Thursday, December 18, 2008
Back in October, I reviewed "Warner Brothers Stars - We Wish You A Merry Christmas" - an album released on Warner Bros. Records from 1959 - the second year of WB Records existence (and available for download courtesy of our friend Ernie (Not Bert).)
Here's an album from 1958 - one of only two Christmas albums released on Warner Bros. Records that year (the other being Jimmy Joyce's "A Christmas To Remember" - Ernie again).
What stars are on this album? Who's got the hot song? It's an entire album of Christmas music boxes accented with bells & chimes.
This album might have been the first Christmas music box album ever - Rita Ford's legendary "Music Box Christmas" on Columbia wasn't released until 1961 and I've yet to see a Christmas music box album earlier than this.
And guess what? Ernie did it again - he has this very same album in the STEREO format. Turns out I had the mono version after all with some nifty promo labels:
Naturally, I'm biased on which version sounds better - Ernie's. Go get a copy. I did go back and re-transfer the album and properly recorded it into mono - it sounds a little better than my first try. So I have that going for me...
The Sounds Of Christmas (Warner Bros.) (MONO)