Posted on 05/10/2013 09:03
Do you know if the 1942 recording has ever been released, even on some low-budget cheapie label somewhere?
Posted on 05/10/2013 08:48
Should there be a seperate list for releases that got screwed up the first time and need to be re-done? The Percy Faith Music Of Christmas saga is a good example of justice finally prevailing; I propose another one: 'The Spirit of Christmas' by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It has been available on a Sony budget line release for a while, but whoever did it pulled a whopper: he used a stereo master for the side one tracks and a mono master for side two! How that came to pass I will never know. But the sound on the original stereo is so sweet that it deserves a second attempt, with true digital remastering. Remember, the whole western world knows 'Carol of the Bells' primarily because of the performance on this album. Real Gone Music - help us!
Posted on 05/18/2012 10:15
What I recall - and I'm open to being corrected - is that while 'Music of Christmas' was recorded once in mono and then re-recorded in stereo, 'Hallelujah' was only recorded once but was called 'Hallelujah' in its mono form and 'Music of Christmas' in its stereo form. If my recollection is correct, then my question is: will this new release of 'Hallelujah' be in mono or stereo? Given the history, and general market considerations, I'm guessing that both of the new releases will be in mono, because CBS would not conceive of re-releasing either album in disc form in mono themselves. They do see value in the stereo releases, or at least Volume 1, which they won't let go of. And you're right, if they're going to insist on hanging on to Volume 1, at least remaster the dang thing! Still, I welcome the release of the 1954 'Music of', especially with fresh mastering. And hope springs eternal....
Posted on 07/18/2011 10:56
You mentioned the tracks were from Hallelujah aka Music of Christmas Vol 2. But as I recall, those two albums are not exactly the same. Specifically, Hallelujah is in mono, and MOC2 was a separate re-recording
of the same songs done several years later in stereo. They're close, but definitely not the same. So we do we know which source tracks are being used in this new compilation? (For the record, the same story applies to 'Music of Christmas' - separate recordings in mono & stereo, made years apart.)