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Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


That's a great story, Steve. And yes, music -- especially Percy's Christmas music, is indeed quite therapeutic; it's very uplifting, inspirational and, as you said, healing and soothing as well. I'm so glad that it brought your bank manager some much needed joy in an otherwise sad time in her life. Percy, who was such a gentle creature, would be so happy to hear that. And I'm so glad that on his behalf I have helped keep the mission of his music alive. It's a privilege. And yes, all this is definitely a labor of love for Gordon as well.







01/10/2018 01:58


rsteven
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


Chip, 

It is my absolute privilege and honor to promote the great maestro, Percy Faith, and his iconic Christmas album, Music Of Christmas, as well as your fantastic liner notes for this historic release by Real Gone Music. We have all waited so long for this masterpiece to get released on CD properly and the fact that it got done in such grand fashion with such beautiful artwork, absolutely stellar remastering by Mr. Vic Anesini and with your splendid liner notes was beyond our wildest expectations.

It has been such a thrill and pleasure to share this special release by Percy with family and friends. The manager at my bank is going through some serious health issues with her eldest adult son and she is a very sweet person and a true professional when it comes to her job. I brought her a copy of Music Of Christmas after finding out that she loves Christmas music. I told her about your key role in getting this the greatest of all Christmas albums released and how Vic Anesini, who has been in charge of remastering Elvis Presley's catalogue of albums the last several decades, did such an amazing job restoring this album to its true sonic glory.

She told me that she had a long drive to a nearby city during the holidays and she played Percy's Music Of Christmas the whole way there and back and it gave her great pleasure and comfort during such a difficult time for the family. Her son is hanging in there, but it has been tough. I know another board member has mentioned a similar experience for himself and how soothing and comforting Mr. Faith's Christmas album is to him as well.

I know you are acutely aware of the healing and soothing powers of music and particularly Percy's Music Of Christmas. I hope that Gordon Anderson at Real Gone Music realizes how important and significant his Christmas releases are to the fans who buy these great albums. I hope like you and Mr. Anesini feel that it is a "true labor of love" for him as well.

Best regards,

Steve


01/10/2018 00:12


Christmas
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


Thanks for promoting the Percy Faith CD with your friends, Steve, and for your ringing endorsement of my liner notes.

And that is correct what you said about the old Hollywood studio system. It is very easy for some folks today to decry the controlling nature of the old studio system and the powerful movie moguls that ran the studios like Louis B. Mayer, Sam Goldwyn, Jack Warner, William Fox, David O. Selznick, Darryl F. Zanuck, Harry Cohn, Adolph Zukor, Carl Laemmle, Herbert J. Yates, Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, but the fact of the matter is that these men were responsible for making the greatest motion pictures the world has ever known. And it is because of the genius of these men that this period became known as the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Sadly, the end of the studio system -- and hence the Golden Age of Hollywood, came primarily at the hands of the federal government when they ordered the movie studios to divest themselves of their company owned movie theaters. The major studios could probably have continued the fight in the courts for years if RKO chief Howard Hughes hadn't sold out and made an agreement with the feds; but once he did, the writing was on the wall and the era sadly came to an end.








01/09/2018 20:47


rsteven
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


Hello Chip,

That is such a great comparison you make between the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Golden Age of Christmas music in the 1950's and 1960's. My father was a television director for a period of time before the family got in the radio business and he and my mother would always talk about the old Hollywood system whereby the studios would nurture the stars and train and educate them in multiple skills like singing and dancing as well as acting. The writing was so incredible and the directors were not the slaves to CGI and computers like they are now.

Yes indeed, I remember back many years ago when I use to get really excited about the latest country music or pop Christmas album coming out, and now even though I do buy some of those albums, my real excitement and joy is finding out what absolute gems from the Golden Age of Christmas you are going to get released through Real Gone Music. Everything from this truly iconic time is better; bigger orchestra's, almost always far better voices and more natural sound. The new millennium just cannot hold a candle to the albums released during the Golden Age of Christmas.

In particular, I think the quote I borrow most from you when trying to describe the great Percy's Faith's magnum opus, Music Of Christmas, is where you say it sounds like his music is "piped down from heaven" and that it has a "heavenly, celestial" feel to it. As you so well say, its hard to put the beauty and passion of Percy's music into mere words but you articulate it better than anybody and I really treasure those liner notes you wrote for the Expanded Music Of Christmas release for RGM. I tell all my friends to read your liner notes first before they actually listen to the album.

I feel the same way about this Golden Age of Christmas. It just seems magical and unmatchable no matter how hard anybody tries. I thank God that you and Gordon have rescued this iconic music from being lost forever!

Best regards,

Steve


01/09/2018 01:29


Christmas
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


That's correct, Steve; the reason why the albums from Christmas music's Golden Age tower over anything that came before or after, and their enduring legacy as iconic, classic and legendary, goes far beyond the myopic theory and/or simple-minded concept of mere nostalgia. The best way to explain it -- or better yet, the best analogy that I can give is something that the great Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said in 1964 about defining the word obscenity: he didn't even try to define the word, but instead just laconically and intuitively said "I know it when I see it." Well, that's exactly how it is with albums from the Golden Age of Christmas music. A person might not be able to fully explain why they sound so different and so much better -- aside, of course, from the unassailable and prodigious talent of the recording artists who made them, but they just know they do. It's the same thing that has been said for many years about the superiority of MGM musicals over the musicals of any other movie studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The MGM musical just had a certain look, feel and sound to them that the other studios -- try as they might -- could never quite duplicate. There were so many reasons for this, not the least of which were the great MGM musical producers Arthur Freed and Joe Pasternak. As well as the roster of incredibly talented directors, actors and actresses that were contracted to MGM.

Anyway, going back to the superiority of Christmas music from its Golden Age, you wisely cited one of the many reasons yourself in the third paragraph of your previous post.

The difference with me and everyone else is that I have an incredibly huge collection. My
Top 500 is not my entire collection, but rather the best of thousands of Christmas albums that I have accumulated over the years. And while it's nice to have all this wonderful music, the dilemma for me is that I cannot play all the classic Christmas albums in my collection. So I wouldn't even begin to dedicate any precious listening time to contemporary Christmas music.

