Posted on 03/16/2017 11:24
I hope that they're digging thru the underground bunker full of Columbia master tapes and can locate all the original tracks for the Percy Faith LP on CD. Hope they are still in decent playable condition and that they can maintain the quiet passages - even at the expense of tape hiss - to allow the instruments to be heard that were masked by the horrible budget CD release.
I don't know if RCA recordings are in a different secure location, but that would be something if they also found the missing 4-track original recordings of the Perry Como Christmas Album from 1968 that Richard Carpenter referenced.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Only 7 months until we get our Christmas wishes on CD!
Posted on 12/29/2016 18:27
Mother and daughter in the same week - how tragic.
May they rest in peace.
Posted on 11/20/2016 18:17
rsteven: sometimes, not always, Amazon combines old reviews of imported scratchy mono vinyl junk from England on the Hallmark label and mixes those old reviews with current new products- this infuriates me as well- I'll have to look at your post and see if the others are dated before this recent release and if we are comparing apples and oranges or if they somehow combined different products - again?
That's my 2 cents worth. I've seen it happen before on imports.
Posted on 11/08/2016 10:29
Posted on 11/08/2016 07:54
Mantovani's CD is quite nice- but when was his "Christmas Bells" song released?
After repeated play of the joyful bouncy Ray Conniff Collection, this is the first time that I've been a little disappointed with the re-mastering / audio improvements - the men's vocals sound not as crisp as they once did- like the high EQ was dropped or concessions were made to reduce tape hiss? I'm assuming that they had the original master tapes for the session? I hope next year's jewel "Music of Christmas" doesn't have an issue with the aging old tapes' high frequencies? I was pleasantly surprised at the end of Disc Two and enjoyed the "2-eye" and 70-ish Columbia "labels" on the CD's themselves.
I may order the Eddy Arnold CD just for his unique rendition of "Christmas Can't Be Far Away"?
The budget is limited to just one more selection this year- what does the "Yule team" recommend?
Posted on 11/04/2016 20:56
Well, the music is back in circulation, that's the main point.
Time for more music listening.
Posted on 11/04/2016 17:14
Ray Conniff arrived today! I like everything (except the Robert Shaw LP pictured inside).
Posted on 11/02/2016 12:18
Thanks for the update Chip- the 5th hour has some great instrumentals that see the light of day, which is great.
Posted on 10/11/2016 06:30
Thanks Chip, I'll order from Real Gone Music again this year.
Posted on 10/08/2016 23:04
Does anyone know if it's better to buy these new releases direct from Real Gone or from Amazon? Didn't know if Real Gone got a better cut direct, or if they prefer the publicity of getting a high-ranking on Amazon?
In another 2016 release-related comment, it is my understanding that the 1962 Ray Conniff Christmas LP is going to be released this season on vinyl, but I don't think it's RGM?
Posted on 09/10/2016 23:27
I like the Ray Conniff cover, but I was thinking that maybe they would have made a new one combining the 1st and 2nd LP covers with an Photoshopped Ray Conniff in the middle somehow? Hopefully the CD booklet will show the 3 original LP covers, but the 3rd had a different LP cover when rereleased, if I recall correctly? Looking forward to the release. Regards to all,
Posted on 08/29/2016 07:06
RCA did a Christmas CD release 15yrs or so ago of various artists with the "Living Stereo" releases. It detailed how they rebuilt a vacuum tube reel to reel deck and mixing console to get the warm analog sound of the original. It would be something if that hardware is still around and could be used to retrieve the RCA Living Stereo for this release? My guess is, that since Sony/Columbia acquired RCA Records, that many of these wonderful items might no longer be readily available. Just food for thought.
Regards to all.
Posted on 08/08/2016 22:38
Chip- thanks for checking on the Sony listing for the RCS- good deal.
rsteven/Steve: thanks for sharing how many of us visitors of The Yule Log feel about the power of music!
Regards to all,
Posted on 08/08/2016 11:26
Building on Motown Mike's comments, not to be a piggy when we're already going to get the top notch LP, but the 4 instrumental tracks from 'Christmas Is' are wonderful too- maybe that could be a second disk with the super extras listed?
