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Date Posted:03/12/2012 12:46:04Copy HTML

Can anyone tell me what version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is featured on the 1999/2006 Bing Crosby compilation Christmas Classics?  Is it from a radio or TV special?  Because the only studio version I know of is the 1950 Decca version and it seems weird that Capitol would license just that one track.
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It is indeed the Decca Records studio version which was recorded June 22, 1950 with John Scott Trotter.



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I wonder why Capitol took the time to license just that one Decca track for their compilation, especially considering that there are other post-Decca holiday songs like "How Lovely Is Christmas," "The Secret of Christmas" and "Just What I Wanted for Christmas" that they could have used instead.
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I agree; it's quite strange.



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I believe the reasoning behind this at least rights wise is that although later recordings fit in better I believe at the time the album was released Decca and MCA along with Capitol were all owned by UMe by then. It made sense instead of licensing songs from Sony, as the Crosby Estate wasn’t running the release, and the 1964 “12 Songs Of Christmas” was still with Warner along with the Frank Sinatra Reprise albums. The reasoning behind the song choice, from my guesses, is that with the popularity of the Rankin/Bass TV specials each year of Rudolph and Frosty they wanted to cash in on those specials by including Rudolph the most famous one. In fact it includes Rudolph, Frosty, and The Little Drummer Boy all songs that were featured in Rankin/Bass specials, so the addition of Rudolph from that standpoint doesn’t seem as out of place to me.

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No, that's not correct, John. Capitol Records was not owned by UMG at the time of the 1999 and 2006 Christmas Classics CD reissues. It was not until 2012 that UMG acquired Capitol Records from EMI.


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Oh never mind then. I bet it’s easier for UMG and Capitol to release now though with no licensed tracks. I just wonder why the I Wish You A Merry Christmas got transferred to Capitol from Warner.

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John,

Bing Crosby's 1962 Christmas LP, I Wish You A Merry Christmas, didn't "get transferred" as you say from Warner Bros. Records to Capitol Records, because it was never owned by Warner Bros. Records in the first place. The album was exclusively produced by Bing's own production company of Project Records. Warner Bros. only had distribution rights to the album for a limited period of time as agreed to contractually by Bing.

Bing, and Bing alone, owned the copyrights to the album and he later ceded over distribution rights of the recording to Capitol Records, the label founded by his good friend Johnny Mercer. There were other major labels that also distributed various albums which were produced by Bing's production company Project Records; among them were RCA, MGM and Decca.


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Thank you, I forgot this was one of Bing's Project Records albums, as I do have a few most notably the recently reissued Holiday In Europe, released just last year, and the 101 Gang Songs CD released by Sepia around 3 years ago. Thank you for correcting my on this.

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Sure thing.


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