Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Christmas With Granny

I remember being so excited back in 2010 when I posted this that I took the rest of the week off, leaving it up there as the first post on the blog for a long time so that no one would miss it.  Since that time, I've come to think a little bit less of it, but not much.  I've tried to get a stereo copy, but to no avail.  The last one I went after on eBay shot up to $85 or so pretty quickly, and that was during the off-season.  I stumbled across a mono copy just a week or so ago and thought about remastering it for this season, but I think I'm going to hold out a little while longer.  There's bound to be a stereo copy out there somewhere with my name on it, I just have to find it.  If you don't know who Grandma Moses was, then shame on you.  You'll have to read up on her in the gatefold I so painstakingly scanned from the album.  I can see that I did it on the old office copier that was badly in need of some calibration and adjustment at the time, but it's good enough that you'll get the gist of things.  And someday I'll rescan that stereo copy I'm going to find.  And now, without further ado, here is Christmas With Grandma Moses (RCA Victor LOP-1009, Mono, 1958).

1. Alec Templeton's Music Boxes-One-Horse Open Sleigh
2. Grandma Moses-One-Horse Open Sleigh
3. The Ralph Hunter Choir-Jingle Bells
4. Grandma Moses-Carolers
5. The Ralph Hunter Choir-Angels We Have Heard On High
6. The Ralph Hunter Choir-I Saw Three Ships
7. The Ralph Hunter Choir-We Wish You A Merry Christmas
8. Alec Templeton's Music Boxes-Sweetest Story Ever Told
9. Grandma Moses-Father's Violin
10. Skitch Henderson, Hausmusik-Blue Tail Fly; Pop Goes The Weasel; Stephen Foster Melody
11. Grandma Moses-Early Songs
12. Skitch Henderson-John Brown's Body; Darling Nellie Gray
13. The Ralph Hunter Choir-Good Christian Men Rejoice
14. The Ralph Hunter Choir-The First Noel
15. The Ralph Hunter Choir-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
16. The Ralph Hunter Choir-Oh! Little Town Of Bethlehem
17. Alec Templeton's Music Boxes-White Wings
18. Grandma Moses-On Painting Snow Scenes
19. Skitch Henderson, Hausmusik-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Lovely Evening; Over The Hills To Grandmother's House
20. The Ralph Hunter Choir-Over The Hills To Grandmother's House
21. Grandma Moses & Alec Templeton's Music Boxes-Silent Night
22. The Ralph Hunter Choir-Silent Night
23. Grandma Moses & Alec Templeton's Music Boxes-Silent Night (Reprise)



Buster said...

Good luck with the stereo copy - wish I had one myself.

I've thought about offering this on my blog, but you've already done it, and I don't have the patience to scan all that stuff!

Ernie said...

You got your hardware working yet? I know you've had issues lately.

Buster said...

I'm afraid to try it, although I swapped out the turntable and ADC, so it ought to work.

My technology is going to hell generally. My internet speed has cratered and my Apple AirPort contraption is misbehaving. My Apple Watch is malfunctioning, too.

I think these are what people call "first-world problems."

Kwork said...

I have no idea what is meant by first world problems, but I've heard that term. Meanwhile, thanks for this one again!

Horst said...

I lost this after a hard drive crashed. Wonderful, to have it again. Thank you very much for all your work.
Greetings from Germany

John said...

I downloaded this when you first shared it, and it has become a tradition to listen to during the holiday season. And this year? I added the LP to my collection!

Ernie said...

You didn't find a stereo copy did you? Because I know somebody who's looking for one...

John said...

No, my copy is mono.

Unknown said...

Found a stereo copy on Amazon for $10.76 https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Grandma-Moses/dp/B001KNU786

Ernie said...

Well, it's a picture of a Stereo copy, but if you read the description, they give the catalog number of a Mono copy. Classic bait and switch! :(

SadieSue said...

We have this growing up, likely the mono version, so thank you for offering this. I can't wait to listen to it!

Ernie said...

I have a stereo copy now, had it for a year or two now, but I've been too lazy to rip it. :( Someday...