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Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs


I've talked about this on the board before, but just to reiterate: When Steve and Eydie first released their 1964 Christmas album That Holiday Feeling on CD through their private GL Music record label, I had mentioned to Steve Lawrence about adding "‘Twas The Night Before Christmas" as an additional bonus track. In addition, there's also Steve's solo rendition of "Go Tell It On The Mountain," as well as Eydie's solo rendition of "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," which were both recorded in 1969 exclusively for RCA's Christmas In New York, Vol. 3. He said he'd look into it, but unfortunately nothing ever came of it.

Their GL Music reissue CD is now being distributed through Real Gone Music.




11/19/2017 22:25


boojidad
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs

I have always wondered what happened to Steve Lawrence's "Twas the Night Before Christmas."  I thought it would be a bonus track on the re-release of the Steve/Eydie "That Holiday Feeling" album.  It hasn't even shown up on a random various artists CD that CBS put out over the years (and those are starting to disappear as well).  Ah, the hidden treasures of Christmas records....


11/19/2017 20:26


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


You're welcome, Rick. So glad to hear how much you enjoyed the CD. I'm also very happy to hear that it gave you a badly needed lift after a particularly bad year for you. Percy's music will do that for you: His music is very inspiring and cathartic. It's speaks boldly of peace, love and joy. Listening to it is a transformative experience.

If more people in the world listened to it, the world would be much a happier place. 










11/18/2017 21:42


Christmas
Re :   Eddie Dunstedter's CHRISTMAS CANDY: A Lost 'Lounge' Holiday Classic?


I wouldn't qualify a release in the future as slim to none, Peter, but it would be exponentially more difficult.




11/18/2017 21:34


RickHollan
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Today finally received my copy of music of christmas. Beautiful artwork, great liner notes and fantastic sound!
What can i say? Thank you Chip for your endurance to get this music in print!
After this year, which for me was an annus horribilis, finally a little light to end the year and to give me hope for a better 2018.
With a tear in my eye, merry christmas and a heartfelt thank you..



11/18/2017 14:46


Get2Me
Re :   Eddie Dunstedter's CHRISTMAS CANDY: A Lost 'Lounge' Holiday Classic?

That's truly disappointing that CD reissues of Christmas Candy and/or Christmas Favorites are a slim to none possibility. I'm glad I was able to purchase a copy of the latter when it was initially released by Collectors' Choice Music.
Thanks for the info, Chip. As always, it's very much appreciated.


11/18/2017 12:24


Christmas
Re :   Eddie Dunstedter's CHRISTMAS CANDY: A Lost 'Lounge' Holiday Classic?





That's correct, Peter, Eddie Dunstedter's third Christmas album, Christmas Candy, was indeed his best. It resides in the 2nd Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #220. His first and second Christmas albums are in the Bubbling Under section of my Top 500, coming in at #381 and #382, respectively.

The Eddie Dunstedter and Hollyridge Strings Christmas LPs, both being Capitol Records releases, unfortunately now fall under the jurisdiction of UMG, which won't make a release for either album very easy. When Collectors' Choice Music's Hollyridge Strings reissue CD was released in 2008, it was negotiated with Capitol's parent company EMI. In 2012, EMI was absorbed by UMG, thus, sadly, putting the entire Capitol Records library under their control.




11/17/2017 18:43


Get2Me
Topic :   Eddie Dunstedter's CHRISTMAS CANDY: A Lost 'Lounge' Holiday Classic?

I know I've talked about this album before, but out of the three Christmas LPs organist Eddie Dunstedter released, Christmas Candy is, in my humble opinion, a lost lounge holiday classic.

Released in 1965 on Capitol records, I first became aware of this album through the handful of songs that appeared on Capitol's own Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails compilations. Since then, I've sought out multiple copies of the album on vinyl and enjoy listening to them a few times each Christmas season. For those who might be averse to instrumental, organ-based, Christmas albums, rest assured: there are plenty of other instruments to round out the songs and keep the tone lighthearted and upbeat, rather than church-like or funereal. The whole affair was quite well recorded (Christmas Candy WAS released on Capitol records, afterall) and the arrangements have a distinctly "hip" Now Sound feel with tight rhythm sections, walking bass lines, and a slight bossa nova bent, all of which tends to be just shy of kitschy. But therein lies the charm of this overlooked album!

Although there's no connection between the two other than the original record label and release year, I think Eddie Dunstedter's Christmas Candy would make a wonderful twofer CD reissue with The Hollyridge Strings' Christmas Favorites LP. It's a darn shame that the Collectors' Choice CD of the latter has long since fallen out of print.

The cuts from Christmas Candy and Christmas Favorites that made their way onto the Christmas Cocktails CDs are among the best of the bunch and full album reissues of both would be a welcome addition to any Golden Age of Christmas Music afficionados' collection.


11/17/2017 09:35


rsteven
Re :   John Klein's A CHRISTMAS SOUND SPECTACULAR: Long Overdue for a STEREO CD Reissue!


Hello Chip and Peter,

It is such a thrill and honor that Chip has made it possible for me to be involved with the possible release of this iconic album and its splendid follow-up by John Klein through Real Gone Music. I have loved A Christmas Sound Spectacular dearly as it was my father's go to record at Christmas time along with the great Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas album with the great Percy Faith arrangements. Peter, you are so correct about the mono version of this amazingly beautiful album being so inferior to the Living Stereo version. Chip and I have had more than one conversation about why Schulmerich Bells would go to the trouble of securing a release of this iconic album on CD only to get the mono version instead of that great Living Stereo LP.

I really noticed the difference when I played the Living Stereo version of A Christmas Sound Spectacular as posted on YouTube on my laptop Apple computer and it sounded far superior than the mono version that I played on my high end stereo system with B & W speakers. That great orchestra with the Carillon Americana and its almost 1500 bells is a sonic masterpiece when heard in stereo, but really loses some magnificence when transferred in its mono version.

I want to personally thank Chip and Gordon Anderson of Real Gone Music again for trying to get this project done this year and hopefully, God willing, it will happen next year. These two gentlemen have brightened our lives so greatly with the great Golden Age of Christmas music that they have managed to get released on CD over the last few years. Without their dedication and tremendous effort we would not have that absolutely glorious Vic Anesini remastered classic from Percy Faith, Music Of Christmas, Mantovani's fantastic Christmas Carols album and of course that amazing twofer by Fred Waring featuring his iconic classic with the Norman Rockwell cover, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and so many other albums too numerous to mention. 

Best regards,

Steve


11/16/2017 19:39


pdmddirect
Re :   John Klein's A CHRISTMAS SOUND SPECTACULAR: Long Overdue for a STEREO CD Reissue!

This is great news Chip! Hoping to see this released in 2018.


11/16/2017 19:12


Get2Me
Re :   John Klein's A CHRISTMAS SOUND SPECTACULAR: Long Overdue for a STEREO CD Reissue!

That's wonderful news, indeed, Chip! Here's hoping it actually happens for next year!

As I said before, the stereo version of A Christmas Sound Spectacular is the ONLY way to go with this album. The mono LP sounds lifeless and claustrophobic by comparison - and not just because it's mono. Something must've gone awry in the mixing. It's truly dreadful! But the stereo LP is practically in surround sound!

Fingers crossed the powers that be let this happen! The cover art alone should sell a ton of copies! 


11/16/2017 16:59


Christmas
Re :   John Klein's A CHRISTMAS SOUND SPECTACULAR: Long Overdue for a STEREO CD Reissue!


 


Serendipitous that you should ask Peter, because earlier this year in June I proposed John Klein's 1959 A Christmas Sound Spectacular LP to Gordon for release as a 2fer CD combined with his
follow-up RCA LP from 1964, Let's Ring The Bells All Around The Christmas Tree, which was arranged and conducted by Henri René.

It didn't work out for this year, but there's a good chance Sony will grant licensing next year for a 2018 release. It will be the first release in stereo on CD for the former, and the first-ever release on CD for the latter. If this release does indeed come to fruition, I have asked message board member Steve (known on the board as R Steven) to write the liner notes. I told Gordon that there is probably no one who knows, loves and cherishes this album more than Steve. In fact, Steve has already submitted to me a preliminary draft of the notes and they're fantastic.





11/16/2017 16:46


Get2Me
Topic :   John Klein's A CHRISTMAS SOUND SPECTACULAR: Possible STEREO CD Reissue?

Hey Chip!

Is there any chance that Gordon at Real Gone Music might one day be interested in reissuing John Klein's wonderful 1959 LP A Christmas Sound Spectacular on CD?

Schulmerich Bells, the company that recorded the album and manufactured the grand Carillon Americana, produced their own CD reissue a number of years ago. However, they used the vastly inferior mono version of the album. The RCA LIVING STEREO version is the ONLY way this album should EVER be heard. Besides, I no longer see that CD offered for sale on Schulmerich Bells' web site so it might, in fact, be out of print.

