Posted on 02/08/2013 22:01
I see, so it's the original single version. And he re-recorded it with the Anita Kerr Singers for the album and later single releases. Thanks, Chip!
Posted on 02/08/2013 06:31
I have a question regarding Chet Atkins' version of "Jingle Bells." I recently purchased the 2012 import CD Songs for Christmas
(a reissue of Christmas with Chet Atkins
) and it has an alternate version of "Jingle Bells" included as a bonus track that runs 2:02 and has more of a country sound than the album version. It also lacks the female chorus. Can anyone tell me where this alternate version comes from? Is it a previously unreleased alternate take?
Posted on 01/27/2013 13:08
Thanks for clearing that up for me, Chip. I was confused why they would break up all the medleys like that; it seemed kind of sacrilegious to me. Good to know nothing was messed with.
Posted on 01/27/2013 04:09
Stupid question, but...the carols featured on Christmas Hymns and Carols
were medley'ed together, right (8 individual medleys or "books")? I ask because I just picked up a copy of the 1994 CD Christmas with The Robert Shaw Chorale
and noticed that they are all presented as separate tracks (with breaks in between them). Is that something they just did for the CD, or is it like that on the 1957 LP as well?
Posted on 01/27/2013 04:01
If you keep going, you may end up with a new Top 500 list.
Posted on 01/27/2013 00:55
I like that all three albums have such a different sound. My personal favorite is, of course, Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho!
- that album sounds like a '60s era Christmas cocktail party come to life.
Posted on 01/26/2013 06:33
Posted on 01/26/2013 06:31
I think the Christmas
album actually is all-new recordings. It was first released by Hylo in 2004 and All Music has a review for it talking about how it was Lou Rawls final recording session. I listened to some song samples on Amazon and they are definitely different recordings than those on the 1967 or 1993 albums.
Posted on 01/25/2013 12:07
Do you know if it was ever released on a single or album, Chip? And since Frankie apparently split with The Teenagers in the summer of 1957, do you happen to know if it was recorded before that with the group or after that as a solo record?
Posted on 01/25/2013 12:05
Thanks, Chip! I was having the hardest time finding an answer to that. But one more I overlooked on my list: Christmas
(2006). Is that a newly recorded album as well?
Posted on 01/24/2013 22:36
I have "Silent Night" by Frankie Lymon on a compilation and am trying to figure out when it was originally released. I see some sources that say 1957, but I haven't found a corresponding single or album that it's on. Anyone know for sure?
Posted on 01/24/2013 22:12
I'm trying to find out how many original Christmas albums Lou Rawls released (i.e. those with newly recorded tracks). I know Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho! (1967) and Christmas Is the Time (1993) were original albums, but what about:
- Holiday Cheer (1995)
- A Merry Little Christmas (1995)
- A Legendary Night Before Christmas (1999)
- Swingin' Christmas (2000)
Did any of these albums feature newly recorded music too? Or were they strictly compilations composed of tracks from the earlier albums?
Posted on 01/19/2013 17:27
You're right, Summit, there was a CD release of that soundtrack. Thanks for the help, guys.
Posted on 01/18/2013 13:15
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I guess there wasn't an official soundtrack released for that movie which is why it wasn't listed anyplace I checked.
Posted on 01/17/2013 11:54
Does anyone have any information about Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Joy to the World"? I have it on a compilation with the copyright date for the song listed as 1994, but as best as I can tell the first album it appeared on was the 1995 charity compilation Christmas of Hope
. Was it released previous to that?
Posted on 01/11/2013 16:43
I wonder why they dropped it? I notice that those two songs are
on the mono version of the 1957 album (LM 2139), so it doesn't seem like record space was the issue.
Posted on 01/11/2013 03:42
Chip, in post #9 you mention that in addition to the medleys containing extra verses and being ordered differently on the 1959 re-recorded version of Christmas Hymns and Carols, Vol. 1
, that two songs ("Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "I Sing of a Maiden") were dropped completely. On the A Festival of Carols
compilation CD "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" is included in stereo as track 13. What album does that come from? Was it recorded with the rest of the material for the 1959 stereo re-recording but left unreleased? Or is that a re-recording from some other time?
Posted on 01/03/2013 18:23
It's frustrating how many timeless classics are unavailable on CD altogether, or were only in print for brief periods of time and now command outrageous prices on the used market. At some point when I get a little more settled I'm going to have to invest in a good turntable and familiarize myself with some good audio editing software so I can start making my own vinyl transfers. Personally, I don't get why the record companies don't build digital libraries from their vaults and make some money selling their back catalogs digitally. Or if they don't want to do it themselves, they could open up their vaults and let iTunes or Amazon carry it for them.
Posted on 12/31/2012 05:19
Are the mono or stereo versions of Christmas Hymns and Carols, Vol. 1
or Christmas Hymns and Carols, Vol. 2
available on CD anywhere? I see that there's a 1994 Telarc CD in print called Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns and Carols
, but it says that it's with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers not the Robert Shaw Chorale.
Posted on 12/31/2012 00:24
Does anyone know what children's choir performs on Jo Stafford's 1955 album Happy Holiday
? They sing on "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night".