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This is another Yule Log.com exclusive: I have announced the complete list of the upcoming 2015 Real Gone Music Christmas CD releases and their corresponding street (release) dates in my "Chip's Tips" Edition #15: Click Here.


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Chip - These are some GREAT titles !!!

Complete Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton (Epic), and Glen Campbell (Capitol) Christmas CD sets !!! That's great !! Jim Nabors as well !!!

Will the Mathis set include his Christmas album on Mercury Records?

Can't wait to get these !!!

Rich
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Hi Chip,

I really appreciate these new releases but John Gary, The Three Suns, Bobby Vinton, Geroge Melachrino, Jimmy Dean, The Souloul Strings and other are already available as official MP3 or on Spotify/Rdio free streaming with very good audio quality, while many great Christmas albums are only available as CD-R from vinyl with variable audio quality from horrible to acceptable:

THE TWO OLD WARING + A CAROLING WE GO (all Decca)
THE TWO HARRY SIMEONE (Mercury and Omnisound)
THE TWO RAY CHARLES SINGER (Mgm)
THE LIVING STRINGS - THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS 
GISELE MACKENZIE - CHRISTMAS WITH GISELE
LEROY HOLMES SINGERS - SNOWFLAKES AND SWEETHEARTS
MARY MAYO - THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
BILLY MAY & THE JIMMY JOYCE SINGERS - A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER - 
HELEN O'CONNELL - CHRISTMAS WITH HELEN O'CONNELL
THE JACK HALLORAN SINGERS - CHRISTMAS IS A COMIN'
BILLY VAUGHN - HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMA
ED SULLIVAN - ED SULLIVAN PRESENTS MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS 
PAUL MAURIAT - RAYMOND LEVEFRE - CARAVELLI (only Japan and Europe discontinuous press)
... plus many many other ...

Why not consider to release them ...

 

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Hello Chip,

I am very excited about these classic albums being released on CD with original art work and real liner notes by music experts or family members.  I want a real hard copy of an album not something on a computer file.  The John Gary Christmas album being remastered by Maria Triana alone would have been cause for great celebration, but the other ones by Jimmy Dean and the Box sets for Johnny Mathis and Glen Campbell sound great as well, not to mention the previously revealed nuggets by The Living Voices and George Melachrino.

Naturally we share your disappointment about Universal not being able to get their act together to get the Fred Waring and Jack Jones Christmas albums out this year, but we will do everything we can to support you getting them released next year.

Thanks again for all you do to preserve and release the greatest music ever produced!

Best Regards,

Steve
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Rich:

Yes, the Johnny Mathis compilation will include the songs from his 1963 Mercury Records Christmas album, Sounds Of Christmas.



Giampiero:

Releasing these classic and legendary Christmas albums on MP3 or on Spotify is not, I repeat NOT, a legitimate nor honorable way to release them. It might be acceptable to you and some others out there, but it is categorically not acceptable to me, nor to most of the folks who are members of this message board. Quite frankly, releasing these great albums that way is an atrocious disservice to their legacy. They deserve to be honored with a physical release that includes full original artwork, liner notes and photos.

I said it before on the message board, but let me repeat again what a rotten world this would be if there was no longer a way in which you could physically purchase an album. This virtual stuff of today is for the birds, and I think it's despicable that for the most part in the music industry today, the beauty of a physical release of an album has pretty much gone by the wayside.

Downloadable music? Downloadable artwork? Downloadable liner notes? Phooey! That may be the current tide in the music industry today, but I'll sure as hell work as hard as I can against it.

As far as your list of suggestions for release on CD, you are new to this message board, so I suggest that you peruse the various threads on the board and you will see that I have been working for the release of some of these titles for many years now.



Steve:

Thanks for the kind and supportive words; I appreciate it.


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Chip,
Though most everyone knows that I prefer Vinyl over Digital, I too believe that MP3 releases of these True Classic Christmas Albums as MP3 is an atrocity.

If anyone wants MP3's, they could try and track down each song and put them into their proper order and listen to them that way, but again, it isn't a good idea at all to release these as MP3's and not honor their legacy with the original artwork and notes.

