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Posted on 12/23/2017 19:57

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."


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.

Posted on 11/27/2017 10:22

Hi Susan!

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

Posted on 11/13/2017 13:41

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? 

Posted on 11/13/2017 10:41

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."

Posted on 11/12/2017 12:03

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?  ;-)

Posted on 11/11/2017 22:15

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?

Posted on 12/19/2016 19:28

Hi again, Chip!

I tried using that YouTube button, but couldn't figure out what to do next.

I got a "Search" box, but what do I put into it?

When I typed in Eddie Dunstedter God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  and clicked on "Search" I got a window filled with icons for a bunch of Christmas songs, but none of them was for the "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."  The first two were for "Eddie Dunstedter - Christmas Candy" and "Eddie Dunstedter - Christmas Medley."  But  those were the only two Eddie Dunstedter tunes in the window.

What am I doing wrong?

Posted on 12/19/2016 07:53

Hi Chip!  "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" has always been one of my favorite carols, so Michael Boyce's post prompted me to Google to see if I could hear that Eddie Dunsleder version.

But I was surprised to strike out completely; not even a hit for the post in this forum:

      "Your search - Eddie Dunsleder - did not match any documents."

Do I have the name spelled correctly?

P.S.  What's a "bumper"?

P.P.S. Found it!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vd2GewLZW4

But I'll be danged if I could figure out how to insert the youtube player into my message

Posted on 12/05/2016 22:12

My Spotify page displays strange characters.  Any techies on board who can tell me how to fix it?

Posted on 11/22/2016 19:10

Aha!  So my addled old brain wasn't playing tricks on me after all, eh?

Thanks for that summary of the recording history of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Chip.  I figured that if anyone knew the answer to my question, it would be you.

The version I've been used to hearing for the last sixty plus years is from the 45 EP set "Merry Christmas," which my dad bought for us along with one of those little suitcase style record player for Christmas, in 1952 I think it was
 photo Bing Crosby Merry Christmas 45 EP Jacket Art_zps88jiam5e.jpg
My experience of listening to that 1942 version this morning was sort of dream-like, you know, how in dreams you see and hear things from your waking life, but they are not exactly the same as in your waking life?

The version I found on YouTube seems to be missing the intro.  Do you
know where to find a complete recording of that 1942 version?

Posted on 11/22/2016 12:05

That's great news!

I haven't had TV for over a year, ever since I moved.

So it will be a treat to be able to see the Yule Log on my computer!

Posted on 11/22/2016 11:49

Hi Chip!

This morning I searched YouTube for some Christmas music and gave this video a try:

1 Hour Of Fireplace And Christmas Music

The first song on the video was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," and for some reason it didn't sound quite the same to me as it has for the last 70 or so years.  I can't say exactly what there is about it that sounds different to me.  Maybe it's just my aging brain playing tricks on me, but it just seems to have a subtle different sound to it. 

Did Bing make more than one recording of "White Christmas"?

I found this in an article on the web:

"The radio premiere of the song on Kraft Music Hall was lost or taped over. Crosby’s original 1942 master recording – the version heard by troops overseas – wore out from overuse. The most familiar version is from 1947, when Crosby re-recorded the song hoping to recapture the original magic."  http://kuow.org/post/sad-story-behind-white-christmas-america-s-favorite-christmas-carol 

But I'm wondering how reliable that information is.  For example, she wrote that the 1941 "radio premiere of the song on Kraft Music Hall was lost or taped over."  But did radio networks even have tape recording equipment in use in 1941?

So, I'm turning to an expert, to give this a listen.  To your expert ears, does this YouTube version sound like the same one that we've been listening to every since I was a kid in the 40s?

Posted on 11/18/2016 13:29

Hi again, Chip,

Thanks for the commiseration. Thank god I won't have to move again this year.  My last move nearly killed me, I swear.  I've got temporary, if not very satisfactory but affordable quarters, where I can "shelter in place" until I can get my lifetime collection of junk pared down to the point where I can manage the next move.

Thanks for the offer of " the image as an mp3."  That would be a neat trick if you could pull it off:  an image you could listen to.

But, seriously, yes, I'd appreciate a JPG or PNG copy of that cover art, if it's not too much trouble.

Even though the recording quality of the "Joy to the World" album is nowhere as nice as the "Christmas Hymns and Carols" album, I'm still partial to the "Joy to the World" recording because that was the one I listened to as a teenager back in the 50s, and it evokes a lot of memories for me.

And thanks for all work you're doing to keep bringing back into print so many of our favorite "lost" Chirstmas music treasures.  You really are something of a "national treasure" yourself.

Posted on 11/18/2016 09:32

That's it!  Thanks, Chip!

Posted on 11/17/2016 13:45

Does anyone here have the LP sleeve of the of the RCA Camden mono release of Robert Shaw's "Joy to the World"?

I'm being forced by declining health and the insane rents out here in Seattle to downsize, so I'm going to have to take the better part of my LP collection to the used record store. 

The Robert Shaw "Joy to the World" is a sentimental favorite of mine, because it was, if I recall correctly, the first Christmas LP I ever bought.  That LP was the mono version.  Somewhere along the way I lost it, and replaced it with the "re-processed stereo stereo effect" version, and then, over a decade ago, I stumbled upon a CD version of it, which I still have.  But that CD doesn't have the original cover art.

So, now that I'm going to have to let go of my LPs, I'd like to try to track down a photo of the original carved wood nativity scene figurines, so I can insert that photo into the CD jewel case.  I found a picture on the the web showing the version of the "reprocesesd stereo" cover:

My memory may be playing tricks on me, but I seem to recall that the color image on the mono jacked filled up the entire jacket, edge-to-edge, without the pink borders around the edge.  Does anyone of you have a jacket that looks like that?

P.S.  When I first tried to post this earlier today, I was unable to get the "Insert image from PhotoBucket" button to work.  But now it's working fine!  I wonder if I can delete my second message.

Posted on 11/02/2016 20:15

Did you listen to this Fresh Air interview with Bobby Vee, either of the times it was broadcast?

Remembering Singer-Songwriter Bobby Vee, The Teen Idol Of The '60s

Posted on 10/16/2016 13:51

That sounds lovely, RichLI.  I hope you keep looking for it and when you find it you'll post it here.

Posted on 10/15/2016 09:15

Hey, RichLI, can you recall anything really distinctive about that recording of the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley?

I'm asking because I bet that if you had mentioned the galloping horses' hooves percussion effect in the "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" recording, then Chip would probably have been able to identify it for you off the top of his head.

Can you think of anything in the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley that stands out in the way those hoof beats do in "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"?

Posted on 10/10/2016 13:22

That's great news, RichLI!  I just listened to it on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vC_SiL6KgI

And it is a rousing version, isnt it?  It had me dancing in the kitchen.

So, what about the other tune you were hunting for,  the  instrumental medley of Patapan and Jingle Bells?  Were you ever able to track that one down?

Posted on 05/11/2016 22:07

I'm interested in hearing this album, since I'm a fan of orchestral arrangements of Christmas tunes.

I found this larger and more detailed image of the jacket:

I found a blog with a link that is supposed to play the album, but when I click on it, it gets blocked.  Maybe one of you can figure out how to decipher the message that pops up.  You can find the link at the bottom of the first blog post on this page:


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