Between the iconic cover art and the instantly recognizable song selections, performed brilliantly by John Klein at the Carillon Americana, a full orchestra, and chorus, I think A Christmas Sound Spectacular would be a sure-fire hit for Real Gone Music! More people deserve to experience this album in its full sonic glory!


11/16/2017 10:58


Christmas
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs


Yes, and it's always been a mystery why Sony never included the song as a bonus track on their CD reissue of Tony's Snowfall LP. It was more than likely a licensing problem with Goodyear; the same problem we're having.




11/15/2017 18:10


Motown Mik
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs

Another edited track in the Goodyear series is Tony Bennett's rendition of "What Child Is This?", from Volume 8. It only took 43 years for the full-length version to see the light of day, on Bennett's Classic Christmas Album compilation CD.



11/15/2017 12:38


CluelessIn
Re :   Favorite Christmas Movie moments

What a memory you have, Chip!

I guess if I can't even remember the lines of one of my favorite Christmas movie moments, then its time I watched the movie again, wouldn't you say? 


11/13/2017 13:41


Christmas
Re :   Favorite Christmas Movie moments





In that scene, in the classic and definitive 1951 film version, Alastair Sim (as Scrooge) actually refers to the young lad sotto voce four times: first as an "intelligent boy," then as a "remarkable boy," then as a "delightful boy," and lastly as an "enchanting boy."

By the way, all of these references are also in the original book by Charles Dickens, except the last one, an "enchanting boy," which was sweetly added to the screenplay by screenwriter Noel Langley.





11/13/2017 13:06


CluelessIn
Re :   Favorite Christmas Movie moments

Yup!  That moment always warms the cockles of my heart (hmm?  What are heart cockles anyway? oh well).

That version of A Christmas Carol is my hands down favorite.

Another moment I love is when Scrooge is calling down from his window to the boy in the street and the boy replies in a cockney accent and Scrooge remarks sotto voce something like "Clever lad" or "Clever fellow."


11/13/2017 10:41


Christmas
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


The 1940s were basically the "Dawn of the Golden Age of Christmas music." And y
es, these 1940s releases (on 78s, 45s and 10" LPs) were indeed precursors to their later classic 12" LP incarnations.

Fred Waring and Robert Shaw re-recorded all of their 1940s tracks in the '50s (Waring again in mono in 1954 and 1955 for his 1955 12" LP version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas; and Shaw in stereo in 1957 for his 1958 12" LP version of Christmas Hymns And Carols, Volume 1). As for Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas album, the 1955 12" LP version contained four new songs that were recorded in the early '50s, and the other eight songs were retained from the '40s.




11/12/2017 22:20


richiedoo
Re :   Favorite Christmas Movie moments

Hi everyone long time no see.  Hope everyone had a great year and all set for a another great Xmas. One thing I love about the internet and Youtube is that where available you can zip to a certain scene(s) without having to watch the whole movie. My wife and I just watched the ending scene of Scrooge from 1951, the look of shock/surprise over the face that Bob Cratchit makes over Scrooge's line "which leaves me no alternative but to raise your salary" is absolutely timeless, Combined with the strong and hearty laughter that Scrooge gives off is enough to tickle one's funny bone...anyone agree?


11/12/2017 14:58


CluelessIn
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300

Thanks, Chip.

So then,  could those 1940s Christmas albums of 78 rpm recordings, like Robert Shaw's Christmas Hymns and Carols or Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas be regarded as the  precursors or harbingers of the Golden Age of Christmas Music?  Perhaps The Bronze Age of Christmas Music?  ;-)


11/12/2017 12:03


Christmas
Re :   WPAT - The Spirit of Christmas marathon

Rich,
I remember an Easy Listening station in the Burlington Vermont area that had a 32 hour Christmas Music marathon, it was sponsored by Chittenden  Bank, and though I don't remember the play list, I believe it was exactly the same for several years.  Being I don't currently live in Vermont, I can't say they still do this, but would venture to guess that if they do, it wouldn't be the great classics from the 1950's though about 1972.  I may still have a few audio recordings from one of these broadcasts on cassette tapes,  Unfortunately a lot of the tapes have deteriorated, and right now any of the cassette decks I have access to, all need belts in order to work.  So I can't check them out.
I believe a lot of the songs in the list are the same as your list.  I think they played this into the middle 1980's then they added more current artists.


11/12/2017 09:48


Christmas
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


Just like the Golden Age of Hollywood (for movies), the Golden Age of Christmas music, or any Golden Age for that matter, does NOT mean there are not examples/exceptions before or after the generally acknowledged time frame of their respective Golden Age periods. Good golly, I really didn't think I even had to point that out; I would have thought it would be assumed.

And no, I do not exclude the 1940s because of the limitations of the "recording technology." I exclude it because outside of a very few examples, there was practically nothing.

What's more, even the examples that you mentioned, with the lone exception of Bing Crosby, don't qualify. Nat King Cole's classic version of 'The Christmas Song" was not the 1946 version (which wasn't even released on a full-length Christmas album), but rather the 1961 version he did with Ralph Carmichael. That's the version most well-known and loved today. As for Judy Garland, she never in her career even released a Christmas album. But what's more, her original version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" was not recorded for release on record, but rather for the classic film Meet Me In St. Louis.

In addition, even the 1940s Christmas recordings of two of the titans of the genre, Fred Waring and Robert Shaw, were primitive (a word Shaw used himself in an interview) original versions of their later re-recordings in the 1950s.

So emphatically no, the 1940s are categorically not a part of the period of what is regarded as the Golden Age of Christmas music.





11/12/2017 01:44


Christmas
Re :   1966 Yule Log Broadcast Soundtrack Listing


Rich,

The second song in the Yule Log broadcast was always performed by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians; however, from 1966 to 1972 the song was actually "Christmas Magic."

It was beginning with the definitive and classic version of the soundtrack that was settled upon in 1973 that the song was switched to the far superior "A Musical Christmas Card."




11/12/2017 01:35


Christmas
Re :   WPAT - The Spirit of Christmas marathon


Oh my, I so desperately miss the great WPAT, Easy 93. At one time I worked very close to their studios located on Broad Street in Clifton. In fact, I visited there several times. And, of course, no surprise, I especially miss their Christmas programming and, specifically, the spectacular 36-hour "Spirit Of Christmas" marathon. Those truly were the days. And sadly, it will never be repeated.

Posted below is a fantastic 1-hour air-check from early December 1980 with a sampling of WPAT's great easy-listening play list, and a sprinkling of great classic Christmas favorites that, naturally, includes the King of Christmas Music, Maestro Percy Faith.







11/12/2017 01:32


Christmas
Re :   Mantovani Christmas Carols - Real Gone CD


All correct, Steve.

The only thing that I was grievously unhappy about is that on this release UMG led Gordon into temptation, so to speak. This was because the UMG project sheets erroneously showed that the original release date for the re-recorded stereo LP was 1959, when in fact it was 1958. And because of this, Gordon went ahead and changed the release date on the CD booklet and in the liner notes from 1958 to 1959 without checking with me first.

This was a quintessential example of how you can't always trust what the record companies tell you. And it'
s happened before where the record companies have gotten something wrong about one of their own albums. This, however, was probably most egregious example of this.

I sent Gordon proof (not that he needed it) of the 1958 date by sending him a link to a Billboard article from November 10, 1958, announcing the new release for that year and stating that the re-recording sessions took place in late August.





11/12/2017 01:25


CluelessIn
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300

Gee, what about the 40s when I was a kid?   Bing Crosby's "White Christmas, Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song" and Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" seem to me like they are what kicked off the golden age of popular recorded Christmas music.  Do you exclude the 40s because of the limitations of the recording technology back in those days?


11/11/2017 22:15


rsteven
Re :   WPAT - The Spirit of Christmas marathon



Hello Rich, 

Though I'm not familiar with that radio station, I admire the great choice of songs on their playlist of course many ones in common with the classic YuleLog repertoire. What struck me is a couple more "modern" hidden gems from the early 1980's from Kenny Rogers great multi-platinum selling Christmas album from 1981 produced by Kenny himself with the great arranger Gene Page conducting the awesome orchestra. He was known for his great work with the Righteous Brothers and Barbra Streisand among many others. He was famous for his beautiful string and intricate horn arrangements.

Kenny has several great albums, but this one featuring Christmas Everyday, which is one of the most gorgeous original Christmas songs in the last 30 or forty years, is a real treat. Yes, he has that gravel voice, but he was also originally a jazz singer with a nearly three octave range that aided him greatly in his stellar version of O Holy Night from that same great Christmas album.

Best regards,

Steve


11/11/2017 11:08


rsteven
Re :   Mantovani Christmas Carols - Real Gone CD


Hello Rich,

I have both versions of this masterpiece by Mantovani, and I believe that Chip in a previous post a while back verified that the same exact remaster was used by Collectors Choice and Real Gone Music for both releases. Remember that Collector's Choice was Gordon Anderson's old company before he started Real Gone Music. By the way, the remastering is beautiful on this classic.  If you were lucky enough to purchase RGM's new expanded version of Music Of Christmas and appreciate the fantastic and magnificent remaster that Vic Anesini did with that one by the one and only Percy Faith, you will love this indispensable classic.

