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Date Posted:09/26/2009 06:55:14


***THIS IS A YULE LOG.COM EXCLUSIVE***





I got word late today from Gordon Anderson (Sr. VP & GM of Collectors' Choice Music) that after all of the hard work, it is a done deal!

UMG (Universal Music Group) has acquiesced, and finally consented to granting his company the full legal rights to print and distribute Mantovani's 1958 "Christmas Carols" LP on CD! It will be released sometime in late November. As soon as I have the exact release date, I'll post it on this thread.

This is the first-ever complete CD release of this classic and legendary Christmas LP anywhere in the world. And if you take all of the CD exclusives that Collectors' Choice Music has released over the years -- including the Hollyridge Strings CD -- they can't combined together even come close to the magnitude of this one single release. It's that huge.

After more than 35 years of collecting and amassing a collection of thousands of Christmas albums, I can tell you categorically that this Mantovani album, along with Percy Faith's "Music Of Christmas" and "Hallelujah" (aka "Music Of Christmas, Vol. 2") are the 3 greatest instrumental Christmas music albums ever recorded. As I have said on the message board before, when it comes to instrumental Christmas music, Number 1 is Percy Faith, a close Number 2 is  Mantovani, and everybody else follows far behind. That's just the way it is, folks.


Getting this magnificent LP back in print is one of two things that I am the most proud that I have done in my life; the other one, of course, being the audio restoration of the Yule Log soundtrack in 2006. I know that Monty (as he was affectionately known by his friends and fans) is smiling up there and I am so happy for his family and extremely gratified that I was able to contribute in a meaningful and substantive way to his legacy as one of the two greatest instrumental Christmas music artists ever; the other one, of course, being the great master, Percy Faith.

Here is an advanced look at the wonderful blurb that Collectors' Choice Music will use to promote the album on their website and in their catalog -- much of which came from information that I had given to Gordon over these last several months as they have been zealously pursuing the album:

With this •Collectors’ Choice Music• release, we put back in print one of the most famous Christmas albums of all time, Mantovani’s 1958 album •Christmas Carols•. In its original mono incarnation released in 1953, this album charted twice; then, with the advent of stereo technology, Mantovani re-recorded it in stereo in 1958, and THAT version of the album went on to chart *four* more times! Yet, that later stereo version (and when you think about it, how can you listen to the sweeping sound of Mantovani in anything but stereo?) has NEVER been on CD, and the mono version has only been on CD overseas in an inferior-sounding version. So, we’re really restoring a perennial holiday favorite here; includes gorgeous versions of •Adeste Fideles; Hark, the Herald Angels Sing; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; White Christmas; Good King Wenceslas; O Holy Night; The First Noel; Joy to the World; Silent Night, Holy Night; O Tannenbaum; Midnight Waltz; Nazareth; O Little Town of Bethlehem•, and •Skaters’ Waltz•. Merry Chistmas, everyone!





By the way, at my request, Gordon also secured from Universal Music the rights to use the original London Records album cover artwork. And just to make sure what he had was correct, he sent it to me for my approval; I'm happy to say that it checked out and all systems are go!

And in case you haven't read it, here now is an excerpt from a post that I previously filed on the message board; there couldn't be a more appropriate time to re-post it:

Please do not be fooled by the myriad of Christmas albums you see out there by Mantovani; most of these are by "The Mantovani Orchestra," made with a totally different orchestra and conductor and recorded long after Monty (as he was affectionately known by his friends and fans) was dead. Mantovani had just two Christmas albums for London Records: "Christmas Carols", which was originally recorded and released in 1953 in Mono, then re-recorded and re-released in Stereo in 1958; and the second was "Christmas Greetings From Mantovani," which was released in 1963. The only thing to date that has been released from these two albums has only been compilations.

