vol 2.  But as I recall, those two albums are not exactly the same.  Specifically, Hallelujah is in mono, and MOC2 was a separate re-recording of the same songs done several years later in stereo.  They're close, but definitely not the same.  So we do we know which source tracks are being used in this new compilation?  (For the record, the same story applies to 'Music of Christmas' - separate recordings in mono & stereo, made years apart.)
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(Date Posted:07/18/2011 14:10)


That is not correct at all, Jay.

The albums Hallelujah and Music Of Christmas, Volume 2 are the exact same albums. Music Of Christmas, Volume 2 was just a reissue of Hallelujah.

And no, Mr. Faith did not re-record Hallelujah; it was recorded in true Stereo here in New York in 1958. The only one of his Christmas albums that he ever re-recorded was 1954's Music Of Christmas; it was re-recorded in Stereo here in New York in 1959. Posted below are the exact details of the LP recording sessions and the Columbia Records catalog numbers.


PERCY FAITH

Music Of Christmas
Recorded on May 24th, 25th and 26th 1954 in New York City (Columbia catalog #CL-588)
Re-Recorded in Stereo on June 16th and 19th 1959 in New York City (Columbia catalog #CL-1381/CS-8176)

Hallelujah
Recorded on May 20th, 21st and 29th 1958 in New York City (Columbia catalog #CL-1187/CS-8033)

**Reissued as Music Of Christmas, Volume 2 in 1965 (Columbia catalog #CL-2405/CS-9205)


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/18/2011 21:44)

It's always nice to have at least one new Xmas album to look forward to each season. Thanks, Chip!
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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:07/18/2011 22:08)


Sure thing, Ben; welcome back to the board.


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:08/01/2011 22:00)

Wow. This release sounds terrific. As I get back into "Christmas mode" I always check out the forums to see what new cds I'll be ordering in anticipation of the Season. This one looks excellent. A definite 'buy' for me. Thanks for the info as always Chip and I'm sure to be checking in more often as we reach the half-way mark.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:08/02/2011 00:10)



You're welcome Bob, and nice to see you back on the board!


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:08/11/2011 09:50)


I updated my opening post on this thread to add the new CD artwork! (Scroll up)


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:08/11/2011 10:33)


What a gorgeous cover!

It's a shame it's not available in a full size LP.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/14/2011 10:55)

I received my copy of this CD in the mail yesterday.  I'm not a huge fan of compilations, but this is a very good one.  I'd never heard Melachrino's "Good King Wenceslas" before - wow, what an arrangement.  I'll be playing this one a good deal during the season. 
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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/14/2011 14:27)

Hi Tom!

It pleases me to learn that you appreciate that Melachrino arrangement of Good King Wenceslas.

I'll never forget the first time I heard it.  I was a teenager back in the 60s, and even though I was no longer a child, I still went downtown every year at Christmas time to visit the department stores, which in those days still had large decorating departments that tried to outdo each other in their displays.

I was in one of the lower-end department stores, watching the kids talk to Santa, and over the PA came that haunting rendition of King Wenceslas.  I button holed a clerk and asked him to find out who the orchestra was and he disappeared into a doorway behind Santa's chair and reappeared with the LP jacket of Melachrino's "Christmas Joy." 

I bought that album that year, and have been playing it ever since.  It's probably my favorite Christmas LP, and I've been trying, without success, to find it on CD.  So I'm excited that some of the tracks from it are finally being released on CD.


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/14/2011 23:02)


Tom:
Glad you liked the CD. Welcome to the board!


Will:

Your search has been in vain as George Melachrino's 1959 Christmas LP has never been issued on CD. This is one I'm working on getting released in the future.



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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/15/2011 06:27)

Hey, I just noticed that the "Christmas Joy" album is available as an MP3 download from amazon.co.uk.  Not sure if you can download it from there if you are in the USA (some things you can't) - but I'll give it a shot when I get back home this evening.  Not a CD - but better than nothing. 

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/15/2011 08:44)


Hi Tom!  Thanks for letting us all know that "Christmas Joy" is available in MP3 format.  As you can imagine, I already have MP3s of the whole album, but I hope that sometime before I croak I'll be able to hold in my hands a CD of it as well.

Chip:  I'm really heartened to learn that you're agitating to get "Christmas Joy" released on CD.  If anyone can do it, you're the man!  And, yeah, I figured it had never been released on CD as in all my years of searching I'd never been able to find any mention of it.  All I've been able to find are those unaffordable transfers from LP that you find from time to time on the web.

