A Vintage Christmas Cracker

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This two-disc, 47-track collection of vintage Christmas songs recorded between 1915 and 1949 is a true treasure, featuring more undisputed seasonal classics than you can shake a wreath at, all drawn from the original mono 78s. Included are such timeless gems as Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" Frank Sinatra's version of the song is also here, Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Spike Jones' "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," as well as rarer delights like Fats Waller's "Swingin' Them Jingle Bells," Bessie Smith's "At the Christmas Ball," and the Andrews ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This two-disc, 47-track collection of vintage Christmas songs recorded between 1915 and 1949 is a true treasure, featuring more undisputed seasonal classics than you can shake a wreath at, all drawn from the original mono 78s. Included are such timeless gems as Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" Frank Sinatra's version of the song is also here, Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Spike Jones' "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," as well as rarer delights like Fats Waller's "Swingin' Them Jingle Bells," Bessie Smith's "At the Christmas Ball," and the Andrews Sisters' "Christmas Island." It all adds up to a wonderful set that puts most contemporary Christmas collections to shame. Since it is drawn from 78s, some of the selections are on the time-worn and scratchy side, but that's not really a large drawback, since it only adds to the sweeping sense of holiday history this anthology imparts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625027525
  • Catalog Number: 275

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Christmas - John Scott Trotter (3:07)
  2. 2 Savoy Christmas Medley - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (3:28)
  3. 3 Christmas Carols -- Vocal Gems: Intro -- Once in Royal David's City/Goo - Berkeley Mason (4:23)
  4. 4 The Santa Claus Express - Henry Hall (3:09)
  5. 5 Say It with Carols: Intro -- The Mistletoe Bough/Good King Wenceslas/Li (2:40)
  6. 6 Christmas Bells at Eventide - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (2:50)
  7. 7 The Fairy on the Christmas Tree - Henry Hall (2:56)
  8. 8 Winter Wonderland (2:58)
  9. 9 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Harry Reser's Orchestra (2:46)
  10. 10 I'll Walk Alone (Thru Every Christmas) - Meridith Wilson (2:51)
  11. 11 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (7:14)
  12. 12 Swingin' Them Jingle Bells (3:01)
  13. 13 Coventry Carol - Elisabeth Schumann (2:43)
  14. 14 Noël - Gustave Bret (4:09)
  15. 15 Sleep, My Saviour, Sleep - Celebrity Quartette (3:06)
  16. 16 Christmas Message to the Empire - H.M. King George V (3:08)
  17. 17 The Christmas Dinner - Mayfair D.O. (2:45)
  18. 18 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - George Stoll (2:50)
  19. 19 Christmas Night in Harlem (3:27)
  20. 20 Mary Had a Baby, Yes, Lord - Lawrence Brown (2:14)
  21. 21 Silent Night - Max Terr's Mixed Chorus (2:44)
  22. 22 A Charles Dickens Christmas... - Bransby Williams (4:39)
  23. 23 Auld Lang Syne - New Mayfair Orchestra (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (2:43)
  2. 2 The Christmas Song - Johnny Miller (3:14)
  3. 3 Uncle Mac's Christmas Carols: Unto Us a Boy Is Born/Here We Come A-Wass - Derek McCulloch (7:08)
  4. 4 The Kids Go Carolling - Harry Hemsley (3:30)
  5. 5 The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot - Peter Yorke and His Orchestra (3:03)
  6. 6 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Master Dennis Barthel (3:05)
  7. 7 Adeste, Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) (4:00)
  8. 8 At the Christmas Ball - Joe Smith (3:23)
  9. 9 Jingle Bells - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:25)
  10. 10 The Cradle Song of the Virgin (2:54)
  11. 11 I'm Sending a Letter to Santa Claus - Phil Cardew & His Orchestra (3:04)
  12. 12 On a Christmas Tree - Debroy Somers & His Band (3:09)
  13. 13 I'm Spending Christmas With the Old Folks (3:11)
  14. 14 All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (3:11)
  15. 15 Here Comes Santa Claus (2:33)
  16. 16 White Christmas (3:24)
  17. 17 Winter Wonderland - Satisfyers (2:31)
  18. 18 Christmas Island - The Andrews Sisters (2:37)
  19. 19 The Merry Christmas Polka - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:37)
  20. 20 I'll Be Home for Christmas - John Scott Trotter (2:55)
  21. 21 O Sanctissima (O Holy One) (3:10)
  22. 22 Lullay, My Liking - Celebrity Quartette (2:49)
  23. 23 Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Comedian Harmonists (3:33)
  24. 24 The Miner's Dream of Home - New Mayfair Orchestra (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bessie Smith Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Paul Robeson Vocals
Dinah Shore Vocals
Oscar Moore Guitar
Billy Mayerl Piano
The Glee Club Vocals
The Modernaires Vocals
Gracie Fields Vocals, Human Whistle
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Johnny Miller Bass
Arthur Young Novachord
Dan Donavan Vocals
Charlie Green Trombone
William Hooley Bass (Vocal)
Harry Macdonough Tenor (Vocal)
George Rock Vocals
Reinald Werrenrath Baritone (Vocal)
Muriel Brunskill Contralto (Vocal)
Tom Stacks Vocals
Richard Tauber Tenor (Vocal)
Alan Kane Vocals
Norman Allin Bass (Vocal)
Herbert Dawson Organ
Lawrence D. Brown Piano
John McHugh Tenor (Vocal)
William H. Reitz Chimes
Three Sisters Vocals
Georges Thill Vocals
Master Dennis Barthel Soprano (Vocal)
Gustave Bret Organ
Berkeley Mason Organ
Elisabeth Schumann Vocals
Technical Credits
Gustav Holst Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Ray Noble Orchestra Director
Mason Arranger
Buck Ram Composer
Max Miller Composer
Clement C. Moore Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ken Darby Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jimmy Leach Composer
Bert Lee Composer
Fred Longshaw Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Raymond Scott Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Martin Luther Composer
Leslie Woodgate Introduction
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Ralph Blane Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Michael Carr Composer
Tommy Connor Composer
Stanley Damerell Composer
Henry Walford Davies Arranger
Geehl Arranger
Traditional Composer
Donald Gardner Composer
Sherman Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Lyle Moraine Composer
Robert Burns Composer
Sabine Baring-Gould Composer
Derek McCulloch Introduction
Lewis Redner Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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