Thursday, November 23, 2006

Last Christmas, I Gave You Some Tunes


I want to highlight some of the stuff I shared out last year, in case anybody new stops by, or maybe you missed it last Christmas. (For those of you who are brave, I've re-upped everything from last year, so it's all available for download. You'll just have to search the archives, or wait for me to re-post it like this.) One of the few requests I posted last year was this Fred Waring LP. I don't have a lot of time to rip the records that people request, but sometimes I get the chance, or I really like what I hear when I dig out the record. That was the case with this one. I didn't expect much, but this is a really great Christmas record. So if you missed it last year, please go download Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-'Twas The Night Before Christmas (MCA 15016, originally released in 1955). You'll be glad you did.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

well, i think i might cry!

i stumbled across your website in late may/early june when i first realized there was such a thing as vinyl sharity on the web. being a huge fan of christmas music, i was particularly thrilled to find this site. as i perused your entries, howevr, i realized to my horror that i was too late... all your shares from christmas '05 had timed out. after a little hair-pulling and crying, i bookmarked you and decided to wait until this december, in the hopes that you would post more music come this christmas season.

i found myself checking back in, however, from time to time, enjoying your occasional shares, and more than that, your wonderful photography.

now it's christmas. now you're posting new stuff. and what's unbelievable to me, you've reposted the stuff from last year?! all the things i wish i could have grabbed at the time?! i can't tell you have absolutely happy this makes me.

so, thanks. thanks a million times, even. you are an awesome person, and i can't wait to see what pops up here next!

Ernie said...

Thanks for the kind words, Annie. No need to cry, it's all back, and there's plenty more where this came from. I've spent the last few months recording album after album, both for my own enjoyment, and to share with the folks out there like yourself who appreciate such stuff.

Anonymous said...

Ernie,
Thank you so much!
I grew up with this album and have been trying to find it on CD for years.
Brings back some very lovely memories.

Blessings to you and yours

Anonymous said...

Ernie:
THANK YOU!! My family has listened to his albums for years. We had a fire back in 1977 that destroyed all of them and since then we have been trying to purchase them. By chance do you have an album the begins with the sound of a train pulling in. I believe it was called the Sounds of Christmas or the Meaning of Chrsitmas. We'd be forever grateful if you would share it. My Dad is 78 and every year he speaks of how he misses it so. He would cry if I could find it and make him a copy. Thanks I'll check back here for your reply.

Ernie said...

mdlminer-Thanks for the comment. I'm afraid I don't have any of the other Fred Waring LPs ripped. Well, I put up a short version of The Nutcracker Suite, but it doesn't have any trains on it. I'll keep an eye out. you may want to check over at FaLaLaLaLa.com, though. They;ve got everything!

Anonymous said...

Was great to find this album. Wish MCA would re-issue it on CD. We had an old LP of this, as a kid this was my favorite christmas album by far, I took the record to school in the 3rd grade (and broke it). Thought was lost forever. Then found a re-released LP of it on the bargain rack in about 1980.

Thanks. Now my kids can listen and enjoy.

TH

Ross said...

I am still in shock! Last year I downloaded two Eddie Dunstedter records which I had been searching for . . forever. I had "lost" my original vinyl copies! Today, I happened upon your website again just to see if you had this particular Fred Waring recording. Someone needs to pinch me. My kids, 5 and 7 are running around the house like mad! "Play Rudulph again Dad". I stunned mt family with the two Dunstedter recordings last year. To finally have all this music on CD. Talk about bringing Christmas back home again. Many many thanks to you Ernie. -Ross

Anonymous said...

Bless you! This is my favorite xmas music of all time. I've been looking for this for years. My orignal record is at least 40 years old. Listening to it again brought back all sorts of memories.

Tears of joy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much. I've been looking for this for 30 years. I grew up with this record and lost it in the middle 70's. I thought I'd never hear it again. You're great! Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for making this available! I'm so delighted, I could kiss you right now! This brings back such warm & wonderful memories of a much more innocent time. I'm going to makes copies for my siblings for a Christmas gift. You've made my Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful find! I have searched everywhere to try to find this on cd since my entire family will be at my home for Christmas for the first time ever. This was OUR family Christmas album back in the day. Everyone will flip when I give them a copy! Thank you so very very much for making this available. Sending Christmas cheer back to you.
JB

mandi said...

I am completely freaking out!!!!! I was singing this version of "Rudolph" to my kids, and they thought I was just plain strange. I can't wait to play it for them! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I was wondering how you download this record, because when I click on it, rapid share comes up asking for a code or password number. Please tell me how to download it. I grew up listening to this record. I cant find it on cd, and I would love to download it for my dad !
Thanks.

Ernie said...

You have to type in the code you see on the screen and follow the directions. Look for the free download option.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for letting me know how to download the album. You have made my Christmas! My dad will be so happy to have this on cd. Thanks so much!

Pierce said...

Thank you so much! I grew up listening to the cassette version of this at my grandparents house. I also found the vinyl version in the back of their closet not too long ago. I tried to transfer the cassette last year but it was horrible quality, plus 2 of the songs from the vinyl weren't included. I have a turntable but no way to transfer it onto cd. I like listening to the vinyl, but it's nice to know I can have a good rip of it on cd as well. Thanks again!

Me said...

Thanks so much for the download, Ernie. I also grew up with this record and have tortured many people with Rudolph over the years. Unfortunately, my cassette (made from my father's vinyl) had nearly worn out. I researched this album five years ago and learned from the UPenn Web site that, even though MCA issued a different 'Twas the Night Before album, this original from the 50s would never become available because of copyright issues, particularly over the Norman Rockwell image on the cover. So many thanks and blessing for making this nostalgic bit of Christmas available to people who are still looking.