What would be really great, if they could include the original inner sleeve artwork that some of the record companies used on the original releases that showed other albums available from that particular record label.
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Chip,

I own about 10.000 CDs all from original albums (I know perfectly what do you mean) but I cannot spend all my money to by CDs (I also collect jazz, soundtracks and more) so sometimes I give priority to that which I cannot find as free mp3 or Spotify/Rdio free streaming. 
That's all. 
Don't get angry ...
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Susan:

It's a novel idea, but the problem is that for the record companies back then that used promotional inner sleeves for their LPs, they would invariably change over the years; so it could get tricky trying to ascertain what the original inner sleeve was when the album was released. And one company that was famous for using promotional inner sleeves for their LPs, Decca Records, would present a serious challenge because in the late '50s and early '60s they had five different LP inner sleeves each year. All five were formatted the same, but they had different background colors (red, green, blue, gold and purple) and each had a different set of promotions.



Giampiero:

You need to understand that a lot of hard work and attention to detail goes into producing these CD reissues (remastering of the recording, restoration of the original album artwork, the CD booklet, liner notes, photos, etc.) and just because some of them might currently be available as digital MP3 downloads or on Spotify for streaming, that shouldn't in any way mitigate the significance of these releases. And clearly what you said at the beginning of your post, whether it was intended or not, seemed to trivialize the integrity of some of the new releases.



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Chip
I appreciate and understand perfectly your very hard work. To own a Real Gone CD with original front/back cover, great booklet, new remastering and bonus tracks is for me a dream come true. Mp3 and music on streaming are garbage. Therefore I'm very sorry that you have completely misunderstood my post.
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Non c'è problema, Giampiero. Molte grazie.



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Re:Upcoming 2015 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

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As previously mentioned by our host...Real Gone's Christmas slate...
Jim Nabors and Lynn Anderson details...
http://theseconddisc.com/2015/09/15/second-disc-records-makes-spirits-bright-this-november-with-jim-nabors-and-lynn-anderson/

The rest of the titles...

http://theseconddisc.com/2015/09/15/its-beginning-to-look-like-christmas-real-gone-unwraps-seven-christmas-titles-in-november-from-johnny-mathis-glen-campbell-and-more/


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Received the :

Johnny Mathis
Glen Campbell
Jim Nabors
Bobby Vinton
Living Voices
Four Seasons

Christmas CD sets from Real Gone Music in the mail today !! It was like Christmas morning tonight when I got home from work tonight, opened the package, and started playing them all !!

The liner notes, photos, CD graphics are fantastic - and the CD's themselves sound amazing !!!

Chip - MANY thank you's for your help in getting these all released !!!!! 

Rich
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Glad you're enjoying the new CDs, Rich.


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Hi Chip
Just curious... do you ever talk sales with Gordon? I'm enjoying the real gone reissues I've picked up this season... the quality of the mastering and packaging are second to none and hope for many more in the years to come... but does he sell enough of these re-issues to make it a financial feasibility?
Thanks.



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Yes Jack, I do indeed discuss sales with Gordon. And yes, it is financially profitable in releasing these Christmas CD reissues -- as long as the correct titles are chosen, which is why Gordon relies so heavily on my guidance as to which ones to release. This is why Gordon affectionately refers to me as "The Christmas guy" for Real Gone Music.

It's a pleasure after all these years to finally have a record company that I can work with to finally get these classic Christmas albums back in print. Gordon respects my knowledge as a Christmas music archivist, which is why he asked me to write the liner notes for the Top recommendation on my list for release last year: Frank DeVol's The Old Sweet Songs Of Christmas. This year, he gave me free reign to write the liner notes for any of the new Christmas releases, but because of time considerations, I had to decline. However,
 for the album that ranked the highest in my collection that I got back into print this year, John Gary's The John Gary Christmas Album, I personally asked John's wife Lee to do the task and she happily agreed. The other one that I would have liked to have written the liner notes for if I had had the time was for The Living Voices release; this one because of my friendship with Ethel Gabriel, the legendary RCA Records producer and creator of all the "Living" groups for RCA. However, Joe Marchese of The Second Disc did a great job, as always.


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Chip, I'm curious whether the Living Voices twofer will also have the original Ralph Hunter Christmas Surprises artwork somewhere inside the booklet?
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Yes, I made sure that the original 1959 Ralph Hunter Christmas Surprises LP artwork was included in the CD booklet.

By the way, the reason why I advised Gordon to release the album in its repackaged 1962 incarnation, The Living Voices Sing Christmas Music, is because it was in print for far longer in that form than its 1959 Christmas Surprises predecessor. And in addition to the fact that the great majority of people know the album by that Living Voices incarnation, I also did it to encourage Gordon to release it as a 2-fer CD with the Living Voices 1965 LP, Little Drummer Boy. It worked, as he accepted my proposal and I got both albums back in print.