In addition -- to make matters even more confusing for everyone out there, in 2004 a European record label called Christmas Legends got the rights to the original 1953 Mono version of Monty's first Christmas album, "Christmas Carols". It is available as an import, but I don't recommend it as it is inferior to the 1958 Stereo version both artistically and especially, technologically. The only major difference between the original 1953 Mono version and the later 1958 Stereo version of Mantovani's "Christmas Carols" LP, is that on Side one of the 1953 version The First Noel is the first song and Adeste Fideles is the last song; on the 1958 version it's just the opposite: Adeste Fideles is the first song and The First Noel is the last song -- and I couldn't agree with that change more. When I was a kid in the 1960's (already a Christmas music junkie) and I'd listen to my mother's original Mono recording of this album that she had bought in the early 1950s, I always thought to myself how great it would have been if they had reversed the order of these two songs -- never realizing that when the 1958 Stereo version was recorded and released several years later (after she had bought her original Mono copy) they did exactly just that!

If you are not familiar with Monty's great version of Adeste Fideles, you will not be able to understand why it was so appropriate for them to make this change and start the album this way. The song was a paradigmatic example of his great signature sound: his technique of cascading, soaring and especially tumbling violins. It literally brings tears to your eyes.  As for his version of The First Noel, Monty's arrangement for this song made it a perfect song to complete Side one of the album, again it was quintessential Mantovani. 

Mantovani's music brilliantly reflected something his father taught him as a child: he said to him, "Put feeling into your music, my boy -- music without feeling is little more than a noise." Well, as a result of his unequivocal success, we are now left with a legacy of a lot of great music with a hell of a lot of feeling.

Mantovani ranks second, only to Percy Faith, in producing the greatest instrumental Christmas music ever recorded. In fact, in the original "classic" 3-hour presentation of the Yule Log, when most artists were represented by 1 or 2 songs, he had an impressive 4 songs. This was again, second only to the master, Percy Faith, who had an astounding and unprecedented 10 songs -- and deservedly so, I might add.




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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/20/2009 08:13:06


The CCM release date had to be pushed back a week for production reasons.

Considering how late the deal was struck with UMG, the December 1st release date is still pretty impressive.

Please be aware: The December 1st release date is for CCM catalog orders only; for all other retailers it is December 8th.



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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/20/2009 03:35:12

The Dec 8th release date is a little disappointing but it'll still be here before Christmas!  My order's with Amazon.  That's OK!  It'll be worth the wait!  Last year, I ordered Percy Faith's "Music Of Christmas" in early December from Tower Records online and received it well before Christmas.

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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/20/2009 09:47:45

HEY THERE "SAINT CHIP" ... I mean "MASTER CHIP" ...  you revolutionist you ... !!!
DEEPDISCOUNT.COM HAS IT FOR $8.39 AT LEAST UNTIL THE 29th OF NOVEMBER
-- FREE SHIPPING TOO!
 (after which the price might go up a little); as they are in the midst of a major sale on all their inventory. Though they have it for a release date of the 12-1, once it's in, it should usually arrive within a week or two for all those who don't mind waiting a little while to get it at this ultra low price. I just ordered mine last night! (Thanks to hearing about it through you and this blog of course!)
Here's the link: MANTOVANI's "CHRISTMAS CAROLS" CD FOR $8.39 - FREE SHIPPING !


Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence,

It's been one long somber, but progressive, year for me, to say the very least!
But I haven't forgotten about you. (I may take a while, but I never forget my friends!)
(Let's just say I've been a little busy due to some recent and unexpected world events!)

Sincerely,

HappyTheThrillerBabyJoshua
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/21/2009 07:26:21


Hey Joshua,

Glad to hear that 2009 was a progressive year for you.

Thanks for the tip for my members regarding the new Mantovani release. That certainly is a good deal DeepDiscount.com is offering.

Nice to see you back on the board, buddy.


