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(Date Posted:12/19/2008 01:14)

Chip -

"The Glorious Sound of Christmas" by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra is one of my very favorite Christmas recordings.  Has it's Columbia follow-up, "A Christmas Festival" ever been released on CD?  I was unaware of this recording until scrolling through the list of Yule Log songs earlier this evening.
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RE:A Christmas Festival - Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
(Date Posted:12/19/2008 01:47)


No Brian; Columbia/Sony has never reissued this 1968 LP on CD. However, the later 1970's compilation LP, "Greatest Christmas Hits," was reissued on CD in 1995. It is now out of print, but new and used copies are available from private sellers on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Christmas-Hits-Philadelphia-Orchestra/dp/B000002YVE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1229671857&sr=1-3

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RE:A Christmas Festival - Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
(Date Posted:11/14/2010 13:46)

Chip, I hope you'll forgive the contradiction but Ormandy's A Christmas Festival is actually from 1964, not 1968.

As proof, I submit this page from the Billboard magazine of November 7, 1964, which features reviews of several releases from that week, which included the Ormandy disc (along with Steve and Eydie's That Holiday Feeling!).


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RE:A Christmas Festival - Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
(Date Posted:11/14/2010 22:32)


Nothing to forgive, Mike. On the contrary, thanks loads for the information. In all these years I have never been able to certifiably pinpoint the exact year this album was released. Years ago, someone I knew at Columbia Records told me he thought it was released in 1968; however, according to that 1964 Billboard magazine article, it's clear he was four years off.

Thanks again, I appreciate it. 


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