Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Christmas Surprise Package (Palace XM-911)




A Christmas Surprise Package is a product of Palace, a junk label which discogs describes as a sublabel of Buckingham Records.  I did not know that.

Surprise Package includes seven tracks from another Palace LP called Christmas at Home, which is credited to the orchestra and chorus of Fontanna, whoever he was.  Here, those seven tracks are credited to John Rawles and His Orchestra.  Whoever he was.  Maybe that's the surprise.  Ernie has the Masterseal copy of Christmas at Home --same cover, tracks, and credit--and he's posted it more than once since 2008. His most recent re-up was a couple weeks ago.

There's no way to write about this stuff in a way that makes sense.  Anyway, since there's no surprise in this Surprise Package, my best guess is that Palace simply made up a name to go with the image.  I mean, it's no surprise when dollar-bin LPs re-re-reissue their stuff in deceptive ways.  It's their business model.  I mean, was their business model.

I found this LP today in a box--actually a tub--of flea market vinyl.  The cover is so professional looking, I was expecting to see Warner Bros. on the flip side.  Nope--Palace.  Had to have been an accident, a jacket this good on Palace.

Someone on eBay wants $17.95 for a "not tested" copy of this.  Theirs is in fake stereo.  Here I was, thinking the two bucks I paid was a little steep.  Hey, I saved almost fifteen dollars!

In less cherry news, I'm struggling with holiday loneliness on top of my regular loneliness, and today I woke up with an asthma attack, then suffered a panic episode while doing errands in town, and right now I'm coping with a migraine that has been happening on and off for about two weeks.  My foster mother Bev passed away in February, and I just don't feel like putting up a tree or lights this Christmas.  It would underscore the pain of my loss.  It's mostly me, myself, and I for the holidays.  Blogging helps, because it gives me a feeling of being connected.  I try not to let things bring me down, and I'm successful about 50 percent of the time....

Click here to hear: A Christmas Surprise Package (Palace XM-911)

(All title words capitalized, as on label)

John Rawles and His Orchestra

White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
I'll Be Home For Christmas
One Little Candle
Jingle Bells
Night Before Christmas
We Three Kings Of Orient Are

Jerry Maynard at the Organ, with Chimes

O Holy Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
The First Noel
Joy To The World
Deck the Hall
Away In A Manger
What Child Is This
Angels From the Realm of Glory

Christmas Surprise Package (Palace XM-911)

Lee

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it when folks get together and share thoughts. Great website, keep it
up!

Buster said...

Well, you are doing a heck of a job with the blogging; super material in terrific sound!

I do hope your various maladies abate for the holidays. You deserve it!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Anon., Thank you!

Buster, Yes, I'd love to actually enjoy Christmas! But it would certainly be a much bluer time without blogging. However, I've reached a stalemate point where posting is generating stress instead of relieving it. What was giving me comfort has now got me worrying and fretting for no other reason than my brain's inability to properly regulate my moods. This always happens. A fun thing becomes an occasion for worrying. The worries are of the fuzzy type, the kind you can't state in words. They're powerful, but they lack a clear subject line. Hey, I'm sounding literary. Thanks for the support.

Brad R-M said...

Lee, I'm sorry that you're feeling disconnected. I understand how it feels. I've been a bit isolated since I started undergoing surgery and treatments for oropharyngeal cancer. I've been mostly at home by myself. Like you, I think I'm diving into the holiday sharing season to feel connected. And it helps a bit. You might want to get in on the discussions in the FaLaLaLaLa forums, which is a more interactive place. We'd love to have you.

Please know that your holiday sharing is GREATLY appreciated. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

Brad (AKA The King of Jingaling)

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Thank you, Brad. That's very kind.

Ernie said...

Hey Lee, thanks for the share. It's tough to be alone for the holidays. But you're doing great work by sharing it with all of us here at the blog. Wish that more people would stop in and leave comments so that you knew we all appreciated the work you do. Funny story, I'd never seen this cover before this morning. I was in a new record store that I'd somehow overlooked for 30 years, or so the owner told me. One of the things in the bin of Christmas records was this album. I, too, had to pick it up and check. I put it back though, because it wasn't priced and I suspected that unpriced things would be expensive. And I was right. But I got a couple goodies I didn't have, and another copy of The Guitars Inc Christmas album from the dollar bin! In stereo even! :) You just never know.

And thanks for the pointer to my blog. :)

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Sure! Yes, I wish more people would comment, too, but I don't want anyone to feel required to. I do lots of "lurking" in cyberspace, so I can't fault others for doing. And I never like that term--lurking. It has sinister connotations.

Yes, it would be nice. And I don't bite. On the other hand, it's a bit of a hassle to get through the Google gates, since I have comment monitoring. I found I have to, because of the spam and because (not so much anymore) and some inappropriate stuff I got in the past. One guy posted a link to obscene Christmas songs he'd penned. I mean, sorry, but that's over the line. He can plug the stuff (no dirty pun intended) on his own.

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Sure! Yes, I wish more people would comment, too, but I don't want anyone to feel required to. I do lots of "lurking" in cyberspace, so I can't fault others for doing. And I never like that term--lurking. It has sinister connotations.

