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Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads


Ed Sullivan didn't appear on the actual album, but he picked the songs that were recorded. Ray Bloch served as a Music Consultant for the overall project. The album was conducted by John Gregory and he arranged 12 of the 15 songs. The other 3 songs were arranged by Teo Macero and he produced the album as well.

This great album resides in the 1st Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #62. It was the first in a series of 'Ed Sullivan Presents' recorded productions for Columbia Records.








09/20/2017 04:00


SinterKlau
Topic :   Ed Sullivan Presents

Any opinions on Ed Sullivan Presents the Music of Christmas (I presume he doesn't appear on this album).  Samples available at Amazon and I have to tell you I like what I hear.


09/19/2017 14:42


johnnyelec
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***

Thanks Chip= multiple orders in that case!

John



09/15/2017 06:39


Christmas
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Of course, and that is the very first thing that I indeed checked when I got the new digital remaster.





09/15/2017 00:41


johnnyelec
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***

Wonder if you can hear the snare drum rolls at the beginning of 'Good King Wenceslas' again? 

Vic Anesini did a lot of the Elvis restoration work, and if you see a photo of 'his' mastering studio, he has one very important item: a turntable so he can hear how the original LP sounded, so that is wonderful to know.

Looking forward to November!

Regards,

John




09/14/2017 23:39


RickHollan
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***

Can not wait to hear it myself! Thank you for your hard work!


09/14/2017 17:33


rsteven
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Hello Chip,

They say, "All good things come to those who wait," and oh boy have we all waited for this day to come.  This masterpiece by Percy Faith, Music Of Christmas, has been the most highly anticipated remastering project, I believe, in the long history of the Christmas genre field and perhaps in any genre at all!

I cannot tell you how great the anticipation is for all of us to hear what your ears have now heard first hand.  I never dreamed that someone with Vic Anesini's unsurpassed reputation would be chosen for this remastering project given all the years that these vintage masters have sat in the vault being ignored. Vic is the man who has been given great accolades for the remastering of Elvis Presley's iconic music library, including the greatest selling Christmas Album in the world and the only diamond certified one in the United States for over ten million in record sales.

Indeed, God bless Mr. Vic Anesini, Mr. Gordon Anderson and Mr. Lawrence F. "Chip" Arcuri for making this dream release come to fruition. Without the three of you working together, this once in a lifetime project might have never gotten released, and certainly never in this magnificent glory!

Best regards to all three of these titans of the music business,

Steve





09/14/2017 10:08


Christmas
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


I received the new digital remaster of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas from Battery Studios here in New York that will be available for retail purchase on CD this coming November 3rd and, needless to say, it's absolutely stupendous.

I wish I could have gotten this done a long time ago; but alas, better late than never.

Senior Mastering Engineer Vic Anesini has graced this classic and legendary recording with a resplendent digital remastering job that befits the
#1 album in my Top 500.

Thank you Vic and God bless.



     Vic Anesini




09/14/2017 00:11


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


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

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

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





09/13/2017 14:38


pdmddirect
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hi Chip,


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


Thanks,


Jim



09/13/2017 10:14


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases





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

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

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

And voil
à!





09/11/2017 18:18


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello again, Chip,

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

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

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

Congratulations all around to you and Gordon!

Best Wishes,

Steve


09/11/2017 14:14


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


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

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

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







09/10/2017 19:50


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip.

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Steve


09/10/2017 16:56


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Steve,

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

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

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

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







09/10/2017 10:25


Christmas
Re :   1966 Yule Log Broadcast Soundtrack Listing

Thanks Chip,
I appreciate it.  It would be nice to have the full song listing though.  I would doubt that there would be any information in WPIX's archives from their WPIX FM Broadcasts.


09/06/2017 07:12


Christmas
Re :   1966 Yule Log Broadcast Soundtrack Listing


No, we have never been able to find the complete soundtrack for the 1966 Yule Log premiere.
However, some of the songs that aired on the show that year were "Christmas Carousel" by Peggy Lee, "Winter Wonderland" by The Living Voices and "Do You Hear What I Hear" by the Regency Choir. Skitch Henderson also appeared on the 1966 broadcast as well.

As for Andy Williams, his first known appearance on the Yule Log was in 1968, with his rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear." Andy also appeared on the 1972 broadcast with his rendition of "Silent Night."




09/04/2017 21:10


Christmas


09/04/2017 21:07


Christmas
Topic :   1966 Yule Log Broadcast Soundtrack Listing

Chip,
I may have asked this before, but, has the Original 1966 Broadcast of The Yule Log, soundtrack  been identified, and the order the songs were played?  If memory serves, there were a lot more songs by the some of the artists, and I believe there was at least one song from Andy Williams.

Obviously, "Christmas Is Christmas" by The Singing Angels wouldn't have been in this broadcast.

I am trying to compile the list so I can add it to the 1966 footage of the 1-hour broadcast to make my own DVD.   Thanks.


09/04/2017 16:18


RickHollan
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Can not wait to put up my christmas tree and put the cd music of christmas on and bathe in that fantastic music. Maybe some hot cocoa and a slice of apple pie and then slide on the couch. And then i will thank mr Faith for that beautiful music and also i will thank mr Arcuri for making this possible...
Forever grateful, good wishes from the Netherlands!


09/04/2017 12:34


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Chip,

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

Thanks,

Steve


09/04/2017 08:34


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases





Steve,

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


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






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


09/04/2017 02:05


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

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

Best regards,

Steve


09/04/2017 00:33


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!





Yes, this is a big one, Steve. Jim's Christmas album ranks #11 in my all-time
Top 500, just missing my Ultra Top 10.

