Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Christmas Songs and Stories--Various Artists (Childcraft/Wing CLP-1213)
I don't remember why I discarded the Christmas Songs and Stories LP jacket, but I seem to recall a bad patch of mildew on the liner-notes side. At any rate, it's gone. There's a nice scan here, though.
The label doesn't identify any of the artists (neither does the jacket, memory tells me), but I've i.d.'d The Crew-Cuts (Twinkletoes, Dance Mr. Snowman Dance) and Eddy Howard (Uncle Misteltoe, Rudolph the Red Nose (sic) Reindeer). Dance Mr. Snowman and Uncle Mistletoe have both appeared at Ernie (Not Bert) in 45 rpm editions, along with a version by The Three Suns. I'm a little too woozy (from a sinus infection) to make title links that work, so just enter the titles into Ernie's Search Blog box (upper left-hand corner) when you go there. (UPDATE: I've filled in the artist information by looking up the original discs at eBay and elsewhere. Unfortunately, nowhere can I find discographical data for Childcraft or Playcraft. Kiddie labels don't get no respect!)
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This is nice kiddie fare in (mostly) nice fidelity. I think you'll enjoy. And if anyone can identify the narrator on A Christmas Carol and The Christmas Tree, please let me know. I find the voice very Claude-Raines-ish. (UPDATE: It's him, all right!) After checking Mercury discographies and doing various phrase-combination searches, I come up with nothing for a Mercury label version of Christmas Carol. That doesn't mean the info isn't hiding out there someplace, cyber-wise.
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SLEIGHLIST FOR CHRISTMAS SONGS & STORIES (Childcraft/Wing CLP-1213)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PART 1--Probably Claude Raines, w. Hugo Peretti O., Cho.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PART 2--Same.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE, Part 1--Claude Raines, w. Hugo Peretti O. and Cho.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE, Part 2--Same
ADESTE FIDELIS--O, LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM--Hugo Peretti O., w. The Caroleers
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING--SILENT NIGHT--Hugo Peretti O., w. The Caroleers
JINGLE BELLS--WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS--Hugo Peretti O. w. The Caroleers
CAROL OF THE BELLS--THE FIRST NOEL--Hugo Peretti O., Caroleers
GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN--GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO--Hugo Peretti O., Caroleers
JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS--DECK THE HALLS--Hugo Peretti O. w. The Caroleers
TWINKLETOES--The Crew-Cuts, 1954.
DANCE MR. SNOWMAN DANCE--The Crew-Cuts, 1954.
UNCLE MISTLETOE--Eddy Howard and His Orch., 1949
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE (sic) REINDEER--Eddy Howard and His Orch., 1950.
Happy Christmas holidays! I mean, Merry Holidays! Er, I mean, Happy... something. The big day coming up.