Last year, I presented one of my favorite finds ever--the Pickwick Christmas Is for Children LP, circa 1957--and so it's nice to have a "new" Pickwick holiday classic to share out. At Discogs, "Gerald Gibson and His Sing-A-Longers" pulls up only one LP, and--surprise! It's this one. As a lone search phrase, "Gerald Gibson" brings up folks who clearly aren't this person, assuming this person was for real to begin with. (Then again, someone had to have directed the music...) Anyhow, very enjoyable stuff, with that chintzy Pickwick sound we love so well. And this is yet another budget "vinyl" which can't decide on its title--on the jacket, it's Christmas Sing-Along, whereas on the label it's Christmas Sing-A-Long. One hyphen, two hyphens--whatever. I believe I tagged it as Sing-A-Long. This is a vastly important matter, so I thought I'd discuss it.
In "full spectrum stereo," by the way, courtesy of Hurrah Records, which describes itself as follows: "Tomorrow's sound today. A complete music library for the home. Music for every listening pleasure. Yes--music to please every member of the family from grandparents down to the diaper set." Wow.
Not only all that, but Hurrah Records are "Designed to please the most exacting technicians." It seems that Pickwick really went all the way with this one, except for telling us who Gerald Gibson is. Or his Sing-Alongers/Sing-A-Longers. Everything we could ask for--except an artist bio.
The cover art is beautifully period--a very 1962 depiction of carolers singing by the light of a street lamp. Penciled on the back jacket is "Jack R. Houocker (sp.?)," a previous owner, plus the words "Ha! Ha." Was that an editorial comment?
DOWNLOAD: Christmas Sing-Along: Gerald Gibson and His Sing-A-Longers
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O Come All Ye Faithful
Joy to the World
The First Noel
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O Little Town of Bethlehem
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in a Manger
What Child Is This
(Christmas Sing-Along--Gerald Gibson and His Sing-A-Longers; Hurrah HS-X7; 1962)