Now the artwork is slightly different as the RGM 2016 version is superior and more accurately reflects the original London Stereophonic labeling across the top of the front of the cover and it has the FFSS labeling on the CD itself and it also fixed the color of the Christmas bulb with the angel from red to the original gold as seen on the front cover as well. Small details, but to serious collectors like Chip and I, important ones.

I hope this helps, either way you can't go wrong, but I prefer the newer version from RGM.

Best regards,

Steve


11/11/2017 10:49


RichLI
Re :   1966 Yule Log Broadcast Soundtrack Listing

 i would also be very interested in this playlist. Years ago, my father had an old audio recording of the Yule Log on reel to reel. The only thing I could remember was that the first song was still Percy Faith's "Joy to the World", but the 2nd song was not The Pennsylvanian's "A Musical Christmas Card". 


11/11/2017 08:24


RichLI
Topic :   WPAT - The Spirit of Christmas marathon

 Does anyone remember the easy listening station WPAT in Patterson NJ? Every Christmas Eve WPAT would start their "Spirit of Christmas" music marathon which was 36 hours of commercial free continuous Christmas music. Other radio stations hosted similar broadcasting, but WPAT was the clear favorite. My family would always have this playing on Christmas Eve, switching only for the Yule Log later in the evening. One Christmas Eve, I recorded the first 6 hours (12 PM - 6 PM Christmas Eve 1987) of the WPAT broadcast to cassette tapes. My parents found these tapes last year and converted the recordings to CD. 
 For anyone interested, I am listing the WPAT playlist for the first 6 hours of the "Spirit of Christmas" below. As you can see, there are many Yule Log artists included: lots of Percy Faith, David Rose and Mantovani. With the help of apps like Shazam and Sound Hound, I was able to identify almost all of the songs:

WPAT - Spirit of Christmas
Christmas Festival - Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler
Christmas Everyday - Kenny Rogers
Hallelujah Chorus- Percy Faith
Ring Christmas Bells - Ray Conniff
Christmas Bells - Mantovani
Count Your Blessings - Ronnie Aldrich
Guten Abend Gute Nacht - Roger Whittaker
O Tannenbaum - Percy Faith
The Christmas Tree - David Rose
We Need A Little Christmas - Percy Faith
Silver Bells- Ferrante & Teicher
Mary?s Boy Child - Living Strings
Winter Wonderland - Ronnie Aldrich
Winter Wonderland/Silver Bells - the Carpenters
White Christmas- Waldo de los Rios
The Christmas Song - David Rose
I Know my Redeemer Livith/Silent Night - Rita Ford
Santa?s got a Brand New Bag - Hollyridge Strings
Toyland - Ronnie Aldrich
What Can I Give You this Christmas- the Lettermen
The Infant Jesus - William Davies
Yuletide Garland- Lions Boyd
What Child is This - Johnny Mathis
**********************
Marie - Gheorghe Zamfir
When the First Snow Falls - Hagood Hardy
Deck the Halls - Vic Damone
Little Drummer Boy - Living Strings
Do You Hear What I Hear - ?
Twelve Days of Christmas- David Rose
Let It Snow - Ferrante & Teicher
German Dance Sleigh Ride - Boston Pops
Carol of the Bells - Percy Faith
Medley:It?s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas- Living Strings
Blue Christmas- Jerry Vale
White Christmas- Percy Faith
Let it Snow - Ronnie Aldrich
? - ?
Carol for Another Christmas- Henry Mancini
Sleigh Ride - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
We Need a Little Christmas - Percy Faith
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Tommy Garrett
Pine Cones & Holly Berries - Frank Chacksfield
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas- Burl Ives
It?s Gonna Be a Cold Cold Christmas- Christmas Strings
Do You Hear What I Hear - Percy Faith
Silent Night - Barbra Streisand
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Percy Faith
Count Your Blessings - Ronnie Aldrich
Little Drummer Boy - Living Strings
Jingo Jango - Bert Kaempfert
The Christmas Tree - David Rose
Christmas Is - Percy Faith
Toyland - David Rose
Jingle Jingle Jingle - Burl Ives
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas - Chet Atkins
Medley: Morgen Kinder Wirds - James Last
***************************
Soleado - Franck Pourcel
When a Child is Born - Johnny Mathis
When a Child - Hagood Hardy
Jingle Bells - Mantovani
Frosty the Snowman - Ray Conniff
Toyland - Ronnie Aldrich
It?s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas- Andre Kostelantz
O Tannenbaum - Estudios Talkback
O Christmas Tree - the Ambrosian Singers
Medley: Moonlight Serenade - Rita Ford
Joy to the World - Percy Faith
Hallelujah It?s Christmas- Roger Whittaker
Silent Night - Roger Williams
Hallelujah Chorus- Percy Faith
Ding Dong Merrily on High - Mantovani
Buon Natale - Al Caiola & Ruiz Ortolani
March of the Toys - Lehman Engel Orchestra
Toyland - Perry Como
O Little Town of Bethlehem - Mantovani
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Waldo de los Rios
Little Drummer Boy - Living Strings
The Christmas Song - Ronnie Aldrich
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Silver Bells - Percy Faith
Mary?s Boy Child - Living Strings
The First Noel - Jose Feliciano
***********************
That Holiday Feeling - Eddie Gorme & Steve Lawrence
Jumpin Jiminy Christmas- Bert Kaempfert
Jingle Bell Rock - Floyd Cramer
Patapan/Jingle Bells - ? (I wish I knew who!!) 
We Wish You a Merry Christmas- Christmas Strings
Jingle Bells - Waldo de los Rios
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Andy Williams
What Child Is This - Percy Faith
Count Your Blessings - Ronnie Aldrich
O Tannenbaum - Waldo de los Rios
Joy to the World - Percy Faith
O Holy Night - Kenny Rogers
O Holy Night - Percy Faith
Silent Night - Roger Williams
Deck the Halls - Merry Music Makers
Christmas is a Comin - the Brothers Four
Twelve Days of Christmas- David Rose
Holly & the Ivy/ Here we go a Caroling - Percy Faith
The Christmas Waltz - Ronnie Aldrich
Skaters Waltz -?
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers- Richard Benson & Orchestra
Jingle Jingle Jingle - Burl Ives
Pine Cones & Holly Berries - Frank Chacksfield
CHRISTMAS - Eddy Arnold
Toy Waltz - Mantovani
Holiday for Bells - Bert Kaempfert
Jingle Bell Rock - Hollyridge Strings
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
Santa Claus is Comin to Town - Roger Williams
Here Comes Santa Claus - Frank Devol & the Rainbow Strings
March of the Toys - Lehman Engel Orchestra
Medley: Auld Lang Syne - Rita Ford


11/11/2017 08:16


RichLI
Topic :   Mantovani Christmas Carols - Real Gone CD

 Does anyone know if the 2016 Real Gone edition of Mantovani's Christmas Carols any different than the 2009 Collector's Choice CD? The track listing looks exactly the same. Is the 2016 version remastered?
Thanks!


11/11/2017 07:44


RichLI
Re :   So Why Not A Yule Log CD?

  Almost all of the songs on the original 3 hour Yule Log are available either on CD (with thanks to Chip and Real Gone Music!) or digitally. The one exception that comes to mind is the song "Christmas is Christmas" by the Singing Angels. 
You could make a playlist of all of the available songs and have an almost complete soundtrack of the Yule Log. 


11/11/2017 07:41


Christmas
Re :   2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)

Chip,
Thank you.  Yes, I don't remember the exact year that the WPIX glitch happened, but I do remember that I had come to the message board to do a post about it, and you had also mentioned about hearing the audio drop out or something and bumped your head.  I know that you work tirelessly to try and get this program to go as perfectly as possible, so when something goes wrong, you want to do everything you can to make sure it doesn't happen again.

As for the problem on my end, it could be something with my DVR.  But the signal didn't drop out at all.  Could be a hard drive glitch when recording on the DVR.

I won't be home to monitor the broadcast this year, but can access my DVR while I am away.  I just hope the weather will be good so there won't be any signal problems.  Either with Satellite or OTA.


11/09/2017 10:18


Christmas
Re :   2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)


That glitch you are referring to was on the WPIX broadcast from several years ago, but it was only for that one year.

The national Antenna TV broadcast used to have some small audio dropouts until 2014. However, I had chief engineer John Seminario in New York send a new set of reels to engineer Adam Kulawik in Chicago to get it corrected. After which, beginning with the 2015 broadcast, it has aired flawlessly on Antenna TV. So whatever problem you are having has to be somewhere on your end.




