Saturday, December 08, 2018

Confusion For Christmas

Where to start, where to start.  Working backwards, and from the top, this is a great Christmas album by Domenico Savino with orchestra and chorus.  And it's in Stereo. Then down below is what looks like the mono version of the same album, but it's not.  The mono version is a completely different recording, and it omits the chorus completely.  All the way at the bottom, with the green cover is the original Mono version, credited to Savino with The Rome Festival Orchestra.  It's got the same music as the red Mono version, but it came out two years earlier.  It's taken me a few years to piece all this together, and I'm making it a little more confusing than it needs to be.  In short, you just need the mono and stereo versions because they are not the same.  For my money, I prefer the mono, but your mileage may vary.  For this release tonight, I re-encoded all the files at their full bitrate for your listening pleasure.  These are Domenico Savino And His Orchestra-Hi-Fi Christmas Party (RCA Camden CAL-392, Mono, 1958, shown below) (a reissue of Domenico Savino And The Rome Festival Orchestra-Christmas Party (RCA Camden CAL-333, Mono, 1956) shown in green at bottom) and Domenico Savino, His Orchestra And Chorus-Hi-Fi Christmas Party (RCA Camden CAS-392, Stereo, 1958, shown top).

1. White Christmas
2. Sleigh Ride
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. Jingle Bells
6. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
7. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. The First Noel
10. O Holy Night
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12. Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen (Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming)
13. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
14. Joy To The World
15. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
16. Silent Night

MEGA-Green Mono
MEGA-Red Mono
MEGA-Red Stereo

8 comments:

RonH said...
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RonH said...

Thanks for this great version.

Buster said...

That's so weird. I can't fathom what they did. If the green version came out in 1956, and it's the same recording as the red stereo, then did they re-record it for mono in 1958? Or is the red mono from an even earlier version? Or just different takes?

SWSPOILER3 said...

I have both of these records and I had no idea they were the same, but different recordings. I have to check this out.

Ernie said...

The green one is thr same as the red mono. The red stereo is a rerecording with chorus.

Buster said...

OK, I was confused. That makes more sense.

Kwork said...

I appreciate having mono and stereo both. I know in this case they are different recordings. I do wish you wouldn't replace mono with stereo when both are the same, but offer up both choices. I like hearing both. Anyway, thank you for this one.