I included two of the stellar songs from this album in my new 5th hour of the Yule Log that I produced last year for Tribune Broadcasting and WPIX-TV.

It is those two songs that I also featured in my 2009 In The Spotlight tribute to Jim.




09/02/2017 13:26


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello again, Chip,

This is just fantastic news, as Gentleman Jim Reeves Christmas album is one of the greatest country-pop masterpieces ever with Jim's velvet voice and stellar production from Chet Atkins. Great song selection and sorely in need of a proper re-master as we have previously discussed.  Wow, with three of your top ten Christmas albums coming this year with Percy and Fred and now a great start on 2018 you must have been working overtime this year!

Best regards,

Steve


09/02/2017 11:39


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!





Even though it's early and we're still embroiled in this year's releases, I spoke to Gordon again about "Gentleman Jim" (as he was called), and I'm pretty confident that it will be my first conquest for 2018 as I think I sold him on the idea of using Jim's gospel/spiritual material as bonus tracks.

If Gordon should use everything that I originally proposed, then the CD would sport 8 bonus tracks. But in the end, he'll probably give me 6 of the 8; so between my top 5 gospel/spiritual songs and the seasonal winter song, I think that'll do it.





09/02/2017 11:30


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Barry and Steve:

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




Rich:

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





09/02/2017 02:09


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Steven


09/01/2017 21:27


RichD
Re :   The Glad Singers: Gloria (aka Angels We Have Heard On High)

Excellent album that I found out about thanks to your site Chip !! Found a stereo LP a few years back - that was an adventure !! It was released on Sony CD-R last fall -- a worthy purchase !!!


09/01/2017 20:34


RichD
Re :   Hollywood Pops Orchestra Christmas album question

It's a very good album - I first heard of The Hollywood Pops Orchestra from the Capitol Special Products Glen Campbell With The Hollywood Pops Orchestra and The Voices Of Christmas LP. Finally found a mint copy of the HPO Christmas album a few years back.


09/01/2017 20:23


RichD
Re :   That Christmas Feeling, a sad feeling 8/8/17

Still one of my all-time favorite Christmas albums - I had this as a kid when it was originally released.
First concert I ever went to was Glen Campbell back in 1969 here in NJ at the Garden State Arts Center - I was 8 years old ! Caught him here in Jersey on his last two tours - there was NO WAY I could've missed those shows.


09/01/2017 20:19


RichD
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Can't wait to hear the Percy Faith CD - I'll also be getting the Fred Waring and Robert Shaw CD's !!!
I'm not familiar with Connie Smith -- how's the album Chip? Is she more "Lynn Anderson country" or "Anne Murray country"?


09/01/2017 20:14


persimmon
Re :   That Christmas Feeling, a sad feeling 8/8/17

We were lucky enough to see him twice on the final tour. Love that album as well.


09/01/2017 19:47


persimmon
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Wow... just WOW!
...and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too! I am just sorry I can't order NOW! Waiting for Nov will be tough. Thanks for all you do, Chip.


09/01/2017 19:37


Christmas
Topic :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases





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




09/01/2017 18:32


Christmas
Topic :   Chip's Tips (Edition #17)





This 17th edition of "Chip's Tips" announces the upcoming 2017 Christmas CD releases from Real Gone Music.


This spectacular new batch of Christmas CD releases for 2017, while not as big as last year, includes three albums that I have been working on the longest -- many, many years -- to get back into print and/or properly released.


First among these is the #1 album in my Top 500: Percy Faith's definitive 1959 stereo re-recording of his classic and legendary Christmas album Music Of Christmas. This album has never been out-of-print since it was first released in 1959 (first on LP and now on CD), but it has never had a proper digital remastering. With this glorious new release, that injustice has now finally been corrected. Also, for this special release I added eight magnificent Christmas bonus tracks that I took from several non-Christmas music Percy Faith LPs. In addition, I also personally wrote the liner notes for the CD booklet. For my original earlier announcement from last year of this long-awaited release, and to see the added bonus tracks as well as hear a sampling of some of the standout songs from the album, please click here.


Second on the list is a 2fer CD containing the #5 and #6 albums in my Top 500: Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians' classic and legendary 1955 Christmas albums 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and its companion album Christmas Time. This, unbelievably, is the very first time that these two albums have ever been released on CD. And it wasn't easy, as it was fraught with many obstacles that we had to face along the way; chief among them, dealing with UMG (Universal Music Group), which is never an easy proposition. For my original announcement from earlier this year of this long-awaited release, as well as to hear the complete Side 1 of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, please click here.


It is because of the inordinate time dedicated to these landmark releases that the total number of new Christmas CDs was smaller than usual this year; but it was well worth it and we think you'll agree.


Anyway, rounding out the list this year are expanded reissues of The Ames Brothers 1957 RCA Christmas album and The Supremes 1965 Motown Christmas album, as well as a first-ever reissue on CD of the great Connie Smith's 1975 Columbia Christmas album, and a new reissue of Robert Shaw's second RCA Christmas album from 1952.


So now, without further ado, is the complete list of the Real Gone Music Christmas CD releases for 2017; and under each listing is where the album ranks in my all-time Top 500:



Percy Faith: Music Of Christmas (The definitive 1959 stereo re-recording, Expanded Edition)

*(Top 500; 1st Tier -- Ultra Top 10; #1)*


Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and Christmas Time (2fer CD)

*(Top 500; 1st Tier -- Ultra Top 10; #5 and #6, respectively)*


The Ames Brothers: There'll Always Be A Christmas (Expanded Edition)

*(Top 500; 1st Tier; #107)*


The Supremes: Merry Christmas (Expanded Edition, 2-CD Set)

*(Top 500; 2nd Tier; #228)*


Connie Smith: Joy To The World (Expanded Edition)

*(Top 500; 2nd Tier; #240)*


The Robert Shaw Chorale: Christmas Hymns And Carols, Volume 2

*(Top 500; 3rd Tier; #251)*



The anticipated street date for the new Real Gone Music Christmas CD releases is November 3, 2017.