But yes, there is some very pleasant new/contemporary Christmas music out there today -- some of which you alluded to in your post; but as I've
said on the board in the past, there are periods of time in history when certain things just seem hit their artistic peak and are never equaled thereafter. For example: classical music (Beethoven, Mozart, etc.), painters/sculptors (Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, etc.), Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s and '40s, Television's Golden Age of the 1950s and '60s, and, of course, easy-listening and Christmas music's Golden Age which also was of the 1950s and '60s. Nothing that has come since, or will come in the future, will ever hold a candle to the artistic peaks in these respective arts. They are eras that will never be repeated or duplicated.

To quote a famous movie line from that legendary 1939 movie: "Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A civilization gone with the wind."









01/09/2018 00:30


rsteven
Re :   Newest Album in Top 300


Hello Chip,

This was such a great question proposed by Tom and one that I have been curious about myself. Do any albums released after the Golden Age of Christmas qualify to make your top 300 or 500 list? You have pretty much answered that question, but let me say that I for one find the fact that your list almost exclusively concentrates on the Golden Age Of Christmas during the 1950's till the early seventies to be one of its best qualities, but like yourself Chip, I would hate to rule a great album out just because it was not recorded in that very iconic time period.

There is just something totally special and sonically unique about these albums. I do not think our love for them is merely for nostalgic reasons as I know many of these albums that I came to love, in fact most, were not albums that I grew up listening to as a youngster. Oh sure, there is a component of that as I grew up listening to Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas album and that of course brings back great memories and feelings of long ago, but I did not grow up on Mantovani, John Gary and of course the Maestro himself's masterpiece, Music Of Christmas and its spectacular follow-up, Hallelujah, yet these are some of the albums that I treasure the most. Yes indeed, surely Percy's great arranging on the Mathis album was burned into my brain early, but clearly I have sought out other albums by Frank DeVol, Jack Jones, and the Hollyridge Strings that I had no real prior experience listening to as a child.

I read a brilliant analysis by someone who speculated that part of the splendor of these albums is the way they were recorded themselves. He said that instead of the microphones being placed individually on each instrument, one microphone was on each section of the orchestra, like one for the saxes and one for the trombones and one for the violins etc. He said the sound you got by recording this way was a beautiful blend where one instrument might slightly stand out or disappear altogether, but it was richer and more like the natural sound you would hear if you were in front of the orchestra live.  A truly brilliant analysis of one of the many reasons that these fantastic albums from the Golden Age cannot be matched by modern recording engineers in my humble opinion.

Now having said the above and strongly believing that music geniuses like Percy and Monty only come along once in a lifetime or so I am going to go out on another limb and admit there are several albums that fall well outside the Golden Age Of Christmas that I think are splendid examples of having some of the great components that these albums had, great sound, great arrangers and truly great vocalists.

The first one is Michael Bublè's Christmas album from 2011, the only album in the history of the Billboard album chart to make the top ten every year for seven years in a row since its release. It is now sold almost 12 million copies worldwide and more importantly than its commercial prowess is the fact that it was cut "live on the floor" at the Capital Records Tower in Hollywood with the singer, rhythm section, orchestra and arranger all there in person at once, something that is almost never done anymore. Secondly, great arrangers like Patrick Williams, William Ross, and Chris Walden, who have worked with people like Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, and Herb Alpert respectively, produced great arrangements harkening back to the Golden Age of Christmas. Just listen to Mr. Walden's fantastic brass charts on Jingle Bells with the Puppini Sisters doing their very best to spur on Mr. Bublè to do his best version of Bing's classic arrangement. Terrific stuff.

The second more "modern" classic, and God I hate to even use that word, would be Kenny Rogers Christmas album from 1981. The truly fantastic arranger Gene Page, who did both the iconic string and horn arrangements on You've Lost That Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brothers as well as Kenny Rogers own number one, Lady, is known for his intricate arranging style with strings and particularly French horns. People often forget that Kenny was once a well regarded jazz singer with a three octave vocal range and his version of O Holy Night shows his voice off to amazing effect with Mr. Page's truly stellar orchestral arrangement. There are a couple fantastic original songs on this classic album as well, Christmas Everyday, which is a beautifully written and melodically gorgeous song that you will have on repeat once you hear it. Kentucky Homemade Christmas is a sad song with a slightly upbeat melody that ends on a slightly hopeful note. Best country Christmas song since Merle Haggard's If We Make It Through December.

The last album is really a hidden gem from one of country music's best vocalists, Collin Raye. The Gift also features a 60 piece orchestra and was also recorded "live on the floor" in Nashville with the great piano player, John Hobbs producing and the brilliant arranger, Ron Huff, doing much of the orchestral work. His version of White Christmas features the seldom recorded opening verse about "being in Beverly Hills L.A." I love that opening verse and wish that more artists would include it in their respective versions of Irving Berlin's masterpiece. He has a couple of beautiful duets with his daughter on Away In A Manger and Silent Night, but the true highlights are a stellar vocal and separate instrumental version of The First Noel and one of the greatest versions of O Holy Night I have ever heard. I believe that only Johnny Mathis's iconic version with the great Percy Faith arrangement equals or surpasses this magnificent and glorious version by Collin Raye!

Please let me know what you think, Chip, as your taste and opinion on all such matters is always impeccable and without question.

Best regards,

Steve




01/08/2018 15:09


rsteven
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale


Hello Chip,

Thanks so much for sharing with the board your incredible knowledge and insight into the legendary Percy Faith and his magnificent Music Of Christmas album. My first exposure to Mr. faith's brilliance was with Johnny Mathis's Merry Christmas album, which I still believe without a doubt is the greatest vocal Christmas album with orchestra ever recorded as that is the one my parents worshipped and the one I grew up listening to along with the John Klein album.

The thing that always struck me about Johnny's Merry Christmas album, besides his fantastic voice and vocal range as well as the stellar arrangements of the strings by Percy, was the fact that sonically the album was so incredibly recorded and the sound so pristine. I could never understand why the sound on that album was so unique and rich until I started learning about the importance of recording engineers and particular recording studios like 30th St. in New York.

