So, I ripped this from a Rondo-lette (Eli Oberstein) disc but scanned my Halo label jacket for the album, which was the same as the Golden Tone jacket but brighter and newer-looking. The Golden Tone jacket, of course, went with the Rondo-lette disc. I hope you're taking notes.
By the way, regardless of which label shows up with this release, the catalog number is always 51500, so at least they're consistent in that regard. And somewhere there's a Royale 51500 copy waiting to be found--I just know it. I feel it.
Along with the usual budget label-juggling, we have the standard jacket/label title conflict: Christmas Music for the Winter Season (jacket), or An Hour of Christmas Orchestral Music (label)? Take your pick. And, since this is the Royale Concert Orch. (yeah, right), we can assume this began life as a Royale LP. Or not. Anyway, about time we had Christmas music for the winter season.
Now that we've cleared all of that up, let me confess that I switched the side order on this. That is, I switched the order of sides--things start with the B side, which is far more lively and fun. Nothing wrong with the A side, except that it drags by comparison. Maybe the orchestra was warming up for the B-side festivities on Side A.
And, for some reason, Rondo-lette/Halo/Golden Tone/Royale(?) decided to include a second Jingle Bells track, only without listing it. (They doubled March of the Toys, too.) So, for your convenience, I've labeled those tracks Jingle Bells (1) and (2). I find Jingle Bells (2) to be cooler. Oh, and the beginning bars of White Christmas were later cribbed as background for a cheap label A Christmas Carol. Budget stock music!
I love the greeting-card nature of this cover, and I wonder if these were actual greeting cards. Very skillful (and beautifully "period") watercolor work. On the Halo issue, the back jacket gives 1957 as the copyright year, but I don't trust Record Corporation of America info. And, by the time Eli Oberstein started Rondo-lette, he had allegedly sold off his Record Corporation of America labels, so I'm confused. But confusion is the rational reaction to budget-label issues like these. The only rational one.
Delightful, lively arrangements--followed by more conventional treatments. For your winter season:
DOWNLOAD: Christmas Music for the Winter Season (Rondo-lette 51500)
Jingle Bells (1)
March of the Toys
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
March of Toys (sic)
Jingle Bells (2)
Silent Night, Holy Night
The First Noel
Adeste Fidelis (sic)
O Little Town of Bethlehem
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Angels We Have Heard on High
Christmas Music for the Winter Season/An Hour of Christmas Orchestral Music (Rondo-lette/Golden Tone/Halo 51500)