Thursday, December 23, 2010

Back To Mono

Most of the time here at the blog, I try hard to bring you the stereo version of an album, if it exists, only sharing a mono copy if that's all I can find.  And if I later find a stereo version, I'll upgrade the share.  In this case, I'm going to make an exception.  Why?  Just look at that cover!  That's one of the greatest Santa's ever on an album cover.  Why they changed it for the later stereo release on vinyl, I'll never know.  You don't have to download the mono sound if you don't want to, but I'm going to throw it up here anyway.  You can download the stereo version down at the bottom of this post, but you'll be missing out on this great horn-playing Santa Claus, and you wouldn't want that, now would you?  This is The Deutschmeister Band, Conducted By Julius Herrmann-Christmas Carols (Westminster WP 6024, Mono, 1953).

1. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3. Good Christian Men Rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo)
4. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
5. Good King Wenceslas
6. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
7. From O'er The Hills Of Fair Judea
8. The First Noel
9. Joy To The World
10. Away In A Manger
11. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. O Tannenbaum
14. Silent Night, Holy Night
15. Deck The Halls
16. Wassail, Wassail

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I originally shared out this stereo version with you back in 2008, and it's very good.  But the cover could be better (see above).  So for listening, I suggest you download The Deutschmeister Band, Conducted By Julius Herrmann-Christmas Carols (Westminster WST 15048, Stereo). No clue when they put out the stereo on vinyl.  I suspect it was available on tape before it was on wax, but I don't know the details.  Note that some of the titles have been changed a wee bit, too.  Odd.

1. In Dulci Jubilo
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
5. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
6. O Come All Ye Faithful
7. From O'er The Hills Of Fair Judea
8. Silent Night
9. Deck The Halls
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. Wassail, Wassail
12. O Tannenbaum
13. Joy To The World
14. Away In A Manger
15. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
16. The First Noel

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4 comments:

Buster said...

I imagine they changed it because the original design wouldn't work with their really ugly STEREO banner.

tanktop said...

Ernie, that IS one of the greatest Santas I've ever seen. Graphically symmetrical, economy of shape & line - quite original!
I'm not going to say he's got a pointed head...might get nuttin' for Christmas!
Thanks for another nice share.

Steve said...

Please note: Christmas Carols (The Deutschmeister Band, conducted by Julius Herrmann; Westminster Stereo). Stately performances by Austria's venerable military brass band of some familiar carols and some less familiar—In Dulci Jubilo, From o'er the Hills of Fair Judea—all of them emerging in richly burnished sound.

From article - see below - 7 December 1959

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,811530,00.html#ixzz19XNxq2Bb

Anonymous said...

Ernie, Many thanks. My father called this morning to see if I could find this LP, which he has had since it was originally issued. And here it is.
Doug C