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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:10/29/2017 19:50)


Yes Peter, it is not only very possible, but indeed very likely what happened. Hence, my aforementioned speculation that Battery Mastering Studios here in New York was not involved with this release. But I'll find out for sure this week.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:10/31/2017 21:36)


Hello Chip,

I just received the new Dean Martin Christmas album through Sony Music today and I immediately did a direct sound comparison with the Bear Family Box set version of the same Christmas songs that are included on the album.  I particularly concentrated on three songs going back and forth between them several times and I have to say that the songs on the Bear Family box set were easily superior sonically. The three songs were Marshmallow World, Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bells.

The songs on the Bear Family box set were warmer, richer sounding and the orchestra seemed to almost be in the room with me, while the Sony disc seemed tinny, thin and slightly less warm.  I totally agree with your theory that there is no way that Sony Battery did a new  remaster for this reissue with its cheap single album cover and no liner notes. This is not the way a legendary Christmas album by a legendary artist like Dean Martin should be reissued as we have both previously discussed.

I hope you will be able to verify this at some point and I hope that Sony Music in the future will cede these great and iconic album reissues over to Real Gone Music as it greatly benefits the legacy and ultimately sales success of these amazing albums from the Golden Age of Christmas Music.

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/02/2017 01:12)


Steve, Rich & Peter,

As I suspected, this was not a Battery remaster; so more than likely Sony used the same 2008 remaster that was done by UMG on the West Coast at their Universal Remastering Studios-West in North Hollywood.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/02/2017 17:46)

I'm sitting here marveling at the sonic brilliance of the new Percy Faith "Music Of Christmas" release -- it is BRILLIANT !!!
The opening notes of "Joy To The World" always gave me chills but the remaster made me go WOW !!!!!

I always loved this album since I was young (I started collecting Christmas albums when I was in elementary school in the mid to late 1960's - my mom and dad bought a lot of LP's for me) because of its sheer beauty - this remastered CD enhances it to levels I'd never thought I'd hear !!

Chip - thanks for being so instrumental in getting this done !! It's nothing short of breathtaking !!

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/02/2017 17:54)

And by the way, I didn't mention in the previous post that I ordered the Christmas CD's directly from Real Gone Music as I've found in the past that they ship them out (when you order with priority mail shipping) so they arrive before the actual release date - usually the day before the release date.


Been listening to Percy Faith (as I previously mentioned) -- I still have Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians, the Robert Shaw Chorale, and the Ames Brothers to listen to !!!

The CD's look great - excellent liner notes, etc. -- top notch quality as always !!! Chip's liner notes to the Percy Faith CD are a must read !!!

AND an extra CD booklet with Ed Ames' autograph was included as a bonus from Real Gone (as they've done in the past with some of their releases).

Thanks again Chip for being the driving force in getting all these tremendous Christmas CD's issued over the past years !!!

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/03/2017 00:58)

Oh wow so jealous! In Holland we are probably waiting another three weeks till shipments are received! So excited for the Faith release, i remember the announcement. And now the moment is here.....can not wait!
Thank you Chip! Can not wait to read the liner notes, see the booklet and how the backcover looks!
Merry Christmas !
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/03/2017 15:30)


Hello Chip,

Let me start out by saying what you already know Chip, Vic Anesini's remaster of Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas is nothing less than sheer perfection. My hands were actually shaking a little bit when I put that CD into the player. Maybe it would not match my almost ridiculous expectations having waited so long with the rest of us for a proper remaster of the Holy Grail of all Christmas albums.  Once we heard Vic was placed in charge of this masterpiece, the man responsible for restoring Elvis's catalogue back to sonic glory in the last decade, my expectations got even higher.

All I can say flatly is that this is the richest and warmest sounding CD from this time period I have ever heard. It sounds like you are listening to a virgin vinyl album without any distortion and yet with true dynamic range. I am hearing some instruments I have never heard or in a clarity that has never been revealed before. We all know the previous CD version of this album from the 1980's was poorly remastered to say the least. Highs and lows were muffled and some instruments were actually chopped off such as board member Johnny has noted on Percy's marvelous version of Good King Wenceslas with the snare drum at the beginning.