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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/02/2009 06:21:39

Did anybody who had pre-ordered the Mantovani CD from CCM receive an e-mail notice regarding the shipping of the CD yet? I thought that December 1st was the release date for CCM orders while at Amazon it's not until December 8th. I pre-ordered mine at CCM on November 25th but I have not received an e-mail yet about them sending out the CD to me. Perhaps CCM isn't releasing the CD until December 8th too. As long as it gets released soon and sent out in time for this Christmas.  
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/02/2009 03:27:08

www.ccmusic.com now has the Mantovani CD on its main page of "CCM Releases"..just go to "Other Collector's Choice Releases..it's now up for sale! I'm gonna make sure to get My copy soon! Michael Boyce (P.S.,MANY THANX,Chip,on getting CCM to finally reissue this traditional gem from the '50's! Now,let's see if they'll agree on the follow-up,too,next year! Stranger thing have happened,Y' Know!)
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/02/2009 09:01:28


Gordon Anderson advised me that the release date for the new Mantovani CD has been pushed back to December 11, 2009.

It's unfortunate, but given how late Universal Music agreed to the deal, it's still a pretty good turnaround time for the release of the CD.


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Date Posted:12/05/2009 03:37:59

Just got the December CCM Catalog,and guess what..MONTY'S ON THE FRONT COVER!! YES!! Thanx again,Chip for this..I'm sure mantovani's looking down from Heaven,saying "Nice goin',ol' chap!"Love & Peace,Michael Boyce 
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/05/2009 07:59:36

I just got an email from Amazon saying their delivery date is pushed back to December 22nd.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/05/2009 09:50:46


Michael:

Thanks for the nice message; I appreciate it.


Dave:

The only way to get the CD sooner is to order it directly from CCM. However, even their release date might possibly get pushed back again. This delay is not the fault of CCM, but rather UMG (Universal Music Group). It's one of the perils of dealing with them -- especially if you're working on a tight schedule.


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Date Posted:12/06/2009 06:54:27

That's ok.  I'd rather wait, and save a couple of bucks getting Amazon's cheaper price.
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Date Posted:12/07/2009 03:35:35

DavesWorld56, I just got an email from Amazon and it said the delivery date will be December 24.  If it arrives December 22 as you mentioned, that will be great! 

I'm sad that this holiday chestnut might not arrive until after Christmas, but I'm with you.  My order's placed with Amazon and there's no point in changing it.  We can't control these things.
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Date Posted:12/07/2009 04:52:18

That's ok.  I have my LP rip to listen to until it arrives.  Not as good I know, but better than nothing,
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Date Posted:12/10/2009 05:50:24


Just to let everyone know, Collectors' Choice Music is beginning to ship the pre-orders today for the new Mantovani CD!

                         



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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/11/2009 12:36:09

Deep Discount has it in-stock as well. I do believe CCM and Deep Discount are both owned by Infinity, so...there ya go!

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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/11/2009 04:53:27

Since CCM is starting to ship pre-orders, does this affect Amazon orders?  I ordered from Amazon at the end of October.

Maybe the beloved Mantovani CD will arrive in time for Christmas after all!  'Tis the season to believe!
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/11/2009 06:28:45


Frank,

The street date for the CD is December 22, 2009; unfortunately, it got unavoidably delayed.


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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/11/2009 08:35:02

MASTER CHIP !!!!!!
I JUST GOT AN EMAIL FROM DEEPDISCOUNT.COM TELLING ME THEY JUST SHIPPED MANTOVANI'S "CHRISTMAS CAROLS" TODAY! DECEMBER 11th! JUST THOUGHT I LET YOU AND THE OTHERS KNOW. THAT IF THIS IS TRUE (AND USUALLY WHEN THEY SAY THEY'RE SHIPPING, THEY MEAN IT), THAN THAT MUST MEAN THAT HAVE IT IN STOCK! SO I WENT TO THE SITE AND ACTED LIKE I WAS GOING TO BUY ANOTHER ONE, AND IN MY SHOPPING CART, IT SAID "IN STOCK" !!!
HOPE THIS BRINGS SOME COMFORT TO YOU ALL FOR THIS MOST JOYOUS OCCASION!
HERE'S THE LINK AGAIN.
http://www.deepdiscount.com/viewproduct.htm?productId=84455151
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!
Sincerely,
HappyTheThrillerBabyJoshua
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/11/2009 09:10:38


Joshua,

Yes, as I said in my post on December 10, Collectors' Choice Music began shipping their pre-orders for the CD yesterday. Their sister company, DeepDiscount.com, has begun shipping their pre-orders today.