11/08/2017 18:33


Christmas
Topic :   Official 2017 WPIX Yule Log Press Release


                                                  

                                              

PIX11 ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY BROADCAST SCHEDULE

THE ORIGINAL 1966 YULE LOG, THE CLASSIC 1970 YULE LOG,
MIDNIGHT MASS AT ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL (40TH YEAR ON PIX11)
MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS
AND THE MAGIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL TO AIR DECEMBER 24 & 25
ANNUAL HONEYMOONERS MARATHON TO AIR NEW YEAR’S EVE & DAY



NEW YORK, November 6, 2017 – PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, is pleased to announce its holiday lineup for December:

SATURDAY, 12/23

2-3pm THE MAGIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (1981)

· Beloved performers Carole Demas and Paula Janis prepare for Christmas in The Magic Garden in this PIX11 holiday special, rediscovered in a tape vault at WPIX in 2013. Will also be live streamed on PIX11.com.
· Will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV


CHRISTMAS EVE – SUNDAY 12/24

6-7pm THE YULE LOG (1966 EDITION)

· Will stream on PIX11.com and Facebook Live (on
PIX11 News, PIXYuleLog and WPIXArchives Facebook pages) from 6-7pm.
· Clips will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV
· PIX11 will air the original 1966 version of the Yule Log, which until last year, had not been seen on air since 1969. The 1966 Yule Log, long assumed to be
permanently lost, was found last year and restored for its 50th anniversary. It will air as a one-hour presentation exclusively on PIX11 on Christmas Eve 2017, exactly 51 years after its debut.
· The 1966 version of the Yule Log, filmed at Gracie Mansion, aired each Christmas Eve through 1969 until the tape degraded. A new Yule Log was filmed in 1970 as a replacement, and has aired ever since.


12-1:30am MIDNIGHT MASS AT ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL (LIVE)

· A PIX11 holiday tradition celebrating 40 years, the station will broadcast the Catholic Christmas Mass live from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
· The Mass will also be live streamed on PIX11.com and also on PIX11’s Facebook page
PIX11 News
· The original 1977 broadcast will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV"
· The 2017 Mass will be available for repeat viewing on Christmas morning on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV

CHRISTMAS – MONDAY 12/25

9am-1pm THE YULE LOG (1970 Edition )

· The 1970 Yule Log will feature a new hour of music produced by Lawrence F. “Chip” Arcuri, the creator of theyulelog.com fansite. Will also stream on PIX11.com from 8am-5pm
· Will air on Facebook Live 9am -1pm (on
PIX11 News, PIXYuleLog and WPIXArchives Facebook pages)
· Clips will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV
· The Log will be live tweeting
@PIXYULELOG on twitter during the broadcast
· Log merchandise http://www.cafepress.com/wpix/


1-3pm MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (1934) The Laurel and Hardy classic has been a PIX11 Christmas tradition for decades.

3-5pm FRIENDS (4 holiday episodes)

NEW YEAR’S EVE & NEW YEAR’S DAY

11pm NYE THE HONEYMOONERS MARATHON
From the Gotham Bus Company depot to the Raccoon Lodge, PIX11 has been NY’s home since 1958 for The Honeymooners. New Yorkers have been ringing in the New Year with Ralphie Boy and PIX11 when The Honeymooners Marathon began airing on New Year’s Eve in 1996.
This year, the PIX11 Honeymooners Marathon of classic episodes begins Sunday, December 31st at 11pm and runs through 5pm on Monday, January 1. (13.5 hours of Honeymooners with a break for PIX11 Morning News from 4:30am to 9am ET)
Extra "Honeymooners" special content will be able for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV



ABOUT PIX11:
Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network and PIX11’s award winning news, successful primetime programming, off-network sitcom favorites, public affairs shows and outstanding event coverage have contributed to the station’s success. The station has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including nearly 300 Emmy? Awards (two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.) PIX11 also has a long history of local sports coverage and in 2015 became the broadcast home of the New York Yankees. PIX11 is also the broadcast station of the New York Mets, since 1999. PIX11 is also home to the New Jersey Lottery drawings. PIX11 engages with audiences across multiple social platforms; find us on Facebook at facebook.com/pix11news, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope: @pix11news. For more information visit www.pix11.com.



11/08/2017 16:00


Christmas
Re :   2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)

Chip,
I am in the process of copying the 2016 Antenna TV broadcast to my computer to eventually burn to a DVD, and though I haven't been continually monitoring the transfer, I was just listening to Jingo Jango, and about 3/4 of the way through, there was an audio glitch.   I don't know if it is on the WPIX broadcast or not as I haven't fully watched it yet.  Is this just me, or was there a small glitch last year?  I don't think it was an OTA Signal problem because it that happens, I get a message on my screen that The Digital Television signal was interrupted and part of your recording was lost.

I remember a few years back, I was watching it as it aired, and there was an audio glitch.  If I remember correctly you were monitoring to too, and were in another room and heard the audio glitch, and rushed to your TV to see what was going on and bumped your head.

I don't remember if this was during the first year of the 4-hour broadcast or if it was when Antenna TV first broadcast it.

[EDITED] After I initially posted this, I am noticing that the audio levels aren't constant  I didn't notice this when I first started copying it to my computer, but for the last 30 minutes or so, it has been fading in and out considerably.  The video is perfect, so I don't believe it has anything to do with how it was recorded on my DVR.


11/08/2017 12:55


Christmas
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs


I plan to make another push for it sometime down the line, but it's probably unlikely in the end that we'll be granted licensing. And it's too bad, because the 2fer CD that I proposed of Goodyear Volume 7 with Grants Volume 1 would have made for a spectacular release.





11/08/2017 02:50


Christmas
Re :   2017 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (National Coverage)

In my area, (Buffalo) it is difficult to pick up most of the TV Stations since the "Digital Transition"  Most broadcasters don't even transmit at 1000 KW anymore, and being Digital it is a very narrow signal.  Their antenna towers are much shorter than they were with we were still Analog. and most used to transmitted at  500,000 kw Visual and maybe 480,000 aural.  (Just used that wattage as an example being the there were actually 2 frequencies received by the TV Tuner and converted into one, the channel you were on, and Visual was somewhat stronger than Aural)
I have tried several different indoor antennas, even a home made bow-tie one.  It seems to work the best, but digital transmission are affected by any type of interference, so it is still difficult to pick them up reliably,  Even bad weather will interfere with the signal.  It does help in the transmitter is under 10 miles away, but in most cases they aren't.

Dish Network and I believe the other providers do not have to give you the secondary channels, just the primary.

I do pick up Antenna TV somewhat reliably, but other networks like Get TV and Retro (COZI, THIS-TV) etc., that broadcast a lot of Classic Christmas programs.  i.e. Bing Crosby. Andy Williams, Perry Como, Danny Kay and Gisele MacKenzie  Dinah Shore are very hard to pick up.

The housing project where I live doesn't allow outdoor antenna's.  I do have a satellite dish, but had to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit, and the dish isn't physically attached to the building and no holes were drilled into the building.  They used a flat coaxial cable that goes under the window sill.  My dish is mounted on a pole in a 5-gallon bucket filled with concrete.


11/07/2017 13:47


Damfino
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs

Well, that is disappointing.
 Thanks for letting me know, and an even bigger thanks for all you do for keeping the music of Christmas alive!


11/07/2017 09:36


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Thanks for the kind words about the message board and my liner notes, John; and Merry Christmas to you too!




11/06/2017 16:14


Mister Gri
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Thanks Chip!  I was still lurking the entire time, just didn't have anything to add, etc.  I love this board and all the folks on it!  Thanks for keeping it going, Chip!  Merry Christmas!!!  And I was right-=-the liner notes are wonderful!


11/06/2017 08:29


Christmas
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs


Rodney,

We tried in 2015: Gordon put in for the project, but unfortunately, Sony couldn't get copyright clearance from Goodyear.




11/05/2017 23:32


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


John:
Glad to hear you're enjoying the new CDs; nice to see you back on the board!



Steve:

Thanks so much for the additional positive reviews. Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums have been underrated and underappreciated for years. The blame for this rests squarely on the shoulders of Universal Music for having never released them on CD; and if it wasn't for us, both these albums never would have. My guess is that now, because of our release, Universal will probably offer these albums as a digital download sometime down the line.

I'm just so glad that because of our efforts, the great classic Christmas music on these two albums will be exposed to a new generation of Christmas music fans all over the world, as well as being reacquainted with longtime existing fans who haven't heard them in years.




11/05/2017 23:30


Damfino
Re :   Old Firestone and Goodyear LPs

Chip:
 As I wait for all six of the 2017 Real Gone releases to get to me this week, I'm looking into next year and hoping that you and Real Gone Music gain cooperation from Goodyear and Sony for 2018. Those two albums would be spectacular to have remastered.


11/05/2017 18:30


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip and Everyone,

Well, the Christmas tree is going up early this year in direct tribute to receiving Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas masterpiece on Friday and the rest of the Real Gone Music slate.  We usually put the tree up a couple of days before Thanksgiving, but with these iconic releases by Percy, Fred Waring and the rest of the gang, my gal and I decided the tree was going up early to commemorate and celebrate the historic occasion.

