Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dame Edith Not Edna

Tonight is a record that I have looked at for years, but never listened to or recorded.  I finally corrected that situation last night, and now here it is for you to listen to as well.  I've not got much clue as to who Dame Edith Evans was, other than being an English actress of a certain age and talent.  I guess I had secretly hoped for something more along the lines of Dame Edna, but I don't think that's the case here.  More like Dame Judi Dench, perhaps, but without the cool Bond connection.  Doesn't matter, though, since she only features on the long side A track, anyway, alongside The Chorleywood College Blind Children's Choir.  They handle all the singing work, Dame Edith just narrates.  A little digging at Discogs leads me to believe this is a recording from an English kiddie record circa 1959, just licensed and padded out for a 1962 US release. (You can even hear a convenient fade in the middle where they flipped sides on the original 45 release.)  The flip side of this one contains six tracks from four choral groups located around Washington DC.  Nothing too exciting, I'm afraid, but you never know until you try.  This is The First Christmas Including 19 Favorite Christmas Carols (Wonderland RLP 1469, 1962, Mono).

1. Dame Edith Evans With Chorleywood College Blind Children's Choir-The First Christmas (Once In Royal David's City; Away In A Manger; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks; From Far Away; Love Came Down At Christmas; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Ding Dong, Merrily On High; Unto Us A Boy Is Born; We Three Kings Of Orient Are; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; A Day! A Day Of Glory; Little Child Jesus; O Come All Ye Faithful)
2. Washington National Cathedral-Patapan
3. Washington National Cathedral-Benedicamus Domino
4. First Baptist Church Group-Silent Night
5. Georgetown University's Singers-Veni-Veni Emanuel
6. The Church Of The Reformation Choral Group-Lay Down Your Staffs
7. The Church Of The Reformation Choral Group-Sing Noel



Anonymous said...

Dame Edith Mary Evans, DBE was an English actress. She was best known for her work on the stage, but also appeared in films at the beginning and towards the end of her career. Between 1964 and 1968, she was nominated for three Academy Awards. - Wikipedia

Born: 8 February 1888
Died: 14 October 1976

Mainly classical works on stage. Very imperious personality.

barba said...

well, i had volleyball and ping pong, and even a little advice from tokyo rose. but now i have this. and there ain't nothing like it. thanks, ernie.

Anonymous said...

Dame Edith Evans played the ghost of Christmas Past in the musical "Scrooge" with Albert Finney. I wish I had more info for you about her, but at least it's something.

Anonymous said...

Plenty about her on IMDB
or Wikipedia

Anonymous said...

Yep, The minute I heard her voice I recognized it from the ghost of Christmas Past in the musical "Scrooge" with Albert Finney.

Thanks Erine, your the best!

Steve Turner said...

Thanks for sharing this. The Album artwork is fascinating.

Kwork said...

Interesting. Thanks.

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