Saturday, December 15, 2018
Merry Christmas To: You--High Spirits, Past and Present, Youth of Holy Spirit Parish
The High Spirits were a group of children from the Holy Spirit School in Whitehall, Ohio, an enclave of Columbus. The kids on this 1973 LP are third- to eighth-graders, and they were directed by Sister Carol Ann Krell. Total pop-folk, good singing, fun percussion, a mostly good pressing (with a few rough spots), cool stereo sound--you can't miss with this one. Maybe the best LP of its type I've ever come across, and it's a local effort, to boot--about an hour's drive away. The children aren't trying to be cute, and the adults in charge haven't given them any corny material, so this is a welcome change from some of the stuff I've been putting up this season.
Generic cover, but nice. For once, I've included label and liner note scans along with the music. The typewritten liner notes were inserted into the jacket (the back is blank). I don't think they're mimeographs; probably photocopies, and of course not up to modern standards.
No Santa Got Drunk and Fell Off the Roof or Happy 25th, Jesus type of stuff. Just carols and a few pop Christmas standards. Totally delightful, and I keep hoping to find one or all of their other LPs As of 1973, they'd made four of them, plus a 45.
Note: The file I initially uploaded was minus the images. I re-upped, and still no images. But all is fine now--music and images are present. Sorry about that. I'm studying the contents of my "Christmas Vinyl" folder in my Music library right now, trying to figure out what went wrong. No idea. It was poltergeists. I just know it.
Click here to hear: High Spirits, Past and Present
Sing We Noel
Go Tell It on a Mountain
What Child Is This?
A Christmas Round
Away In a Manger
Do You Hear What I Hear?
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Angels We Have Heard on High
'Neath the Silent Stars
I Heard the Bells
Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
High Spirits, Past and Present--Christmas, 1973 (Mus-i-Col 101651/52, Columbus OH)