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Posted on 02/04/2017 22:03

There is another song that I include on my personal Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme Christmas Collection - Eydie's wonderful rendition of "My Favorite Things" which she recorded for her 1965 album, Eydie Gorme Sings The Great Songs From The Sound Of Music And Other Broadway Hits.

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Posted on 12/09/2016 15:33

Sadly, Greg Lake passed away on December 7, 2016 at the age of 69. Greg was a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but he might be best known for his 1975 Christmas single, "I Believe In Father Christmas". Each year around this time, I hear his song being played on the radio, on TV, in various stores, and I enjoy it very much. Rest in peace, Greg, and thank you for the music...

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Posted on 11/17/2016 00:00

This is the Mario Lanza version (Bach/Gounod), recorded in May 1950 with Constantine Callinicos as the conductor, and Eudice Shapiro providing the violin solo.

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Posted on 11/15/2016 21:02

I agree, JonPTN, that Mario Lanza's version of "Ave Maria" is spectacular; it is also my favorite version. Perry Como also does a few excellent versions of "Ave Maria". Perry used to close many of his Christmas shows with "Ave Maria".

And, thank you for yet another mention of a Mario Lanza Christmas recording. It is my hope that someday soon, Real Gone Music will explore a remastered Mario Lanza Christmas collection.

Posted on 11/11/2016 07:24

Legendary guitarist Al Caiola passed away on 11/9/16 at the age of 96. Al Caiola provided guitar and arrangements for the Living Guitars' Christmas albums. In addition to recording himself ("Bonanza" TV Theme reached No. 19 in 1961), Al recorded with several of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. This is just a partial recording list:

Paul Anka - "Put Your Head On My Shoulder"
Louis Armstrong - "Blueberry Hill"
Frankie Avalon - "Venus"
Tony Bennett - "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"
Glen Campbell - "Galveston"
Petula Clark - "Don't Sleep In The Subway"
Rosemary Clooney - "Come On a My House"
Perry Como - "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes"
Ray Conniff - "Melody For two Guitars"
Bobby Darin - "Mack The Knife"
Dion - "Abraham, Martin And John"
Fabian - "Turn Me Loose"
Percy Faith - "Theme From A Summer Place"
Ferrante & Teicher - "Theme From Exodus"
Eddie Fisher - "Oh! My Pa-Pa"
The Four Lads - "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing"
Woody Herman - "Body And Soul"
Buddy Holly - "True Love ways"
Ben E. King - "Stand By Me"
Andre Kostelanetz - "The Impossible Dream"
Al Martino - "Spanish Eyes"
Johnny Mathis - "Chances Are", "Misty", "It's Not For Me To Say", "The Twelfth Of Never"
Mitch Miller - "The Yellow Rose Of Texas"
Elvis Presley - "Santa Lucia"
Del Shannon - "Runaway"
Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. Robinson", "Old Friends", "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Frank Sinatra - "Drinking Again"
The Village Stompers - "Washington Square"

 ...and many, many more. R.I.P. Mr. Al Caiola.


11-11-16 @ 09:16 AM
Follow-up to above message:

A great video from 2015 of Al Caiola still performing at age 94: https://youtu.be/SkOKc_6ZxdQ

EDIT: I'm sorry but I was unable to post the video correctly...

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Posted on 09/30/2016 19:47

I am responding to xmaslover1's post of 9/17/16 on this thread, but I am unable to locate it, so I will re-type it:

Sure hope the Two Different Mario Lanza Christmas Lp's will be issued by Real Gone in the future as a Two Fer CD, with the 1956 Lp first, then the 1959 Living Stereo Version after that! That would be Awesome!

I agree with you, xmaslover1, but with a twist. I think I would leave the 1959 Living Stereo Lanza Sings Christmas Carols album as it is, meaning as a stand-alone release. There are a couple of reasons for this. Unfortunately, Mario Lanza was ill when he recorded the 1959 album, and it is evident in the final product. In addition to Mario's vocal performance not being up to his usual standard, many of the instrumental arrangements are inferior to the previous, earlier recordings. Frankly, some tend to drag. I don't think this is the case with all of the arrangements - I do like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "I Saw Three Ships", and "Joy To The World" -  but, overall, I think the earlier versions are superior. I believe that grouping the earlier recordings with the later recordings would, first, be too repetitive, and, second, invite an unwanted comparison between the two different recordings.