All:  I checked Amazon.com for "The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Celebration" and they still don't have it.  I'd prefer not to have to go through the hassle of registering at the guildmusic.com.  Does anyone know of an online retailer who sells it with fewer hoops to jump through? 

Does guildmusic.com take PayPal?

P.S. Our five-day-summer out here in Seattle came to an abrupt end a couple of days ago and now it sure feels like Autumn.  So today I'm going to dig out my Halloween decorations. And you know what that means:  Can Christmas be far behind?  Yippee!





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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/15/2011 09:38)

Yes, they do take PayPal

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/15/2011 10:00)

Will,

Kaikoo Lalkaka (the owner of Guild Music) told me that the new CD will be available from other online retailers in the next few weeks.


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/16/2011 05:01)

Unfortunately, "geographical restrictions" prevent us here in the USA from downloading "Christmas Joy" from amazon.co.uk

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/16/2011 08:54)

Hi Tom!

"Geographical restrictions"?  Or "political" restrictions?  Or maybe "commercial" restrictions, eh?

How much did it cost you, including shipping, to order that CD?

I'm trying to figure out how to send you a private message.  Maybe you could send me one and then I could answer it.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:09/16/2011 14:11)

It cost about $12.50 for the Christmas Celebration CD - great value. 

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(Date Posted:10/12/2011 10:15)


I just checked Amazon for GLCD 5185 "The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Celebrationbut struck out:(

I'm starting to get antsy about getting it in time for burning my "Music for a Cinematic Christmas"  CD and am finally accepting that I may end up having to order it directly from Guild Music.  But I'm still hoping that I can get it from Amazon on a "free shipping" order along with the Melachrino "Music for the Nostalgic Traveler" album.

Chip, have you heard when or if the Guild Music "Christmas Celebration" CD will be available at Amazon?

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/12/2011 12:29)

Will,

I too got a little antsy and ended up purchasing the CD directly from Guild Music a few days ago.  I am sure that it will be out in plenty of time for Christmas through Amazon, but I am tired of waiting.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/12/2011 13:51)

Hi Perry!
 
How long did it take to arrive?
 
What was the total charge including shipping?


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/12/2011 16:59)

Will,

The total price was $12.41 U.S. dollars (including shipping.)  I paid with Paypal.

I placed my order on 10/07/2011 just before midnight and the CD shipped on 10/11/2011 so it took just under four (4) days to process the order and ship the CD.  I have not received it yet, so I don't know how long it will take to get here.  I'll let you know as soon as I get it though.

Like you, I was holding out for Amazon.com and free shipping.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/12/2011 18:10)

Will,

Amazon carries the entire line of Guild CDs, which now totals 86 in all. This includes Christmas Celebration; however, it is currently available on Amazon only as an MP3 download (Click here). The CD itself will definitely be available for order soon, but unfortunately, I just can't tell you exactly when.

 

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/13/2011 12:43)

 
I'm afraid I just couldn't stand to wait any longer (I start playing my Christmas music on Veterans Day) so I ordered it last night direct from GuildMusic.com.

I ended up getting dinged for about a dollar more than Perry and Tom, thirteen bucks and change; the dollar must've taken a dive just before I placed my order.  Oh well.








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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/17/2011 10:57)

Greetings from Scotland!  Being responsible for the re-mastering of "Christmas Celebration" I am pleased to see so much enthusiasm for it and I'm looking forward to hearing people's comments once they have listened to it.

Must confess I don't understand those in the USA who are waiting for Amazon to stock it at 17 or 18 Dollars, albeit with free postage, when you can get it now direct from Guild for less than 13 Dollars including Air Mail using PayPal or most credit cards.

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/18/2011 11:48)


Hey Alan,

Nice to see you on my message board; welcome aboard!

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/18/2011 22:51)

Welcome aboard, Alan!

Scotland?  Wow.  I sure didn't expect to see the guy responsible for the re-mastering here on The Yule Log.  Just wonderful work that you have done making these songs available to us.  Excellent choice in the song selections as well.  Makes me wish that all of these albums were available for purchase.  I haven't had a chance to go through the entire CD yet, but I like what I've heard so far.  Thank you so much for your part in helping to make this quality music available to us.

As to why I just didn't order it from Guild in the first place . . . I didn't think that Amazon was going to sell it for $17 or $18 (first and foremost.)  Second, since I get free second day air shipping (Amazon Prime member) I have become accustomed to not paying shipping charges and getting my music quickly.  Silly point when you consider that I waited weeks without ordering it in hopes of getting free and fast shipping.


