Friday, December 01, 2017
A Gilmar and Tops 78 rpm Christmas!
I had no idea the cheapie label Gilmar had produced 78s, so when this showed up on a 78 list, I grabbed it. (Actually, I sent money for it and waited for it to arrive via USPS. I didn't literally grab it. Tried, but it didn't work.) Most of Gilmar's output consisted of fake versions of current hits, the material coming from Tops and Broadway/Value--Hit Parade Tunes. Hence, the "Tops All-Star Orchestra and Chorus" credit on this disc. (I hope that made sense.)
Pretty rough shape, and sounds terrible with my 78 stylus. So I tried an LP needle, and... infinitely better results. That'll happen, sometimes.
The bonus track--The Music Hall Dram Group and Orch. performing The Night Before Christmas--appears to have originated on the Record Guild of America label. Perhaps Tops purchased the master from it.
Click here to hear: Gilmar--Christmas Favorites