I have already played the Percy release three times and it just gets better every time, but I need to comment on a couple of the other fantastic releases. The Fred Waring twofer is a thrill for me as I was not particularly familiar with it until reading the YuleLog site a few years ago and seeing how high you ranked it on your top 500 list.  I of course scanned the internet to hear excerpts and it piqued my interest.

Wow, that man was way ahead of his time in so many ways. Let me first say that for a 1955 mono album the remaster is pretty damn amazing! This album features some absolutely amazing voices, how about that angelic soprano on O Holy Night, and the harmonies, orchestral flourishes and musicality of the entire music ensemble is breathtaking. And can I say again that the artwork on this iconic album is worth the price alone even if the music inside was not as magnificent as it is to hear.

Just got through listening to the great Connie Smith Christmas album and although it does not feature an orchestra accompanying her one of a kind voice, it does feature some of the greatest musicians to ever grace a Nashville recording studio, such as blind piano legend Hargus "Pig" Robbins, who has played on so many historical records by Patsy Cline, Roger Miller and Charlie Rich's Behind Closed Doors' single and album, among many others. A truly inspiring set of traditionally delivered Christmas songs.

Just started playing the Robert Shaw Christmas Hymns and Carols CD and its gorgeous as well and a great follow up to the stereo version of the one that was released last year. Again, great artwork on this album and the Ames Brothers album.  I have not gotten around yet to listening to the Supremes Ultimate Merry Christmas CD collection, but the trifold cover art is beautiful and the booklet is amazing with glorious cover photos and great liner notes.

My congratulations to Chip and Gordon Anderson for making these sonic masterpieces available to us and in a way that they never have been before.  I highly recommend all six of these amazing and beautiful releases, but the Percy and Fred CD's are a must for any true Christmas collection.

Best regards to all,

Steve


11/05/2017 17:17


RichLI
Re :   Help with identifying music

 I appreciate the help anyway! I tried my music recognition apps (Shazam and Soundhound) but no luck!


11/05/2017 13:26


Mister Gri
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Add me to the list of singing praises on the new releases.  The sound is magnificent.  I have listened to the Percy and Robt Shaw ones yesterday.  Going to read the liner notes today.  From my initial scan, I know they are going to be great.  Fantastic job, Chip! Thank you, brother & Merry Christmas!


11/05/2017 11:48


Damfino
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Rich:
I am also jealous that you already have those releases in your hot little hands!
I pre-ordered all six from Real Gone Music back in September, and the tracking says to not expect them until Tuesday, November 7th. 

But I want 'em, now!


11/04/2017 14:18


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Thanks Rich, Rick, Steve, Brian and Tommy for the kind words and great feedback. As I told remastering engineer Vic Anesini, it took many years to finally get this release out, but without a doubt, it was well worth the wait and effort. I also told him that Percy, his wife, son and daughter are all gone now, but I'm sure they're all looking down and very proud of this contribution to his legacy and to the preservation of this Christmas music national treasure, the #1 album in my
Top 500 of the greatest Christmas albums of all-time.

And Tommy, as far as an interview with Vic is concerned, it certainly is a meritorious idea, and I did mention it to him after I saw your post earlier tonight; but at the same time, I told him that knowing how much pressure there is on all the engineers' time at Battery Studios, folks would certainly understand if it's something that couldn't be worked out.
However, I did give Vic the link to this thread so he can read all the kind remarks that are being said about him by all you board members.

So glad everyone is enjoying the CD!





11/04/2017 01:46


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip and Tom,

What a great idea you have Tom for Chip to interview Mr. Anesini with regard to the remastering of Music Of Christmas and the process he went through to get that iconic album restored in such a grand fashion. It would be most insightful and historic to hear Mr. Arcuri interview and document some of the technical issues that confronted Vic with trying to restore an original master recording that was almost 60 years old.

Steve


11/03/2017 20:47


TommyEverg
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

I have listened to Percy Faith's Music of Christmas twice today, and just love it!  I am so thankful to finally have this album properly remastered.  I frankly didn't think it would ever happen.  Thanks to you, Chip, and Gordon Anderson for being tenacious and getting it done!


Chip, would it be possible for you or Mr. Anderson to interview Vic Anesini about the remastering job he did on this album?  I think it would be interesting and enlightening to hear his thoughts on the previous master, remastering issues he experienced, and what guided him in the sound restoration of this masterpiece.


Thank you.


Tom


11/03/2017 17:05


BrianBrian
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Add me to the list of those singing the praises of the Percy Faith release.  As somebody who has been listening to the original CD release for years - this 2017 Real Gone release is a revelation.
Can't wait to get into the Fred Waring and Connie Smith discs that also arrived today!


11/03/2017 16:24


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

Let me start out by saying what you already know Chip, Vic Anesini's remaster of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas is nothing less than sheer perfection. My hands were actually shaking a little bit when I put that CD into the player. Maybe it would not match my almost ridiculous expectations having waited so long with the rest of us for a proper remaster of the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums.  Once we heard Vic was placed in charge of this masterpiece, the man responsible for restoring Elvis's catalogue back to sonic glory in the last decade, my expectations got even higher.

All I can say flatly is that this is the richest and warmest sounding CD from this time period I have ever heard. It sounds like you are listening to a virgin vinyl album without any distortion and yet with true dynamic range. I am hearing some instruments I have never heard or in a clarity that has never been revealed before. We all know the previous CD version of this album from the 1980's was poorly remastered to say the least. Highs and lows were muffled and some instruments were actually chopped off such as board member Johnny has noted on Percy's marvelous version of Good King Wenceslas with the snare drum at the beginning.

The violins are soaring, the bells ring out brilliantly and the percussive instruments are revealed in their true sonic glory.  May I add that your bonus songs are fantastic and give us almost a whole hour of heavenly music from beginning to end.  The liner notes you have contributed to this legacy project are magnificent as well and I love your informative essay on Percy and particularly his work on the Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas album which is equally heavenly in its own way in no small part to Mr. Faith's stellar arrangements.

The artwork for this CD is fantastic as well, I love the original poinsettia yellow album cover and the way Real Gone Music continued that color scheme to the back cover and used the iconic Stereo Fidelity Columbia Eye logo on the front and back top covers.

Chip, your tenaciousness and perseverance in getting this album remastered properly and back out to the public is to be truly commended.  A lesser man would have surely walked away in frustration after so many years and just said, "The hell with it, let them just sit on their old terrible remaster and make their money!" Fortunately for all the Christmas music lovers of the world, you persisted year after year until you wore them down.  A heartfelt thank you from all of us whom have waited so long with you for this day.

Best regards,

Steve


11/03/2017 15:30


RickHollan
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Oh wow so jealous! In Holland we are probably waiting another three weeks till shipments are received! So excited for the Faith release, i remember the announcement. And now the moment is here.....can not wait!
Thank you Chip! Can not wait to read the liner notes, see the booklet and how the backcover looks!
Merry Christmas !


11/03/2017 00:58


RichD
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

And by the way, I didn't mention in the previous post that I ordered the Christmas CD's directly from Real Gone Music as I've found in the past that they ship them out (when you order with priority mail shipping) so they arrive before the actual release date - usually the day before the release date.


Been listening to Percy Faith (as I previously mentioned) -- I still have Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians, the Robert Shaw Chorale, and the Ames Brothers to listen to !!!

The CD's look great - excellent liner notes, etc. -- top notch quality as always !!! Chip's liner notes to the Percy Faith CD are a must read !!!

AND an extra CD booklet with Ed Ames' autograph was included as a bonus from Real Gone (as they've done in the past with some of their releases).

Thanks again Chip for being the driving force in getting all these tremendous Christmas CD's issued over the past years !!!

Rich


11/02/2017 17:54


RichD
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

I'm sitting here marveling at the sonic brilliance of the new Percy Faith "Music Of Christmas" release -- it is BRILLIANT !!!
The opening notes of "Joy To The World" always gave me chills but the remaster made me go WOW !!!!!

I always loved this album since I was young (I started collecting Christmas albums when I was in elementary school in the mid to late 1960's - my mom and dad bought a lot of LP's for me) because of its sheer beauty - this remastered CD enhances it to levels I'd never thought I'd hear !!

Chip - thanks for being so instrumental in getting this done !! It's nothing short of breathtaking !!

Rich 


11/02/2017 17:46


Christmas
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


Tom,

The Golden Age of Christmas music was from the early 1950s, thru the entire decade of the 1960s, and then ending in the early 1970s.

And no, I have no date restrictions on what albums can enter my
Top 500. The problem is simply that new Christmas albums past this time period, with very few exceptions, just can't compare.

If you want a good example of one of those aforementioned rare exceptions that made it, it's Richard Clayderman's 1985 Christmas album, A Romantic Christmas, which comes in at #157.




11/02/2017 01:17


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Steve, Rich & Peter,

As I suspected, this was not a Battery remaster; so more than likely Sony used the same 2008 remaster that was done by UMG on the West Coast at their Universal Remastering Studios-West in North Hollywood.




11/02/2017 01:12


Christmas
Re :   Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings


Tommy,

I'm glad you liked the Real Gone Music Andy Williams 2-CD set.

