Being that I had no Lawrence Welk Christmas music other than an LP from my Dad's record collection (Silent Night and 13 Other Best Loved Christmas Songs
,) I decided to look into your Top 300
and find out what I should be looking for.
“Merry Christmas From Lawrence Welk
Is this the 1956 Coral Records one or the 1970 Reader's Digest one? I assumed it was the 1956 Coral release.
With some help from a great web site here
, I was able to determine that this LP had been released on a CD entitled:
"Christmas with Lawrence Welk
The problem is that the CD appears to be missing three of the songs that were on the original LP. Namely White Christmas
, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
and High on a Housetop
The second album was
This would be the 1957 Coral release, right? Well I found the CD version here
. However, the CD is missing Let's Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas, Santa from Santa Fe
and an instrumental medley of Christmas Carols. The CD has two sets of vocal a cappella Christmas Carol medleys that the LP doesn't.
Then we also have the Reader's Digest 4 LP set entitled "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk
" as well as two other CDs entitled "22 Merry Christmas Favorites
" and "Christmas Memories
" which are available through Amazon.
Which is the "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk" that is in your Top 300
? Are these LPs in stereo or monaural? Have any of these CDs been remastered? How is the sound quality? Would I just be better off looking for the LPs or are any of the CDs out there any good?
Hopefully this post makes some sense as I find this hunt for Lawrence Welk's Christmas music quite confusing. There are times when I find it very irritating that these music companies don't just re-release the album on CD with the original album art work. I'm not sure exactly what market they think that they are catering to, but wouldn't you think that it would (mostly) be the Baby Boomers who are searching out this music these days? That being the case, wouldn't you be looking for the music you remembered by eyeballing the album cover that your family had in their collection when you are shopping for a CD in the store?
What in the world is the purpose of rearranging the songs on the CD, inserting different versions, changing the album cover art work and dropping tunes? Maybe it is all about trying to get us to purchase the same music several times over, or appealing to a different market, or thinking that they can do a better job than they did originally.
How many times have you ever seen a different cover on the CD versus the original album and said to yourself, "Man! I just LOVE that new cover they chose for the CD release!" Pretty much never for me. What ever the reason, it gets me heated up.
I just picked up Jerry Vale's Christmas album on LP for nothing other than to have a decent cover to scan, print out and place over those crappy looking covers that they put on both of his CD releases.
Sorry about the rant.
So could I please get some help with Mr. Welk's music?