Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Klein Two (And Three?)

Another one from master carilloner John Klein, this time recorded at Georgia's Stone Mountain. I keep hoping to make it to Stone Mountain during one of my trips to Atlanta, but I have yet to make it. Maybe next year. I wonder if they still have this carillon there? I'll have to check that out. That's all beside the point, though. Please be my guest and downloadJohn Klein-Noel Bells (Stone Mountain SM-201, Stereo). Oh, this is a share originally from 2006.

1. Angels We Have Heard On High
2. O, Holy Night
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. Good Christian Men Rejoice
5. As Lately We Watched
6. The First Noel
7. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
8. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
9. Joy To The World
10. Away In A Manger
11. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
12. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. Good King Wenceslas
14. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
15. O, Come All Ye Faithful
16. Silent Night
Now, here's a little mystery for you. I think this LP may be the same as the one up top. They've got all the same songs (but in a different order) and the times on all of them are mighty close. I never did a side-by-side track comparison, but it smells a little fishy to me. Maybe you want to skip this one, but if you're interested, please download John Klein-The Bells Of Christmas (Americana AR-6, Stereo). I also shared this one out in 2006 for the first time.

1. Angels We Have Heard On High
2. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. The First Noel
5. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. As Lately We Watched
8. O, Come All Ye Faithful
9. O Holy Night
10. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
11. Away In A Manger
12. Good Christian Men Rejoice
13. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
14. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
15. Silent Night
16. Joy To The World


James said...

The carillon at Stone Mountain is the same one from the Coca-Cola Pavillion at the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York City. Check out this site for the full story of the bells at the fair: Considering the Coca-Cola Comany is from Georgia, I'm not surprised the Carillon was relocated there after the fair.

James said...

I forgot to mention that this is the same carillon that John Klein used on an earlier RCA Christmas album.

Ernie said...

That other LP is here...

And I believe something in the liner notes of that LP say that Coke paid for the bells at the World's Fair. But it's been a while since I looked, so I could be dreaming... They probably donated them to Stone Mountain after the fair. At the time, there was no World of Coke to put them in.

James said...

From the website posted above:

By the early 1960s, Schulmerich had an advanced line of electronic bell instruments being sold at home and abroad. In 1962, Vice President of Sales, Ronald Beach, cold-called Coca-Cola's advertising agency in New York hoping to spark some interest in a carillon at one of the company's locations. Unfortunately, no one would see him. However his visit did not go unnoticed, for two weeks later he received a call from Coke Vice President J.E. Duffield who asked Mr. Beach if he thought Schulmerich might be able to create a carillon for Coca-Cola's pavilion at the upcoming New York World's Fair. Mr. Duffield's vision called for a soaring tower that would provide a central focus for the pavilion. Mr. Beach soon had the contracts signed and work began in Sellersville on the "World's Largest Carillon."

The final product was a 610 bell carillon with a 120-foot tower containing 57 speakers. The console had 2-keyboards, 50-stops and 32-pedals, and was housed in a glass enclosure at the base of the tower. The electronics were held in fifteen(!) 6x2x2 foot metal cabinets that were installed in a second floor office in the pavilion's VIP section. Only one cabinet contained the bell generators, the rest mostly being used to house the electronic amplifiers that provided 3000 audio watts to the tower speakers. The carillon, console and tower were manufactured, wired and tested in Sellersville, then disassembled and shipped to Flushing Meadows in early 1964.

One cabinet contained an automatic player which used punched paper tape to play preprogrammed selections on the carillon throughout the day. Thus, if it was Scotland Day at the Fair, the selections would be Scottish tunes. These alternate-hour programmed recitals lasted about five minutes. Coke originally wanted the carillon to play much longer but were persuaded that it might be viewed by some as "too much of a good thing".


edwardswill said...

1.Que datos tan interesantes.
2.En Chile John Klein es conocido solo en los comerciales de Navidad.
3.En este año he aprendido más de John Klein.
4.Y conoci su cara y su carillón.
5.Gracias por la informción Ernie y James.
5.Muy valioso dato.

ChrisP said...

Here's some info that may help explain the two LP's (Noel Bells and The Bells Of Christmas). The Bells Of Christmas was released on Americana Records, which was and is still a business name owned by Sculmerich Carillons Inc -- the manufacturer of the Coca-Cola / Stone Mountain carillon.

Allentown Record Co Inc -- the company credited on Noel Bells -- was a job shop located at 1002 Walnut Street in Allentown, PA. ARC did contract pressings for many labels. It is very likely that the Schulmerich folks had ARC press the discs that they released under their Americana label, and that a deal was worked to allow the Stone Mountain folks to sell a slightly altered (e.g., track sequence and cover art change) version as a souvenir at the park. As near as I have been able to determine, the musical content is the same, and both seem to have been 1969 releases.