The violins are soaring, the bells ring out brilliantly and the percussive instruments are revealed in their true sonic glory.  May I add that your bonus songs are fantastic and give us almost a whole hour of heavenly music from beginning to end.  The liner notes you have contributed to this legacy project are magnificent as well and I love your informative essay on Percy and particularly his work on the Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas album which is equally heavenly in its own way in no small part to Mr. Faith's stellar arrangements.

The artwork for this CD is fantastic as well, I love the original poinsettia yellow album cover and the way Real Gone Music continued that color scheme to the back cover and used the iconic Stereo Fidelity Columbia Eye logo on the front and back top covers.

Chip, your tenaciousness and perseverance in getting this album remastered properly and back out to the public is to be truly commended.  A lesser man would have surely walked away in frustration after so many years and just said, "The hell with it, let them just sit on their old terrible remaster and make their money!" Fortunately for all the Christmas music lovers of the world, you persisted year after year until you wore them down.  A heartfelt thank you from all of us whom have waited so long with you for this day.

Best regards,

Steve


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/03/2017 16:24)

Add me to the list of those singing the praises of the Percy Faith release.  As somebody who has been listening to the original CD release for years - this 2017 Real Gone release is a revelation.
Can't wait to get into the Fred Waring and Connie Smith discs that also arrived today!
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/03/2017 17:05)

I have listened to Percy Faith's Music of Christmas twice today, and just love it!  I am so thankful to finally have this album properly remastered.  I frankly didn't think it would ever happen.  Thanks to you, Chip, and Gordon Anderson for being tenacious and getting it done!


Chip, would it be possible for you or Mr. Anderson to interview Vic Anesini about the remastering job he did on this album?  I think it would be interesting and enlightening to hear his thoughts on the previous master, remastering issues he experienced, and what guided him in the sound restoration of this masterpiece.


Thank you.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/03/2017 20:47)


Hello Chip and Tom,

What a great idea you have Tom for Chip to interview Mr. Anesini with regard to the remastering of Music Of Christmas and the process he went through to get that iconic album restored in such a grand fashion. It would be most insightful and historic to hear Mr. Arcuri interview and document some of the technical issues that confronted Vic with trying to restore an original master recording that was almost 60 years old.

Steve


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/04/2017 01:46)


Thanks Rich, Rick, Steve, Brian and Tommy for the kind words and great feedback. As I told remastering engineer Vic Anesini, it took many years to finally get this release out, but without a doubt, it was well worth the wait and effort. I also told him that Percy, his wife, son and daughter are all gone now, but I'm sure they're all looking down and very proud of this contribution to his legacy and to the preservation of this Christmas music national treasure, the #1 album in my
Top 500 of the greatest Christmas albums of all-time.

And Tommy, as far as an interview with Vic is concerned, it certainly is a meritorious idea, and I did mention it to him after I saw your post earlier tonight; but at the same time, I told him that knowing how much pressure there is on all the engineers' time at Battery Studios, folks would certainly understand if it's something that couldn't be worked out.
However, I did give Vic the link to this thread so he can read all the kind remarks that are being said about him by all you board members.

So glad everyone is enjoying the CD!



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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/04/2017 14:18)

Rich:
I am also jealous that you already have those releases in your hot little hands!
I pre-ordered all six from Real Gone Music back in September, and the tracking says to not expect them until Tuesday, November 7th. 

But I want 'em, now!
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/05/2017 11:48)

Add me to the list of singing praises on the new releases.  The sound is magnificent.  I have listened to the Percy and Robt Shaw ones yesterday.  Going to read the liner notes today.  From my initial scan, I know they are going to be great.  Fantastic job, Chip! Thank you, brother & Merry Christmas!
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/05/2017 17:17)


Hello Chip and Everyone,

Well, the Christmas tree is going up early this year in direct tribute to receiving Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas masterpiece on Friday and the rest of the Real Gone Music slate.  We usually put the tree up a couple of days before Thanksgiving, but with these iconic releases by Percy, Fred Waring and the rest of the gang, my gal and I decided the tree was going up early to commemorate and celebrate the historic occasion.