Any questions or comments about the new 2017 Real Gone Music releases, please post on message board by clicking here.


Happy autumn everyone, and don't forget to keep the spirit of Christmas all year through!




09/01/2017 18:30


RichD
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Got my copy in the mail today from Amazon - it sounds great !!!


08/30/2017 20:13


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Board member Steven already contacted me about these last night via a private email; and as I told him, I already know about these two songs and have already proposed them to Gordon, along with several of Jim's gospel/spiritual oriented songs.
The problem is that Gordon isn't really big on using gospel/spiritual songs as bonus tracks on Christmas CDs. I need bona fide Christmas bonus tracks to offer him; and regrettably, there just aren't any. As for the winter song "Snowflake," it is the only song of all that is the closest to a bona fide Christmas carol. But it alone will not get the project approved.

Unfortunately, Jim died in 1964 at the very young age of 40. And he had recorded his only Christmas album just a year before in 1963 at age 39. If he had lived longer, I'm sure that he would have eventually recorded more Christmas music. It's still hard for Ethel to talk about "Jimmy" because she still misses him. Ethel had kept in touch with his wife Mary until she died of Alzheimer's in 1999.


But getting back to Jim's gospel/spiritual songs, the one that does come the closest to a Christmas song per se would indeed be "Scarlet Ribbons." But it's still a stretch -- along the same lines as when recording artists use "My Favorite Things" as a Christmas song (something I'm against).

But beyond "Scarlet Ribbons," there are several other gospel/spiritual oriented songs that I also thought could work as possible bonus tracks for the CD. Among them:

"May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You"

"Take My Hand Precious Lord"

"Have Thine Own Way Lord"

"Teach Me How To Pray"

"I'd Rather Have Jesus"

"God Be With You"

There's still a chance that the release might happen, perhaps with a smattering of these spirituals (if Gordon should agree). If not, I'm still going to try to just get it released as a straight reissue with a new digital remaster, which is the most important thing in the first place.




08/30/2017 19:53


Motown Mik
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!

As to Jim Reeves, I can think of a couple possible bonus tracks off the top of my head:

"Scarlet Ribbons" (from Songs to Warm the Heart, 1959)
"Snow Flake" (A-side of single, 1965)



08/30/2017 18:01


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Peter and Steven,

Unfortunately, I couldn't get the Jim Reeves CD done this year.

The reason is that Gordon ideally likes to release his Real Gone Music reissues with bonus tracks -- especially for albums that are currently in print by the parent record label; in this case, SME (Sony Music Entertainment). He doesn't feel that a new remaster of the recording alone would be enough guarantee sales success of the CD.

The only exception to this was my Percy Faith release this year. This was by virtue of the fact that it's the #1 album in my
Top 500. I got it green-lighted by Gordon even before he knew that I had 8 stupendous bonus tracks to package with the album.

But getting back to the Jim Reeves, I tried very hard to come up with just a few bonus tracks that I could package with the album -- just two or three would have been enough for me to get the project approved, but no luck.

I even consulted with my friend Ethel Gabriel, the legendary RCA Records producer who was good friends with Jim -- or as she calls him, Jimmy. But regrettably, Ethel didn't know of any either.

But no worries, it's not completely dead as I'm going to make another push for release of the album in the future. In the meantime, I'll continue to search for something that Jim did that I can package with the album. If not, there's still a chance that I might be able to convince Gordon to just release it as a straight reissue with a new digital remaster.




08/29/2017 02:10


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Get2Me,

Yes, it will indeed be fantastic if Chip and Real Gone Music are able to get that great Jim Reeves Christmas album remastered and restored in its original configuration. As Chip has previously pointed out, it was a less than stellar remaster that RCA did back when it was first released.  The only good way to hear that album, though one song was out of order due to when it was recorded, was on the Bear Family box set of Jim Reeves, Welcome To My World, which now costs several hundred dollars now on Amazon or Ebay.

It will be fantastic to have that whole album with original artwork and Battery Studios unsurpassed remastering if Chip manages to pull this off for this year. Oh, and that Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton album, Once Upon A Christmas, featuring a great mixture of Christmas standards and some absolutely amazing original songs written by Dolly herself, is fantastic as well and yes getting that original CD version with Kenny's amazing version of The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) is indeed hard to find as they shortened the length of the CD by a couple of songs when it was re-released later.

Jeremy Lubbock did many of the orchestral arrangements and the great David Foster co-produced the project with Kenny Rogers himself.  Besides Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gormé's fantastic Christmas album, I do believe that Kenny and Dolly's Christmas album is the greatest "duet" Christmas album ever, although Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's duet Christmas album from last year wasn't "too shabby" either to quote you.

Best regards,

Steve







08/28/2017 20:37


RichD


08/28/2017 19:52


Get2Me
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!

This is FANTASTIC news, Chip! Jim Reeve's Twelve Songs Of Christmas is a classic holiday album in its own right! Existing somewhere between country, pop, and easy listening, I believe a few tracks from that LP were included in the infamous 1986 The Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas compilation that I grew up with as a child of the '80s. Hearing the full Twelve Songs Of Christmas album really transport me back in time, like the best Christmas albums always do.
Another Christmas album from that era (my 1980s childhood) that I will always treasure is Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton's Once Upon A Christmas! The accompanying television special wasn't too shabby either.  Since the currently in print version of that album on CD makes several song substitutions and therefore isn't the full LP as it was originally released in 1984, I'm holding fast to my parents' original CD copy. Someone will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands. LOL!

