Sunday, December 06, 2009

Three Sunsday, Part Four

This is The Three Suns first full-length Christmas release, if you want to count six songs as being full length. Prior to this, everything they'd released was at most both sides of a single record, or often a single side of a record. So this is their first long-form Christmas record. I first shared this out in 2005, and I can remember the excitement of finding it at the record store, bringing it home, recording it as I played it for the first time and then sharing it with all of you. Little did I realize what an obsession it was going to become. Please grab The Three Suns Present Your Christmas Favorites (RCA Victor 3x7" 45 RPM WP 250, Mono, 1949).

1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
2. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
3. White Christmas
4. Winter Wonderland
5. Silent Night
6. Jingle Bells

I found a slightly different version of this today at the same record store I got the original from way back then. This version only has four of the six tracks, and they're crammed onto a single 7". I guess they saved some money this way. You can see a scan of that sleeve below.

Look close at either one of these sleeves, and you'll see the name of the artist who designed them. It says Bill English, but I can't find any information attached to that name. Well, it appears that the actor who portrays the Geico caveman is named Bill English, but I doubt if that's the same guy...

Update: PDMan asked about the flipside of these releases. The box set I shared some years ago had no text, either on the back of the box or inside the cover. The 7" abridged version, however, did have some stuff on the back, so I scanned it and posted it above. Nothing too exciting, I'm afraid, and there's a price sticker obscuring some of the title. And in case you can't make it out, the original price was only 50 cents. Bargain!


PDMan said...

I've always wondered...I know there are some liner notes on the back on the 10" there anything on the back of the 45 box? I've never actually seen it in person.

Ernie said...

Does this one exist as a 10"? I've never seen it as such. The box doesn't have any notes, either on the back or inside. There may have been an insert with it at one time, but I don't know for sure. Now, the single 7" abridged version does have notes on the back. I guess I could scan them and post... Stay tuned.

PDMan said...

Yep, the 10" release is LPM 52. I found a copy on EBay, but I haven't received it yet.

Thanks for posting the back side - I appreciate it!