However, for all other vendors (Amazon, CD Universe, etc.) the street date is December 22, 2009.

CCM shipped out my copy yesterday next day air, so I will have the CD this afternoon. As soon as I listen to it, I'll post comments on this thread!



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Date Posted:12/11/2009 09:20:28

Great Lawrence. Can't WAIT to read your review!
Sincerely Happy,
HappyTheThrillerBabyJoshua
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Date Posted:12/12/2009 12:14:01

I just got an email that CCM is extending their 20% off sale.  Just enter the Promotional Code SAVE20 at time of checkout.  I just ordered the King Family DVD, and got it for $13.98 after using the code.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/12/2009 01:09:50


I received the new Mantovani CD a few hours ago and it was an absolute dream come true to finally hear this great classic Christmas album in all its digitized remastered glory.

I am so very happy to finally see this man and his legendary album finally get the proper recognition and respect that is so most earnestly deserved. And I am extremely proud of my role in finally making that a reality.

I hope everyone out there enjoys this wonderful new CD!


 


Follow-up to above message:
By the way, I just wanted to publically thank Gordon Anderson for his reference to me on the back of the CD.

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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/12/2009 04:36:39

Congratulations Chip!  My order with Amazon might arrive a little late, but it'll be still worth the wait.  The Dec 22 ship date might be cutting it close, but maybe it'll arrive the 24th!  If it does, it'll be a holiday miracle!  If not, it'll be a late gift to treasure!

Even if the Mantovani CD does arrive after Christmas, it'll be a joy to hear it once again!  I'm sure it sounds beautiful in its digital re-mastering.  You should be very proud of your role in bringing this treasured holiday chestnut back to life!  Thanks also goes to all of us, myself included, who sent e-mails to Gordon Anderson!
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Date Posted:12/12/2009 06:42:47


Thanks Frank; and yes, working together we can all make a difference.


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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/20/2009 04:47:56

I just received my copy of the CD today via CCMusic.  What a nice early Christmas present!!!

Jim
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Date Posted:12/20/2009 08:14:08

UPS Says mine is due to arrive to me on Tuesday.
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Date Posted:12/21/2009 05:32:57

I went ahead and ordered it last minute from Amazon while I still had my free one-month Prime trial. It'ssupposed to arrive on Tuesday. Looking forward to it!
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Date Posted:12/21/2009 07:55:09


I'm very happy that it looks like everyone will receive the new CD by Christmas. I was really concerned when the release date went down to the wire that folks might not receive it in time for Christmas. In the end, the timing worked out perfect as it will now make for an even more visceral experience hearing Monty's extremely lush and poignant arrangements when the tide of the Christmas spirit is at its apex. Better have a box of tissues handy -- in fact, you'll be reaching for them with the very opening number; his extraordinarily sensitive and moving interpretation of Adeste Fideles. And by the way, it is no strange coincidence that this song also happens to lead off the new 4th hour of the Yule Log soundtrack that I created this year.


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Date Posted:12/21/2009 09:29:55

I found out I have an extra copy of this LP.  I'm selling it now on ebay if anyone is interested.
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Date Posted:12/22/2009 03:47:01

Just got word from Amazon yesterday that the long-awaited Mantovani Christmas Carols is in transit and expected to arrive Thursday, Christmas Eve.  I just hope it arrives before I have to leave for dinner!  It won't be long now!  The Christmas classic is coming home at last!
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Date Posted:12/22/2009 05:20:03

