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
I'll Be Home For Christmas
One Little Candle
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)