Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Adventures in misleading record jackets--"The Jeri Mann Singers"
Cool--a nice choral LP for kids. By the Jeri Mann Singers. Awesome.
That's what our eyes tell us when we see the cover. Our ears tell a different story when we lay the needle down. Our ears hear Johnny Kay on Side A--the same tracks I just posted, save for It Came Upon.... And they hear an orchestra on side B. What happened to the Jeri Mann Singers? Did they fail to make it to the session, and so Sutton substituted Johnny Kay and an uncredited orchestra?
I typed in "Jeri Mann" at Discogs and all I got was a bunch of "Jeri" matches. Then I put quotes around the name and chose the Artist category for more specific results--still no Jeri Mann. If Jeri Mann is reading this, feel feel to comment.
UPDATE: After a nearly 50-year search, Ronald Sauer (see comment section) traced this LP's instrumental tracks to their source: Lester Records L 1002, The Stradivarius String Society and Cologne Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Fritz Munch--Singing Strings Herald Christmas. Many thanks, Ronald!
The instrumentals are nice, so I ripped them. I skipped the Kay tracks, of cousre. Pretty nice sound, considering the label--Sutton. Click on the link for Discog's lowdown on the label. The tracks are in true stereo, which is good, because Sutton's fake stereo was some of the worst. I would have preferred less echo in the mix, but we've heard worse. These numbers will have you thinking you're shopping at Grant's in 1969.
Once again, I've been taken in by a dollar-bin label. I believed what I read on the jacket. D'oh! On the other hand, the artwork is classic!
The Jeri Mann Singers--not
Christmas Carols and Songs for Children (Sutton SSU 96X, Side B)
Deck the Halls
Joy to the World
Good King Wenceslaus
We Three Kings
Unknown orchestra. LP credited to "Jeri Mann Singers." Fooled again!