I have already played the Percy release three times and it just gets better every time, but I need to comment on a couple of the other fantastic releases. The Fred Waring twofer is a thrill for me as I was not particularly familiar with it until reading the YuleLog site a few years ago and seeing how high you ranked it on your top 500 list.  I of course scanned the internet to hear excerpts and it piqued my interest.

Wow, that man was way ahead of his time in so many ways. Let me first say that for a 1955 mono album the remaster is pretty damn amazing! This album features some absolutely amazing voices, how about that angelic soprano on O Holy Night, and the harmonies, orchestral flourishes and musicality of the entire music ensemble is breathtaking. And can I say again that the artwork on this iconic album is worth the price alone even if the music inside was not as magnificent as it is to hear.

Just got through listening to the great Connie Smith Christmas album and although it does not feature an orchestra accompanying her one of a kind voice, it does feature some of the greatest musicians to ever grace a Nashville recording studio, such as blind piano legend Hargus "Pig" Robbins, who has played on so many historical records by Patsy Cline, Roger Miller and Charlie Rich's Behind Closed Doors' single and album, among many others. A truly inspiring set of traditionally delivered Christmas songs.

Just started playing the Robert Shaw Christmas Hymns and Carols CD and its gorgeous as well and a great follow up to the stereo version of the one that was released last year. Again, great artwork on this album and the Ames Brothers album.  I have not gotten around yet to listening to the Supremes Ultimate Merry Christmas CD collection, but the trifold cover art is beautiful and the booklet is amazing with glorious cover photos and great liner notes.

My congratulations to Chip and Gordon Anderson for making these sonic masterpieces available to us and in a way that they never have been before.  I highly recommend all six of these amazing and beautiful releases, but the Percy and Fred CD's are a must for any true Christmas collection.

Best regards to all,

Steve


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/05/2017 23:30)


John:
Glad to hear you're enjoying the new CDs; nice to see you back on the board!



Steve:

Thanks so much for the additional positive reviews. Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums have been underrated and underappreciated for years. The blame for this rests squarely on the shoulders of Universal Music for having never released them on CD; and if it wasn't for us, both these albums never would have. My guess is that now, because of our release, Universal will probably offer these albums as a digital download sometime down the line.

I'm just so glad that because of our efforts, the great classic Christmas music on these two albums will be exposed to a new generation of Christmas music fans all over the world, as well as being reacquainted with longtime existing fans who haven't heard them in years.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/06/2017 08:29)

Thanks Chip!  I was still lurking the entire time, just didn't have anything to add, etc.  I love this board and all the folks on it!  Thanks for keeping it going, Chip!  Merry Christmas!!!  And I was right-=-the liner notes are wonderful!
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/06/2017 16:14)


Thanks for the kind words about the message board and my liner notes, John; and Merry Christmas to you too!


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/18/2017 14:46)

Today finally received my copy of music of christmas. Beautiful artwork, great liner notes and fantastic sound!
What can i say? Thank you Chip for your endurance to get this music in print!
After this year, which for me was an annus horribilis, finally a little light to end the year and to give me hope for a better 2018.
With a tear in my eye, merry christmas and a heartfelt thank you..

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/18/2017 21:42)


You're welcome, Rick. So glad to hear how much you enjoyed the CD. I'm also very happy to hear that it gave you a badly needed lift after a particularly bad year for you. Percy's music will do that for you: His music is very inspiring and cathartic. It's speaks boldly of peace, love and joy. Listening to it is a transformative experience.

If more people in the world listened to it, the world would be much a happier place. 








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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/26/2017 21:25)


                      


Very important: For all those not on the Real Gone Music group email list who might not be aware, the annual 2-week "
Green & Red" Holiday Sale is on for the entire catalog of Christmas releases (47 total titles), where you'll get the best prices of the year. Click here


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:11/30/2017 18:52)


Hello Chip,

Wow, I noticed today that Percy Faith's glorious Expanded Edition of Music Of Christmas is listed on Amazon as "temporarily out of stock" and Real Gone Music has it listed as "sold out" on their site. I hope that more copies are on the way, but I've got to say the interest on Christmas in general this year and this amazing remaster by Vic Anesini has been extraordinary. It seems like most people on our block have their Christmas trees up already.

