Saturday, December 29, 2018
An Hour of Christmas Orchestral Music--Royale Concert Orch. (Entire LP, this time); Gilmar 78 rpm EP fun
Today, the return of my eight-selection Gilmar 78 rpm EP, Christmas Favorites, which obviously originated with the Tops label. My clue? The "Tops All-Star Orchestra and Chorus" credit. After you've been blogging for a while, you develop these Holmes-level skills of deduction. You have to put in a lot of time, though. Doesn't happen overnight.
The record is beat-up, but plays very nicely with my regular (.7 mil) LP needle. The tracks are from different sources and eras, so there's no consistency, fidelity-wise. I tweaked the treble rolloff for max upper range, since a few of the tracks sound pretty muffled. I'm sure Tops/Gilmar put zero effort into balancing out the sound.
People have asked for Side A of An Hour of Christmas Orchestral Music, and so I ripped it and added it to Side B. We now have a complete rip. And the A side is very nice--I should've ripped it in the first place, but I was in a hurry or something. Not sure. I'd blame it on the cats, but I can't think of any way to pull that off. Um... they, er... they were being cats, and so I was only able to manage a Side B rip. Yeah, that 's it! The cats were being cats.
Seriously, the first side is lovely, and it provides nice contrast to the peppier flip, with its mislabeled tracks and double(d) versions of Jingle Bells and March of the Toys. Only problem is some annoying rumble in the quieter spots, and I think it's just the usual bit of good sides vs. crappy mastering. This is a Record Corporation of America product, after all. But, man, what a great cover. And does anyone besides me use the adjective "peppier" anymore?
Click here to hear: Christmas Favorites (Gilmar RX100)
Click here to hear: An Hour of Christmas Orchestral Music--Entire LP
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Frosty, the Snowman
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
O Come All Ye Faithful
Deck the Halls
Christmas Favorites--Tops All-Star Orchestra and Chorus (Gilmar RX100; 78 rpm EP)
Silent Night, Holy Night
The First Noel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Angels We Have Heard on High
March of the Toys
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
March of Toys
An Hour of Christmas Orchestral Music--Royale Concert Orch. (Halo 51500) Jacket says 1957, discogs says 1956. Take your pick.