(Date Posted:12/23/2009 21:38)
The iconic and immortal Music Of Christmas
album was first released in 1954. At that time, record companies released both full LPs and 45 EPs of new albums. The 45 EP would contain four tracks from the LP. Everyone didn't own a hi-fi then. We had a 45 RPM player which was plugged in to our TV. Our first hi-fi didn't arrive until Christmas 1957, a portable with a four-speed record changer.
My mother purchased Music Of Christmas
on a 45 EP probably when it was first released. I hope my memory serves me correctly as these are what I believe the four tracks on the EP were.Side A: The First Noel; It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Side B: O Holy Night; Silent Night
The cover art work was the one with a father dressed as Santa Claus cradling his sleeping daughter in his arms. I used to think he was the real Santa Claus!
That 45 EP is long gone, but today I have the full Music Of Christmas
on CD. Every time I listen to it, wonderful childhood memories are rekindled.
Do correct me if I got the track selections wrong!