I learned of course as a huge Elvis fan the importance of certain recording studios, like Studio B in Nashville, and the fact that they had a certain signature sound and great engineers like Bill Porter that made their records really stand out for their sonic beauty. The Tower Recording Studio at Capital Records in Hollywood is another great one with its signature reverb chambers built below the building and designed by Les Paul I believe. Of course as we all know, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra made some of their greatest recordings at that facility.

Percy was such a musical genius as well as a very smart man to know that "Chappie" was a very important element of his great sound. As a huge Roy Orbison fan I have learned that many music historians trace his rather sharp decline in record sells after the middle sixties to his new record contract that left both his producer, the great Fred Foster, and Fred's fantastic engineer, the previously mentioned Bill Porter, out of the recording process. Many experts say that Roy recorded some great songs after this period with even some of the same musicians, but his signature sound with Bill Porter's great engineering and Foster's stellar production was lost.

Best regards,

Steve


01/03/2018 10:58


Christmas
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale


Yes indeed Steve, Percy Faith was a brilliant contrapuntist; and it's his magnificent counter-melodies in his arrangements that gave his Christmas music such an ethereal, celestial and angelic quality to it. So much so, in fact, that it sounds like it was phoned in from God -- or as I said in my CD liner notes, like it was literally piped down from heaven. There was an otherworldly quality to his Christmas music that no other recording artist has ever come close to in duplicating. And this from a man who was Jewish, which in my opinion, made it all the more special, as let's not forget that Christ was Jewish.

As for the great recording engineer Harold "Chappie" Chapman, he and Percy were close friends. He did all of Percy's albums up to 1970, when sadly, he retired. Regarding Johnny Mathis, in 1957, after Columbia A&R chief Mitch Miller asked Percy to help Johnny with his fledgling recording career, Percy acted as a guide and mentor, as well as arranger and conductor on some of Johnny's most important early albums -- including the biggest and greatest album that Johnny ever recorded (Christmas or otherwise): 1958's Merry Christmas. And yes, to answer your question, Chappie was the recording engineer for this legendary album as well. Johnny became very fond of Chappie through Percy, and whenever was possible, was the recording engineer for Johnny's albums as well. And you are correct that all this incredible music magic that Percy, Johnny and other Columbia recording artists created with Chappie was done right here in New York at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios, also known as "The Church" because it originally was a Presbyterian church from 1875 until 1948.

By the way, later on, after Percy relocated his home to Encino, Ca, and his recording operations to downtown Los Angeles, Chappie did the same and went with him. And unfortunately for us, they left "The Church" behind. As a result, nothing was ever like the acoustics they had achieved with that spectacular 30th Street Studio.

Oh well, we just have to be very thankful that Percy's first two Christmas albums (his greatest), and Johnny's first Christmas album (his greatest) were recorded here in New York at what in my opinion -- and many others as well -- was the greatest recording studio the world has ever known -- the Columbia 30th Street Studios.



                     Chappie Chapman





01/03/2018 03:22


Motown Mik
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

After further research, I've discovered all those Muzak titles are available from iTunes as well.


01/02/2018 20:55


rsteven
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale


Hello Chip,

I am very excited at the prospect of "The Harry Simeone Lost Christmas Album" by Real Gone Music for 2018. Hopefully you can tract down those master recordings, but I am sure it will not be an easy task.

Meanwhile, I am still basking in the glory of your iconic releases for this year, particularly that glorious release of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas Expanded Edition with the maestro himself's brilliant use of counter melody and Mr. Vic Anesini's phenomenal remastering of this masterpiece. I have well over 100 albums that Mr. Anesini has remastered including some deluxe box sets by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Ronnie Milsap and I have got to tell you that his remaster of Music Of Christmas is my favorite one he has ever done.

I know Chip that you and Vic would be the first to acknowledge Percy's favorite recording engineer, Harold "Chappie" Chapman, who did such a fantastic job as the original recording engineer on that magnum opus by Mr. Faith if I am correct. I know this was part of the frustration with that original lousy remaster by Sony in the early eighties was the fact that the original vinyl recording was a sonic splendor to behold as Columbia was known for their great recording facility in New York and their fine recording engineers like Chappie.

A question for you Chip that I have never been able to verify but assumed was true. Did Chappie also engineer that great Merry Christmas album by Johnny Mathis with the magnificent Percy Faith arrangements too? The sound on that album is fantastic, particularly on that great remaster by Vic's associate at Sony Battery, Mike Piacentini for the fantastic Complete Christmas Album Collection that RGM did a few years ago and for Johnny's current The Voice Of Romance box set this year. I read a quote from Mr. Mathis where he said that the 30th Street Studio where he cut that album and many others had a fantastic recording quality and reverb that he could never find anywhere else when he recorded at other studios later in his career.

Again, the fantastic RGM releases that you got out this year including Percy, Fred Waring, Connie Smith, Robert Shaw, Ames Brothers and the Supremes have just made me so excited for the 2018 Christmas releases. Wow, we might get Jim Reeves, Harry Simeone and that great John Klein A Christmas Sound Spectacular album in Living Stereo for the very first time on CD. I am sure you will have a few more gems up your sleeve as well as you always seem to surprise us with something we did not even see coming.

Happy New Year, Chip, and thanks again for all you do to get the greatest music ever recorded back out to us in such splendid and glorious fashion!

Best regards,

Steve


01/02/2018 12:49


Christmas
Re :   What's The Most Collectable Christmas Record


I'd certainly like to get it released, Rodney, but it will be a tough one since it belongs to UMG.




01/01/2018 13:55


Damfino
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Thanks for the Muzak links, Mike! Looks like Amazon has a lot of Muzak albums available. I'll need to check this out.


01/01/2018 12:11


Damfino
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale

That is wonderful news! I hope you are successful in finding the original masters. It is only January 1st yet I am already excited about Real Gone Christmas re-issues for this year!