Sadly, Mario Lanza only recorded about eighteen Christmas carols (and all of those aren't purely "Christmas" songs), but what a catalogue it is! I believe Mario's Christmas music, recorded between 1950 and 1956, is among the most spiritual and inspiration Christmas music ever recorded. And, those are the songs I would love to hear remastered and ultimately released by Real Gone Music. In reading several Christmas music articles, blogs, and message boards, I often see Mario Lanza's Christmas albums mentioned, so there appears to be sufficient interest in a new Mario Lanza Christmas compilation. As I alluded to, there are barely enough Lanza Christmas songs to fill up an entire CD, but I think a twenty song compilation would be very fulfilling. I comprised my own personal compilation, adding two spiritual/non-Christmas songs ("You'll Never Walk Alone" and "I'll Walk With God") to make it an even twenty songs, and sequenced it in some order that would flow nicely. Now, I hope Real Gone Music is reading this!

The Mario Lanza Christmas Collection

01  Deck The Halls (1956)
02  O Christmas Tree (1956)
03  You'll Never Walk Alone (1956)
04  O Holy Night (1950)
05  It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (1956)
06  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1956)
07  The First Noel (1951)
08  O Come, All Ye Faithful (1951)
09  Ave Maria (1950)
10  The Virgin's Slumber Song (1950)
11  Away In A Manger (1951)
12  We Three Kings (1951)
13  Silent Night (1951)
14  O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1951)
15  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1956)
16  Guardian Angels (1951)
17  I Saw Three Ships (1956)
18  Joy To The World (1956)
19  The Lord's Prayer (1950)
20  I'll Walk With God (1950)

Posted on 02/05/2016 20:47

I'm sorry that I don't know how to copy links onto this page, but if you type/Google the below link, you can pull up the liner notes for the 1987 A Very Special Christmas album.


Posted on 01/30/2016 19:16

Bryan Adams' June 3, 1987 concert at The Marquee Club in London was professionally recorded; it was mixed in New York in July 1987.

Later in 1987, the Bryan Adam's single "Only The Strong Survive" was released. A 12" vinyl promo single of "Only The Strong Survive" was also released with the B-side being LIVE VERSIONS of "Only The Strong Survive" and "Victim Of Love" - both taken from the June 3, 1987 concert at The Marquee Club.

There are three possibilities why "Run Rudolph Run" is omitted from most (all?) setlists. First, maybe "Run Rudolph Run" wasn't part of the actual concert, meaning it could have been a special performance AFTER the main concert and encores were over, though I don't know why it couldn't have been worked into the flow of the concert. But, I suppose, even if there was a special, separate performance/recording of the song, it still would've made its way onto the setlist(s).

Which brings up the second possibility. Are there, in fact, official and complete setlists available from the concert in question? It's been thirty years.

The third possibility is that maybe "Run Rudolph Run" was recorded during the soundcheck, and the live applause edited in during the mixing. It would've been a simple studio procedure; overdubs like that are done all the time with live recordings. Why record the song at the soundcheck and not during the concert? As you mentioned, June is a little early to be performing a Christmas tune, and the band had not been playing it live. Maybe they needed a couple of takes? The liner notes simply say that "Run Rudolph Run" was recorded at The Marquee Club on June 3, 1987. Technically, that would still be true!

I think a June recording for a Christmas release is a little early but not necessarily unusual. Obviously, Bryan Adams knew well in advance that he was going to record a song for the A Very Special Christmas project. The actual album was released on October 12, 1987. If the song was recorded in June, mixed in July, and submitted to A & M Records and Producer Jimmy Iovine in late July or early August for sequencing, mastering, and art work, well, it's not THAT early I guess...

Posted on 01/27/2016 21:58

Bryan Adams recorded "Run Rudolph Run" at The Marquee Club in London on June 3, 1987.

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