As for the Bert Kaempfert Christmas Wonderland album possibly coming back in print on CD, well, I couldn't be happier about that, too! The walking bass lines heard throughout the LP are sublime. They were everywhere in 1960s song arrangements! What great song selections on that album, as well! Such happy Christmas music! 


08/27/2017 21:03


RichD
Topic :   Brady Bunch Christmas TV episode / Frank DeVol

Haven't listened closely enough but I'm betting that the background Christmas instrumental music in the Brady Bunch Christmas TV episode is by Frank DeVol since he did the music for the show? 


08/27/2017 15:50


RichD
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

The Ed Sullivan Christmas album is now available on CD-R on Amazon !!


08/27/2017 13:17


pdmddirect
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***

Hi Chip!

Counting down the days for your official announcement of the Christmas CD's to be released by Real Gone Music for 2017. Hope you are doing well!


Jim



08/16/2017 15:14


Christmas
Re :   Trying to find information on a Christmas Album

Thank you so much Chip,  I really appreciate it.


08/16/2017 11:27


Christmas
Re :   Trying to find information on a Christmas Album


It's a 10" compilation LP from 1949 with unknown artists.




08/16/2017 11:11


Christmas
Topic :   Trying to find information on a Christmas Album

Chip, an anyone else who might know.  I have this album in my collection that doesn't state the year or artists on it.
It is on Varsity, which from what I can tell from the printing on the bottom of the back of the jacket is actually RCA Records. (Record Corporation of America Union City, NJ)

It is catalog # 6905

I had to reformat my computer once again because Windows-10 mandatory update slowed down my Wi-Fi at least 80%, and I haven't installed my scanner drivers yet, but took a picture of the front of the jacket with my Smartphone.

Album Jacket


08/16/2017 10:46


Christmas
Re :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........

For at least the last 3 years, maybe 4, Antenna TV did air the full broadcast of The WPIX Yule Log.,, but at Chip mentioned there isn't really any guarantee that they will continue to do so, and you risk them putting in their local bumpers.

I know that in the Buffalo area, if you want to get Dish Network, they can give you WPIX from NYC as an Superstation, but it isn't in HD.  Still better to get WPIX in SD rather than not get it at all.

Spectrum, (Time Warner Cable), Verizon FIOS, and DirecTV do not offer WPIX at all, and they say it is because they "don't want to waste bandwidth"  But I have been a previous customer of DirecTV, and Cable TV, and they give you your local channels on their respective channel number, but then again in the 2000's or 3000's or 4000's etc.  How many places do you need to receive your local channels?.  In addition to duplication the local channels, they give you several infomercial channels too and at any given time, you can see the same infomercial on several channels.  There are other networks that are duplicated too, QVC for one.  If this isn't wasting bandwidth, I don't know what is.
I actually receive WPIX, WWOR, WSBK, KWGN and KTLA as A la Carte Superstations.  You can get them individually, for I believe 2.00 or 3.00 a month, but the entire package is about 7.00 a month.

Dish Network is the only provider that offers you these stations when you have the same networks in your local broadcast area.

Another reason the other providers don't offer them, is they claim that the local broadcaster have a Direct Marketing Agreement or something, and if you receive these networks locally, you cant get them from a Distant Network Broadcaster.

On a different note, Ray probably already knows this, being in the Buffalo area, we also get MeTV on Channel 5, and the television service providers only give you their main feed, WBBZ inserts their own local programming several times throughout the day, such as  The Daily Buzz and on weekends they have a local bowling tournament.  We are supposed to be receiving The Wild, Wild West, and a couple other great classic TV programs, but they don't give them to us from the network feed and give us local programming.

They do broadcast the full MeTV schedule on their secondary channel, but their transmitter is too far away for anyone to pick them up, being they are a low power station, and the television service providers "Don't have to give us the secondary channels"


08/16/2017 10:37


rsteven
Re :   That Christmas Feeling, a sad feeling 8/8/17


Hello John,

Yes indeed, Glen's Christmas album That Christmas Feeling was a very beautiful contribution to the country-pop sound that he and AL De Lory had perfected so well on his previous hit albums.  I remember well it was the only "new" Christmas album that my parents bought to go along with Merry Christmas by Johnny Mathis with the great Percy Faith orchestrations and John Klein's A Christmas Sound Spectacular, which my dad always referred to as his "Bells' record, that were the true staples of their holiday play.  I like your top ten list as well, John, very well chosen and all those albums you listed are part of my collection as well.  Campbell was a once in a lifetime singer-guitar player extraordinaire! Real Gone Music did a great job putting that album together with his other Christmas gems that he recorded while at Capital records a couple years ago.  I highly recommend that collection to our members on Chip's board.

Best regards,

Steve




08/09/2017 13:21


snow miser
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

It's also available on Spotify.  There's a way to record from Spotify using Audacity.  Send me a message offline and I can help if needed.


08/09/2017 12:46


Damfino
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Ahh, thanks for the link.
This is not available in the U.S. Store. Bummer.


08/09/2017 12:42


snow miser
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Here is the link that I found:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/best-loved-christmas-piano/id476046350




08/09/2017 12:24


Damfino
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Snow Miser:
I wasn't able to find George Greeley's Best Loved Christmas Piano Concertos. I was only able to find "Greatest Motion Picture Piano Concertos".
Is it under another name?


