Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Western Springs Sings: Christmas--1959 (Western Springs Savings & Loan)

From 1959, a Christmas LP produced by Western Springs Savings and Loan.  We're talking Western Springs, Illinois.  There is quite a lot of variety here, from grade school kids to church choirs to a high school marching band to the Q Suburban Barbershop Chapter.  The back jacket lists every single person present on every track.  I used the back jacket titles in the playlist below, not the shortened ones on the label.  Great to have a Christmas LP which contains Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, as harmonized by J.S. Bach.  I love playing this on the organ, though it's a little tricky, since I don't pedal.  This means moving bass voices up an octave when necessary, but I get through it.  On this disc, the church choir does a decent enough job, though the much better First Congregational Church choir, in its two selections, is professional-quality.  For some reason, the marching band track is my favorite, maybe in part because the audio quality is nice and natural.  The opening tracks are a bit weird--36 seconds of Silent Night on a music box, which amounts to about half a stanza, the track fading into about 21 seconds of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  Not exactly starting things out with a bang.

Each track closes with a burst of surface noise that quickly subsides.  It can't be needle wear, because it wouldn't happen in that pattern, or in that consistent of one.  Very strange.  Obviously, the hiss can't be in the master tape(s)--it's clearly of the vinyl type.  Clearly, something gone wrong in the mastering process, but exactly what, I don't have the technical background to even guess.

Anyway, the locally produced holiday album by which I'll be judging all others from now on:

CLICK HERE TO HEAR: Western Springs Sings: Christmas--1959

Silent Night--Regina Music Box
We Wish You a Merry Christmas--Third Grade, Franklin School
Sing We the Virgin Mary--First Congregational Church
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming--The Villagers
Carol of the Bells--The McClure Seventh Grade Chorus
Winds Through the Olive Trees--First Grade, Franklin School
While Shepherds Watch--Baptist Church
Christmas Medley--Lyons Township High School North Campus Band
Fum Fum Fum--Upper Grades Chorus, Laidlaw School
O Come All Ye Faithful--Q Suburban Barbershop Chapter
See Amid the Winter's Snow--Saint Cletus Boys' Choir
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light--First Methodist Church
Sweet Little Jesus Boy--Robert Gooding, Soloist
We Wish You a Merry Christmas--First Congregational Church

Western Springs Sings--Produced by Western Springs Savings and Loan, 1959



Ernie said...

For some reason I thought your share was another volume of this share of mine:

But I'm not so sure now. Different bank, different city. Back in the day, Inkydog shared out another one that came out a year before or after mine, from the same city and bank, but I can't remember and his blog is long gone. I remember having a copy of the other record, but it was on shellac and cracked.

But very interesting stuff either way!

Kwork said...

Thank you much!