Thursday, December 13, 2012


I've been sharing records by Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians with you for years now, but it was only recently that I realized I was missing at least one (maybe two). I started looking at the one you see above and recognized some of the songs, but not all of them. It turns out that this record was Fred's first full Christmas album, from 1949.  It was released on 78 and vinyl, and oddly enough, I stumbled across a copy from across the pond, which is what I recorded and scanned.  American audiences might be more familiar with the cover shown down at the bottom, but I thought it would be cool to go with the UK cover, just to keep you on your toes.  Pretty sure the music is identical, but I do know it is not the same as the songs that showed up on the 12" version with the same title that came out six years later.  So if you want to hear more old Waring, please download Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians-'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Brunswick (UK) 10" 33 RPM LA 8693, Mono, 1949).

1. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
2. Silent Night, Holy Night-Introducing: Come Unto Him from "The Messiah"
3. Oh, Gathering Clouds
4. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
5. Cantique De Noel (O, Holy Night)
6. The First Nowell; O, Little Town Of Bethlehem; Carol Of The Bells
7. Beautiful Savior


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


The recordings used for this 10" LP were originally made in July 1942 and released 10/1/42, under the same title, as 4-record 78 rpm album (Decca A-350). The individual record numbers were Decca 18499 - 18502.

The set was re-released in 1945 as Decca A-480 (rec #s Decca 23642 - 23645).

This 10" LP was the final release of these recordings. Waring re-recorded every title for the 12" LP release (Decca DL 8171) in 1955.

Thanks Ernie! You are terrific!