What an exciting day for us Christmas-ites music aficionados !
Posted on 08/08/2016 08:25
FYI, here's the cover of my very 1st CD, the 1984/85 Ray Conniff - Christmas Caroling - and IIRC, they also released an abridged LP with the same cover:
It will be great to have all 3 of the Conniff LP's remastered in one 2-disc set. Great stereo separation and all. Hope they don't leave "Christmas Bride" out of this new release like they did the first two CD's. Looking forward to it.
I also notified a gentleman about the Living Strings release and he about 'fell of his chair' as he didn't read about it in the Real Gone website and he thought I was just messing with him, but I reassured him that was coming-up too!
Have a good day everyone! John
Posted on 08/08/2016 06:23
Hi Chip and all:
Wow, unbelievable. I long to be able to clearly hear the snare drums at the beginning of 'Good King Wenceslas' and the wide dynamic range of that song as well as the other wonderful arrangements of the master tape.
Thanks for continuing the efforts for Christmas Disc #1 of all time. Yes, we have to wait another year, but, good things come to those who wait.
Posted on 08/05/2016 07:21
Hi Chip, and fellow fans of the best music ever recorded,
That was a stroke of genius by Ethel Gabriel to freshen-up and provide more variety of the 'Living Strings' sound by having a different conductor/arranger -Geraldo- for this release as even the opening notes of some songs are really dynamic. I never could get a good copy from my LP, especially on the really quiet tracks- and there was great dynamic range from the soft notes to the grand flourishes- and that's what made that release so grand- and a welcome CD release.
Posted on 08/05/2016 07:07
I did not know that - thanks Chip.
Posted on 08/04/2016 12:33
Thanks for the info Chip; another great line-up this year from our friends at Real-Gone Records.
I look forward to the Ray Conniff Singers (RCS) compilation - I might add that when they issued the two 1980's RCS compilation CD's in the very first days of CD's, it included all the music from the 3 LPs on the 2 CD's EXCEPT, they left out "Christmas Bride" and had another track twice.
(The Late?) Mike Berniker did a great job re-mastering the 1984 CD "Christmas Caroling" - in fact, it was the FIRST CD that I ever purchased- didn't even own a CD player yet, but knew that I had to have that CD. I'll be happy to have this new RCS set with all 3 LP's brought together into one set. In addition to the 3 original Columbia RCS Xmas CD's, he also recorded one in the digital realm in LA around 1999- but I could only find a copy of it in Brazil! About $50 and two months later it showed-up: "Ray Conniff-'S Christmas, which was mostly new digital versions of the classics already released, some speeded-up a bit too much, and a few new songs, but it was sterile- it didn't have the super-wide stereo separation and reverb and analog warmth of the original- so I doubt any of these recordings will be added?
Some LP's on CD have such great singles on them that you really need the whole LP/CD. "Christmas Can't Be Far Away" by Eddy Arnold is an example of one of those 'One of a kind' songs that make the whole LP. (Jim Reeves' "Mary's Boy Child" is a similar song).
I look forward to the Living Strings releases as there are some great arrangements on the 'Green LP' from about 1970/71 if I recall correctly. I believe this is post Johnny Douglas days, but still nice music.
I still kick myself for selling my Ventures Christmas LP when I did a vinyl purge to CD swap in the late 80's- regrets, "I've had a few..."
Great lineup Chip- thank Gordon for his continued 'service to the music community'.
Now the day he gets a properly mastered "Music of Christmas" by the master Percy Faith, I'll ring every churchbell in town, buy 20 copies and give them to all my friends and relatives as Christmas gifts!
Happy Christmas in August everyone!
Posted on 08/04/2016 12:07
I might add that some true Ray Conniff fan went thru the trouble to re-master the video so that ALL the music in STEREO from the LP's that are in the show- minus the songs in the video not included on the 3 Christmas LP's. It is perfectly sync'd as well- a wonderful flashback to the early days of color TV!