08/09/2017 12:17


johnnyelec
Topic :   That Christmas Feeling, a sad feeling 8/8/17

Alzheimer's took the life of beloved crossover pop/country superstar Glen Campbell on Tuesday.

As evidenced by my Avatar photo the past few years, Glen's "That Christmas Feeling" LP/CD was in my Christmas Top 10, along with the great Percy Faith, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Stu Philips/Hollyridge Strings, Johnny Douglas/Living Strings, Ferrante & Teicher, and Bert Kaempfert.

Glen was an unbelievably-good, fantastic guitar player, and had a decent voice to go along with great lyrics from Jimmy Webb and Al Delory's production at Captiol records.

To Glen's family- peace.

John




08/09/2017 09:07


snow miser
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Hello again,

Also saw that George Greeley's Best Loved Christmas Piano Concertos is available for download from iTunes.




08/06/2017 22:18


PDMan
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Fantastic news!  The Sullivan album is one of my all time favorites!


08/04/2017 21:40


Get2Me
Re :   Al Caiola And Riz Ortolani's SOUND OF CHRISTMAS - A Late '60s Christmas Jewel!

Thanks for chiming in, Chip. I just love the vibe of this late-60s Christmas album. Maybe one day it will see a reissue from Real Gone Music or some other label. Hey, I can dream, right?



07/31/2017 07:47


Christmas
Re :   Al Caiola And Riz Ortolani's SOUND OF CHRISTMAS - A Late '60s Christmas Jewel!


No plans right now, Peter, but this one would be tough as it's a UMG (Universal Music Group) property and our hands are full enough right now with the titles we're working on with them. This album resides in the 2nd Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #152.




07/28/2017 20:45


Get2Me
Topic :   Al Caiola And Riz Ortolani's SOUND OF CHRISTMAS - A Late '60s Christmas Jewel!

Hi Chip! I hope summer is treating you well!

Since the Living Strings/Voices/Guitars easy listening CD reissues were hits for Real Gone Music, is there any future hope of bringing Al Caiola And Riz Ortolani's Sound Of Christmas to the CD format?

I've loved this album ever since I was exposed to the handful of tracks from it that wound up on Capitol Records' Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails compilations. Fans of Bossa Nova rhythms, lounge, late-60s guitar instrumentals, easy listening orchestral pop, and slightly off-beat renditions of holiday classics would find this 1968 United Artists release a jewel to behold. They seriously don't make Christmas albums like this anymore!



07-28-17 @ 09:26 PM
Follow-up to above message:


Here's another dreamy song from Sound Of Christmas. Talk about holiday magic!


07/28/2017 08:22


pdmddirect
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Thank you. Would be great to see these two albums released to CD!


07/15/2017 17:42


snow miser
Topic :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Christmas (in July) Greetings to all!

Just wanted to pass along that I found these 2 albums originally released on LP are now available via digital download (if anyone is interested).

1. Navidad con Waldo de los Rios - this one is available via Amazon's UK site and here is the URL:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072JTR9WD/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

2. Ed Sullivan - Music of Christmas - this one is available from various sources, Itunes, Spotify, Amazon

...and to all a good night!

Graig


07/08/2017 21:02


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Steve,

Kate Smith's classic 1966 RCA Victor Christmas LP was actually remastered and released on CD directly by RCA (BMG Music) in 1992, and it had the complete original artwork. That current blue border around the current artwork was added in 2010 when the album began to be offered as an officially sanctioned CD-R.

But yes, this is one that I'd also like to get re-released with a brand new remastering job from Battery Studios here in New York and the full, unfettered original artwork, without that added blue border.





06/18/2017 20:42


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Chip,

Since we will have so many of your top twenty Christmas albums of all time available on cd in the near future, specifically the great Percy Faith Music Of Christmas and the Fred Waring twofer cd covering his two great Christmas albums,  I was wondering if we might get the great Kate Smith Christmas album release in proper remastered form with original cover.

I know its available as a CDR, but I understand that although its complete it does not match up the songs on the back correctly with the actual medleys that are played on the cd. I also noticed that the great Peter Matz arranged this masterpiece and he did a magnificent job on the splendid John Gary Christmas album as well as I recall.  Any chance that this classic will get a proper re-release one day by Real Gone Music?

Best regards,

Steve


06/18/2017 09:54


rsteven
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Thanks so much Chip, you and Gordon have made me a very happy man!  I just so wanted this masterpiece released on cd with its very own magnificent cover.  I cannot wait to hear the release date in the coming months as well as the highly anticipated date for the Fred Waring Christmas cd twofer.  What a year this is going to be for us traditional Christmas music lovers.

Steve


06/16/2017 18:01


rsteven
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Hello Chip,

Starting to get excited about an anticipated street date for the monumental Percy Faith Music Of Christmas CD remaster by Real Gone Music.  I was just wondering since this sounds like a single disc release with the seven bonus tracks, will the cover be a full display shot of the original wonderful poinsettia cover since its not a twofer package?

Best regards,

Steve


06/16/2017 12:52


RayClaus
Re :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........

Thank you Chip! I guess the old saying goes. You pay your money, you take your chances! 


06/08/2017 07:34


Christmas
Re :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........


I can't say what your affiliate WGRZ will do this year, but last year they aired the complete program, including my new Fourth and Fifth hours. However, they inserted a few hourly bumpers for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.




06/07/2017 15:32


RayClaus
Re :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........

Yikes! I hadn't thought about that! I don't know if Antenna TV in Buffalo broadcast the Yule Log. I think there is someone else that writes on this message board from the Buffalo area. It seems to me that they did get it.

