Thursday, January 02, 2020

The Big One

This is one of the records I've been looking forward to sharing all season, and one of the records I've been most dreading sharing all season.  It's great music and there are three full albums in the box so there is a lot of it, but then there is the box itself.  Someone had played darts with it or something.  There were little holes and scratches all over it. I knew it was going to take a lot of work to make it presentable, and I was right.  I think I spent about two hours on the front cover alone today, and an hour and a half on the back cover, then a few minutes each on the label scans. And it's still not perfect, but it's presentable. I first learned of this album in the forums over at The 'Fa a few years ago, and various rips of it have been floating around ever since. I wanted to try my hand at it, and here is the result.  It's not particularly rare, but it is one of those things that seems to have been forgotten by time.  And there are a lot of good versions of familiar songs here that I think you'll enjoy, if you don't have a copy already.  This is The London Sound 70 Orchestra And Chorus-The Sounds Of Christmas (Decca 3xLP DEB 7-7, Stereo, 1970).

1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. I Saw Three Ships
3. Happy Holiday
4. Silent Night
5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
6. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
7. Little Donkey
8. The Little Drummer Boy
9. Mary's Little Boy Child
10. Jingle Bells
11. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
12. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
13. Sleigh Ride
14. Twelve Days Of Christmas
15. O, Tannenbaum
16. Christmas Alphabet
17. Deck The Hall
18. White Christmas
19. The First Noel
20. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
21. Silver Bells
22. The Holly And The Ivy
23. I'll Be Home For Christmas
24. Frosty The Snowman
25. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
26. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
27. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem
28. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
29. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
30. Winter Wonderland



Rodney said...

Ernie, A big THANK YOU for this one. I've been wanting a copy for years now, and you deliver in the new year! Going to be some great sounds to add to my music selection for Christmas 2020.

As always, thank you so much for all you do and for sharing the music you find I'm sure that there are a lot of lurkers/downloaders who may not say it, but appreciate you very much.

Anonymous said...

WOW! This is the one I too have been wanting for years. I had a recording but it was so bad I tossed it in the goodwill sack. Thank you Ernie !!! Happy New Year!
It sounds Fantastic!!!

Brad R-M said...

This was one of my favorite discoveries by somebody on the Fa. It's just the kind of Now Sound/Easy Listening Christmas that I go for.

Anonymous said...

Always a great share, I got it years ago from another generous benefactor, and I'm excited to listen to this rip.

Ernie, thank you for your years of selfless sharing. I have more Christmas music than I can count, and I owe probably half of that to you!

sharxfan said...

One of my all-time favorites. What a great post-season surprise!

ch51 said...

Thanks for all you do every year Ernie!
This version of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" (a song I rarely like at all) is easily my favourite ever version of the track. Score!!!

Kwork said...

Oh, wonderful! Thank you so very much.

Der Bingle said...

Great share Ernie! It's Jan 13 and I'm just now circling back around to grab some of your stuff :-)

Anonymous said...

Question: Track 27, it's listed on the box and the album as "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" ... but it sounds like a different song. And this other song sounds unfamiliar.

Has anyone else noticed this? No mention of this mystery at the 'Fa

Brad R-M said...

There are several tunes that are used for this carol. This is the "Forest Green" tune that is often used in the UK.

Ernie said...

Thanks, Brad! That would make sense since I think these songs probably have their origin overseas, either the UK, or maybe some Eastern European orchestra-for-hire.