Title: The Newly Restored 18 Selections To The Yule Log Soundtrack
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(Date Posted:12/22/2006 11:21)


A lifelong dream will come to fruition on Monday with the premiere of our restored Yule Log presentation. All I wanted for years was to restore the program back to its original 3-hour form with all its original music. And now, after all the long hard hours of work, on Christmas Day 2006, it finally becomes a reality...finally. I'm sure when I watch it, it will be quite an emotional moment, and I'm sure that it will seem as surreal as all the coverage and publicity surrounding it has been. It has been bigger than anything I could have ever imagined, and it's been one hell of a ride.

I'm going to post below, the 18 selections that have now been restored back into the program. This way on Monday, as you watch, you will be aware of which ones constitute the restored 18.

But before I do, I'd like to impart upon you the story of one of these songs in particular, and how close I almost came to not getting it. The song: "Christmas Is Christmas All Over The World" by the Singing Angels.

This song was recorded and released in 1973 as a local 45 rpm single in Cleveland, Ohio (where the group is based). After a long and extensive search, I finally found it on the website of an out-of-print record store in Virginia. But after calling the store and requesting to purchase it, the clerk, a young kid, came back to the phone and indicated that he could not find it. He then went on to say that they had probably sold it.

Hearing that his tone was decidedly diffident, I waited about a week and then called the store back -- this time asking for the manager. After a brief time on hold, the manager came back to the phone with lo and behold -- the record in hand! He then said that they had recently reorganized the store, and that much of their stock was not in its proper place.

Thankfully, I went with my instincts and it paid off big time. If I hadn't, I would still to this day be looking for this record, and the complete restoration of the Yule Log audio soundtrack would not have been possible. It is quite ironic that the most recent song on the entire soundtrack, and for that matter, the only song from the 1970s, is indeed the most rare. What's more, it is because that it is so rare, that it pretty much is only known today from the Yule Log presentation. It clearly is one of the most recognizable, original and iconic songs in the entire soundtrack. The audio restoration would not have been complete without it, and I am so thankful that I persevered in my search for it.

In fact, in my search for the record, I even called the organization in Cleveland (my hometown by the way), and the current music director of the group, Charles Eversole, told me that even they themselves do not have a copy of the record. The only thing that they had in their archives was a photostatic copy of the original 45 rpm single! He was kind enough to send me a copy and even a few copies of the original sheet music that the kids had used in 1973 when they recorded the song for Princess Records. One additional tidbit of information that I can give you about the song is that the lead child singer is named Maria (no last name was given), and I'm sure you'll agree that her voice embodies the very innocence that the song is trying to convey. "Christmas Is Christmas All Over The World" is song #22 in the presentation, and can be heard about 53 minutes into the program. By the way, this is also one of the 12 songs that had to be digitally re-mastered from its original vinyl especially for the program.

Here now are the songs that I am so proud to say will be heard on the Yule Log presentation for the first time in over 20 years:


1) "SILENT NIGHT"/"O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM" ~ FRANK DEVOL

2) "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" ~ FRANK SINATRA

3) "SLEIGH RIDE" ~ ANDRE KOSTELANETZ

4) "O COME
ALL YE FAITHFUL" ~ PERCY FAITH

5) "O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL" ~ THE ROBERT SHAW CHORALE

6) "JINGLE BELLS" ~ PAUL MAURIAT

7) "CHRISTMAS IS CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD" ~ THE SINGING ANGELS

8) "ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH" ~ THE ROBERT SHAW CHORALE

9) "HERE WE COME A-CAROLING" ~ THE RAY CHARLES SINGERS

10) "GESU BAMBINO" ~ PERCY FAITH

11) "IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR" ~ HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA

12) "O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL"/"O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM"/"COVENTRY CAROL" ~ THE LIVING STRINGS

13) "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS" ~ PERCY FAITH

14) "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS" ~ FRANK SINATRA

15) "WHAT CHILD IS THIS" ~ THE RAY CONNIFF SINGERS

16) "WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS" ~ MANTOVANI

17) "HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING" ~ ROGER WILLIAMS

18) "SILENT NIGHT" ~ ROGER WILLIAMS


Additionally, there was also time in the program to include two bonus songs:

1) "IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR" ~ THE LIVING STRINGS
(From a medley that had always been cut)

2) "THE
CHRISTMAS TREE" ~ DAVID ROSE
(A song that aired in the original soundtrack prior to the advent of the 1973 "classic" program)

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(Date Posted:12/22/2006 15:18)

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A lifelong dream will come to fruition on Monday with the premiere of our restored Yule Log presentation. All I wanted for years was to restore the program back to its original 3-hour form with allits original music. And now,after all the longhard hours of work, on Christmas Day 2006, itfinally becomes a reality...finally. I'm sure when I watch it, it will be quite an emotional moment, and I'm sure that it will seem as surreal asall the coverage and publicity surrounding it has been. It hasbeen bigger than any thing I could have ever imagined, and it's been one hell of a ride.I'm going to post below, the 18 selections thathave nowbeen restored back into the program. Thisway on Monday, as you watch, you will be awareof which ones constitute the restored 18.But before
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(Date Posted:12/22/2006 15:36)

Thank you Chip for providing the list of songs. I will be waiting excitedly to hear "Christmas Is Christmas All Over The World". How wonderful a time this must be for you to finally have all of your hard work come to light in what will be a truely beautiful, magical and cherished gift for so many of us who have a love and affection for the Yule Log. I'll be thinking of both you and Joe while I'm watching and I thank you both from the bottom of my heart! May God Bless you always and may Christmas forever shine brightly in your heart!! Thank you, Darlene
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(Date Posted:12/22/2006 17:37)

Thank you dear, and the very same to you.

