Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas 78s, Part 4--A Paul Whiteman Christmas!!

We start with a 12" Columbia Paul Whiteman Christmas 78--Ferde Grofe arranged the first side, Bill Challis the second.  Then, a guest appearance by the Peerless Quartet, with a tune that quotes a portion of Snow Time.  Looks like the same guys also recorded this for the Victor label.  Back to Whiteman for the acoustical (1923) and electrical (1928) recordings of Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, and I ripped the second track from two sources--a 1930s reissue and an original copy.  The tuba tones were shredded on the reissue, so I subbed two portions from my 1928 copy.  If you listen for the cuts, you might hear them--listen for a subtle EQ change.

Several more guest recordings follow, including the exact same Trinity Choir arrangement of Christmas Hymns and Carols, but in (you guessed it) acoustical (1921) and electrical (1926) versions.  It's a chance to compare pre-microphone and microphone fidelity on essentially the same performance.  (Timing's different, of course--I tried overlapping with no success.)

We close with the season's second appearance of Frederic Field Bullard's Winter Song, this time by the Peerless Quartet.  Er, with Orchestra.  We mustn't forget "Orchestra."

Click here to hear: Christmas 78s 2015 Pt. 4


Christmas Melodies (Arr: Ferde Grofe)--Paul Whiteman Orch., 1928
Silent Night, Holy Night (Arr: Bill Challis)--Paul Whiteman Orch., 1928
On a Good Old-Time Sleigh-Ride (Gumble)--Peerless Quartet, 1913
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (Arr: Grofe)--Paul Whiteman Orch., 1923
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (Arr: Grofe)--Paul Whiteman Orch., 1928
Day of the Lord (A Carol Scene) (Kruetzer)--Criterion Quartet, 1924
Silent Night, Holy Night--Columbia Mixed Quartet, 1926
Christmas Hymns and Carols (Electrical recording)--Trinity Choir, 1926
Christmas Hymns and Carols (Acoustical recording)--Trinity Choir, 1921
Winter Song (Bullard)--Peerless Quartet w. Orch., 1920



DonHo57 said...

Nice little lineup. I always appreciate Whiteman I haven't herd before. Thnks for this compilation, Lee.

John said...

Thank you Lee. I really enjoy these posts! Happy Holidays to you and Bev and all the kitties.