Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stereo Randolph!

Here's a record I was very excited to find sometime in the past couple of years!  Long time visitors to the blog might remember my shares of the two Christmas albums from The Randolph Singers, and I think one single, but they were all in mono.  The catalog is a little unclear, so I don't have dates on everything, but apparently, at one time or another, they remade their first LP in Stereo! I didn't do an A/B test, but the times on the different tracks lead me to believe it is different, and was re-recorded sometime later.  (The track sequence has changed as well.)  Earliest mention of a stereo version I can find is in a 1959 Hi-Fi/Stereo Review from December of that year.  So maybe that's the date.  But trust me, if you liked the mono, you're going to love the stereo!  This is The Randolph Singers-Christmas Carols (Westminster WST 15052, Stereo, 1959?).

1. Carol Of The Bells
2. Patapan
3. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
4. Let Carols Ring
5. Hush, O Heaven
6. Quickly, My Friends
7. Saint Staffan
8. Lullay My Liking
9. The First Noel
10. Silent Night
11. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
12. Angels We Have Heard On High
13. Quid Petis, O Fili?
14. Shepherds, Tell Me
15. Bring A Torch, Jeanette
16. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
17. Virgin's Cradle Hymn
18. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
19. O Little Town Of Bethlehem

The old (mono) cover is shown below, and I'm pretty sure I have a third one somewhere, but it's eluding me at the moment.


Ernie said...

For those of you nice enough to leave a comment, here are the original, mono shares of both volumes. Enjoy!


SWSPOILER3 said...

I had no clue there is a stereo bersion. I have the mono. Thanks for sharing this.

SWSPOILER3 said...

The cover for the stereo version is stunning. Very bright colors. Way better than the mono version.

Ernie said...

I dunno, it's just a stock photo, reminds me of a couple generic kiddie covers. I kinda like those animals on the other one, which may or may not be the original.

SWSPOILER3 said...

Looking at my mono copy, it looks like 1880's Christmas festivities with the animal heads covering human heads and the people dancing around. Still an odd cover. But I guess you shouldn't judge the music from the cover. LOL!!!

SWSPOILER3 said...

I did a quick Google search and this catalog number came up for Vol. 1, WL 5100 with a different cover.

Steve Turner said...


Buster said...

Stereo, eh? Good stuff!

Kwork said...

I'll take all three. I like both mono and stereo. Thank you much! And, yes, I left this comment before grabbing the bonus shares.

Jumbliah said...

Thanks again for another great share that reveals your mastery of the collecting craft!

giampiero darini said...

Thanks Ernie you are a very good friend

Ernie said...

I hope it was worth the wait!

giampiero darini said...

Yes!!! I'm sorry to have tormented you ...

rmos said...

Westminster used RCA to press their stereo LPs. From decoding information I found online, the RCA Victor matrix number on the label translates as follows:


K = 1959
8 = Custom (Re-recorded from client's source material)
O = Phonograph
Y = 12" Stereo 33 1/3 rpm

house303 said...

Thank you Ernie, you have paved the way to the mono versions I was looking for. Great!

Zoltán Levente Gugi said...

Dear Ernie!

Can you reupload this album?

Thank you very much!