Friday, December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas from Line Material!!

                                 Scans by me, from my collection

Ahhhh... Line Material Christmas singles--one of the best parts of any Christmas, anywhere. How to explain? How about with a capsule history of the company: Line Material.

Luckily for all of us, Line Material gave Christmas booklets and records to its employees during the holiday season.  A number of these have survived.  Here are eight of the LM singles, starting with 1956's The Magic of Christmas.  (I own a ninth--1949's Keeping Christmas--but I haven't yet located the CD-R containing it.  I could always re-rip it....)

Oh, yeah--and London-born John McCarthy (1919-2009) was the arranger on tracks 2-7.  That's why they sound so incredibly professional.  John is way better known for his Ambrosial Singers Christmas sides.  From 1961 to 1966, the Ambrosian Singers were known as the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  (Last bit of info swiped from Discogs.)

Here's John, from 1989:

Click here to hear:  Merry Christmas from Line Material!


The Magic of Christmas--1956
Santa's North Pole Band--1957
The Kinds of Christmas--1958
The Sound of Christmas--1959
Santa's Factoree--1960
The Day That Santa Was Sick--1961
Let's Trim the Christmas Tree--1962
The Story of Santa Claus--1964

Ripped and de-clicked by Lee Hartsfeld, 2007.



Ernie said...

Awesome stuff! Glad you're still digging into the history of these things.

KL from NYC said...

I had never heard of these until you posted some a few years ago. Thanks for the new ones.

giantslor said...

My granddad had most of these and I loved listening to them growing up. Some of these should be classics. I especially love "The Sounds of Christmas" and "Let's Trim the Christmas Tree." I hadn't heard "The Kinds of Christmas" before, and it's really good too. Any idea who wrote these?

Lee Hartsfeld said...

giantslor--No. I wish I did. I have a couple of LM booklets, though--booklets that came with the records. When I have time, I can search them for clues.