Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Ten from "Fifty Christmas Favorites" (Playhour TB-5), plus two by Cri-Cri

This twelve-record EP set showed up on eBay for a decent price, so I snapped it up.  Two of the discs are missing, so maybe that helped.  It's on Playhour Records, which was Pickwick.  Turns out that most of the selections aren't terribly good, but I found ten decent and/or weird tracks worth posting, including three that Ernie just posted on a Cricket (Pickwick) label LP.  Those are Mixie Pixie, The Snowflake Song, and The Sound of Christmas.  Small world.  And on Bay I just found a listing for The Sound of Christmas on a 1953 vinyl Cricket Records 78--Warren Vincent and Orch. with the Cricketones.  Most likely it's our track.

Other fun numbers in my playlist include Tinker Town Santa Claus, whose lyrics I can't quite make complete sense of, Nine Little Reindeer (sung by a uncredited Gene Autry), a fine Carol of the Bells, and the genuinely well written The Sleigh Bell Song, which is also very professionally performed.  The playlist ends with two 1963 tracks by Francisco Gabilondo Soler, a.k.a. Cri-Cri, from the Mexican LP Todo El Ano Con, which translates to something like "For All Year."  The numbers are Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) and Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings).  The stereo sound is quite nice.  Another St. Vincent de Paul thrift find.

Thanks, Brad, for alerting me to my "Playhouse" typo, which I thought I'd corrected!  (I just now fixed the errors in this post.)  As my scans show, the label is Playhour.  I hope I got it right in the download.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR: Ten from Fifty Christmas Favorites (Playhour TB-5)

The Sleigh Bell Song
The Snowflake Song
White Christmas
The Sound of Christmas
Carol of the Bells
Mixie Pixie
Little Drummer Boy
Tinker Town Santa Claus
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Nine Little Reindeer
Nochebuena (Christmas Eve)--Francisco Gabliondo Solor  (Cri-Cri), 1963
Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings)Francisco Gabliondo Solor  (Cri-Cri), 1963



Ernie said...

Thanks, Lee. We'll have this whole Synthetic Plastics/PRI/Pickwick thing figured out in no time.

Steve Turner said...

Christmas is for Kids and I refuse to grow up! Thank you for sharing these.

Brad R-M said...

We're on the same wavelength. I shared this one out this year as well. And, like you, I could not figure out what the heck Tinker Town Santa Claus means. There's gotta be some kind of story in there.


Also, good ear for hearing that that is, in fact, Gene Autry on Nine Little Reindeer. I had just assumed it was a sound-alike, something the Pickwick labels seemed to do. It looks like they just cut Autry's spoken intro.

Also, I made the same mistake as you and saw "Playhouse" where it says "Playhour".

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Thanks! Ernie just told me about your share, and I just now downloaded it.

I thought I'd corrected my "Playhouse" error, too! Oops.

My quick eBay search found a number of these in the form of Cricket and/or Cricketone singles. I was a little surprised to find "The Sound of Christmas" going back to 1953. "Sound" is an amusing enough side, but of course it's no competition for Line Material's "The Sounds of Christmas"

I found the child's choir material intolerable. Look forward to hearing the two discs I don't have. Thanks!

Kwork said...

Thank you much!