As I said in my earlier post, it was indeed newly remastered by Sean Brennan at Sony's Battery Mastering Studios here in New York. And given the reputation and track record of Battery Mastering Studios, that alone will really say everything about the sound quality one should expect. That's why I do not even bother to get into specifics about the quality of Battery Studio's remastered recordings, and how they compare to other prior releases.

Some things can indeed be subjective, but there will always be a discernible and palpable difference in the sound quality of a recording after they work their magic. These people are the best in the business and their work is beyond reproach.




11/02/2017 01:10


Christmas
Re :   Help with identifying music


Doesn't sound familiar, but I've collected so much stuff over the years that it's just impossible to remember everything. However, if over the years I did acquire the album that this song is from, then it's more than likely not in my
Top 500; but rather, somewhere in my archives.





11/02/2017 01:06


SinterKlau
Topic :   Newest Album in Top 300

Chip, just curious - which album in your top 300 was initially released most recently.  New Xmas albums are released every year - do they ever crack your top 300 list or do you cut it off at a certain year (and when did the golden age of Xmas music end?)


11/01/2017 12:25


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

I just received the new Dean Martin Christmas album through Sony Music today and I immediately did a direct sound comparison with the Bear Family Box set version of the same Christmas songs that are included on the album.  I particularly concentrated on three songs going back and forth between them several times and I have to say that the songs on the Bear Family box set were easily superior sonically. The three songs were Marshmallow World, Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bells.

The songs on the Bear Family box set were warmer, richer sounding and the orchestra seemed to almost be in the room with me, while the Sony disc seemed tinny, thin and slightly less warm.  I totally agree with your theory that there is no way that Sony Battery did a new  remaster for this reissue with its cheap single album cover and no liner notes. This is not the way a legendary Christmas album by a legendary artist like Dean Martin should be reissued as we have both previously discussed.

I hope you will be able to verify this at some point and I hope that Sony Music in the future will cede these great and iconic album reissues over to Real Gone Music as it greatly benefits the legacy and ultimately sales success of these amazing albums from the Golden Age of Christmas Music.

Best regards,

Steve


10/31/2017 21:36


johnnyelec
Re :   Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings

You're welcome Tom; I hope to be 'wowed' when I receive the 'piece de resistance' this week: Percy Faith's stereo version of "Music of Christmas" from the Real Gone Music people.

John 



10/31/2017 14:09


TommyEverg
Re :   Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings

I just received my copy of Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings.  WOW!  Johnnyelectron, you are right--much better sound.  Along with the crisper sound, in almost every song I heard details and even instruments that had been completely buried in previous releases.

Thanks again, Johnnyelectron, for giving me a comparison recommendation.  Sound quality is important to me, and I am so glad that Real Gone Music goes after quality remasterings.


Sincerely,

Tom


10/31/2017 10:25


Steve_OGO
Re :   2017 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (National Coverage)

Johnnyelectric
I have a deep fringe uhf/vhf antenna outside on a pole on the roof,   with an adjustable rotor ,  and  a preamp on the antenna and RG6 coax coming down.   So I have about as good as normal money can buy,   Right now I can pick up the stations I want but due to distance they can come and go with the weather.  Like I said the issue is recording,  the signals are now all HD digital  which means none of my old VHS  systems can interpret them.  I do not want to go out and buy a HD over the air DVR just for this.   My existing DVR is part of my Satellite package and cannot be hooked to an standard antenna.   So at the moment my only option is to use an old HD to Standard TV converter that I have,  to get the signal down to old style over the air,  and then use a VHS recorder,   or pump it into  my computer and recorded it there.    Chips note about it being streamed is also interesting,   I might be able to just get the audio with my Satellite Internet,  it would not be likely I can stream the video and audio.  I have been able to stream audio only with some success.  Its on 20 out of Detroit  and 10 out of Lansing



10/31/2017 07:51


RichD
Re :   Help with identifying music

The track is great !! Would love to know who recorded it as well !!!


10/30/2017 19:37


RichLI
Re :   Help with identifying music

 Hello all!
I was finally able to obtain a recording of the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley that I've been trying to identify. Years ago, I gave my parents some old audio cassette tapes which included the first 6 hours of the WPAT "Spirit of Christmas" from 1987. They found the tapes, and I was able to convert these tapes from cassette to CD, then to digital files. Since they were recorded directly from the FM radio using an analog tape, the quality isn't that great, but it is a small miracle that they survived!
Anyway, I posted the song below. It sounds unusually electronic for WPAT! Any help with identifying the artist would be greatly appreciated! 

https://soundcloud.com/tekkrokk/patapan-jingle-bells/s-mK0oj

Regards,
Rich





10/30/2017 15:16


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Yes Peter, it is not only very possible, but indeed very likely what happened. Hence, my aforementioned speculation that Battery Mastering Studios here in New York was not involved with this release. But I'll find out for sure this week.




10/29/2017 19:50


Get2Me
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

According to the liner notes, the 2008 Barnes & Noble exclusive "compilation" (which was really just a straight reissue of The Dean Martin Christmas Album), titled A Very Cool Christmas, was mastered/remastered by Erick Labson at Universal Music Studios-West. Is it possible the new Sony CD (which I hope to add to my collection soon) is the same master just reissued under the Sony label? A Very Cool Christmas came out on Hip-O Records, a Universal Music Company.


10/29/2017 19:24


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

Great news that the YuleLog Broadcast is available as a streaming program on the internet.  I just love your programing of songs and the choices you make with regard to the Golden Age of Christmas music. Great variety and I can tell a lot of work went into the selection of the different artists, styles and tempos that you chose. Most people have no idea the amount of thought and time that goes into this type of effort.  Wow, 5 hours of programming now!

Yes, Chip, I am very curious about Dino's Christmas album now and Sony's "Budget" release of this iconic album.  I would love to know if you find out whether Sony really took the time to get this properly remastered at Sony Battery Studios or just grabbed some old digital transfer that they already had in their vault or got from Reprise when they did the swap or whatever it was when they took over Dino's Reprise catalogue from Universal Music.

We are so lucky on this board to have someone like you that is so connected with the players involved in this fascinating, but sometimes baffling recording industry, who might actually be able to get to the bottom of this issue.

My Dean Martin Christmas album arrives Tuesday and I will let you know how I feel about the remaster.  I'm starting to feel like its going to be a letdown, but please let us know if you find out anything definitive.

Most importantly, I cannot agree with you more about the three major labels and their seemingly inability to get these iconic albums re-released in the stellar and magnificent way that Real Gone Music always seems to be able to do.  I now get depressed when I see a great Christmas album being released from the past and I don't see Real Gone's name connected with it.  It invariably ends up being a disappointment.  Why can't these labels just realize that you and Real Gone are now the recognized leaders of the world in the formatting and packaging of these historical Christmas albums.  As I have said before, they should have you and Gordon on speed dial!

Best regards, Always,

Steve






10/29/2017 03:12


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Steve:

Unfortunately, as far as I know, Antenna TV is still not available via satellite service. However, no worries, as the program is streamed over PIX11.com.



Rich & Steve:

I'm not sure if Battery Mastering Studios was involved with the Dino release in any way. I'll have to check with them next week and find out.

Since CDs are such a low priority today, there really needs to be checks and balances on the major record companies when it comes to reissuing their classic Christmas material on compact disc. This is why it's really essential for these recordings to be released through a company like Real Gone Music.

One of the very important requirements/prerequisites that Gordon has with the record companies for almost all his CD reissues is that the recordings get a new digital remastering. Left to their own devices, the record companies will sometimes try to get away on the cheap. Real Gone Music will never do that.




10/29/2017 01:06


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Rich and Chip,

That is a bummer to hear regarding the sound quality of the new Dean Martin Christmas album remaster by Sony Music considering that we have such a great previous history with Dino's iconic Winter Romance album release on CD by both Capital and Collectors Choice music labels, both of whom did a masterful job with their stellar releases in 1989 and 2005 respectively.  I'm particularly familiar with the Capital version of that great album and it is a gem with regard to the sound quality and bonus song choice.

I will be receiving my copy of the new release of the Dean Martin Christmas album on Tuesday and I will be able to compare the new remastering by Sony with the fantastic job that Bear Family Records did with Dino's Lay A Little Happiness On Me box set that includes the entire Christmas album from 1966, unfortunately with Marshmallow World placed out of order from the rest of the Christmas album as it was recorded at a different session or time and Bear Family often puts their sequencing of songs by order of recording date and not by what album it was attached to originally.

I will report back to you both on what my ears tell me as far as the sound being compared favorably or not with the remaster in the Bear family box set and the overall quality in general. I will try not to speculate on who did the remastering as it is apparently uncredited and there is no way to pin that down one way or the other, but I sill say this for the record. 