This was especially pleasing to me because of my friendship with the legendary RCA Records producer Ethel Gabriel, and my desire to get the albums back in print while she was still alive. As a matter of fact, I just talked with her on Monday, which was her 94th birthday! She's doing great and I told her that she seems to be getting stronger as she gets older! She's an unbelievably strong and amazing woman and I cherish our friendship.


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Really enjoying the Soulful Strings Magic of Christmas re-issue.  Didn't know this existed and didn't know if I'd like it, but it's right up my alley.  Nice imaginative arrangements, well played - and it sounds great!
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Tom,

Glad to hear how much you're enjoying the new Soulful Strings Magic Of Christmas CD.


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We have been delighted by the Christmas music releases added to our music library this year, which includes the Johnny Mathis, Glen Campbell, Jim Nabors, Jimmy Dean, John Gary, Melachrino, and Living Voices CDs. Most of this music is very familiar to us as we have had the vinyl versions for many years. A rather pleasant surprise for us was Jimmy Dean's Christmas Card. Both my wife and I must have heard something from this album over the years but do not recall any of it. It was a pleasure hearing some great "new" Christmas music on this album. Our local record store has a couple of LP copies so I'll probably make a purchase to add it to our vinyl archives as well.
Cheers to our resident Christmas Music Guru and Real Gone Music for another great string of releases!

Jeff

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I'm kind of late to the party here, but I had to give a tip of the hat to the folks at Real Gone Music (and Chip) for the absolutely stellar releases. They made my Christmas season even brighter.
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Chip,

Is there any chance that the following artists would be considered for a 2016 release?

Complete Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Vic Damone, and Johnny Gregory to name a few?


Thanks,

Jim

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None of those titles are being considered for this year, Jim. But we have over a dozen great new Christmas CD reissues currently being worked on for this year. As usual, the Sony titles will be routine and the UMG titles the more difficult to secure; however, I'm quite optimistic. As soon as I am able, I will be exclusively announcing the new releases for 2016 here on the message board.

I've also been very busy this month creating the demo disc and the accompanying jewel case artwork for the new Fifth Hour of the Yule Log that I finished producing last year in anticipation of the program's upcoming 50th anniversary. I'm glad to say, and delighted to finally announce here, that the completed demo disc is now in the hands of the execs at WPIX-TV here in New York.



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That's good news Chip and congratulations !!!!
I hope WPIX see fit to add a 5th hour, I can only imagine the great Christmas Classics you may have chosen.

Eagerly anticipating the 5th hour 
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Thank you Susan, I appreciate it. I knew you would be pleased, knowing how much you love the program.

I initially began producing this new Fifth Hour in mid-2014 in anticipation of the Yule Log's approaching 50th anniversary in 2016. I worked on the new hour on and off for well over a year. I made my final decision on the songs in the fall of 2014, and then began the delicate work of meticulously arranging them in the best order that they should play. Then, a year ago, in January of 2015, once that process was completed and I had settled on a final arrangement, I formally submitted to WPIX my proposal of celebrating the Yule Log's 50th anniversary with a special "Jubilee celebration 5-hour presentation" of the telecast and provided them with the proposed new Fifth Hour's track list. Subsequent to this, came the long tedious production work of laying the hour down and working the segues between the songs so that they're perfectly timed, which takes considerable time as the program's soundtrack, as you are aware, has a unique pace and flow to it. Then, once the hour was fully produced and I was pleased with the final result, came the final production work of creating the demo disc and accompanying jewel case artwork to present to the execs at WPIX.

I'll soon be posting all of this information on an upcoming thread on the board, along with some sneak peeks and insights into the new Fifth Hour. It will also include some of the insights that I've already shared in previous posts here on the board.





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Thanks Chip and congratulations on the 5th hour demo disc. What a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary.  I appreciate the yule log message board and the comradery with everyone.  I for one will be looking forward to your announcements for the 2016 releases.   Keep up the great work Chip!   Jim
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Thanks Jim, and glad to hear how much you enjoy the site.


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Great Chip on two accounts   first that Real Gone Music continues with new Christmas CDs  and secondly
The 5th hour of the Yule Log submission.

