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Christmas album reissues

Discussion in 'Music' started by Rodney, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. Rodney

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    I know it's only the first of September, but it is again time for music announcements. For those that don't follow him, Chip has an exclusive posting over at The Yule log.com Message Board with a list of the 2018 Real Gone Christmas CD releases to be released in November! Like I said last year, I don't want to just cut and paste the announcement, since it is an exclusive and doesn't feel proper. Once Real Gone Music officially announces these I will post the information here. Like previous years, I'm in for all of the releases.
     
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    Don’t forget about William Shatner’s new Christmas album!!

    https://trekmovie.com/2018/08/26/william-shatner-not-interested-in-his-own-new-star-trek-show-but-he-has-a-new-christmas-album/
     
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    Great info, fellas. I'll have to pull the trigger on Shatner's effort...just because.

    And the only one of Chip's announcements that I'll be interested in the one that has him so excited. I might also get the one by the TV cast...but I've got a rally clean vinyl copy of the original of that one. But a CD upgrade is probably a good idea.
     
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  4. Rodney

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    Ron1973 Beverly Hillbilles nut extraordinaire

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    I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I'm listening to Julie Andrews doing Christmas right now!
     
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    Last month I got the reissue of Percy Faith-The Music of Christmas. I will hopefully be getting more Christmas CDs between now and December. I have 52 Christmas CDs and over 1000 MP3 files of mostly the older Christmas music.
     
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    The old official "Christmas on the Ponderosa" CD was in fact made from a vinyl copy, but it's cleaner than my own vinyl copy. A few years back, I found a copy of the British pressing of the LP (I know, right? There was a BRITISH pressing of the Bonanza Christmas album?) and aside from how nice the front cover photo looks on the usual 1960's UK flimsy-but-glossy LP cover paper, the back cover has cast photos and delightful Ken Darby liner notes that were not on my old Canadian pressing of the LP, which just had generic RCA promotional record stuff. The photos and liner notes weren't in the old CD booklet either, and I hope they make it to the new CD. I'm in for it, of course.
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    Last year I started doing "Santa Got Lost In Texas" by myself for the first time during my 32nd annual Vancouver Christmas concerts; from 1987 my dear friend and musical partner (and personal Michael Landon) Paul Leahy used to sing it when we'd do it, but he's no longer available, having joined the cast of "Bonanza" up where it's Christmas on the Ponderosa every day. I hope I do justice to the song and to my friend, because I really love playing that silly, nostalgic, wonderful Ken Darby confection for people.
     
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    My favorite is "Merry Christmas, Neighbor." I heard it for years on a now well worn RCA compilation LP, "RCA Victor Presents Music for the 12 Days of Christmas." I invested in the CD several years ago. Bear Family in Germany has released a box set of all of the cast recordings and individual LP's put out by the cast members. I just don't know that I'm willing to shell out that kind of money. On a side note I'd heartily recommend Lorne Greene's Christmas album.
     
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    You mean this one?

    ArcSoft_Image143.

    When my group NO FUN did an 80-minute "NO FUN At Christmas" live in the studio Christmas broadcast on Canadian national radio back in 1988, we played "Merry Christmas, Neighbour" from that RCA compilation album at the end.
     
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    David, you must have an amazing collection of music!
     
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    Here's my original pressing of the mono LP (Ken Darby liner notes and all!).

    This is an extremely under-rated Christmas LP. It might totally seem like a novelty...but it's really a pretty good all-around effort. Lots of talent there:

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    That's the back cover that wasn't on my Canadian pressing of the LP (stereo, by the way, like the CD, while the UK pressing is mono). The album is a superb production, far better than it needed to be (or in my opinion would be if it was a modern project), nothing but class in every respect, and a great treat for Christmas fans and Bonanza fans alike. Fill your home with the authentic sounds of a Christmas on the Ponderosa!
     
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    It's not bad, but it's never enough, and I hope it never will be!
     
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    For those that are interested, Real Gone Music is currently having a sale, and specifically on their Christmas music:

    We're going to do something unprecedented this year, and ADD OUR CHRISTMAS TITLES TO THE SALE! Get an early start on the holidays by saving up to 73% on 36 titles, with CDs as low as $3! And, once again, every in-stock title is on sale for at least 20% off!
     
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    Real Gone has posted news of this year's Christmas titles, so I want to share out the covers of each, starting with Season’s Greetings From the McGuire Sisters – The Complete Coral Christmas Recordings:
     

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    A double album from John Klein, A Christmas Sound Spectacular and Let’s Ring The Bells All Around The Christmas Tree.
     

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    A re-issue of New Carols For Christmas – The Rod McKuen Christmas Album.
     

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    The 2-CD Set, Andre Kostelanetz: The Complete Columbia Christmas Collection.
     

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    I haven't yet found a picture of the Bonanza Christmas CD which will include both Christmas At The Ponderosa and Lorne Greene's Have A Happy Holiday. I'll try to post that when I find it, unless someone beats me to it. Consider yourself challenged!
     
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    Here ya go:
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