Friday, December 08, 2017

Merry Christmas from (who else?) Line Material!!

                                 Scans by me, from my collection

(This repeat post appeared in nearly the same form in 2015.)

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 it's not remotely as good as these, so you're not missing anything.)

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 Ambrosian 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...

Woo-hoo! Gotta love the Line Material stuff. John McCarthy had at least two Christmas records released under his name here in the US, FYI.

Unfortunately, I don't think either download link is hot at the moment. I'll try to get those fixed ASAP. Thanks for curating and sharing the LM stuff!

Jodsworth said...

These are fantastic - thanks so much!

Kwork said...

Thank you Lee!

barba said...

good stuff.

Steve Turner said...

Thanks so much for making these available. "The Day That Santa Was Sick" is priceless.

Lee Hartsfeld said...

These are what Christmas is all about. Fun memory: Years back, I got two of these FREE from a regular dealer (with a bunch of other vinyl) because she'd never heard of the things. She just threw them in. (Not literally.)

CaptainOT said...

It's not Christmas without Line Material! Thanks Lee!