Any suggestions on recording from Antenna TV. I was assuming that I could record from the DVD/VHS combo unit I have there. Guess I have to start thinking more about that!


06/07/2017 07:12


Christmas
Re :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........


The Antenna TV affiliates across the country are independent entities and as such they have the ability to make their own programming decisions. The affiliates are not mandated by Tribune Broadcasting as to how to air the Yule Log telecast; therefore,
unfortunately, they have the leeway to insert commercials into the broadcast, or air only a portion of the program -- or even preempt the program entirely and air something completely different if they so choose. Thankfully, however, I have not heard of a case where that has happened -- at least not as of yet.

Hopefully, for your sake, your local affiliate out of Buffalo will air the entire broadcast commercial-free, as it should be.






05/29/2017 13:02


Steve_OGO
Re :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........

I have done the same,  over the air to my family room TV.  Only problem is that my regular tv comes from Satellite.  With the  over the air TV I have no good way of recording anymore.  Since on Antenna TV here,  the Yule log is broadcast very early in the morning on Christmas Morning,  by the time we are up we only catch the last hour or so "live".    I am still trying to figure out a way to record it so we can have it playing during regular Christmas festivities in the late morning and afternoon.   I dont want to invest in an overtheair unique DVR and since over the air is now digital even an old VCR wont work without an old converter box.  So I still struggle with getting the first few hours.


05/29/2017 06:15


RayClaus
Topic :   No-one has posted in quite awhile so.........

I noticed that no-0ne has posted anything for awhile so I thought I would post this!

I am hoping to get the Yule Log live this year. I took my first step in doing so! We put up an HD TV Antenna in our attic and feed the cable down to our den. Great picture on Antenna TV. Long time to go yet! I can hardly wait for Christmas! Any comments on how Antenna TV shows the Yule Log? Commercials? Station breaks! Things shown on the bottom of the screen?

I sure hope they will carry the Yule Log this year!


05/27/2017 07:37


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Yes Steve, I do indeed think highly of the album -- as evidenced not only by its #22 position in my
Top 500, but also by the inclusion of two of its songs in my new 5th hour that I created and produced for the Yule Log telecast last year.

UMG did a fairly good job with their reissue of the album, but not only was I not happy that they didn't use the original LP cover artwork, but also that they intermixed the bonus tracks within the songs of the regular album.

And yes, I'd like to get a proper reissue of this album out someday; but it would be another tall order with UMG.





04/30/2017 23:14


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Chip,

While I have been thinking with great anticipation about the pending Percy and Fred Waring albums coming out this year on the Real Gone Music Label thanks to your huge efforts over the years, the beautiful Fred Waring cover with the Norman Rockwell artwork made me wonder about the possibility of ever getting the original Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee released on proper remastered format with that great front cover artwork with Brenda's picture.

I know that Universal has released various incarnations of this classic album with missing songs and extra songs, but has it ever been released on cd with the original front cover album artwork?  I would think it would be ripe for a remaster as well.  Of course I know this fantastic album in under the Universal umbrella which might make it difficult to secure the copyright from as we know they are testy to negotiate their great catalogue for release to other record companies.

I would love to know your thoughts on the Brenda album in general though as I know it places high in your Top 30 of your glorious Top 500 Christmas albums of all time.

Best regards,

Steve


04/30/2017 13:00


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


That cover you alluded to was not for the original album under the Christmas Wonderland title, but rather for one of many reissues of the album that was released by Polydor Records over the years.

Among these reissue titles were Christmastide, Christmas With Bert Kaempfert and A Drop Of Christmas Spirit.

There were four different covers for the Christmastide reissue: a church scene (catalog #46-408), a lighted house (catalog 46-408 & 237-608), an ornament (catalog #825-143-1 & 2372-044), and finally the mandolin cover (catalog #SPH-37608).

The cover for the reissue entitled Christmas With Bert Kaempfert was the church scene (catalog #104-693); and the cover for the reissue entitled A Drop Of Christmas Spirit was a woman with a drink (catalog #2418-208).

By the way, the cover for original Christmas Wonderland LP in Europe and other countries around the world was with the church scene (catalog #2372-044).


 Follow-up to above message:

Sorry, but there was a Polydor Records reissue that I forgot to mention above: it was a French reissue on the International Polydor Production label entitled Joy
eux Noel (catalog #2512-GU). The cover for this French reissue sported a house covered with snow.






*[Edited 04/19/17 to add info on French reissue]


04/18/2017 23:09


RichD
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!

Chip - Was the Bert Kaempfert Christmas LP ever issued with a mandolin on the front cover or am I mixing that up with another LP? I am almost positive I have a version with the mandoiln cover in my collection...
Rich


04/18/2017 17:47


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Yes Steve, since the Jim Reeves LP is a Sony property, it will be remastered here in New York at Battery Mastering Studios. The quality of the remastering (what little there was of it) of the 1988 BMG CD release was atrocious. That will now happily be corrected.

As for the Bert Kaempfert LP, the mono cover artwork for the original 1963 Decca Records release (catalog #DL-4441) was the same as the stereo release (catalog #DL-74441), only without the stereo logo. The only other domestic cover came in the late 1960s and it sported a drawing of a snow globe. Aside from these two domestic covers, there was a Polydor Records cover that was used for releases of the album in Germany and other countries around the world like Mexico.