I have bemoaned my fate here before that I had no access to the Yule Log Show until last Christmas.  Christmas 2015 I  got to watch/listen
to a lot of the Antenna TV version  for the first time  "live" from a distant but receivable over the air channel.    So I look forward to hopefully
see an announcement that Antenna TV will pick up or at least offer to their stations the 5th Hour for Christmas 2016.
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Steve,

I will be making a push to get the new Fifth Hour shown on the local Tribune affiliates -- especially the ones that currently air the broadcast for more than 4 hours.

As for the Antenna TV affiliates, I will offer the new Fifth Hour to Sean Compton
(President of Strategic Programming) and make a push to get it shown nationally. However, that will be more problematic, as the Antenna TV affiliates are a more plentiful and diverse group than the local Tribune affiliates. The reason for that is because Antenna TV is available to all broadcasting networks as an affiliate channel, not just Tribune; therefore, the network affiliations for Antenna TV run the gamut: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and more.

Getting the complete 4-hour broadcast to air nationally on Antenna TV was challenging enough; and the 5-hour broadcast will be even more so. But I'll do my best.


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Thanks Chip   I had figured out from some of your earlier comments it was a little of the Wild West mentality  out their for Antenna TV   aka every man for himself.   But luckily  the one distant local for me  that showed it this year,  did it straight up,  I saw no commercial cut ins and nothing felt clipped. and ran for 4 hrs.   So my first over the air experience was probably as good as it could be.  Amen

Even though I am close enough to get a lot of big city over the air TV from Detroit,  none  of those big city station with all their power, money ,  and numerous sub channels are not Tribune and do not carry Antenna TV.   I have to spin the rotor on my roof antenna 180 degrees from Detroit and get central Michigan small town channels to find it.  Complain I do not any more,  I found it.
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Hello Chip,

I cannot tell you how excited I am to hear that Real Gone Music with your strong guidance is cooking up more than a dozen possible Christmas releases before the end of the year.  I know you will have your work cut out for you working on the UMG releases, but hopefully they will get on board with letting Real Gone  Music get some of those golden titles back in print that they have been sitting on for so many years.

I know that one of those titles that you have been trying to get back in print that was previously available through your efforts is one of the Holy Grails of Christmas Instrumental Music by the incomparable Mantovani, the great Christmas Carols album.  I know that his other Christmas masterpiece, Christmas Greetings From Mantovani, released in Britain by Vocalion as A Song For Christmas, also rates highly on your Top 500 list of the Greatest Christmas albums.

I have both of those extraordinary albums in my Christmas collection as well as Mantovani's Christmas Favourites which blends many, but not all of those album cuts together as you well know.  Chip, I know that you and I are both sticklers for having iconic Christmas albums re-released in their original packaging and sequence, but I also know that sometimes bonus tracks are added at the end for both commercial and artistic considerations.

Well then here is my suggestion that I wanted to run by you that starting calling out to me the last several years that i have been listening to these CD's in all their glory.  I will not be surprised if you have already thought of it before me, but I just cannot stop thinking about it how great it would make an already extraordinary album even more iconic.

Since the Christmas Carols album is undoubtedly Mantovani's superior album and stands alone perfectly on its own, one hates to alter perfection. But at the same time, I go nuts every time I hear the beauty and majesty of his original Christmas song, Christmas Bells, off Monty's A Song for Christmas album.  I have always thought as perfect as the Christmas Carols album is, the Christmas Bells song belongs on that album, perhaps as a bonus song added at the end so as to not mess with the original sanctity of that glorious album.

I trust your instincts on this matter, Chip, and I'm dying to know what you think of the idea and whether it makes any sense at all to you. For all I know, you have been working on this already as I know the re-release of the Christmas Carols album has been a high priority of yours for years now and rightly so!

Best Regards.

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Believe me, I would love to do it, Steve, as I absolutely adore the song too. However, negotiating a deal to secure printing rights from UMG for albums in their catalog is hard enough, but when you add bonus tracks to the equation, negotiations become exponentially more difficult.

This original song which Monty wrote himself is truly his masterpiece. I only wish that he had written it years earlier so that it could have been on his first Christmas album, where it rightfully belongs. The song would have served perfectly as the finale to the album.

The song was a quintessential example of his great signature technique of cascading, soaring and especially tumbling violins, which created that "fountains of thrilling sound" that he was so famous for.

To be able to evoke such emotion to this degree with their music is what sets Mantovani and Percy Faith apart from anybody else and puts them in a class all by themselves.