If the remastering of the Dean Martin Christmas album by Sony Music is anything less than stellar, than it is highly unlikely if not impossible, that Vic Anesini had anything directly to do with the remastering of this album. We also need to keep in mind that no remastering engineer on earth can turn an inferior or second generation master recording tape that has been damaged or degraded to such a point that it is no longer really a master recording at all, and make it sound fantastic. Remastering engineers like Mr Anesini or Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York are highly admired for their amazing ears, skills and talent, but they are also at the mercy of the skill and talent of the original engineers that were at the original session when these iconic albums were first recorded.

Best regards,

Steve


10/29/2017 00:19


RichD
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Not too impressed with the sound quality of the "new" Dean Martin release - was just listening to it today....what a shabby job by Sony - the cover insert is just a single sheet.....


10/28/2017 21:37


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

Yes indeed, I call that a missed opportunity by Sony to get that Dino album into Real Gone's hands as I know you and Gordon would have made it a stellar release.  Thank God, they finally turned loose of Percy's masterpiece, Music Of Christmas, and put it in Real Gone's hands.  We are really very lucky that after all these years you and Gordon managed to snatch that gem up and we are actually getting a full album cover release and a glorious remaster by Mr. Anesini. I cannot even imagine of another budget line release of Music Of Christmas like they are doing with the Dino Christmas album.  I will buy that too just to get the album cover flawed as it is.  Here's praying that Vic did actually do the uncredited remastering for the new release.  Joe Marchese and I both think thats a good possibility, but only hearing the actual cd in a few days when I get it could I even make an educated guess. 

It is such a thrill to get the new Percy release to go along with the previous two-fer with his equally splendid Hallelujah masterpiece that you guys got released a couple of years ago. If you add Montavani's Christmas Carols album and Johnny Mathis's Merry Christmas album arranged by Percy Faith, I believe you could survive on a dessert island and never tire of the awesome beauty of these albums. Wow, thats four albums for the ultimate Christmas collection so if I had to pick one more indispensable Christmas album, it would probably be Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song album with the iconic title cut and my favorite vocal version of O Tannenbaum with that great brass arrangement by Ralph Carmichael.

Okay, it would be hard to leave Elvis, Andy and Jack Jones behind, and oh shoot, what about Bing and Frank DeVol, and John Gary and that Michael Bublé guy, who sounds like he was born in the wrong century. What about the great gal singers too, Kate Smith, Brenda Lee, Lorrie Morgan and Pattie Page, who my Aunt Helen helped early in her career while being the first female GM and owner of a television station in the United States.

God, I truly love this beautiful Christmas music that you, Chip, have promoted, protected, and brought forth for the next generation to enjoy and pass down once again.  Would not have been possible without your efforts and big congratulations on Your Fifth hour of the YuleLog broadcast. I am on satellite out here in Oregon and I am still trying to figure out if Dish will broadcast it out here somehow.

Best regards,

Steve


10/27/2017 23:31


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Yes, I would have rather gotten this out myself with RGM. This 2017 Dino release was a half-assed effort on Sony's part.

Of course, that's no surprise, as CDs right now are a very low priority for the "Big Three" record companies. And as such, the big three -- UMG (Universal), SME (Sony) and WMG (Warner) -- cannot be trusted to release their own Christmas material, as they usually do a mediocre job.
This unremarkable example is proof of that.

Dino's album deserved the full RGM treatment of complete unabridged original artwork, a CD booklet, liner notes and photos. It's too bad.




10/27/2017 21:44


TommyEverg
Re :   Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings

Thank you, Johnnyelectron, for giving me your opinion; yours is the first I've read to compare the two releases.  Now I definitely will order this set!
TommyEvergreen


10/27/2017 18:21


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases



Hello Chip,

The anticipation for Friday, November 3, when Real Gone Music releases their most historically iconic albums yet from the Golden Age of Christmas, is starting to really hit me. I have ordered their entire slate of releases, some in multiple numbers, but to say that Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas is the standout is like saying the Hope Diamond is a rather large diamond. It does not begin to describe the importance and beauty of getting this iconic album in remastered fashion by the legendary Vic Anesini, known for the incredible remastering job he has done on Elvis Presley's priceless music catalogue over the last decade or so.

Of course, getting the Fred Waring twofer Decca Christmas album collection would have been the absolute highlight of any other year, particularly with that great Norman Rockwell album cover from "Twas The Night Before Christmas," but this was an unusual year after so many years of waiting for a proper remaster of the Percy album.  The rest of the Real Gone slate is pretty amazing as well, with the Connie Smith Christmas album getting its first release ever on cd being a real highlight too.

This brings me to the release by Sony Music of the Dean Martin Christmas album which apparently has became available recently for the first time with its original front and back cover.  Joe Marchese of the Second Disc site notes properly that the front and back covers are aproximate replicas of the original vinyl covers. Sony for some reason decided to cut off part of Dean's hair at the top and not include the reprise label and stereo heading near the top of the album.  Perhaps the omission of the Reprise label is understandable given Sony's unusual acquisition of Dean's Reprise material through the Dean Martin Family Trust, but why they couldn't get the front cover shown completely is another question. They did more or less use the actual back cover of the original vinyl album, but alas no liner notes or booklet included according to Mr. Marchese.

I have huge respect for Sony Music and I am grateful that they finally let Real Gone Music take hold of the Percy Faith album for a proper remaster with bonus songs, but I wish that rather than do a budget line release of the great Dean Martin Christmas album themselves, they would have secured an agreement with Real Gone Music to do this in their usual uncompromising fashion.  The only really good news about this budget release by Sony is that appears it may have been remastered by Vic himself as he was put in charge of some or all of the Dean Martin catalogue when they secured the rights for digital release of his other Reprise albums, this according to Mr. Marchese as well. Since apparently there are no liner notes with this release we have no real confirmation one way or the other except to listen with our own ears.

Best regards,

Steve


10/26/2017 16:22


johnnyelec
Re :   Andy Williams: The Complete Christmas Recordings

TommyE, I bought the 'Red' Andy Williams Christmas album that was remastered by Columbia, and has the 'holly' frame around the edge to denote the remastered version; and I thought all they did was make it "year 2000-style"- which means very limited dynamic range, cranked up levels a bit too much.  The Real Gone Music Version is much better.  It's interesting how different people's tastes are with even the same artist; I love about a half-dozen of Andy's songs from the Red and Green LP's, but absolutely treasure all but 2 songs on his "Christmas Present" album. Glad they have all 3 LP's plus bonus on the CD set since many of us enjoy different styles from even the same artist.

I too can hardly wait until November 3rd for the Percy Faith Music of Christmas!

Regards,

John 



10/25/2017 07:21


johnnyelec
Re :   2017 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (National Coverage)

Oh Great One- I got a medium-sized old-school log-periodic TV antenna WITH VHF and put it in my attic. Most of the junk HDTV antennae are only for UHF stations next door, and in my case, I have to have VHF coverage to get 3 of the 7 main stations. If you can put the antenna up into your attic and run a good RG-6/U cable down to one of the infamous HDTV converter boxes, you can output that to a DVD recorder or even a Hi-Fi Stereo VHS recorder.  It's called Antenna TV for good reason, it's one of the few stations you can get for free with an Antenna.  Unfortunately, my local Antenna TV station has 4 sub-stations crammed into one, so the video is just horrible, but I need to check and see if it's even in stereo for that matter for this important broadcast. Is it on channel 28 or 20 up your way?


10/25/2017 07:14


Steve_OGO
Re :   2017 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (National Coverage)

Ok  ,  Yippee Ki Yi Eh,   get to try again.  Mentioned my limited access to the show,   not on Directv  and had limited over the air access to Antenna TV.  Well latest look see says I have two over the air options  now,  if my antenna will pick them up.   I am starting my testing now.   The only issue is that how do I record over the air broadcasts,  all my systems are geared toward satellite not over the air,  but I have time to figure that out now.

Thanks a bunch Chip.



10/24/2017 12:41


Christmas
Re :   Yule Log 4th and 5th hour audio


Sure thing; glad you enjoyed them!




10/23/2017 00:29


RichD
Topic :   Yule Log 4th and 5th hour audio

Been listening to the 4th and 5th hours of the Yule Log (that I burned on CD-R's) the last few days.

Chip - you did a fantastic job sequencing these tracks !!! They flow perfectly and really make for great listening on their own !!

Thanks for making them available !!

Rich


10/22/2017 19:55


RichD
Re :   Quinto Sisters

Received what was supposed to be a mint stereo copy on Friday.......mono and definitely not mint.......tape on the cover etc.
Beware of dealers/sellers on Discogs.com !


10/22/2017 19:45


Christmas
Topic :   2017 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (National Coverage)


                                       

          Here is the official 2017 national Antenna TV broadcast schedule for the ORIGINAL WPIX Yule Log!

          It will include the Fourth and Fifth hours that I added to the program in 2009 and 2016, respectively.


                                       

                              5am-10am
(EST) / 4am-9am (CST) / 3am-8am (MST) / 2am-7am (PST)

(For the Antenna TV channel number in your area, check for your local cable provider by
Clicking Here.)


