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(Date Posted:09/01/2017 18:32)





This is another Yule Log.com exclusive: I have announced the complete list of the upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD releases and their corresponding street (release) dates in my "Chip's Tips" Edition #17: Click Here.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/01/2017 19:37)

Wow... just WOW!
...and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too! I am just sorry I can't order NOW! Waiting for Nov will be tough. Thanks for all you do, Chip.
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/01/2017 20:14)

Can't wait to hear the Percy Faith CD - I'll also be getting the Fred Waring and Robert Shaw CD's !!!
I'm not familiar with Connie Smith -- how's the album Chip? Is she more "Lynn Anderson country" or "Anne Murray country"?
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/01/2017 21:27)


Hello Chip,

What a terrific slate of truly iconic CD releases this year.  If you had just secured the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums, Music Of Christmas by Percy Faith with extra bonus tracks as well as the great twofer collection from Fred Waring featuring that amazing album cover by Norman Rockwell, we would have considered it an absolutely blockbuster year, but you added some other rare and sought after Christmas gems as well.

I am particularly excited about the legendary Connie Smith Christmas album from 1975 featuring her amazing voice and a stupendous song selection and some of the greatest Nashville musicians ever to grace a studio, like blind piano legend Hargus "Pig" Robbins, who played on so many records over the years like "King Of The Road" by Roger Miller, who wrote and sang the original and definitive version of "Little Toy Trains" as well as the iconic intro to "Behind Closed Doors" by Charlie Rich.  Connie's great album also features Elvis Presley's legendary back-up group, The Jordanaires, as well.

The Robert Shaw Christmas album helps complete his amazing and iconic Christmas collection that you and Real Gone Music started last year with that great stereo release of Volume One with extras.

Once again, Chip, you have done what I was beginning to think would not get done in my lifetime, scoring the greatest Christmas instrumental album in history, Music Of Christmas by the legendary Percy Faith, properly remastered for the very first time and with eight bonus songs as well as the iconic and long sought after early masterpieces by Fred Waring on Decca Records, thought by many to never have a chance to be properly restored and remastered in their original configurations.

Bravo, Chip, we cannot say thank you enough for all you have done to preserve, protect and promote our beloved music from the Golden Age of Christmas!

Best regards,

Steven


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/02/2017 02:09)


Barry and Steve:

Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad to hear how much you guys are looking forward to the new CDs.




Rich:

Connie Smith was more in the style of Tammy Wynette, but she really had a style all her own. Connie is often overlooked today when the great ladies of country music are mentioned, and it's probably because she had no crossover pop hits. But she was a very prolific recording artist and had a bunch of great country hits (one of her best is posted below). Connie has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1965 and was deservedly inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.



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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/04/2017 00:33)


Hello Chip,

I was just wondering about the Robert Shaw Christmas Hymns And Carols Volume 2 CD release by Real Gone Music this year and which album cover they plan to use.  If I understood a previous thread you had on Robert Shaw, the original cover was a painting like picture that featured a couple walking and a sled in a very magical and snowy scene.  I believe that when they re-issued the album two years later they put the more modern art work on the cover that featured the bulb ornaments and a sort of pink or red background.  I was hoping that they would use the original, but rarer cover that is like a great painting, but both are beautiful in their own right.

Best regards,

Steve


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/04/2017 02:05)





Steve,

I chose the '54 version of Volume 2's LP cover for the upcoming CD because the original '52 version was the exact same cover that was used two years earlier in 1950 for the first release on LP of Volume 1. And I didn't want Volume 2 to be confused in any way with Volume 1. In addition, Volume 2 is much more widely known by the '54 cover, as this was the cover that was used for the bulk of the time that the record was in print.


 See my new post below dated 09/10/17 for an update.






*[Edited 09/10/17 to add update notation]

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/04/2017 08:34)


Chip,

Indeed, great choice and great reasoning.  The more I thought about it being the original cover of Volume One, the more I realized you would probably have to go with the second cover, which really is quite festive and beautiful.  You really could not lose either way ascetically, but you definitely made the right choice for the very reason you mentioned.