01/01/2018 12:09


Damfino
Re :   What's The Most Collectable Christmas Record

Chip:
With the success of Percy Faith: Music Of Christmas (The definitive 1959 stereo re-recording, Expanded Edition) can we look forward in 2018 to a release of #27 on your All-time Top 50 Christmas Albums list, “Christmas Is A-Comin’ by the Jack Halloran Singers?

 I would love to have it in Stereo, but with the original mono artwork.



01/01/2018 12:03


Motown Mik
Re :   Christmas albums available as Digital Downloads

Muzak has made three of its vintage Christmas albums available via download at Amazon:


01/01/2018 01:30


Christmas
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale


Frank:

You're correct: that special double LP package was released in 1961 (catalog #TCF-110-2 for mono; and #TCF-110-2S for stereo).



To all members:

Update: Though I have never been able to locate the original masters, I went ahead and formally proposed to Gordon (Anderson) in Hollywood the release of Harry Simeone's fourth (and best) Christmas album from 1973,
It's Christmas Once Again. Not only has this album never been released on CD, it also had a very limited release on LP back in the 1970s. Therefore, I suggested to Gordon to promote the CD's release as "The lost Harry Simeone Christmas album classic."

Anyway, as long as I can come up with the original masters by spring, we'll be golden.





12/31/2017 02:15


log_fan
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale

Sorry about that errant release date.  I got it off Wiki.  So that means my mother purchased "O Bambino" the year it was released, 1965.  That's what I thought in the first place!  And yes, I vividly remember the album cover.  I hope the full-length album eventually gets released on CD.

I also had "Sing We Now Of Christmas" not the 1959 single album but as a double album b/w "Merry Christmas Carols" by The Radio City Organ and Chimes which IINM was released in 1961.  Sides 1 and 2 was "Sing We Now Of Christmas".  Sides 3 and 4 was "Merry Christmas Carols".  I do recall the label read "20th Fox". 


12/30/2017 11:36


Christmas
Re :   Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition)


David,

They probably offered that mixed mono/stereo track selection for the mp3 download to differentiate it from our 2012 CD release.

As for my big 2017 release this year of the classic and legendary 1959 stereo version of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas masterpiece -- the #1 album in my
Top 500, I'm not sure how you could have missed the announcement. You're on the group email list, and I both posted it on the message board and sent out a group email announcement way back last year in 2016; on August 8, 2016, to be exact. Perhaps it went to your spam folder. Anyway, for my official announcement from last year, click here.

And yes, Sony has always been very protective of Percy Faith's Christmas recordings -- especially the 1959 stereo masterpiece (as it has never been out of print since its release in 1959), and would not grant licensing to release it. That is, until this year when they finally acquiesced and the deal was made. I added 7 bonus tracks and wrote the CD liner notes. If you're planning on purchasing it, you better hurry as the only vendor that has stock left is Amazon; and I just checked, and they're down to just 5 copies. Once they're gone, you'll have to wait for the second pressing.




12/29/2017 01:21


Christmas
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale


Mike,

The other thing that was different about the CD reissue of Harry Simeone's O Bambino/The Little Driummer Boy LP was that the 9th and 10th songs were reversed.

As for Mr. Simeone's fourth and, yes indeed, best overall Christmas album, It's Christmas Once Again, it's a mystery. If I could ever find out what became of the masters, I'd try to get it released. I personally know Mr. Simeone's daughter, Molly, and she never knew either. I haven't talked with her in a while; so before I wrote this post, I gave her a call to catch up and revisit this subject. She's going to try and reach out to an old agent of her father's that she thinks is still alive and see what she can find out. It'd be nice to give this album the recognition that it deserves.

Ironically, the two best Christmas albums that Mr. Simeone released were the two that did not include the hit song "The Little Drummer Boy." That's the reason why they are the most rare and least known about. The record companies have treated them like second-class sisters because they don't have the song ("The Little Drummer Boy") that they feel is needed to sell the release. By the way, that other Christmas album that is the second-best after the 1973 Omnisound Records album
It's Christmas Once Again, is the 1963 Mercury Records Christmas album, The Wonderful Songs Of Christmas.




12/29/2017 01:15


Tommer
Re :   Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition)

Thanks Chip,

I had a feeling the Sony was mixing tracks from the stereo and mono versions of the album. I am never sure how decisions like this are made. I have yet to find a consumer who prefers this sort of mash-up approach. The good new, for me at least, is I had no idea you were able to get your hands on the stereo version of the masters! I must have missed the announcement. I seem to recall Sony being unwilling to part with them a few years back. In any case, I will be picking up a copy of the "Real Gone Music" remastered release of the album to round out my collection!

Thanks again for the info and thanks for creating a truly peerless source of info.

Merry Christmas!


12/28/2017 17:39


Motown Mik
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale

Thanks for the update, Chip. Yes, I’d forgotten they’d lopped a song off for that CD.
Unfortunately, doing Harry Simeone reissues means having to deal with Universal Music, since no less than three of their major Christmas albums were originally released on labels affiliated with them: 

Sing We Now of Christmas (20th Fox, 1959) 
The Wonderful Songs of Christmas (Mercury, 1963)
O Bambino/The Little Drummer Boy (Kapp, 1965)

Only the first of these has been reissued on CD in its entirety, albeit with a different title (The Little Drummer Boy, natch) and different cover art. The Mercury album hasn’t made it to CD at all. 

Meanwhile, I’m curious as to the current status of Simeone’s fourth (and, as Chip has stated many times, best) seasonal LP, It’s Christmas Once Again, released on the independent Omnisound label in 1973. Who even owns those recordings now? Are the master tapes still extant?


12/27/2017 23:02


Christmas
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale





Frank,

Harry Simeone's Christmas album entitled O Bambino/The Little Drummer was released by Kapp Records in 1965, not 1963 as you had mentioned in the first paragraph of your post. This album resides in the 2nd Tier of my
Top 500, coming in at #190.

