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log_fan
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Reply To JoeChristmas
(Date Posted:12/12/2008 18:19)

Reply to JoeChristmas (12/11/2008 02:04:24)

Hello again log_fan!

I'm glad you have your copy of "Music of Christmas". It is arguably the best classic Christmas album ever. I wholeheartedly agree with Chip that "Music of Christmas" and "Hallelujah" are an essential part of every classic Christmas music lover's collection. No collection would be considered complete without it.

Enjoy! 

Joe, that copy of "Music of Christmas" is one of the best gifts I ever gave myself!  As we get older, these simple things mean a lot!  You might recall I mentioned that my mother had the Columbia 45 EP version, which had only four of the 12 selections.  That was the original mono release from 1954.  The version that I just got is the re-recorded stereo release from 1959.  This was probably the one that got so much airplay on WPAT in the 1970s and 80s.  Now I have my own copy at long last!  It's never too late for anything!   

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Reply To log%5Ffan
(Date Posted:12/13/2008 01:05)

Reply to log_fan (12/12/2008 19:19:17)

Joe, that copy of "Music of Christmas" is one of the best gifts I ever gave myself!  As we get older, these simple things mean a lot!  You might recall I mentioned that my mother had the Columbia 45 EP version, which had only four of the 12 selections.  That was the original mono release from 1954.  The version that I just got is the re-recorded stereo release from 1959.  This was probably the one that got so much airplay on WPAT in the 1970s and 80s.  Now I have my own copy at long last!  It's never too late for anything!   


Hello log_fan,

You're right - these simple, little things mean a lot more to us as we get older. I guess we appreciate it more as time goes on. I'm sure you'll keep the 45 EP your mother had safe and sound now that you have the CD. With the CD, you now have the whole album at your fingertips. It's good to treat ourselves to something every so often. I'm very happy for you!
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RE:Percy Faith: The Great Master and Maestro
(Date Posted:12/23/2008 16:20)

Right now, while I'm typing this the "Showcase" channel on Music Choice which is featuring Traditional Christmas Music is playing Percy Faith's majestic rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful", which is also attached at the start of this thread.  Without a doubt, THE best instrumental rendition of this carol ever!
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Reply To Christmas%20Music%20Guru
(Date Posted:12/25/2008 10:59)

Reply to Christmas Music Guru (12/03/2008 16:07:24)


Yes, he was indeed the King of WPAT's Christmas playlist as well.



Ah yes! The old WPAT! A wonderful 'light music' station that many of grew up hearing here in the New Jersey area. Many a Christmas was spent being driven from one set of grandparents to another in my parents' car with the radio tuned to WPAT. It's where I first heard The Hollyridge Strings and Percy Faith. Here is another page with some 'air checks' from the 60's and other years.

Percy Faith always gets 'air time' at Christmas in this house. In 1985 I bought the Christmas Memories cd. Great nostalgic cover on that one! Last year I finally grabbed the Christmas Is.. cd even though almost all of the music was already on Christmas Memories. This year I was also happy to add a legit copy of The Hollyridge Strings Christmas Favorites cd to the stack. For the past few years I had been using a 'needle drop' of both the mono and stereo copies.

They don't make music like that anymore!

Merry Christmas!
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Reply To Genoman
(Date Posted:12/26/2008 15:22)

Reply to Genoman (12/25/2008 11:59:27)

Reply to Christmas Music Guru (12/03/2008 16:07:24)


Yes, he was indeed the King of WPAT's Christmas playlist as well.



Ah yes! The old WPAT! A wonderful 'light music' station that many of grew up hearing here in the New Jersey area. Many a Christmas was spent being driven from one set of grandparents to another in my parents' car with the radio tuned to WPAT. It's where I first heard The Hollyridge Strings and Percy Faith. Here is another page with some 'air checks' from the 60's and other years.

Percy Faith always gets 'air time' at Christmas in this house. In 1985 I bought the Christmas Memories cd. Great nostalgic cover on that one! Last year I finally grabbed the Christmas Is.. cd even though almost all of the music was already on Christmas Memories. This year I was also happy to add a legit copy of The Hollyridge Strings Christmas Favorites cd to the stack. For the past few years I had been using a 'needle drop' of both the mono and stereo copies.

They don't make music like that anymore!

Merry Christmas!

Hi Genoman,

There was nothing like the old WPAT at Christmas!  For eleven months of the year, I'd listen to WMCA, WABC, 99X but when the holidays came, they were on hold until Dec 26.  WPAT was the soundtrack for many a Christmas Eve gathering when I lived in Brooklyn and on Long Island.  I'm now in NJ. 

Today is Dec 26 and I'm listening to Percy Faith's "Music of Christmas" CD as I'm posting this.  Just had to hear it one more time this season!  My mom had the original 1954 recording on a 45 EP.  It took me until this year to get the complete album.  I just came back from my relatives home and I brought along the Percy Faith CD.  They remembered it quite well.  Once again, Percy Faith provided the music for a Christmas Eve fish fry!

BTW, were you able to find any airchecks from WPAT's Spirit of Christmas broadcasts?

I agree!  They don't make music like that anymore!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!  Have a happy and healthy 2009!     
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Reply To log%5Ffan
(Date Posted:12/26/2008 18:35)



BTW, were you able to find any airchecks from WPAT's Spirit of Christmas broadcasts?



Nope. Sadly, now they only exits in my memory.
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Reply To Genoman
(Date Posted:12/27/2008 16:52)

Reply to Genoman (12/26/2008 19:35:39)



BTW, were you able to find any airchecks from WPAT's Spirit of Christmas broadcasts?



Nope. Sadly, now they only exits in my memory.


Genoman, that's where WPAT exists for me as well.  At least Traditional Christmas Music has been making a comeback recently on both satellite radio and the internet.  WPAT may be gone forever but the timeless Christmas music they played will live on.
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Reply To log%5Ffan
(Date Posted:12/28/2008 00:02)

Reply to log_fan (12/27/2008 16:52:54)

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Genoman, that's where WPAT exists for me as well.  At least Traditional Christmas Music has been making a comeback recently on both satellite radio and the internet.  WPAT may be gone forever but the timeless Christmas music they played will live on.

There is also the 'ambiance' that WPAT gave that is gone. Such a great station. Great for listening to when you needed 'quiet time'.
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RE:Percy Faith: The Great Master and Maestro
(Date Posted:11/02/2009 10:05)

ANyone heard this import CD of Percy Faith CHristmas Music? Does it sound any better than what is currently available?
http://www.amazon.com/Music-Christmas-Percy-Faith-Orchestra/dp/B002LWJ538/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1257177821&sr=8-3

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RE:Percy Faith: The Great Master and Maestro
(Date Posted:11/02/2009 13:54)


Don,

I've previously talked about this import CD on the thread Percy Faith Album Question. Click here and scroll down to my post dated 09/06/2009.

This import CD is a release of the original 1954 Mono recording of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas.


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RE:Percy Faith: The Great Master and Maestro
(Date Posted:11/10/2009 17:47)

Right now, I've got "Christmas & Then Some" on live365, and they're playing "Good King Wenceslas" by Percy Faith from "Music Of Christmas".  It's getting me into the spirit!

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RE:Percy Faith: The Great Master and Maestro
(Date Posted:12/18/2011 19:52)

Decided to drive around the local area tonight to look at Christmas lights - and in my SUV's CD player were both volumes of "Music Of Christmas".

There is really no doubt in my mind that these are the quintessential albums of orchestral Christmas music ! It was the perfect musical background to my trip - definitely put me in the Christmas mood !!

Rich 
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