Wednesday, December 13, 2017

'Twas the Night Before Christmas--The Mistletoe Singers


Kind of a nice cover for such a cheap LP.  The "Mistletoe Singers" is a fake name for whoever and whatever the label (Tinkerbell) could dig up for this effort, and, to my genuine surprise, the album's a pretty fun mix of frequently-released old stuff (a number of Perry Como sound-alike Johnny Cole/Kay sides from the Johnny Cole Wishing You a Merry Christmas LP on Crown CST-165, 1959), and newly-recorded stuff.  From the sound of the newer stuff, I'd deem this LP a 1970s relic.  No date at Discogs.

"A Favor for the Little Christmas Tree" may be my favorite track: "Now there's something I'd like you to do that will make it all worthwhile: When the holidays come to an end, don't toss me any-old-where.  Instead please plant me once again, 'cause burning me pollutes the air."  It's different.

The usual cobbled-together holiday cheapie, but somehow cooler than most of its type.  Oh, and despite the presence of old Crown material, the company is SPC (Synthetic Plastics Co.).  The give-away?  A barely legible "Ambassador Record Corp." credit on the back cover.

Oh, and the jacket lists the tracks in the correct order.  This is getting to be a pattern.

Click here to hear: The Mistletoe Singers (Tinkerbell SX 1732)

SLEIGHLIST

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Every Little Snowflake
Good King Wenceslas (typo on zipfile--"Wesceslas")
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Gather Around the Christmas Tree
The Mostest, Bestest, Merriest Christmas Time
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Shepherd's Carol
I Wonder as I Wander
Rise Up Shepherd and Follow
A Favor for the Little Christmas Tree
Cantique de Noel

Lee

5 comments:

DonHo57 said...

Tracks are in order? Someone musta managed t avoid the office eggnog until this one was pressed and printed. It is sorta cool, Lee, and I thank you for a new peg in my holiday list.

Anonymous said...

Wow Lee, This brings back the memories. I got this album around 1972 at the local Rexall drug store in my home town. I was 10 years old at the time and was hoping this would be the perfect sound track accompaniment to my super8 stop motion animated movie I was making by the same name.
Thanks so much for sharing this,
Merry Christmas!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

DonHo57--Glad you like!

Anon.--That's awesome! Glad to revive it for you, and thanks for confirming my 1970s guess. Rexall--I remember those!

Steve Turner said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! They brought in someone special for the album cover design, George C. Peed. The cartoon style illustration is fantastic.

http://indianaillustrators.blogspot.com/2014/12/george-c-peed-1913-2002.html

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this post...I just really wish I knew what year it was released. I'm really anal about that stuff!!