The original version of Harry Simeone's rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" song was released as a 45-rpm single in 1958, and then on the full-length LP Sing We Now Of Christmas in 1959. By the way, the record label for this album was actually 20th Fox, without the word "Century" in the middle. That's how 20th Century-Fox did their record label back then.

But going back to the 1965
O Bambino/The Little Drummer LP, as Mike said in his previous post, it was indeed released on CD. However, only in an abridged form: the last song on the album, "Sing Of A Merry Christmas," was cut. Something Universal Music is notorious for.

And no, currently there are no plans to release any of Harry Simeone's Christmas albums on CD, but perhaps in the future.




12/27/2017 03:17


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


Joshua,

Yes, unfortunately the new Percy Faith 1959 stereo Music Of Christmas CD is pretty much sold out everywhere, except Amazon. They got the last shipment of the new CD a couple of weeks ago. However, I just checked and there are only 12 copies left. So please order quickly!





12/27/2017 03:07


Christmas
Re :   Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition)


David,

What they are offering for mp3 download is basically what we released in 2012, except that it has a combination of 1954 mono tracks and 1959 stereo tracks. Why they did this, who the hell knows but it's pretty darn stupid. And those three bonus tracks are the exact same ones on our 2012 release (disc one).

By the way, that group of singers is known as The Shillelagh Singers, not "Sisters" as you had said in your post.

And yes, Sony remastered all of these Percy Faith albums, and it was because of our 2012 and 2017 CD releases. The remastering was done here in New York at Sony's renowned Battery Mastering Studios: Maria Triana did the remastering for the 1954 mono version of Music Of Christmas and the 1958 album Hallelujah for our 2-CD Percy Faith release in 2012 (click here -- but view in Firefox to see the jpeg images that I posted); and Vic Anesini did the remastering for the 1959 stereo version of Music of Christmas for our 2017 release this year (click here).





12/27/2017 03:05


Motown Mik
Re :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale

MCA Special Products released this one on CD in 1995 as The Little Drummer Boy. It’s OOP now but used copies can be found on Amazon under that title.


12/27/2017 00:04


Tommer
Re :   Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition)

Hi CluelessInSeattle,

I am guessing that the issue was that I posted a link from the google Play Subscription section of the site. So, if you don't have a subscription, the link is probably useless to you. I have updated my post to include the link below. It is from the Google Play Store. While this page will limit your ability to interact with the music it does allow for a 30 sec preview of each song. I imagine Spotify also has the full album available for streaming, for free. Sorry for the confusion.

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Percy_Faith_His_Orchestra_The_Music_of_Christmas_E?id=Byulssagewaguldntwyqaclqm5e

Your post has triggered an interesting thought though - I am wondering how many of the yule log songs are available on the streaming services these days. I tried to recreate the program on MOG (one of the early streaming services, now known as apple music) a few years ago and gave up fairly quickly, for lack of content. That said, the major labels seem to quietly introduce about a 1/2 dozen or so Christmas classics per year...  It may be time for a second kick at the can.  :)


12/26/2017 18:43


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

Steve, I am glad you were able to receive the Antenna TV Broadcast this year.  We only have one affiliate, and it is hard to pick up the few stations that we do get with an indoor antenna,


12/25/2017 11:16


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

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!
Well, we had snow overnight, so it caused a signal interruption on my Satellite Dish, so I only got about an hour of the WPIX Yule Log for this year.  Fortunately, I also was able to DVR the Antenna TV Broadcast and am watching that right now.  IT is OTA (Over The Air), so satellite signals not needed.  This is the first year that I wasn't able to get the WPIX Broadcast because of signal.  I know it is basically the same program every year, but I like to have each years broadcast.

I did get the 1-hour broadcast of the original footage last night, and was surprised that WPIX started out the 4-hour broadcast with the first hour of music with Joy To The World (Percy Faith) instead of starting our with hour 2.


12/25/2017 11:15


log_fan
Topic :   O Bambino - The Harry Simeone Chorale

Although it isn't on the Top 50 Christmas Albums of all time, I have a personal favorite that one hardly hears.  It is The Harry Simeone Chorale's 1963 release of "O Bambino".  The album also contained a new recording of "The Little Drummer Boy".  The original Little Drummer Boy was released on 20th Century Fox records in 1958.  The O Bambino album was released on Kapp Records.

O Bambino was one of my grandmother's favorite Christmas carols from her native Italy.  My mother loved that song growing up as well.  My mother purchased the Harry Simeone Chorale O Bambino album in 1965.  I always liked that album.  Apparently it's not available on CD.  Amazon offers it on vinyl only.

Any chance we might see this long lost treasure released on CD?

Merry Christmas to all!


12/25/2017 11:03


xmaslover1
Re :   A Logs Life addition???

Yeah,An One time-Only appearance isn't any good for those of Us  who'd missed it the first time around!At Least give us a Facebook version,updated.


12/25/2017 10:19


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

AND  OF  ALL  THINGS  "MASTER-CHIP", MY  "ANTENNA-TV STATION"  LOST  COMPLETE  SIGNAL  IN  MY  AREA  ONE  HOUR  BEFORE  THE  LOG WAS TO  AIR !  I  WAS  ON  THE  PHONE  WITH  CABLE  GUYS  FOR  AN  HOUR  OR  SO  TO  SEE  WHAT  COULD  BE  DONE.
THEIR  ANSWER  ?  NOTHING!   THEY  SAID  THE  SIGNAL  WAS  ON   THE  FRITZ  FOR  MY  ENTIRE  PORTION  OF  THE  STATE !
I  WAS  BEYOND  UPSET!  AND  EVEN  TRIED  TO  BYPASS  THE  CABLE  BOX  TO  GET  IT  THROUGH  THE  DIGITAL CH.  YOU  TOLD  ME;  BUT  IT TOO  WAS ON  THE  FRITZ.  THIS  WAS  TO  BE  THE  YEAR  I  WOULD  FINALLY  BE  ABLE  TO  RECORD  THE  COMPLETE  5  HOURS  ONTO  ONE DISC!   BUT  MAYBE  I  WILL  FINALLY  GET  TO  WATCH  THE  COMPLETE  5  HOURS  IN  ONE  SETTING  "NEXT"  YEAR !
AT  LEAST  I  GOT  TO  SEE  A  70th  ANNIVERSARY  OF  "IT'S  A  WONDERFUL  LIFE"  AT  MY  LOCAL  THEATER  YESTERDAY  EVENING,  AND  WAS ABLE  TO  VIEW  A  SINGLE  SCREENING  OF  "GREMLINS"  THE  DAY  BEFORE,  AT  THE VERY  SAME  THEATER!  BOTH  FILMS  LOOKED  BETTER THAN  I  HAD  EVER  SEEN  THEM  ON  TV  BEFORE.

