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|Title: My Top Play of the 500 Greatest Christmas Albums of All-time|
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|Christmas Music Guru|
Date Posted：10/29/2010 03:25:26Copy HTML
My Top Play of 500 albums is divided into four separate entities: the 1st Tier, 2nd Tier, 3rd Tier and 'Bubbling Under' section.
Also, in the Top 500-2nd Tier there are several reissue LPs that contain some newly recorded material, and for that reason they were awarded a spot in the Top 500, but as 2nd Tier status, as their original release predecessors already hold a spot in the 1st Tier. These albums include Perry Como’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever (album #132); Jo Stafford’s Happy Holidays (album #139); Peggy Lee’s Happy Holiday (album #150); and finally, The Living Strings/Voices’ The Most Beautiful Sounds of Christmas (album #160).
Then, too, because of their greatness, there two albums that are represented twice -- both in their original mono form and in their later re-recorded stereo form (the stereo version in the 1st Tier, and the mono version in the 2nd Tier). The first of these is the greatest of them all: Percy Faith’s Music of Christmas (album #1 for the 1958 stereo recording, and album #153 for the original 1954 mono recording). The second is Robert Shaw’s Christmas Hymns And Carols, Volume 1 (album #26 for the 1957 stereo recording, and album #135 for the original 1954 mono recording). The reason why Mantovani’s original 1953 mono recording of Christmas Carols was not included in the 2nd Tier is because it did not have different album cover artwork from the later 1958 stereo recording, as was the case with Percy Faith and Robert Shaw. So this was really just a way to honor and recognize the Faith and Shaw albums for their original packaging -- especially the Percy Faith album, for not only being the greatest of them all, but for that great artwork that the original 1954 album sported.
Here now is how my Top 500 is comprised:
*The 1st Tier is for albums 1-125; any album in this elite group will have a minimum rating of 8, but the vast majority are rated at 9 or 10.
*The 2nd Tier is for albums 126-250; any album in this group will have a minimum rating of 7, but most are rated at 8 or 9.
*The 3rd Tier is for albums 251-300; albums in this group have ratings of 6 or 7.
*The 'Bubbling Under' section is for albums 301-500; these are the 200 albums that b~u~b~b~l~e under my Top 300.
So now, after laying the background for you, here posted for the first time in its entirety is my Top 500; 1st Tier in Red, 2nd Tier in Green, 3rd Tier in Orange and 'Bubbling Under' in Gray:
First Tier (Albums 1-40): Click here.
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