Friday, December 21, 2018

Green Rheims

Continuing on with Robert Rheims, this is the better of the two albums he made in my humble opinion.  I say that because it features a chorus, and they do a pretty good job with the many medleys here.  This one is on his own Rheims Records label, with a credit to Liberty.  I don't remember seeing any earlier version, but I could just not be thinking of them at the moment.  This one doesn't seem to be as widely distributed as the earlier one, and is more frequently found in black vinyl than the pretty emerald green you see here.  But there are still lots of colored vinyl versions out there, so it's not at all rare.  Well worth the download this time, since it sounds great in stereo.  This is The Robert Rheims Choraliers-Director: Robert Rheims-We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Rheims Records ST 7708 (Transparent Green Vinyl), Stereo, 1962).

1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas; Deck The Hall; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
2. Angels We Have Heard On High; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
3. Away In A Manger; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. Shepherds Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep; Silent Night
5. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks; I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
6. The Christmas Chimes Are Pealing; Here We Come A-Caroling
7. Joy To The World; O Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. The First Noel; I Saw Three Ships
9. What Child Is This?; O Come All Ye Faithful
10. We Three Kings Of Orient Are; Coventry Carol
11. Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella; Bells Of Christmas
12. O Holy Night; We Wish You A Merry Christmas



JustaJeepGuy said...

I thought I had the Rheims Green Album, but I guess I just had it as a download from someone about a dozen years ago. However, I found I do have "For The Whole Family At Christmas", Organ and Chimes by Robert Rheims. I can see that it came out before zip codes, so it's from 1962 or earlier. Oh, and it's mono, not stereo. Darn it.

Ernie said...

I think I have that one somewhere, but for some reason I thought it was the same as these other two. The tracks don't match up, but maybe it's a combo deal. I need to do some more digging. I just found a copy of the red vinyl one in a green sleeve on green vinyl and in stereo. It's weird, this stuff must have come out twenty different times...

Kwork said...

Not untypical for tracks continuously being recycled. Thank you for this one.

Ernie said...

OK, I have a stereo copy of For The Whole Family At Christmas. It does appear to have stuff on it that's not on the other three (3!) albums. Something to put in the pile. It's already getting to be a pretty big pile!