THE  "TRUE"  MILESTONE  OF  THE  YEAR,  HOWEVER,  WAS  "YOUR  FAITH"  CHIP!

MERRY  CHRISTMAS  MR.  LAWRENCE.

YOU  DID  IT.
YOU  REALLY  DID  IT !
I'D  SAY  "GOD  BLESS  YOU" ... BUT APPARENTLY,  YOU  BLESSED  "HIM"  FOR  ALL THESE  YEARS  WITH  "THE  QUEST"  FOR  "PERCY" ...
AND  BECAUSE  SO,  I  IMAGINE  HE  IS  MOST  PLEASED  WITH  YOU.  I  HAVE  NO DOUBT  HE  WILL CONTINUE  TO  BLESS  YOU  FOR  ALL  THAT YOU HAVE  DONE  FOR  HIM.
I  AM  HONORED  THIS  YEAR  UNLIKE  ANY  OTHER,  TO  SIMPLY  HAVE  BEEN  A  PART  OF  HISTORY.
"YOUR" HISTORY.

AND ... "HAVE  A  HAPPY !"


12/25/2017 08:34


xmaslover1
Topic :   Strange,wonky Echo effect on the Facebook feed of the show..

Once again the Yule Log was in Mono,but now comes something even stranger...Echoed,Wonky sound? Bad enough it's still in Mono rather than in Full Stereo,but now 5.1 Mono Echo? It Makes everything sound Weird,as a result.


12/24/2017 18:32


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

Here it is Christmas Eve 2017,  I have now checked my over the air antenna,  repaired a cable,  tested the signal strength.   I am overwhelmed that I can get very strong signals from two different sources of Antenna TV and their guide says  5 hrs of yule log starting at 5am eastern time even thought it is snowing pretty good out.

I am in a great euphoric state that I will be able to watch some of it finally on "live" TV.   Cannot recorded it yet but that is not the point.  After years of frustration I might be able to listen to a large portion of it  (depending on when I wake up or grand kids get me up).



12/24/2017 15:53


CluelessIn
Re :   Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition)

Hi Tommer!

I tried that "Music Of Christmas Radio" link this morning and again this evening but I just keep getting an error message:
 
"Playback error. Please try again."

:o(

P.S. I tried clicking on the other Google Play Music buttons at the bottom of the screen, such as 101 Strings, Mantovani, Romantic Strings, etc., and they all play just fine.  It's only the Percy Faith Music of Christmas button that gives me the "Playback error" message.


12/23/2017 19:57


Tommer
Topic :   Percy Faith: Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition)

Hi All,

I noticed that the streaming services have recently posted an expanded version of Percy Faith's "Music of Christmas", which includes the original cover art. The release is from Columbia / Legacy, which begs a couple of questions (at least for me):

- Is there an easy way to tell the 1954 mono versions of the songs from the 1959 stereo versions? What's interesting is that on google play a few of the tracks are explicitly called out as the 1959 stereo version, which might suggest the others are the 1954 mono version? (although streaming service are notoriously bad at providing accurate and complete meta-data.)

- Did Columbia / Legacy remaster the album? If yes I would consider picking up a copy on CD and/or Vinyl (assuming there was a noticeable improvement in sound quality.)

Any help would be appreciated...

By the way, here is a link to the album on google play:
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Percy_Faith_His_Orchestra_The_Music_of_Christmas_E?id=Byulssagewaguldntwyqaclqm5e

For those interested in the release it includes 3 bonus tracks:
- Sleigh Ride (The 1950 78rpm Single Version)
- Christmas In My Heart (The 1950 78rpm Version, The B-side to Sleigh Ride)
- Christmas In Killarney (The 1950 78rpm Single Version, feat. The Shillelagh Sisters)

Merry Christmas!



12/23/2017 10:12


Christmas
Re :   Gene Autry


John:

Yes, it can be very confusingThis phenomenon of a Christmas album being released and then so quickly being pulled off production, repackaged and re-released happened very rarely. The other two most notable examples are with The Jack Halloran Singers and Nat King Cole.

With Jack Halloran, in 1957, Dot Records released his Christmas album called Christmas Is A-Comin'. It was recorded in stereo, but only released in mono because the Westrex cutting head, which allowed for the mass-production of stereophonic vinyl discs, was not yet available to the record companies, and wouldn't be until 1958. In addition, the album included a song that at that time was still known as "Carol Of The Drum." But then, the next year, in 1958, Harry Simeone took the song and pretty much the same arrangement, re-recorded it and released it as "The Little Drummer Boy." Well, as everyone knows, it became a gigantic hit. So, as a result, in 1959, Dot records pulled Halloran's Christmas album off production, changed the name of the song on the album from "Carol Of The Drum" to "The Little Drummer Boy," made it the first song on the album, and then re-released it with new artwork and new album title of The Little Drummer Boy (to capitalize on the popularity of the song). Oh, and the album was also finally released for the first time in stereo, now that Dot Records had finally acquired the aforementioned newly invented Westrex cutting head. 

And with Nat King Cole, in 1960, Capitol Records released his Christmas album Christmas Magic. But then, in 1961, Nat recorded in Hollywood (after three previous recorded versions) his now classic stereo version of "The Christmas Song." So, in 1962, Capitol pulled his Christmas album off production, repackaged it by deleting the song "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," adding the 1961 stereo version of "The Christmas Song," and then re-released the album with new artwork and new album title of The Christmas Song (to capitalize on the popularity of the song).