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Hello Chip,

Well, if anybody could get Monty's Christmas Carols re-released with his truly majestic masterpiece, Christmas Bells, added to its already iconic lineup, it would be you and Mr. Gordon Anderson of Real Gone Music.

I am so glad to hear that you hear Christmas Bells the same way I do and how it really belongs on his Christmas Carol's album.  It takes my breath away everytime I hear those cascading strings and that hauntingly beautiful melody.

I  could not agree with you more about Percy Faith and Mantovani standing alone as having the greatest Christmas Instrumental Music ever.  There really is not a close second or third, but Frank DeVol comes just below them with The Old Sweet Songs Of Christmas in my humble opinion.

Well, heres to hoping that you can do the impossible and get this Christmas Carols album re-released in all its digital glory, perhaps with a new marketing angle by including Monty's absolutely stellar arrangement of his most powerful Christmas original ever, Christmas Bells, included as a final bonus cut.

Regardless of the outcome, Chip, I know you and Gordon will have some magnificent releases for us later this year.  I still cannot thank you enough for your tireless effort in getting our iconic Christmas albums released in all their original glory.  Your taste and tenacity is unsurpassed when it comes to protecting and spreading this glorious music to a new generation of fans as well the ones that grew up on this amazing Christmas music.

Best Regards,

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Thanks for the kind words, Steve. I appreciate it.

By the way, I'm not sure how much you've seen on the message board since you joined last year, but here's a few links in case you haven't come across them yet.

First, a link to information on the new Fourth Hour of the Yule Log that created in 2009 and a video of the introduction when it premiered here in New York. The song that I chose to lead off the new hour was Monty's magnificent rendition of Adeste Fideles. Click here.

Second, a link to the thread where I exclusively announced that I finally got back into print Monty's Christmas Carols album. If you scroll down to my post of October 5, 2009, you will read where I talked about the song "Christmas Bells" from his second Christmas album. Click here.

And lastly, a link to a thread where I posted a "thank you" message from Monty's son, Kenneth, for getting his dad's album back in print. Click here.


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Hi Chip,

Thanks for sharing the wonderful Christmas Music of Montovani!  I forgot to ask you in my last post about a question I have about Al Martino's Christmas Music.  In the movie the Godfather he sang, "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".  Has that ever been released?  It would be great to add that to the out of print CC Music album of Al Martino.


Thanks again!


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No Jim, it has never been released commercially as it was recorded exclusively for the soundtrack of the motion picture.


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Hello Chip,

Oh Yes, in fact without you and your magnificent Yule Log I do not think I would have ever discovered the brilliant work of Mantovani, in particular that incredibly beautiful masterpiece, Christmas Carols.

Growing up as a kid in the sixties, my parents two go to Christmas albums were the Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas album featuring the incomparable Percy Faith as conductor and arranger, and John Klein's A Christmas Sound Spectacular which I spoke to you before about in a long winded story.

As a young man I became more and more aware of the importance of the music arranger in popular music,  What would Frank Sinatra's music have sounded like without the glorious arrangements of Nelson Riddle or Billy May?  Even Elvis Presley requested by name Nashville legendary conductor Bergen White to arrange many of his songs in the seventies.

Well this realization and my absolutely love of the Johnny Mathis arrangements on his Christmas gem led me to Percy Faith's Music Of Christmas and eventually his Hallelujah Albums.  Wow, I had been missing the most glorious Christmas Instrumental Music ever.

As you know from a previous post mentioned above, my search for John Klein's album led me to your Yule Log site where I noticed how high you ranked Percy Faith and Johnny Mathis on your Top 500 list.  I took in the fact that Monty's album was rated extremely high as well and starting reading your old posts about the Christmas Carols album and your personal effort to get this sacred gem released on cd.  I tracked down a slightly expensive ( well worth every penny and then some in my opinion) version by Collectors Choice Music and found myself in absolute bliss ever since.

So without your tenacious efforts and exquisite taste in all things that we love to call Christmas Music, my family and I as well as countless others would be considerably less fortunate and our musical landscape far less rich.

Best Regards,

Steve
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That's nice to hear, Steve. It's deeply gratifying to know that my goal of introducing this classic Christmas music to new folks and/or reintroducing it to those who grew up with it is being achieved.

I
t's my mission to preserve, protect and promote the legacy of this great music and the magnificent recording artists who have given it to us.


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