I thrifted this during my three day internet-withdrawal period, and I apparently got a great deal at 99 cents--it's at Discogs in Poor condition for $56.00 (Can the dealer be serious?), and it doesn't show up at all on eBay. My copy has some moisture damage to the back jacket but is otherwise fine. Such a tacky-cool cover photo, and if the copyright year shown on the back cover is the year of release, then this is from 1957 (Design's first year). This is quite possible, since the label is in the earliest style, complete with the promise of "Stereo Sonic Sound," which this disc does not deliver--the tracks are all mono. Stereo didn't happen at Design until the early 1960s, apparently, but I guess Pickwick Sales Corp. figured no one would sue. I can picture a Design engineer saying to the label makers, "Anyone who buys this junk isn't going to know what stereo is. So, don't worry." Label makers: "But you guys are liable if someone gripes, right? Right? Right? Hello?"Rosemary Jun (1928-2016), whose real name was Rose Marie Jun, and who can't be blamed, since she didn't pen the thing. Rose Marie, aka Rosemary, is credited on the back jacket, along with the Cricketones, Toby Deane, Norman Rose, and Linnea Holm, and the label lists the Cricket Children's Playhouse (which doesn't seem to have existed) and one Brett Morrison, who was actually Bret Morrison (1912-1978), and who, among others, played The Shadow on the radio.
"Many, many happy Yuletide hours are the promise and offering of this gala Christmas package...and may we warn you in advance...BE SURE..OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS..." Oops. Guess we're a little late. Well, not if we're going by the Julian calendar, in which case Christmas isn't until January 7. My edition must be missing some material, since it clocks in at about 37 minutes, not "many, many happy Yuletide hours." Curious. Maybe everyone was drunk. Wow, this album even had a program and technical consultant. And it's a CP LP. "CP is Design's designation of controlled production." You can read all about it on the back jacket scan. I'm just overwhelmed by how much effort they put into this collection of previously released singles, to say nothing of the number of folks involved. Oh, and I stand corrected--apparently, we're getting "the complete Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol.'" Somehow, I don't remember it being so brief. And I thought the author was Charles Dickens, not Dicken.
Anyway, have a happy Pickwick New Year!
DOWNLOAD: Christmas Is for Children (Design DLPX 2; 1957?)