The last time that I ordered something from your side of the pond, I had my credit card number stolen, so I was a bit hesitant to pull that trigger again.  The Paypal offer eased that fear somewhat.  Yes, I am fully aware that I could have just as easily gotten the number stolen from ordering from this side of the pond, but hey . . . we are not always logical creatures.  I have never had an issue with Amazon though, so I trust them.  I trust Paypal as well, so you can pass on to whoever that having that payment option available is what allowed me to feel good about pulling the trigger on the purchase from Guild.  (No offense intended for your regular payment method.)

Will

I received my CD yesterday, so it took about 10 days total from the time I placed the order (on a weekend) until the CD arrived here.  Not bad at all.

To Everyone Else,

$12.41 is what this CD cost me with shipping.  30 songs total and most of them not available anywhere else right now and not a stinker in the bunch.  You just cannot beat this deal with a stick.  That is a little over 41 cents per song for quality instrumentals, many of which are either out of print or never released on CD.  This is a very affordable CD.  I would have paid full price for Christmas Sleigh Bells all by itself.  Add in the George Melachrino tunes and I was certainly sold.  Billy Vaughn too?  (I already had all the rest.)

Happy Camper!

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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/19/2011 21:50)


Absolutely correct; Alan did indeed do a great job putting together this CD. As I had mentioned in my opening post on the thread, Alan personally did all the transfers, audio restoration and remastering for the music on the CD.


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/20/2011 17:52)

Hi Alan!

What a wonderful surprise to see you posting here!  After all, you are one of our heroes you know.

In this era of declining CD sales, I'm impressed by your dedication to bringing out high quality CDs of this ageless music.  I want you to know how grateful I am to you for saving from obscurity some of my most beloved recordings.

As you may have noted while reading this thread, I finally gave in and ordered Christmas Celebration directly from guildmusic.com and now can't wait to receive it.   To answer your question about why some of us hesitated to order from overseas and were waiting for the CD to be offered by amazon.com; in my case it was just a matter of convenience.  It's just that I already have an amazon.com account and have been pleased by their service, so I just wanted to avoid having to go to the trouble of jumping through the hoops to open yet another online account.   But, now that I've done it, I'm glad I did it.

I hope you'll check back here from time to time to get our feedback and look over our wish lists.

For me the one track I wish you'd included in your Christmas Celebration compilation is Percy Faith's arrangement of "Gesu Bambino."  That track has special meaning for me because of where I was was and whom I was with the first time I heard it.  But aside from the personal associations it has for me, I believe it stands on its own as one of Percy Faith's most lovely Christmas arrangements.

Another track that  I wish had been included is George Melachino's "The First Noel" from  the "Christmas Joy" LP. I'm a big fan of Hill Bowen's arrangements, and rate "The First Noel" as one of his most spectacular arrangement in what I've dubbed his "cinematic soundscape" style.

By any chance are you contemplating a Christmas Celebration II CD?  If so, those are the two tracks at the top of my wish list.

So, I'm sure I speak for all of us here at the Yule Log when I say thanks a million for making available to us this high quality CD of these Christmas music recordings that are so precious to us and which many of us have spent years searching for in vain.


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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/21/2011 04:33)


So very true Will; Gesu Bambino is without a scintilla of doubt one of the great maestro Percy Faith's absolute very best Christmas songs. It was so brilliantly and reverently arranged, and like all of his work, so masterfully and stunningly performed. I, too, have a personal connection to the song; if you would like to read about it, Click Here and scroll down below my Forward to my Yule Log story.





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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/21/2011 07:31)

I can't say with 100% accuracy being my memory isn't quite what is used to be right now lol, but sometime back in the early 1980's before personal computers were "affordable" to anyone, I think it was a PBS Special on Christmas Eve, and I want to say that Leontyne Price was performing at The New York Metropolitan Opera.  She did a beautiful rendition of "Gesu Bambino"

I have it on a video tape that I'm hoping wasn't in the batch of tapes that got ruined from a pipe leaking in my basement at my old apartment.  I just moved a week ago into a new apartment and haven't gotten everything unpacked yet.  But before I moved, some of the tapes that were in the basement, I did go through them before I moved and try to see if they would play and the ones that didn't got tossed in the trash, but I am fairly certain that this particular tape is in one of those 2-drawer VCR tape cabinets that you can stack on top of each other.

Being I was much younger then, even though I had several record albums; I didn't know a lot about them so I really didn't know the title to the song.  I only remember that any time I hear this beautiful song, be it Instrumental or Vocal, In English or another language, it always brings tears to my eyes and shivers through my body.