I have also dealt with a tremendous amount of questions and excitement on sound engineer Steve Hoffman's website, particularly when I reignited on old thread called "Favorite Christmas albums" and I put Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas at the top of the list along with The Complete Music of Christmas with the great Hallelujah album that RGM put out a few years ago.

In fact, my list of favorite Christmas albums was dominated by RGM versions of my favorite albums including Mantovani, Johnny Mathis, Jack Jones, John Gary and Frank DeVol among others. What surprised me was the interest in hearing about the new Percy remaster by Vic of Music Of Christmas and why the old one was so terrible. I did my best to explain the issues involved and of course Vic himself is very well known on that site for his great work on Elvis's music library over the years so I think that generated a whole new interest with some people that might not have been predisposed to normally purchasing Christmas instrumental music from this era. I tried my best to further explain the extraordinary work that Mr. Anesini had done on this album as compared to the old 80's remaster, yet at the same time I referred to you, Chip, as "knowing more about this Golden Age Of Christmas music than I will ever learn in a lifetime."  So you have probably gained some new members or it least some new viewers on my account.

Speaking of "new" fans of Percy's masterpiece, Music Of Christmas, my 31 year old daughter called the other day from her car while her husband was driving and said, "Hey Dad, guess what I'm listening to right now?" I said, "That sounds like Percy Faith" and she replied, "You know, Dad, I have never really cared for instrumental music without vocals, but this is the most beautiful music I have ever heard."  I was very proud of her taste in music at that point and realized that Percy's music is now touching a completely new generation of fans with this amazing release by RGM, thanks in large part to your efforts, Chip.

Best regards,

Steve





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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/01/2017 22:36)


Steve,

The last supply of Percy CDs is being shipped to Amazon; after that it will be sold out until a second pressing is completed. So anyone looking to buy it should get their order in now.

Also, thanks for the kind words for me and Vic; Vic echoed my sentiments by telling me that this was a labor of love.

And very glad to hear how much your daughter is enjoying the new CD. Percy would be so happy that his music is reaching a new generation of folks.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/02/2017 19:35)

Chip - Been listening to some of the recent Real Gone Christmas releases the past few days while putting up the tree, decorating, and driving around Christmas shopping.
 
Perry Como - Percy Faith - Andy Williams & The Williams Brothers - Robert Goulet - Ray Conniff Singers - JIm Nabors - Glen Campbell.
 
These are all so well done - I've heard things that I've never heard on earlier CD versions - especially on the new Percy Faith (that still blows my mind).
 
The Perry Como CD set - the oldest stuff from the "Sings Merry Christmas Music" album sounds so damn good on the 3CD set !! Excellent job on those.
 
You made all these CD's happen - these are the stuff I grew up on - and to have them sound so amazing now on CD - I really can't thank you enough.
 
Hearing these in such crisp, clear, fantastic quality - I close my eyes and Christmases when I was young come back vividly........
 
Thanks for that !
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/03/2017 04:02)


Thanks, Rich; Gordon and I appreciate the positive feedback/reviews on the CDs.


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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/04/2017 11:05)

Chip, a wave of panic has set-in; how to purchase another copy (copies) of the Percy Faith masterpiece? I'm seeing 'sold out' "out of stock" and I don't want to be "out of luck" on this one.  Will there for sure be another run, and if so, purchase from R.G.M. or from Amazon??

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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/04/2017 22:01)


John,

Amazon should be getting the last supply of the new Percy Faith CDs soon. And barring any unanticipated problems with Sony, there will be a second pressing; however, I just can't say when they will be available for purchase.



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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/05/2017 08:34)

Thanks Chip. Wonder if RIAA will count the RGM version towards the total discs sold so that it can be certified Gold/Platinum?
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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/05/2017 22:16)


Oh sure, John. The parent record companies, in this case Sony, keep track of all the sales numbers of their recordings. It reflects on the stature of their recordings and is also used for promotional purposes.



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RE:Upcoming 2017 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases
(Date Posted:12/09/2017 15:55)

Percy Faith's Music of Christmas (Expanded Edition) CD is now available at Amazon.
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