By the way, as to your question about Grand Prix Records; no, it was not a subsidiary label of Challenge, but rather Pickwick.



Brian:

Varese Sarabande has a compilation CD that they released in 1999 called Here Comes Santa Claus, but it doesn't have "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" on it; click here.




12/22/2017 23:52


BrianBrian
Re :   Gene Autry

Chip -
Has there been a legitimate CD release of the original Challenge Records "Christmastime with Gene Autry?"  I do have the CD release from Varese Sarabande of the expanded 1957 version of the album, but I miss those two songs that were cut from it!  The original version of the album is what I grew up with, so I guess those ten tracks in the original running order have something of a sentimental value to me.

I own a CD that has all the tracks from the original album, however - in my opinion - the sound quality is horrendous, one of the tracks is out of order (causing the narration between songs to be off), and the song "Sleigh Bells" is misidentified on both the CD and the back cover insert as "Sleigh Ride."  This CD is more than twenty years old and was manufactured by LDMI in Canada (CDY-9932), titled "Christmas with Gene Autry."  I have a hard time believing this could have been any kind of authorized release.

Do you know of a single collection that includes all ten of the original "Christmastime with Gene Autry" tracks in decent audio quality?  I love the sound of the Varese Sarabande release, but would really like to have the two missing tracks in comparable quality.  Then I could reconstruct my own digital version of the original Challenge Records album.

Thanks!


12/22/2017 20:13


joliom
Re :   Gene Autry

Wow. That really is confusing. So was Grand Prix a subsidiary label of Challenge?


12/22/2017 15:05


Christmas
Re :   Gene Autry


  


That Challenge Records' Christmas Time With Gene Autry 10-song LP (catalog #CHL-600) was not a compilation, but rather the original incarnation of the Grand Prix Records' repackaged and expanded 12-song LP
Gene Autry Sings Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (& other Christmas Favorites) (catalog #KX-11 for mono and #KSX-11 for stereo).

For the Grand Prix expanded edition, the four songs added were "Nine Little Reindeer," "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "Away In A Manger," and "What Child Is This." Unfortunately, however, two songs were not kept for the repackaged LP; those songs were "Silver Bells" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."


The version of the album that is represented in my
Top 500 list (album #236) is the expanded 1957 edition. By the way, the exact release year of the original is in dispute, but my belief is that it preceded the repackaged and expanded edition by no more than one or two years. When Varese Sarabande released the album on CD in 2006, they released the 1957 expanded edition.

The Gene Autry website offers for purchase a Red vinyl LP edition of this classic 1957 album, click here.




12/22/2017 06:37


joliom
Re :   Gene Autry

What's the story with the 1957 compilation Christmastime with Gene Autry (Challenge CHL-600)? Is it a reissue of all the 1957 Grand Prix recordings found on the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Other Christmas Favorites LP? If so, what versions of "Silver Bells" and "Up on the House Top" are those?


12/22/2017 02:30


pdmddirect
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Percy Faith's Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition) CD is now available at Amazon.


12/09/2017 15:55


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Oh sure, John. The parent record companies, in this case Sony, keep track of all the sales numbers of their recordings. It reflects on the stature of their recordings and is also used for promotional purposes.





12/05/2017 22:16


johnnyelec
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Thanks Chip. Wonder if RIAA will count the RGM version towards the total discs sold so that it can be certified Gold/Platinum?
Regards,
John


12/05/2017 08:34


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


John,

Amazon should be getting the last supply of the new Percy Faith CDs soon. And barring any unanticipated problems with Sony, there will be a second pressing; however, I just can't say when they will be available for purchase.





12/04/2017 22:01


Get2Me
Topic :   Ray Conniff Christmas LP Artwork

Because you're all as obsessive about these things as I am, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask...

Does anyone here have hi-res, original, front LP artwork scans for Ray Conniff's three Columbia Christmas albums? I'm looking for Christmas With Conniff, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, and Ray Conniff's Christmas Album (Here We Come A-Caroling). Albumartexchange.com only has the 1980s-era CD reissue artwork for these albums, which have all been altered (poorly) in one way or another.

I've been enjoying Real Gone Music's The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings 2-CD set a lot recently, but I don't love the modern cover art they created as much as I love the music. These albums are so entrenched in the era of classic Christmas music that seeing something other than those iconic LP covers while listening to these songs makes my Christmas-loving heart sad. I'd like to remedy that, if I can, if only in my iTunes music library.

Thanks for your help, fellow Yule Log-ers!


12/04/2017 11:59


johnnyelec
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Chip, a wave of panic has set-in; how to purchase another copy (copies) of the Percy Faith masterpiece? I'm seeing 'sold out' "out of stock" and I don't want to be "out of luck" on this one.  Will there for sure be another run, and if so, purchase from R.G.M. or from Amazon??

Thanks,
John


12/04/2017 11:05


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Thanks, Rich; Gordon and I appreciate the positive feedback/reviews on the CDs.




12/03/2017 04:02


RichD
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Chip - Been listening to some of the recent Real Gone Christmas releases the past few days while putting up the tree, decorating, and driving around Christmas shopping.
 
Perry Como - Percy Faith - Andy Williams & The Williams Brothers - Robert Goulet - Ray Conniff Singers - JIm Nabors - Glen Campbell.
 
These are all so well done - I've heard things that I've never heard on earlier CD versions - especially on the new Percy Faith (that still blows my mind).
 
The Perry Como CD set - the oldest stuff from the "Sings Merry Christmas Music" album sounds so damn good on the 3CD set !! Excellent job on those.
 
You made all these CD's happen - these are the stuff I grew up on - and to have them sound so amazing now on CD - I really can't thank you enough.
 
Hearing these in such crisp, clear, fantastic quality - I close my eyes and Christmases when I was young come back vividly........
 
Thanks for that !
Rich
 
 


12/02/2017 19:35


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Steve,

The last supply of Percy CDs is being shipped to Amazon; after that it will be sold out until a second pressing is completed. So anyone looking to buy it should get their order in now.

Also, thanks for the kind words for me and Vic; Vic echoed my sentiments by telling me that this was a labor of love.

