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Date Posted:12/24/2009 03:38:55Copy HTML

The iconic and immortal Music Of Christmas album was first released in 1954.  At that time, record companies released both full LPs and 45 EPs of new albums.  The 45 EP would contain four tracks from the LP.  Everyone didn't own a hi-fi then.  We had a 45 RPM player which was plugged in to our TV.  Our first hi-fi didn't arrive until Christmas 1957, a portable with a four-speed record changer.  

My mother purchased Music Of Christmas on a 45 EP probably when it was first released.  I hope my memory serves me correctly as these are what I believe the four tracks on the EP were.

Side A: The First Noel; It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Side B: O Holy Night; Silent Night

The cover art work was the one with a father dressed as Santa Claus cradling his sleeping daughter in his arms.  I used to think he was the real Santa Claus! 

That 45 EP is long gone, but today I have the full Music Of Christmas album on CD.  Every time I listen to it, wonderful childhood memories are rekindled.

Do correct me if I got the track selections wrong!


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Re:Music Of Christmas 45 EP

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Hi Log_Fan:
Check on eBay: I recently saw the 4 track EP for sale with the original 1954 cover - it would be a neat collector's items for sure!
Happy Holidays!
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Re:Music Of Christmas 45 EP

Date Posted:01/02/2010 03:57:42Copy HTML


Frank,

Here is a picture of my copy of the original 1954 Music Of Christmas EP 45 that I have in my archives (Columbia Records catalog #B-453). It has a total of 8 songs on it: Joy To The World, Silent Night, Deck The Halls, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Holy Night and The First Noel.

*Edit: Please note that this is a 2-disc set that includes two 45-rpm records (4 songs on each disc).


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That cover looks familiar, but I don't recall having Music of Christmas on a two-disc set containing two 45 RPM EPs.  The edition we had was a single disc containing four tracks.  The upper half of the cover was yellow, not red.  The artwork is unmistakable.

I never knew Music of Christmas was available as a two-disc set.
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Time to revive another old thread, as this is an interesting topic.  My vinyl hobby has me focusing on 45s this Christmas season, as I work on restoring an RCA 9-EY-3 45 player from 1949, so I've been shopping for cool Christmas 45s from 49 and the early 50s.  I find it odd that Columbia bothered with 45 EP releases.  With their focus on the LP, I would have expected any 45 releases to be singles.  But here we are.


Of course, as pictured in this thread, a shortened version of the original 1954 recording of the album was released on a 2 45 set.


But as referenced there were single 45 EPs released.  There were 3 volumes.



Volume 1 with the top half black

A1Joy To The World
A2Silent Night, Holy Night
B1Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
B2Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Volume 2 with Yellow on top

A1O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
Written-By – Reading*

A2It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Written-By – Sears*, Willis*

B1O Holy Night
Written-By – Adam*

B2The First Noël
Written-By – Traditional


And what I found most interesting - Volume 3, with most of what wasn't included on the 2 disc EP.  Which means, buy the 2 disc EP, and Vol. 3, and you have everything except "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" on 45.

A1Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
A2O Little Town Of Bethlehem
B1The Holly And The Ivy Here We Go A Caroling
B2Good King Wenceslas



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Re:Music Of Christmas 45 EP

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As noted in my earlier post on the thread from January 2010, Columbia Records released the original 2-disc 45-rpm EP set (Columbia catalog #B-453) in 1954, which was the same year as the 12" LP (Columbia catalog CL-588).

The three individual/single 45-rpm EP discs (Columbia catalog B-1903, B-1904 and B-1905) were released by Columbia Records the next year in 1955.


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