Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Party for Children--20 Favorites (Yulesong SY-0222)

We kick off the 2017 Christmas posting with the ultra-cheap classic, Christmas Party for Children--20 Favorites.

And what list of Christmas favorites would be complete without "Hickory Dickory Dock," "Farmer in the Dell," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "London Bridge," "Me and Teddy Bear," or "The Bible Tells Me So"?  Oh, and they also have filler like "White Christmas," "Silent Night," and "Toy Soldier," the latter sounding a lot like Leon Jessel's 1897 Die Parade der Zinnsoldaten (Parade of the Toy Soldiers).  Uncannily so, in fact.  Hm.  Maybe Yulesong was saving on ink when it typed out "Toy Soldier."

This disc was, quote-unquote,"Mfd. by Cadet Records, Inc.," but we cheap-label experts know that we're not talking the Chess/Argo family of labels, but rather the infamous Crown/Kent/United/Robin Hood/Custom, etc. brood.  What I can't believe is that Yulesong didn't have enough actual holiday cuts on hand to fulfill the LP's "20 Favorites" promise, given all the Crown Christmas material they had in the vaults, but then they didn't specify which kind of "favorites," now, did they?

The sound is acceptable, for the most part, and there's some real stereo to be heard on a few selections, making the label's "stereo" promise not a complete lie.

In the best cheap-label tradition, the title line-up on the jacket has zilch to do with the actual one.  I cloned out the masking tape on my jacket scan, but now I'm thinking I should've kept it there for maximum el-cheapo effect.

Click here to hear: Christmas Party for Children--20 Favorites

White Christmas
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Toy Soldier
The Night Before Christmas
Happy Birthday to You
The Bible Tells Me So
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Alphabet Story & Song
Farmer in the Dell
Hickory Dickory Dock
Little Drummer Boy 
Down By the Station
Me and Teddy Bear
The First Noel
Three Blind Mice
Jack and Jill
Silent Night
London Bridge
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Jingle Bells


1 comment:

Ernie said...

Thanks, Lee. I hope this is better than it sounds. I mean better than it looks. I mean, well, I don't know what I mean. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!