And very glad to hear how much your daughter is enjoying the new CD. Percy would be so happy that his music is reaching a new generation of folks.




12/01/2017 22:36


log_fan
Re :   WPAT - The Spirit of Christmas marathon

No New York area radio station did Christmas like WPAT-FM!  There was 93.1 FM and there was everyone else.  I recall many a Christmas Eve dinner with relatives with the background music provided by WPAT-FM.  Still recall the promo (probably Ken Lamb), "It just wouldn't be Christmas without The Spirit of Christmas".

Christmas Eve dinner and 93.1 FM.  My relatives are gone now as well as the radio station, but the memories and the music will live forever!



12/01/2017 15:45


rsteven
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


Hello Chip,

Wow, I noticed today that Percy Faith's glorious Expanded Edition of Music Of Christmas is listed on Amazon as "temporarily out of stock" and Real Gone Music has it listed as "sold out" on their site. I hope that more copies are on the way, but I've got to say the interest on Christmas in general this year and this amazing remaster by Vic Anesini has been extraordinary. It seems like most people on our block have their Christmas trees up already.

I have also dealt with a tremendous amount of questions and excitement on sound engineer Steve Hoffman's website, particularly when I reignited on old thread called "Favorite Christmas albums" and I put Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas at the top of the list along with The Complete Music of Christmas with the great Hallelujah album that RGM put out a few years ago.

In fact, my list of favorite Christmas albums was dominated by RGM versions of my favorite albums including Mantovani, Johnny Mathis, Jack Jones, John Gary and Frank DeVol among others. What surprised me was the interest in hearing about the new Percy remaster by Vic of Music Of Christmas and why the old one was so terrible. I did my best to explain the issues involved and of course Vic himself is very well known on that site for his great work on Elvis's music library over the years so I think that generated a whole new interest with some people that might not have been predisposed to normally purchasing Christmas instrumental music from this era. I tried my best to further explain the extraordinary work that Mr. Anesini had done on this album as compared to the old 80's remaster, yet at the same time I referred to you, Chip, as "knowing more about this Golden Age Of Christmas music than I will ever learn in a lifetime."  So you have probably gained some new members or it least some new viewers on my account.

Speaking of "new" fans of Percy's masterpiece, Music Of Christmas, my 31 year old daughter called the other day from her car while her husband was driving and said, "Hey Dad, guess what I'm listening to right now?" I said, "That sounds like Percy Faith" and she replied, "You know, Dad, I have never really cared for instrumental music without vocals, but this is the most beautiful music I have ever heard."  I was very proud of her taste in music at that point and realized that Percy's music is now touching a completely new generation of fans with this amazing release by RGM, thanks in large part to your efforts, Chip.

Best regards,

Steve





11/30/2017 18:52


Christmas
Re :   The London Sound 70


I saw that listing on Amazon, but it's in dispute as to whether it's the same album: the picture that's shown on Amazon is for a 1973 Disneyland Records children's album of the same name, The Sounds Of Christmas, but it's a totally different album than the London Sound 70 LP. However, the description for the album shows the artist as The London Sound 70 and the record label as Decca. So it's anybody's guess what album's really for sale.




11/27/2017 17:25


CluelessIn
Re :   The London Sound 70

Hi Susan!

I found it on vinyl at amazon.com, and they're only asking $255.89




11/27/2017 10:22


Christmas
Re :   Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases


                      


Very important: For all those not on the Real Gone Music group email list who might not be aware, the annual 2-week "
Green & Red" Holiday Sale is on for the entire catalog of Christmas releases (47 total titles), where you'll get the best prices of the year. Click here




11/26/2017 21:25


Christmas
Re :   The London Sound 70

Thank you so much Chip,
i really appreciate the information.  I remember a few of the songs being played in the 1970's, probably on CFLG FM in Cornwall Ontario.  They played a lot of this type of Christmas music, and that is where I heard music from Heintje, that I hadn't heard since the 1960's.


11/26/2017 07:56


Christmas
Re :   The London Sound 70





The London Sound 70 Christmas album, The Sounds Of Christmas, did not make my
Top 500, but I listed it in Part 1 of my "Notable Mentions" section that follows the listing of the 500. It's a 3-record set that was released by Decca Records in 1970 (catalog #DEB-7-7). It pops up on eBay from time to time, so your best bet is to save it as a search; and then as soon as it's available, you will be notified.




11/25/2017 22:17


Christmas
Topic :   The London Sound 70

Chip,
I was listening to the free Sirrius/XM this morning in my car, and heard a familiar instrumental version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by The London Sound 70.  I tried searching online, but didn't really find any albums for sale.  There wasn't any on eBay, but I see a few songs on YouTube, The Sounds of Christmas on Decca Records.  I wasn't able to make out the catalog number.

Do you know where I might get a good copy of this album?


11/25/2017 09:19


Christmas
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


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




Here is the official 2017 local Tribune affiliate broadcast schedule for the ORIGINAL WPIX Yule Log!

 Please Note: All broadcast times are for December 25th and are shown in that city's local time:


New York/WPIX ~ 9am-1pm

Philadelphia/WPHL ~ 8am-11am

Washington, D.C./WDCW ~ 8am-10am

Seattle/KCPQ ~ 4am-1pm

Miami/WSFL ~ 8am-12pm

Salt Lake City/KSTU ~ 4:30am-7am

St. Louis/KPLR ~ 5am-9am

Indianapolis/WXIN ~ 6am-10am

Grand Rapids/WXMI ~ 4:30am-6am, 8am-9am

Harrisburg/WPMT ~ 4am-8am

New Orleans/WGNO ~ 5am-7am

Chicago/WGN ~ 1:30am-6am

Portland/KRCW ~ 4am-7am

Sacramento/KTXL ~ 4am-6am, 6:30am-9am


Note: For the National television coverage on Antenna TV, please Click Here.








**KDAF/Dallas, KIAH/Houston, KTLA/Los Angeles and KSWB/San Diego are not showing the WPIX Yule Log.




11/14/2017 01:25


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

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