Note
: The Local Tribune Affiliate schedule will be posted on a separate thread in the coming weeks.


                             


10/18/2017 16:00


Christmas


10/18/2017 14:00


Christmas
Re :   2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)

Chip,

I wasn't allowed to post a "New Topic" so I will ask my question here.  It says I don't have the privilege to post a new topic.

Any news on the 2017 Yule Log Broadcast?  Will it be a 5-Hour broadcast this year?



10/18/2017 07:26


Christmas
Re :   Quinto Sisters


Yes, over the years I have talked about the girls several times on the board before. In previous posts, among other things, I have mentioned that their 1964 Christmas LP is one of the albums that I am working to get released on CD for the first time (it is only currently available as a download from Sony). I also mentioned that the girls were the very first to sing three of the eight songs that would later appear on the Rankin/Bass animated Christmas special, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Those three songs are "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year" and "We Are Santa's Elves." By the way, one of the musicians that backed the girls up on this album was the great guitarist Al Caiola.

This album by the Quinto Sisters resides in the
1st Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #89.

Posted below are two of my favorite songs from the LP: "Skinny Little Christmas Tree" and "Sixty-Seven Santas."








10/16/2017 23:54


RichD
Topic :   Quinto Sisters

Chip - Did you ever post or cover anything on your site about the Quinto Sisters album? 

I just picked up a copy of it on vinyl (I knew it was a very rare LP - took me two years to find a mint copy at a decent price) as it intrigued me since they recorded the first version of "A Holly Jolly Christmas".

Rich

P.S. The album also features several other tracks that ended up in the Rankin Bass "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" TV special. What was their connection to The Quinto Sisters?


10/16/2017 19:59


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Anthony:

I'm quite familiar with those senior moments.

And I'm glad to hear how much your son loves our classic Christmas music. Part of my mission is perpetuate the legacy of this legendary Christmas music by exposing it to young folks via the Yule Log telecast, as well as in the Christmas CD releases that I help to get out via Real Gone Music in Hollywood. This is my way of paying back the great recording artists who blessed us with it and have given me so much pleasure over the years.



Steve:

Glad to hear that your kids also appreciate classic Christmas music. My hope is that these young folks will pass it down to their kids as well.




10/14/2017 20:46


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Anthony,

Yes, indeed that is the one and only cover of the John Klein album with the Santa behind the red curtain with the presents.  That's a funny story about you being scared of the album cover.  Its funny how things like that can make such an impression on us when we were kids.

Yes, I too have three daughters all in their twenties with one in her early 30's and they all have the Johnny Mathis Christmas album and a mono version of the John Klein album in their collection.  They all are excited about the Percy Faith album as well and each will be receiving a copy from me when it comes out in November. My eldest daughter is a huge fan of Frank Sinatra as well so we keep that fire burning as well.  She is also the one that will not let us open any presents until the Johnny Mathis album is playing on the Stereo.

My daughters are fully aware of the giant contribution that Chip has made to the preservation of this iconic music that I think would have just about disappeared completely without the singular efforts of Mr. Arcuri and his good friend Gordon Anderson.  We are all lucky to have them in our world!

Best regards,

Steve


10/14/2017 12:22


anthonyv
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Chip,

Thank you for your kind words.

You're right...I should have remembered those discussions about that '57 album and other Sinatra albums more clearly. Now that you've mentioned them, I have a better recollection of our exchanges. Thanks for clearing up the cobwebs that seem to cloud my memory these days. I can assure you it was not necessarily laziness on my part, just a residual effect of getting older....LOL 

You might like to know that my 14 year old son is a huge fan of Christmas music - not the new stuff, mostly the older classic Yule Log and WPAT stuff we grew up with. Not only does he check this message board every morning before he goes to school, but when I ask him if there's any classic Christmas albums he might be interested in, he automatically goes to your lists to see where you have a particular album ranked.


rsteven,

Thanks to you as well for your kind words. I guess we all have our favorite records that come to represent the special times and special people in our lives. As long as music touches our soul, that's really all that matters in my opinion. And, without a doubt, no music can touch the soul better than Christmas music.

I know the John Klein album you're talking about - at least I should since the cover scared the hell out of me as a kid. Is it a red RCA Victor LP with Santa sitting in a rocking chair behind a stream of open curtains? My grandmother worked for RCA and she used to bring home complimentary albums all the time. If it's the same album (not sure if it was ever re-issued with a different cover) she had it. Santa's face terrified me so much that my mother had to lock it away in a storage trunk in our attic. In fact I had to watch and make sure the trunk was secured with a padlock. When this topic was posted on the message board once before, I think Chip provided a photo of the cover and it still gave me chills.



10/14/2017 11:21


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases



Anthony,

Let me too express my most sincere condolences for the passing of your father as well.  Your story of your grandfather's passing as referenced in the stories of the YuleLog that Chip sited touched me deeply.

My father too had an absolutely indelible mark on my Christmas music preferences to this day.  His two favorite go to Christmas albums were Johnny Mathis's Merry Christmas and John Klein's A Christmas Sound Spectacular, which features a great orchestra along with the worlds largest Carillon bell system that features almost 1500 perfectly tuned bronze bells.  Of course that Johnny Mathis album featured the amazing and heavenly arrangements of the one and only Percy Faith, which would eventually lead me on my own to discovering his equally spellbinding Music Of Christmas, which of course is finally getting released in remastered glory thanks to our host, Mr. Lawrence "Chip" Arcuri.

My very best to you and your family this upcoming holiday season. 


10/14/2017 09:32


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


I'm so very sorry to hear about your father, Anthony. Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences.

Regarding the '57 Sinatra LP, I've talked about it many times on the board before, including with you. In fact, in 2011, I mentioned to you
that it was only for the 1957 A Jolly Christmas LP that Frank asked composer Hugh Martin to write a more upbeat line to replace "until then we'll have to muddle through somehow" for the song Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. I had also mentioned that Frank's 1950 Columbia Records version, as well as his later 1963 Reprise Records version, were both recorded with the original 1944 lyrics.

In addition, in both 2009 and 2010, I posted that all of
Frank's Christmas albums reside in the 2nd Tier of my Top 500 (albums 126-250), and that none of them ever hit a complete home run. In fact, regarding 1957's A Jolly Christmas in particular, that it couldn't have been said any better than in the one paragraph that music reviewer Jim Smith wrote on AllMusic.com; click here.

But yes, Anthony, I fully understand your sentimental attachment to the album -- especially considering the poignant recollections you related in your Yule Log story that you submitted to me many years ago about your father and Christmas Eve 1966 when the Yule Log premiered on WPIX and your grandfather died. For those who'd like to read it, click here and scroll down to the last story on the thread.





10/14/2017 01:00


anthonyv
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

First let me say that it's always great to read your comments, opinions, and observations Chip. I don't remember you ever mentioning A JOLLY CHRISTMAS before, but I'm sure you did at some point over the years. Regardless, I pretty much agree with you - especially about the bad timing. Perhaps Capitol should have rescheduled the Christmas sessions and planned for a later 1958 release. I always knew the album sounded "different" and had a "sad" feel to it, but I never gave it much thought or consideration when I was younger.

It's still one of my favorite Christmas albums - but more for sentimental reasons. Like many Italian-Americans his age, my father loved Frank Sinatra ("The Patron Saint of Hoboken") and he loved this album. Growing up, it was always the first Christmas album my sisters and I would hear every Thanksgiving.  With my father passing away in July, I expect this album will have even more personal meaning for me.

I know it's nowhere near a first tier Christmas album, but for me it will always be the most special.  



10/13/2017 22:07


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Yes guys, but as well as this album arguably has held up over the years, notwithstanding, it boggles the mind as to how great it could have been. It's one of the most quintessential examples in my collection of an album that just did not live up to expectations.

Sadly, it's probably just a case of incredibly bad timing. And the difference in that timing was the difference between this album residing in the 1st Tier of my Top 500, as opposed to the 2nd Tier, where it decidedly belongs.




10/13/2017 18:27


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Anthony and Chip,

That is quite interesting, after my exchange with Chip on the subject of Frank and his melancholy vocals on the album, I read our thoughts to my gal and remarked, "I bet Frank was going through one of his break-ups when he recorded that Christmas album, maybe even with Ava."  I love the Rat Pack movie that HBO did that I think really shows the complete side of Frank and more positive than negative with regard to his loyalty and his passion in the studio and out.

And yes, Anthony, I do think that A Jolly Christmas Album has helped up pretty well over the years.  I saw Frank Sinatra perform live in Las Vegas in the early 1980's at the Golden Nugget with a 40 piece orchestra and he was magnificent.  One of the greatest performers I have ever seen.  He closed the evening on a bar stool singing One For My Baby and I felt that Frank and I were the only ones in the room and he was singing to me like I was that bartender.  One of my greatest memories ever and no contrary to what some critics said, he still had a remarkable voice and amazing command of the stage.  Milton Berle and Telly Savalas were both seated next to us during the performance.

Best regards,

Steve


10/13/2017 16:37

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