I'm starting to worry that either I won't get my copy of the CD from CCM until after Christmas or that my copy got lost in the mail. CCM said that they shipped mine out on December 10th. I paid $6.95 for 5 to 10 business day shipping. I believe it should be coming from the USPS and not UPS. In the e-mail they had sent me, it said that the estimated delivery date would be between December 19th and the 24th. I checked today's mail (December 22nd) and still nothing. Every day, I go to the mailbox hoping it would be there, similar to when Charlie Brown had checked his mailbox hoping for a Christmas or Valentine's Day card and ends up with nothing. If I don't get it by December 24th, I will e-mail CCM's customer service and tell them that I didn't receive the CD and to please send me out a replacement one. I had ordered CDs from CCM in the past and the CDs came either on time or even earlier than that. I just hope that the CD will be on its way either tomorrow or by Christmas Eve.
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Date Posted:12/22/2009 07:13:39

Mine was due today, but hasn't arrived yet.  It is coming via UPS so there's still a chance it will be on the afternoon truck.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/22/2009 07:45:04

The cd arrived just a few minutes ago! I'm impressed by the art/design of the release - the colors are nice and strong, and the original/vintage artwork is nicely replicated too. Won't be able to listen to it for a couple of hours - and even then it'll be at work so I won't be able to listen closely. But, so far it visually exceeds my expectations. I have CCM's cd of ? And The Mysterians and while it's ok, it wasn't that well made - the cd was manufactured poorly and on the cheap (even if it sounds good, all the songs won't necessarily play with jumping around a bit). So far, A+!
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/22/2009 08:39:59

I ordered my copy directly from Collector's Choice, but they were not able to deliver in time for Christmas (Backordered).  I ordered it on Amazon over the weekend, and I am now in receipt of the disc.  Very nice.   Thank you to Chip and Collector's Choice, and all who worked to get this released!  This will be Christmas Perfection!
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/22/2009 09:06:13

Mine just arrived as well.  It's been riding around on a 10 degree truck since 6 Am so I'm letting it warm up before I try it. 

Amazon had the CD packed in the box like it was made of gold or something.  I'd never seen such great packing from them before.  Thanks Amazon & CCM.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/22/2009 09:36:21

Ha! Amazon sent mine in a cardboard envelope!
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/22/2009 10:41:44

That maybe because you ordered so late.  I ordered mine over a month ago.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/26/2009 01:51:22

Update: I still haven't received my Mantovani CD from CCM yet even though it was guaranteed for delivery by Christmas Eve. As I had said earlier, the estimated delivery date was supposed to be between December 19th and December 24th. It's now Saturday, the day after Christmas, and I'll be calling CCM's customer service today. If customer service is not available until Monday, I will give them a call on that day. I don't blame CCM. I have ordred from them before and their delivery time is normally reliable. I blame the USPS for either losing my CD, damaging it, or mailing it to the wrong address. I'll update you all as soon as I get some more information on my order.

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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/26/2009 10:21:47

My Mantovani Christmas Carols CD arrived from Amazon on 12/24, as promised.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to listen to it, as delivery was late in the afternoon and I had to leave for my Christmas Eve and Day festivities. 

I listened to it upon arriving home today (12/26).  It was worth the wait!  Listening to it was a great way to put a wrap on the holiday!  Great to have it in my home again! 
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/27/2009 05:49:53

I just received my CD this afternoon. Better late than never. The sound quality was excellent. It was worth the wait.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/10/2010 05:53:20

Well, it appears that Dutton Vocalion's Christmas CD release this year is going to be the Decca eqivalent ("Mantovani Christmas Album") of London's "Christmas Carols."  Last year's Collectors' Choice CD clearly has the edge with it's use of the original artwork, and the fact that the Dutton Vocalion release will be part of a two-fer, the other half of which is not Christmas music.  It makes me wonder why Dutton Vocalion could not have turned it's attention to a couple of other artists whose music they release on a regular basis (Stanley Black and Frank Chacksfield), and offered first-ever CD issues of their Christmas work.  Unless there's something I'm missing - this Mantovani release has a sense of "been there, done that" to it.

http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=CDLK4429

Mantovani 			CLASSICAL ENCORES & MANTOVANI CHRISTMAS ALBUM
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/10/2010 11:24:13


I've mentioned Stanley Black and Frank Chacksfield to Oliver Lomax (A&R chief at Dutton-Vocalion Records) several times in the past, but as I have previously stated on the message board, Dutton-Vocalion is reticent to issue Christmas material because of its limited marketing potential (being a seasonal item). That's why this year they chose to reissue Monty's Christmas album as a 2-fer with the 1965 album, Classical Encores.

