Monday, December 10, 2018

More Fred With Bonus

Returning now for your listening pleasure is the 1942 Fred Waring Christmas album, as ripped from a 1949 UK release on 10" vinyl.  The history of this release is long and tortured, and I'm sure I don't have all the details straight in my head, but I do know that most everything here got re-recorded later on in his career for his series of albums on Decca & Capitol, as well as a little bit of Christmas stuff on Reprise.  I re-encoded this for you from my original WAV files, so this should sound a little bit better than what I gave you back in 2012. I even threw in a little bonus for you (see below!).  This is 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


Shown above is the US 10" release cover, very similar to the original release on four 10" 78 RPM records. Shown below is the cover of an insert that came with that original 1942 release. I'd never seen this until I found a copy of the 78 set with the insert still in it earlier this year. There was also a program for a 1948 Kiwanis Club Christmas party, but I didn't think you'd be too interested in that. Anyhow, I threw a complete scan of the insert in the download for you to read and enjoy! The round discoloration you see on the right side there is where the insert overlapped the cutout in the page so you could see the record label.  I guess the oxygen exposure there was higher, so the paper turned darker. These things happen as we age...


Buster said...

Very interesting to have this. I do have the 10-inch LP on Decca, but not the other formats.

JustaJeepGuy said...

How many times did FW & the Ps record all the same songs? I've heard at least 3 versions of "'Twas the Night..." and his (their) albums "Now Is The Caroling Season" and "The Sounds Of Christmas" have the same songs as his Decca recordings. Seems like a bit of a limited repertoire to me.

Kwork said...

All Fred is more than apreciated. Thank you very much! I don't care how many times he'd record a same tune. There was always something different and unique about each take. Thank you.