Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Another Record Corporation of America holiday classic!

Sure, it's a cute cover (another 10-incher for Christmas 2017), but it doesn't exactly have "High Quality" printed all over it.  Well, actually, it did, and it took me hours to clone out the lettering.  What a task....

Varsity, of course, was one of Eli Oberstein's labels, so the no-budget nature of this collection should come as no surprise.  No artist credits, BUT (and I consider this a minor Christmas miracle), the tracks are listed in the correct order on the cover!!   A possible first.  Of course, the label screws them up in one spot, but you can't have everything.

I have at least two of these on singles, and there's something about one of the credits that's quite amusing.  Too bad I can't remember what it was....  (Too lazy to dig up the single and check?  Moi?)

The perfect background music for those cheap light-show thingies they're advertising on cable TV (including "Star Shower").

Click here to hear:  Merry Christmas Songs (Varsity 6905)

Consult track listing on cover scan.



DonHo57 said...

I'm pretty certain my grandparents had a copy of this when I was a wee lad that played on an old RCA cabinet system that had one huge speaker, an old RCA AM radio that seemed to pick up broadcasts from outer Mongolia on still summer nights, and a turntable made to play 78s and 33-1/3 discs. I'll give it a listen or two and make certain, the cover photo is so familiar.

And thank you for the Christmas posts you've already shared. I'll be singing the Christmas City song for's stuck in my brain.

Anonymous said...

Someone who has a double 7" of this title on (Royale / 14521) entered the credits as follows:

A Johnny Frank - White Christmas
B1 The Varsity Caroleers - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
B2 The Varsity Caroleers - Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
C Johnny Frank - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
D1 The Varsity Caroleers - Joy to the World
D2 The Varsity Caroleers - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
D3 The Varsity Caroleers - Hark the Herald Angels Sing
E The Varsity Caroleers - Adeste Fideles
F The Varsity Caroleers - Silent Night, Holy Night

...thanks for sharing!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Don--It took me forever to realize Merv was rhyming "Duluth" with "youth." I couldn't make out the latter word!

Anon.--Thanks! I think I have that set. In fact, I know I do. Just too lazy to dig it up!