Thanks,

Steve
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/04/2017 12:34)

Can not wait to put up my christmas tree and put the cd music of christmas on and bathe in that fantastic music. Maybe some hot cocoa and a slice of apple pie and then slide on the couch. And then i will thank mr Faith for that beautiful music and also i will thank mr Arcuri for making this possible...
Forever grateful, good wishes from the Netherlands!
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/04/2017 21:07)


Sounds like a great plan, Rick.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/10/2017 10:25)


Steve,

The cover that ended up being used this year for the Robert Shaw Volume II CD was in the end the one that you wanted.

Last year when I last discussed this release with Gordon, I advised him which cover to use for the front of the CD. But because I've been so busy this year with the Percy Faith and Fred Waring releases, I never thought to remind him which one to use. So as a result, the cover that I pictured below was indeed the one used.

By the way, Sony thinks that the later cover was from 1957, and not 1954. But this has happened before where the record companies have gotten information wrong about one of their own albums. The most egregious example of this was just last year when UMG erroneously told Gordon that Mantovani's re-recorded version of his Christmas Carols LP was from 1959, and not 1958, as was the case. Needless to say, I was furious. I actually sent Gordon proof (not that he needed it) by sending him a link to a Billboard article from November 10, 1958, announcing the new release for that year. It just goes to show that you can't always rely on the record companies to get information right about one of their own albums. It's one of the reasons that this business can be very frustrating at times.

By the way, both Volume I and Volume II were originally supposed to be released together last year. But when Gordon realized that the albums were too long to be released together on a single 2fer CD, and instead would have to be released as a double CD, he then proposed releasing them separately in consecutive years: 2016 for Volume I and 2017 for Volume II. And I was perfectly fine with that; however, if they had indeed been released together as was originally suggested by me, the correct artwork would have been used for Volume II. But no worries, as this will still be a great release.





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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/10/2017 16:56)


Hello Chip.

I could not be more thrilled about Real Gone Music going with that older traditional cover with that magnificent snow scene and the RCA label shifted to the middle of the record.  I just love these iconic images that they used on these masterful releases like Robert Shaw. Of course, the cover with the bulbs would have made more sense given your original idea for a twofer as to not to mix it up with the first album.  The second cover was beautiful as well. It was a win either way for us traditional music lovers.

I also want to pass on to you and the board members how thrilled I am that it looks like Vic Anesini is handling the remaster for the magnificent and glorious Music Of Christmas Extended version by the one and only Percy Faith.  I know that you and I were following this closely as well as your board members as we knew this remaster is the most anticipated one in decades with regard to getting Percy's great stereo version done properly for the first time.

I know you are fully aware, Chip, but some of your board members might not be, but Vic Anesini is one of the most highly regarded remastering engineers in the world having not only been in charge of most of Elvis Presley's premier catalogue for the last couple of decades, but also has remastered artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Jeff Buckley.  Mr. Anesini is known for his determination to get the original sound of the vinyl replicated as close as possible with the cleanest of sound without mucking around with the original sound intended by the original music engineer.  He is beloved and revered in the music world and there is not a better choice than to have someone with Mr. Anesini's unsurpassed credentials associated with such an iconic artist and such a once in a lifetime record as Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas.

We are so fortunate to have you Chip as Real Gone Music's most important and respected consultant getting these important details done in such a classy and dedicated fashion.   It would be cheaper and easier to re-produce these masterpieces without taking the time and effort that Real Gone Music does with your wise and irreplaceable counsel!

Best regards,

Steve
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/10/2017 19:50)


Yes, as I said to you in an email earlier today, and for the edification of those reading this post, because of the magnitude of the Percy Faith release, Sony gave the remastering assignment to Vic (Anesini).
 