As for the album artwork for the Christmas LP, they used the British Decca cover and it's on the back of the CD (but only a small picture). Only the outer edges of the Christmas cover are shown on the front of the CD. Simon Wiernik (Dutton-Vocalian's sales manager) told me that's how they chose to market it. I in turn told him that what they should have done at the very least is had a split cover on the front of the CD, showing both covers.

Anyway, here is a picture the British Decca LP artwork they used for their new CD:





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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/10/2010 09:30:54

At least you have a chance to give your input Chip.  Think how us outsiders feel when we get as frustrated.  Thanks for your efforts for sure.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:08/02/2011 04:06:43

Just came across this thread and figured I'd chime in. I too found the Christmas Carols Cd backordered upon ordering. It did arrive after Christmas and it was as GREAT as described. A few questions though:

With the shipping/stocking issues should we infer that demand was high for the disk?

Has the response to the release of this incredible album sparked CCM, or others, to open their catalogs for other great record releases?

Just wondering.


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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:08/02/2011 06:12:12


Bob,

The demand for the CD was high, but the shipping delays were primarily due to production delays with UMG (Universal Music Group).

As for future new releases, CCM is unfortunately now out of the business of reissuing classic LPs on CD (Christmas or otherwise). Click here and scroll down to my post of June 30, 2011 for my announcement.

 

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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/02/2011 07:35:58

CCM being out of business is indeed bad news.  It seems that due to this, stock is being cleared out, and while CCM titles are still regular price through their website, www.deepdiscount.com has CCM releases that are in stock on sale for extremely low prices.  The Mantovani title is $2.09.  I loaded up on a bunch of CCM titles there, all under $4 each.

I'm looking forward to giving this addition to my Christmas music collection a spin this year when I start playing Christmas music.  Up until now the only Mantovani in my collection has been Christmas Magic, so this will make a nice addition.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/02/2011 08:40:17

Jon,

The album, Christmas Magic, which was originally released in 1980 by Holiday Records, is not authentic and genuine Mantovani Christmas music. It is by "The Mantovani Orchestra" with a totally different conductor and orchestra. Of the ten songs on the album, 5 are re-recorded versions of songs Monty previously did on his two authentic Christmas albums, and 5 are new Christmas songs that he had never recorded during his career.

Regrettably my friend, you are not alone, as there are countless others out there who for years have been totally unaware that they do not have the real McCoy -- and it's a damn shame. Thankfully, the release of Monty's original, classic and legendary first Christmas album is correcting that.

By the way, DeepDiscount.com and Collectors' Choice Music are sister companies; they are both owned by Super D Distribution.

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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/02/2011 11:49:02

Yeah, I think I remember you mentioning in past posts about Christmas Magic.....but it is an album my parents had an LP of that I grew up hearing around Christmas time, so it is in my Christmas rotation around the holidays.

But now it will be nice to have the real deal added to my rotation.
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:12/02/2015 03:42:31

Even though Mantovani's "Christmas Carols" is no longer in print,the Album can still be aquired through Amazon,as a Mp3 Album Download,with the price lower than the CD itself was!
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Re:Mantovani's 1958 'Christmas Carols' LP to be released on CD!

Date Posted:11/05/2016 09:44:11

Just Gotten My copy of the Real Gone/Universal Special Markets CD of this has just arrived! Sounds and Looks Gorgeous! Lovin' It! 
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