Sunday, December 22, 2019

This Year's Not Christmas

Seems like each year I stumble across something I want to share that doesn't really relate to the season at hand. At least this year it's a little more appropriate than train noises or random music with Christmas in the title.  This is the soundtrack to a film that was made in the Soviet Union, then brought to the US where it was dubbed into English and released onto the market in 1959. this soundtrack is not just the songs and dialog from the movie, it also includes narration to explain what's going on, possibly making it one of the first records to do so. It also features a couple of straight songs from Sandra Dee, at least one of which was released as a single. It's early in the morning as I'm typing this, and I'm a little fuzzy on the details. Anyhow, I was really excited when I found this beautiful gatefold record, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  This is Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen (Decca DL 78977, Stereo, 1959). In addition to Sandra Dee, you get the voice talents of Tommy Kirk, Patty McCormack & Paul Frees, with music from Joseph Gershenson conducting the Universal-International Studio Orchestra.



  1. Smith's has extended us Salvation Army ding-a-lings an extra week due to the shortened kettle season at least this year... I'll be ringing in the New Year here in Las Vegas due to this...and what a more fitting way to end my 15th kettle season at that Smith's than to have my first New Year's ring...

  2. I transferred this one many years ago, even before I had my blog. I am sure that my copy is mono, though.

    Although the film originated in Russia, the music on the record is by an American fellow, Frank Skinner.

  3. Our local ABC station used to show this movie every Christmas Eve when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, excellent! My favorite Hans Christian Andersen tale, so of course this is a must. Thank you so much!

  5. Thanks so much for this soundtrack. This is the story that the Disney "Frozen" is adapted from.


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