Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Christmas Chorales--The Adam Carey Chorale (Colortone 4942)
Daughter: It sure looks fake out there. Mother: That's because we're in a photo shoot, honey.
A cooler-than-usual Colortone jacket--Colortone being an Enoch Light budget label ($1.57, says the sticker on the back) which made its debut in late 1957. This turns out to be a cheaper version of the Grand Award Christmas Chorale LP, featured at Ernie's last year. Which one was released first, I know not. Colortone promised to release "all new material," which would, at the very least, suggest material unique to the label. But that would have violated Enoch's marketing strategy of packaging the same stuff as often as he could get away with it.
The Grand Award is credited to one Edward Carrington; this cheaper Colortone edition is credited to one Adam Carey. Maybe they both worked on it and split the credit. Doubtful, but remotely possible, I reckon.
Good performances and arrangements, anyway, though nothing can compete with that fabulously "period" cover.
Don't miss today's holiday helping: Christmas Chorales--The Somebody or Another Chorale.
JOY TO THE WORLD
THE FIRST NOEL
DECK THE HALLS
AWAY IN A MANGER
GOD GIVE YE MERRY CHRISTMASTIDE
LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!
OH HOLY NIGHT
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
(The Adam Carey Chorale, Colortone 4942)