I am very passionate about music, especially Christmas music and more importantly, songs about the Birth of our Lord and Savior "Jesus Christ".  Whom, without, we wouldn't have "Christmas"  Though I do like all the Christmas songs that I grew up listening to, it's the ones such as "Gesu Bambino"  If you listen to the words with your heart, you really get the "True Meaning of Christmas".  Other songs such as "O Holy Night" "It Came Upon the Midinight Clear" "Silent Night", the words say it all.

I hope I can find the tape once I am settled because a lot of tapes, I didn't label so I have no idea as to what is on them.  I do know that I have "The WPIX Yule Log" on a couple different tapes, but it is only the 2-hour version.

I was very  fortunate to have videotaped it because no one knew that in 1989 that WPIX was going to start showing other programming the following Christmas.  So at least, I would still be able to view The Yule Log any time I wanted to.

I do thank  "Joe" and "Chip" for this message board and more importantly want to thank Chip for all his help, not just to me, but to everyone out there who collect records and/or CD's and loves "The WPIX Yule Log".  Chip has been very informative and pointed me in the right direction for finding most of my more recent record albums.

I have been a collector since my childhood and still have every single record from about the age of 3 or 4, that didn't get broken.  When I started to take better care of my records, I didn't know about re-issues and Chip helped me figure out how to tell if they were an original release or a reissue being several record companies changed their labels over the years, but often kept the same album number.  I have replaced several hundred albums already that were re-issues.

I myself had every album that the music from The Yule Log was taken from, even most of the ones that Chip added to the 4th. hour .  But again, some were re-issues or were on CD.

But getting back to "Gesu Bambino", if anyone remembers this particular performance from the 1980's could they help me confirm that it was indeed Leontyne Price and that it was on Christmas Eve at The New York Metropolitan Opera?  I've tried to find any reference to this on the Internet, but have been unsucessful.  I can cleary hear the song in my head and can almost picture the evening gown she was wearing, but again, this was probably 30 years ago and I was only in my 20's.  (I'm not afraid to let people know how old I am lol)

Once I get settled and if I find the tape, I will copy it to my computer and burn it to a DVD and will try to upload parts of it on YouTube and post the clips here.

I've been typing this post for almost an hour between eating breakfast  and unpacking and I can't get this beautiful song out of my head.  This is how passionate I am about music, especially Christmas music.  The song will be in my head all day now.



If there are any inaccuracies or typo's in this post, I apologize.
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RE:New Compilation CD with Percy Faith tracks to be released!
(Date Posted:10/21/2011 15:15)


You're very welcome, Susan. It is deeply gratifying that through the modern miracle technology of the internet that later in my life I am able to share all this great music with folks, and most importantly, to introduce it to a whole new generation of kids who very sadly might not be familiar with it.

One of the many things that made Percy Faith the greatest Christmas artist of them all, bar none, is that his Christmas music had an ethereal, celestial and angelic quality to it.  In fact, so much so, that it sounds like it was literally piped down from heaven. There was an otherworldly quality to it that no other artist has ever come close to in duplicating -- and I can categorically guarantee you that no one ever will. To be able to evoke such emotion to this degree with his music is what sets Percy Faith apart from anybody else and puts him in a class all by himself. This is exactly why when it comes to Christmas music, he is the undisputed King; the great Master and Maestro. And that is exactly why I will continue to fight to get back into print his second Christmas album, Hallelujah (aka Music of Christmas, Volume 2).

Alan knows how much I have been pushing for this and that is why the new Guild CD is dominated with tracks from the out-of-print Percy Faith album. Unfortunately, because Guild Music's specialty is compilation CDs, it is not likely they will ever issue the album in its entirety; so I will have to continue to push my other sources to get that to happen. But as God as my witness, I am totally determined that someday it will indeed happen. And when it does, then, finally, this classic and legendary album can take its place next to Mr. Faith's equally classic and legendary first Christmas album, Music of Christmas, which has never been out-of-print since its original release in 1954.

Regarding the Guild CD, one of the things that I was very pleased with is that another great song from the second Christmas album, the title song Hallelujah, was chosen to end the disc. Mr. Faith's incredible arrangement and powerful performance of this classic and legendary song would have made George Frideric Handel himself most proud indeed. It was a totally glorious and triumphant way to end the CD.

By the way, two of the seven songs from Mr. Faith's second Christmas album that unfortunately did not make the Guild CD were ones that I most proudly added to the Yule Log telecast in 2009 when I created the new fourth hour (Click here). They are his very poignant and wistful rendition of Away In A Manger and his majestic and dynamic rendition of Angels We Have Heard On High. Both songs are posted below for your listening enjoyment.








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