04/09/2017 22:04


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Again Chip,

Oh my, I'm very excited about the possibility of Jim Reeves beautiful 12 Days Of Christmas album being released this year.  Wow, and as you well know Chip if that album hasn't been remastered since the eighties when even the good engineers were sometimes having trouble getting use to transferring analog to digital albums without losing the warmth of the former, than we will be in for a real treat if Real Gone does their usual stellar remastering job, probably at Battery Studios I would imagine since its under the RCA Label domain originally.

I did not realize that Bert Kaempfert's Christmas Wonderland album was the original cover as I must have gotten it confused with the mono cover version.  I guess the only thing that stereo version is missing on Amazon is the black Decca label arrow at the top right hand corner of the album cover if I'm correct.  I will have to re-think that purchase, but it is pricey even for a nearly new, but used copy.

Thanks for the information as always Chip, and I am truly thrilled about the possibility of the Jim Reeves Christmas album coming out this year!

Best regards,

Steve


04/09/2017 13:26


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Steve,

I'm hoping that I'll be able to get the Jim Reeves out this year.

By the way, it was originally released on CD twenty-nine years ago in 1988 by BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group), which was before Sony's acquisition of the company.

As for the 1996 Taragon Records Bert Kaempfert CD, it was indeed released with the original cover artwork (click here).




04/09/2017 12:26


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Chip,

Oh yes that Jim Reeves 12 Days Of Christmas is ripe for a proper remaster as he had one of the smoothest and most velvety voices that ever graced a studio as you and I have talked about in the past.  I think its been close to eighteen years since RCA did a sort of budget line release of that classic on cd. What a treat it would be to have Real Gone Music re-release it in their customary and glorious fashion.

It would also be great to have the Kitty Wells Christmas album released in the same fashion as I had forgotten that she even made a full Christmas album. Of course it would be great to have the Bert Kaempfert Christmas Wonderland album even at a higher price, but since it doesn't have the original album cover artwork I am going to be patient and wait for Real Gone Music to release it properly even if that takes a year or two.

I think it so interesting that these marketing genius's at the record labels in the past few decades never really took  into account how much we traditional Christmas music lovers desire to have their albums released with the original artwork even if it seems dated or hokey to these modern executives.  It really took you and Real Gone Music to make it in vogue to get these albums re-released in their original cover album artwork, something else we have to be grateful for thanks to you and Gordon's efforts.

Best Regards,

Steve





04/09/2017 10:42


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Steve:

Rest assured I'm working to release all those titles you mentioned. Also working on a proper digital re-release of the Jim Reeves and Kitty Wells.

By the way, the Bert Kaempfert was in print for a while on CD: it was released by Taragon Records in 1996 by special arrangement with PolyGram. However, it's now out-of-print and going for big bucks. I'd like to get this back in print as well.



Jim:

It'll be here before you know it.





04/08/2017 19:30


pdmddirect
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!

Thanks for sharing the wonderful news Chip!  Now the countdown begins waiting for this and the Percy Faith release!!!


Jim



04/08/2017 17:34


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Chip,

I just realized with the coming releases of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas and Fred Waring's twofer of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas with Christmas Time, we traditional Christmas music lovers will now have all ten of your First Tier Top 500 top ten albums available on cd format for the first time.  I believe that eight of those cd's are directly made available to us due to your efforts over the years.

I also believe that out of the top twenty of you First Tier we are only missing the original stereo version of Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival with original cover artwork on cd as well as Andre Kostelanetz's Wonderland Of Christmas, although the latter is available on a CDR that has pretty decent sound as I recall.

When we get to the rest of your top 30, particularly numbers 21-30 there are a great deal of these classics that have never been available on cd format such as The Jack Halloran Singers Christmas Is A Comin', Bert Kaempfert's Christmas Wonderland, StanleyBlack's Christmas Holiday For Romance and Frank Chackfield's Music For A Merry Christmas among others if I am correct.

And that's just dealing with your magnificent top 30 of your glorious Top 500 list.  So while we are very blessed with what you have made available to us already, we are truly excited about what you have in store for us in the future.  Just getting Percy and Fred is really all we should need, but I have a feeling you and Real Gone Music will have a few more surprises in the coming months.

Best Regards,

Steve


04/08/2017 13:13


Christmas
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Thanks, Bob. I just hope this summer's not as torturous as last summer, which was the hottest on record. But I have a feeling we're in for a scorcher. Heat Miser will definitely rule the day.






04/07/2017 13:21


maxx151
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!

Bravo Chip - now we have to get through the tortures of the Summer heat to get to the Christmas season to enjoy these treasures you have released from the vaults!
Bob Grippo


04/07/2017 07:20


rsteven
Re :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


Hello Chip,

Well you are really outdoing yourself for Christmas 2017.  In August, while my lady and I were anxiously getting ready to see Adele in concert at Staples arena for the first time, I decided to check out the yule message board and there it was in blue shiny highlights: You had secured the rights to get Percy Faiths masterpiece, Music Of Christmas, released and remastered properly for the first time in cd format and in all its digital and stereo glory. Oh, how we traditional music lovers had been waiting for this day.  Seeing Adele and getting this news was one of the greatest nights of my life, I'm not kidding.

So now you add to this amazing splendor by announcing that the two magnificent albums by Fred Waring, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and Christmas Time, are also getting their maiden release on cd format with those amazing album covers, especially that unsurpassed Norman Rockwell cover on the former album.  How you got pass the bureaucracy at Universal Music to finally get this done we will probably never fully appreciate or understand the amount of intestinal fortitude and sheer guts it took to accomplish these feats, but know this: You are greatly loved and appreciated by all members of this board even though we have never met you and most likely never will, but to us you are like family!

God Bless you Chip, from your extended family on the Yule log board.

Steve


04/07/2017 00:39


Christmas
Topic :   Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums finally to be released!