Yes, it would be nice. And I don't bite. On the other hand, it's a bit of a hassle to get through the Google gates, since I have comment monitoring. I found I have to, because of the spam and because (not so much anymore) and some inappropriate stuff I got in the past. One guy posted a link to obscene Christmas songs he'd penned. I mean, sorry, but that's over the line. He can plug the stuff (no dirty pun intended) on his own.

Thanks for the nice words. A number of people have reminded me that stress is completely normal and expected this time of year, and this being my first Christmas without Bev... not easy.

DonHo57 said...

Sorry that the "season" is hard for you this year. Mine has been since my Dad died in 2010. I still have my Mom, and my only son moved back here with his job a few years ago, so I have a bit of a network. All our other family is gone, however, I have two cousins left out of a couple dozen who I haven't talked with in 30 years or more. But all three of us have little Christmas cheer in recent years, although it's a little better this year than in past. The world around us contributes enough to the stress and pressure of the season as it is. I appreciate all your posts, the time and effort that goes int it, and will continue praying for you, pal.

And I thought I might be the only one with that same opinion of Wikipedia...!!!

Ernie said...

OK, so today I find a copy of an LP with the same cover as Christmas at home (The baby with the trumpet), only the cover credits are for John Clayton Orchestra And Chorus-Merry Xmas And Season's Greetings. Flip it over, and it's still the same as my Christmas at Home share, even credited to Fontanna. He's credited on the vinyl, too, though it's a different label than the one I had before. Is John Clayton a new name or have you seen him before? Someone has handwritten a date on the cover of 1967-68, so this may be a much later reissue.

Lee Hartsfeld said...

DonHo57--Thanks. Sorry to hear about your situation. Helps to know I'm not alone, though I also wish so many of us weren't hurting at this time. But... holiday stress is a human constant, and it's going to happen in one form or another. Everyone has it, but we're all different in the ways and degrees to which it affects us. And I'm not saying anything profound here, but... thanks. And do you mean my statement about Wiki's cluelessness when it comes to cultural issues? There is a general media trend that has driven me mad for ages--the follow-the-leader trend we're talking about. Someone decides Elvis invented rock and roll in 1954, despite the mountains of proof that make that claim absurd, yet writers pile around it, even knowing it's pure nonsense.

Ernie--That's awesome. No, never heard of John Clayton, though I immediately thought of Jack, the director of "The Innocents." Did you look for him on Discogs?

Here we go. Two listings on Discogs, and as VOCALIST. https://www.discogs.com/artist/3383601-John-Clayton-9

And Christmas at Home has one heck of a history:

https://www.discogs.com/Fontanna-His-Orchestra-And-Chorus-Christmas-At-Home/master/811939

Logan B. said...

Lee, should've commented many years ago, but better late than never, right? I have been reading your blog and enjoying the incredible music you post, particularly Christmas music, for perhaps a decade. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and music and making other people's lives better and more enjoyable by doing so. I hope you find the comfort and peace you need to ease you through the holiday season and into the next year and that 2019 finds you in better health and good spirit. Merry Christmas,
Logan B. Rome, GA

Doc said...

Lee, I too should have written long ago to tell you how much your efforts are appreciated and to thank you for sharing generously--year after year. You certainly do find treasures and bear gifts! If you put down the mouse for awhile, we'll miss you but we'll understand. Take care of yourself, Lee. Your friends will understand as many of us have gone through something similar.
Thank you again for all you do.
Doc

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Logan B.,

Thank you. It's so easy to forget, when we're feeling great stress, that we're sharing an experience millions of others are having. Anxiety has an isolating effect. Evolutionary biologists, of course, study the way the human brain has evolved over all the millennia, and of course we spent most of our evolutionary history in vastly different environments. And so our responses to the current one can be highly skewed. I'm not the only person who is literally dreading the holidays, despite the fact the holidays have yet to bite me! Dec. 25 must symbolize something that was, at some point in history, a threat. Something potentially deadly around the winter solstice. Something other than long shopping lines, slow internet servers, or icy roads! After all, the sun is being reborn. Day is coming back. We should feel relief....

Doc,

Thanks. I may take a break after the horrordays... er, holidays. (Bad joke!) I was just saying that the universal modern response to Dec. 25 is that something potentially awful is coming around the bend. I wonder if this fear has an evolutionary basis?

Anyway, very grateful for the supportive words.

Chris said...

Hi Lee,

I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I am a regular visitor and absolutely love listening to all the new (to me) things you share. Thank you for the time you put into these treasures - there is wonderful stuff here. I’m thankful this site exists. I have two small kiddos and don’t have as much listening time as I’d like, but I’ve been catching up the last few days. I just listened to the Italian carol, and my word, that is gorgeous!

Kwork said...

Lee, I hope your Christmas was better than the blues often say it will be, and that you were surrounded by light and love. Thank you for all these shares. Sorry your moderation is going a bit crazy as I catch up and keep up my personal resolution to comment on all shares this season. Each one is a gift, and deserves a thanks.