Saturday, December 22, 2018

Merry Christmas! Favorite Carols and Songs (Treasure Productions 824)

This is the same LP posted by Ernie here.  Except it's a different label and jacket.  So, why am I posting it?  Good question.  Oh, and the Tops label put out at least some of these same tracks--in particular, Santa Claus Is Flying Thru the Sky, which appears to have originated as a Lincoln Records single in 1950.  Here's the Lincoln single.  Image swiped from discogs:

I also have it as a Tops for Tots single, put out, of course, by Tops.

Some surprisingly excellent sound quality on this LP, but a junky pressing.  That'll happen.  Meanwhile, the front jacket says "Treasure Label," but the back jacket says "Treasure Productions."  The label says "A Treasure Production."  I went with the middle choice.

I've had this for a long time, and I've been wanting to put it up, and now I have.  But my life feels just the same.  Confusing.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR: Merry Christmas! Favorite Carols and Songs

Joy to the World
Santa Claus Is Flying Thru the Sky
Good King Wenceslaus
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
My First Christmas Tree
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Jingle Bells
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
O Come All Ye Faithful
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
The First Noel
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
Deck the Halls

Merry ChristmasFavorite Carols and Songs (Treasure Productions 824)



Buster said...

So was the Treasure label a Tops production? I see the label all the time, but don't know a thing about it.

Love that Lincoln records label, although Abe looks like he disapproves of Santa.

Ernie said...

What'd I do now?

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Yeah, he looks like Clint Eastwood is playing him....

Discogs says nothing about Treasure, except its location. When I have the time or will, I'll compare discographies to see if it's Tops or some other cheapo outfit. I don't know much about recording industry history, but I masters were being leased to different label groups, even as far back as the early 50s. Sometimes it was Tops or someone else buying up material from a defunct label, but by the late 50s, the fake hits were label-hopping like crazy. For a while, I tried to find a pattern, but gave up. The labels that did their own stuff included all the Waldorf labels, Bell, and Broadway/Value Hit Parade. And the Broadway and Tops materiel, starting about 1957, were showing up on the mail-order outfit Gilmar. There were sides that came out on Tops and SPC simultaneously, and perhaps the Eli Oberstein labels, though by the late 50s, I think he'd been bought up. The whole history is more confusing than... well, just about anything in the history of things being confusing.

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Tops did do a lot of original stuff on its label, presumably in its own studios, but its fake hits popped up on Prom and Promenade, and (I'm not sure) labels like Parade and Allegro, though Tops could've owned those labels by then. I absolutely cannot keep this stuff in my head.

Buster said...

Thanks, Lee - I am glad I am not the only one confused. Your info is very helpful!

Kwork said...

Thank you Lee!

Traitor Vic said...

Your life may feel the same, Lee, but mine feels much different, this Holiday Season, thanks to your (and others') generosity!

That's one of the great things about life, I suppose. Simply by living it some do a great deal for others, their community, their country and the population of the planet.

Thank you so much for all that you do!