No... Nooo! It can't be!! It's not possible! Yet, is is. Its... it's...
Yes, Santa Claus Is Riding Through the Sky yet again, only this time it's "through the sky," not "thru." He rode thru/though the sky on the Treasure Products LP I put up yesterday, and that LP was an exact dupe of a 2012 Ernie share, only with a different cover and label. So, is this Tops LP a second dupe?
Nope. There are only three common tracks, and that's where it gets a little strange. Because one of the common tracks, Silent Night, is sung by the same female duet on the other two, but the musical backing is completely different. So, it's the same track, basically, but revamped. On this track, there's something closer to an orchestra rather than a small group. Same two ladies, same male voices joining in on the last stanza, but new production. How often does this kind of thing happen? A dollar-store label decides, two year down the line, "Hey, we could have done that better, Let's do it over"? In what alternate universe?
Oh, no. Have we hopped universes? And I don't have a thing to wear for the occasion.
The third common track is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, nice enough, but the least of all the musical versions of this 1823 poem that I've heard, with the 1948 Record Guild of America classic blowing away all the others.. And this singer's voice is good but too put-on. Only Jerome Hines sounded like Jerome Hines. Just be yourself.
So, this is not just another version of that same album. It's a pretty fun collection, with decent versions of Rudolph, Frosty, and Jingle Bells. A few awful transfers, but this is Tops Records.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR: Christmas Favorites--Tops Orchestra and Choristers, 1957
Deck the Halls
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Joy to the World
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Frosty the Snowman
'Twas the Night Before Chrsitmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O, Come All Ye Faithful
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Santa Claus Is Riding Through the Sky
The First Noel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
Good King Wenceslaus
Christmas Favorites--Tops Orchestra and Choristers (Tops L1525, 1957)