Sony is very protective of Percy's Christmas material, and this album in particular (which has never been out-of-print in the 58 years since its original release in 1959). This is why it took so long for them to finally cede over the printing rights to the album.
 
And as much as Gordon and I love Maria (Triana), we know that Sony made the right decision. Vic is one of the two senior engineers at Battery Studios along with Mark (Wilder). And in Vic's hands, nothing was left to chance. So like Gordon said to me last month when he told me of Sony's decision, "this is a very good thing for us."

As for the Robert Shaw release, I'm glad that you're delighted; but for me personally, I'm somewhat crestfallen. There are very rare circumstances where I ever recommend the use of reissue artwork for the front of a CD release. But this album (like the Ralph Hunter Choir/Living Voices Christmas album that I got released in 2015) is one of them. As I said in my earlier post of September 4, 2017 on this thread, Volume II was much more widely known by its second cover, as this was the cover that was used for the bulk of the time the album was in print.

And RCA Records fully knew that as well, which is why in 1994 when they released Volume II on a 2-CD set (along with Volume I and the Britten album,) they indeed used its more well-known cover.





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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/11/2017 14:14)


Hello again, Chip,

I was just ordering the full slate of Real Gone Music releases that were just posted for pre-order on Amazon and I was awestruck to see that magnificent cover that Real Gone came up with for the Fred Waring twofer Cd collection.  They blow up that great Fred Waring first album cover featuring that awesome Norman Rockwell artwork and put the second album down below in the left side in a miniaturized version, which fully lets that first cover for Twas The Night Before Christmas really shine.  Great heading on top to let you know your getting both albums and of course that great Decca label as well.

I also love seeing the Percy Faith Music Of Christmas poinsettia cover in all its original glory with the great Columbia eye logo on top and unblemished in any way. Wow, these albums are worth buying for the covers alone, forgetting the majestic and long sought after music that lies within these iconic album covers.

I don't know who came up with that idea for the Fred Waring cover, probably you or Gordon or a combination there of, but it was a stroke of sheer brilliance and I know that without your efforts over the years we would have never seen these iconic albums remastered and released on CD in any form let alone in the magnificent way that they are being released by Real Gone Music.

Congratulations all around to you and Gordon!

Best Wishes,

Steve
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/11/2017 18:18)





That great front cover design for the Fred Waring CD was done by my good friend and collaborator Tom Pickles, who is an avid collector and passionate fan of these Christmas albums as I am. Tom also wrote the liner notes for the CD booklet -- and he did a magnificent job. He consulted with me on them and I arranged interviews with several members of the Pennsylvanians that I know personally.

Tom and I really wanted the cover of the 'Twas The Night Before Christmas LP with Norman Rockwell's great "Caught Napping" artwork to be the main focal point of the CD cover. So we actually did an end-run around Gordon's usual layout art designers, who, by the way, usually do an outstanding job. However, their usual policy with 2fer CD releases is to show both album covers equally, as well as a picture of the recording artist. But in this case, that just wasn't acceptable to us.

So Tom worked his brilliant magic and proposed a layout design to me. It was so damn good that I couldn't find anything I wanted to change. I immediately gave it my thumbs-up. And then later, Gordon did too.

And voil
à!



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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/13/2017 10:14)


Hi Chip,


Thanks for letting us know the upcoming Christmas Releases from Real Gone Music!  Will be adding several to my collection!  On another note, I thought I read somewhere that Jim Reeves Christmas Album was going to be remastered and released this year?


Thanks,


Jim

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:09/13/2017 14:38)


Next year in 2018 for the Jim Reeves, with bonus tracks (yet to be determined) and a new Battery Studios remastering.

If you're referring to that UK box set coming out this year with four other Christmas albums, that is not a remaster. Keep in mind that all of those albums are now all out of copyright in the UK, so they can do with them as they damn well please.

By the way, all of the 2017 Real Gone Christmas releases are now on Amazon and available for pre-order.



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