Sunday, December 09, 2018

Back In The USA

After a long trip around the world, I'm headed back to the USA for a bit to bring you another record that was created for US servicemen and women in the European theater in the 50's.  So am I headed back to the USA or not, you may ask?  Well, yes and no.  It was American Christmas music aimed at Americans who were stuck overseas for the holidays.  Pretty sad situation, but sometimes sacrifices have to be made.  I shared out a few scans from this LP many years ago, and a great little doodle from the back as well, but I've hesitated to share it before because there are some popular tracks on here that you can certainly find elsewhere.  But in the interest of completeness, I'm going to make it available, at least for a while.  And there is one track that I just couldn't get to quit skipping, so I've thrown in another rip of that track from another album.  It's still tagged with the original source, and there's no artwork, but you can at least hear what it's supposed to sound like.  For your listening pleasure, this is Christmas At Home (Philips (Holland) For AFEX B 07255 L, Mono).  As an interesting aside, I'm told the photographer of the cover is Paul Huf and the model is Ann Pickford.  She seems to have been his model on a large series of classical releases on Philips in the mid-fifties. Fascinating stuff, if you're looking for a rabbit hole to go down for a couple hours.

1. Children's Choir And Jo Stafford-Silent Night, Holy Night
2. The Norman Luboff Choir-The First Nowell
3. Rosemary Clooney-White Christmas
4. The De Paur Infantry Chorus-Mary's Little Boy Chile (Skips Badly)
5. Percy Faith And His Orchestra-The Holly And The Ivy
6. Jo Stafford-The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
7. The Norman Luboff Choir-Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
8. The Norman Luboff Choir-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. The Norman Luboff Choir-Joy To The World
10. The Norman Luboff Choir-Away In A Manger
11. Jo Stafford-Sleigh Ride
12. Christmas Choir-Caroling, Caroling
13. Janetta Davis-Winter Wonderland
14. Percy Faith And His Orchestra-It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
15. Children's Choir-O Little Town Of Bethlehem
16. The Mariners-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
17. The De Paur Infantry Chorus-Carol Of The Bells



JustaJeepGuy said...

When I was in the navy, I spent five Christmases away from home and didn't have access to any Christmas music. I'd have been happy to have this then. Thanks once again, Ernie!

Buster said...

I just recently acquired one of those Paul Huf covers. I love them, wish I had more, but those Philips issues didn't circulate very much in the US.

Kwork said...

Great share. Thank you!