 


  



It is with such great pride and joy that after many years of trying, I have finally gotten back into print (and released on CD for the very first time) the two classic and legendary Decca Records Christmas albums by the great Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and Christmas Time. And they both will be released with their original Decca album jacket artwork – and for 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, that means that famous cover with the great American artist Norman Rockwell's sweet and poignant "Caught Napping" drawing (a rendering of Santa and his elves discovering two small children asleep in a chair on Christmas Eve night). It is actually this album jacket cover that I consider to be the greatest Christmas album jacket cover of all-time.


These two great iconic Christmas albums not only reside in the 1st Tier of my Top 500, but in my Ultra Top 10, where they occupy the #5 and #6 positions respectively.


This Fred Waring 2fer CD release, along with my two Percy Faith releases (in 2012 and the previously announced big one for this year in 2017), as well as my Mantovani release (in 2009) are the ones that I have worked the longest and hardest for and are the ones that I am the most proud.


It was a long hard road to finally get UMG (Universal Music Group) to cede over the release/distribution copyrights to these two great Christmas albums (and we actually came close a couple of times), but it was well worth the wait and perseverance in the end. The last stumbling block came earlier this year when, after UMG agreed in principal to the deal, they couldn't find Mr. Warings's contract! I thought I had seen everything up to then, but that was a new low – even for UMG. I have stated publically many times on the board what a difficult company they are to deal with. And they drive a hard bargain – money, control over production, etc.


By the way, for younger folks not familiar with the Christmas music of The Pennsylvanians, they will certainly recognize the group's classic version of “Jingle Bells,” as that is the song that's playing in the background in the scene from the movie A Christmas Story when Ralphie and Randy visit with Santa at Higbee's Department Store!


The street date for the new CD is not yet set as of the writing of this post; but as soon as it's available, I will post it on this thread. So stay tuned.


As for Fred Waring, what can I possibly say that I haven't said already in my many writings on the message board over the years? Therefore, I am going to let the music speak for me by virtue of four music videos from my YouTube channel; as well as links to three previous writings that I have posted over the years on the message board.


For my previous writings on the board, the first link is to an In The Spotlight tribute that I did to Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians in August of 2010 (click here); the second link is to a post, also from August of 2010, that is dedicated to The Teen Trio, who are prominently featured in three of the four songs on Side 1 of the album 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (click here); and the third link is to a Christmas In July spotlight that I did for the Pennsylvanians back in July of 2008 (click here).


And for the music, I am posting below from my YouTube channel all four songs from Side 1 of the album 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. They are in the order of their appearance on the album: “Jingle Bells; Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town” and, of course, the title song, “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Enjoy!!












04/06/2017 18:45


rsteven
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Hello Chip,

You and Johnny have a great idea with that 24 karat gold disc idea.  I just bought a DCC gold on the Everly Brothers as well as Roy Orbison, both of which were remastered by the great Steve Hoffman. I just played the Everly Brother's Best and its a beauty to the ears.  Looking really forward to hearing the Roy Orbison DCC Gold disc too as its suppose to be amazing as well.

Chip, I am absolutely thrilled that you got seven bonus songs added to Percy Faith's masterpiece, Music Of Christmas, as one would expect only maybe one or two extra songs on a classic of this magnitude.  I cannot wait to hear My Favorite Things from Sound of Music on this beauty with the new remastering.

What fortunate and lucky people we are to have you, Chip, fighting all these years to get these timeless and exquisite Christmas masterpieces remastered and released with original artwork.  And now finally the Holy Grail of all Christmas instrumental albums, Percy Faith's Music of Christmas, is coming to us in time for Christmas 2017.

Thanks a million, Chip!

Best regards,

Steve


04/04/2017 20:37


Christmas
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Steve:

Sony approved all of my bonus tracks, but there were actually seven, not eight (although I wish there were!), as I mistakenly typed in my previous post. Sorry about that. I edited my post to correct the typo.



John:

A 24K gold-plated CD would be a wonderful thing to see and so fitting for this release
the #1 Christmas album in my Top 500; but unfortunately, Gordon doesn't do them at Real Gone Music. In addition, it would be considered an alternate release, requiring a separate contract negotiation with Sony. But all that notwithstanding, if Gordon did them, you can be sure that I would definitely push for it.





04/04/2017 11:19


johnnyelec
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***

Great News Chip!

Maybe you can talk Real Gone Music into releasing two versions: "standard audio CD" and the Deluxe version burned into a 24K gold-plated CD like DCC and other companies did on some spectacular recordings to make them last 100 years?

This has to be the most anticipated release since the announcement that the 1954 version was being re-recorded for stereo in 1959.

I can't wait to be able to hear the snare drums at the beginning of 'Good King Wenceslas' again!

Regards to all.

John



04/04/2017 06:43


rsteven
Re :   ***Coming in 2017 the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums***


Hello Chip,

Oh my goodness, you got the final go ahead for Percy Faith's masterpiece Music Of Christmas with the eight additional tracks you had requested.  All your board members have been waiting for this beauty to be remastered properly with your new liner notes and Real Gone Musics' tender loving care.  If this remaster sounds anything close to the magnificent job Maria Triana did on Real Gone's Twofer that featured that glorious Hallelujah album, we Christmas music lovers are in for a real treat.

Congratulations, Chip, we all know on this board that this has been a long and hard fought battle by you and Real Gone to get this Jewel properly re-released in all its original glory.  There is not a week that goes by that I do not think about the Music Of Christmas and Percy Faith's majestic arrangements being heard as it should be with a proper remaster!

Best Regards,

Steve


04/03/2017 20:40

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