 

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(Date Posted:12/23/2006 03:55)

I posted earlier how I recorded the Yule Log Simulcast off the radio in 1979. It's funny how you mentioned "Christmas is Christmas All Over the World" was the toughest one to find. I took a college course in TV Production in 1986 and my final project was based on a Christmas One Day Sale at Macy's, where I worked at the time. The opening theme to the project was "Christmas is Christmas..." taken directly from those Yule Log tapes. I guess I was trying to make some sardonic comment about Christmas all over the world..including beleaguered sales clerks at Macy's.

You are correct that the Yule Log seems to be the only place that song was ever heard each year. Thanks to you, I now know the artists. I'm looking forward to Monday morning.

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(Date Posted:12/24/2006 23:47)

Thanks to Joe & Chip & Robert, You all did a great job on the pitch & fluidity of the music. The addition of David Rose's "Christmas Tree" adds to the enjoyment of watching & listening to the Yule Log. Overall, an A+ job - well done & entertaining. I can't thank you enough. Frank B.


A lifelong dream will come to fruition on Monday with the premiere of our restored Yule Log presentation. All I wanted for years was to restore the program back to its original 3-hour form with allits original music. And now,after all the longhard hours of work, on Christmas Day 2006, itfinally becomes a reality...finally. I'm sure when I watch it, it will be quite an emotional moment, and I'm sure that it will seem as surreal asall the coverage and publicity surrounding it has been. It hasbeen bigger than any thing I could have ever imagined, and it's been one hell of a ride.I'm going to post below, the 18 selections thathave nowbeen restored back into the program. Thisway on Monday, as you watch, you will be awareof which ones constitute the restored 18.But before

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(Date Posted:12/25/2006 12:13)

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I hope I'm doing this right. I just can't believe you guys pulled this off and got the Yule Log restored!  I hadn't been keeping up with the website but I managed to look for the Yule Log and found it was going to be on and automatically knew something was different with the music and I said to myself... could they have possible restored it to the original 3 hours then quickly said 'no way.'  I put a tape in and went back to bed. When I got up I listened to some more and said to myself - I don't recognize some of this which for me is unusual because I'm good with music.  I called my Brother to see if he watched and he swore to me that there was 'new' music and that nothing repeated in the 3 hour time period and again I said 'no way'... they've edited it down and they usually repeat one hour or 1 and 1/2 hours ... so then I came to the site and saw that the impossible was indeed made possible by Joe and Chip.  I'm like in shock over here. I'm finally listening now to the whole thing. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I can't say how much this means to me and my Brother. It's like the Yule Log IS Christmas to me. We didn't always have 'jolly' Christmases in my house due to some unfortunate circumstances but the yule log's magic could not be tarnished and it lives on.  Wow. I'm just blown away.
A lifelong dream will come to fruition on Monday with the premiere of our restored Yule Log presentation. All I wanted for years was to restore the program back to its original 3-hour form with allits original music. And now,after all the longhard hours of work, on Christmas Day 2006, itfinally becomes a reality...finally. I'm sure when I watch it, it will be quite an emotional moment, and I'm sure that it will seem as surreal asall the coverage and publicity surrounding it has been. It hasbeen bigger than any thing I could have ever imagined, and it's been one hell of a ride.I'm going to post below, the 18 selections thathave nowbeen restored back into the program. Thisway on Monday, as you watch, you will be awareof which ones constitute the restored 18.But before
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(Date Posted:12/26/2006 02:45)

This was the first time in many years that I actually had a chance to watch and listen to the Yule Log.  I was visiting relatives in Barnegat, NJ and we watched the Yule Log while eating breakfast.  What a wonderful way to begin Christmas Day!  We actually had two TV sets tuned to CW11, one in the kitchen, the other in the living room.  Two fireplaces without a chimney!  Thank you, Fred Thrower!  I know you'd enjoy that!

In past years, whether the Yule Log was on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, I wasn't always able to watch it, but this time I was and it was thoroughly enjoyable.

I also watched the special, "A Log's Life" and it brought back many memories.  I was growing up on Long Island in 1966 and recall reading in Newsday about the gift Ch. 11 would be giving to the New York area that Christmas.  When Christmas Eve came that year, I was with my family at my aunt's home in Brooklyn and I remember we used the Yule Log as backdrop while we opened gifts on what I recall as a very snowy night.  That first year, I saw it in black and white.

It was terrible when the Yule Log was discontinued in 1989, but sometimes good things come back.  It is incredible how the Yule Log is so representative of what we all long for at the holiday season.  I especially enjoyed the music on yesterday's broadcast.  Those are the true Christmas classics!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  A happy 2007 to all!

 

 

 

 

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(Date Posted:12/27/2006 19:57)

Thanks to all above for your comments and thanks, it is very much appreciated.

I'm glad everyone enjoyed the program; it made all the hard work well worthwhile.

A very Happy New Year 2007 to all.

 

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