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This is another Yule Log.com exclusive: I have announced the complete list of the upcoming 2018 Real Gone Music Christmas CD releases and their corresponding street (release) dates in my "Chip's Tips" Edition #18: Click Here.


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Re:Upcoming 2018 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

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Hello Chip,


I would just like to thank you for your tireless dedication to try to secure so many of these classic Christmas albums from the Golden Age of Christmas. I know from some of the research I have done over the years that the big three labels (Sony, Universal and Warner Brothers) can be very difficult to obtain copyrights on any of their historic catalogue material that has been laying waste in their vaults for so many years and through your constant prodding and yearly dedication, we in the Christmas world get to enjoy the benefits of your hard labor on so many occasions.


When I think we might have never seen the great "Music Of Christmas" by Percy Faith or his almost equally great second holiday album, "Hallelujah," without your tremendous efforts over the years, I get a chill down my back. We also got them in glorious fashion with spectacular remastering from some of the finest engineers in the world. We also got magnificent albums from Mantovani and Frand DeVol, John Gary and Jack Jones, Ray Conniff and all those great Living Strings and Living Voices albums. Too many to even start to list, so let me just say thank you once again from all of us who worship this iconic music from so many years ago. I think some of it might have just gotten lost or slowly damaged over time from sheer neglect without your great effort to bring this great music back for future generations.


Well, this list may be short, but what do they say, "Great things come in little packages." and this list may be short indeed, but it is loaded with some very historic and iconic Christmas music. John Klein's "A Christmas Sound Spectacular" in its original Living Stereo incarnation is one of the most sought after vinly Christmas records of the 1950's. I had the honor, largely with your effort, Sir, of contributing the liner notes to this twofer CD collection that also includes his very fine second holiday album, "Let's Ring the Bells ALL AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE."  The first John Klein album, "A Christmas Sound Spectacualr" was featured in Time Magazine and had a huge and unprecedentaed marketing push by the RCA Victor record label. This album not only featured a beautiful Billy May like orchestra, but also the 1500 bells of the Carillon Americana, which at the time was the largest of its kind in the world. 


I just had the distinct honor of listening to an advanced copy of the new digital remaster of the stereo versions of both of Mr. Klein's Christmas albums, done under the supervision and expertise of Mr. Mike Piacentini, one of the brilliant engineers at Sony Battery Studios in New York and it complerely took my breath away. This stereo version of Mr. Klein's first holiday album has never been available before on CD as you well know Chip, and his second Christmas album has never been available on CD in any form, so thank you Mr. Arcuri for making this happen for all of us who love those beautiful orchestral instrumental albums with all their bells and whistles so to speak.


Well, what about those magnificent vocals and harmonies of the McGuire Sisters with their highly prized Christmas release, "Greetings From The McGuire Sisters", another highly sought collector's album from the Golden Age of Christmas? I am really looking forward to this magnificent CD release as well, since these ladies could really sing!


Andre Kostelanetz had one of the most whimsical and delighful orchestral albums ever in "Wonderland Of Christmas", with one of the most specatacular instrumental versions of Sleigh Ride you have ever heard in your life. He had two other glorious albums that I assume will round out this fantstic collection as well.  Wow!


"Christmas At The Ponderosa" with Lorne Greene is a camp classic and a kick in the pants as well, and I see it is joined with his solo follow-up Christmas album too for good measure.


Chip, I again cannot thank you enough for all you have done over these many years to get so many of these iconic Christmas albums back into circulation. You have brought so much joy and laughter to my household around Christmas time with these magnificent holiday masterpieces. Please keep up the good fight with the big labels, Sir, as you are an inspiration and appreciated I know the world over!


Best regards,


Steve




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Re:Upcoming 2018 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

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Thanks for that kind post, Steve.


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Aloha Chip!  Is there a track listing for the Andre as yet or do you know what albums may be incorporated into the set?


Thanks and have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!

Christmas is on the way! Welcome Christmas!
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Thanks for the update, Chip!


As disappointed as I am that the Jim Reeves release is delayed for the second year in a row, I'm thrilled that the John Klein twofer still has the green light! That's my most anticipated album reissue for Christmas 2018!


The announcement of the Andre Kostelanetz 2-CD set is news to me and I couldn't be happier about that as his Wonderland Of Christmas contains my absolute favorite recording of "Sleigh Ride" ever! I have the officially licensed CD-R, print on demand, reissue from ArkivMusic. However, to own this album on a factory pressed CD is a dream come true!


I'm completely unfamiliar with the McGuire Sisters' Christmas LP and so I'm looking forward to discovering that one for the first time. I quickly Googled the jacket art and swooned. It screams "Golden Age of Christmas LPs" like the best of the vintage album covers do!


Fantastic work as always and, I know I speak for many when I say this, but I truly appreicate all you (and Gordon) do to make these reissues happen!


All the best,

Peter

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I would not be honest if I didn't say I am disappointed to hear that you weren't able to get the rights to release any Jack Halloran, as I've been waiting for Christmas is a Comin' to come to CD for a long time. I'm also disappointed that it seems each year it is fewer and fewer releases. I know, I'm being greedy, but gimmee gimmee gimmee I want more more more! 


However, I am grateful for all you and Real Gone Music do to get these great albums out again. I will be supporting your effort by again purchasing each one of the releases, as well as promoting them on other websites I am on.


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Thank you Chip for your update and your dedication!!


Regards,

Scott

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I am also especially excited about The McGuire Sisters release.  Although Jasmine released many (if not all) the tracks on their "Sincerely" CD release a few years ago, the sound quality left a lot to be desired.  In fact, I suspect it to be a needledrop.  This is fabulous news for the 2018 season!


I am looking for to the Kostelanetz collection - that should be a great one!   I am a bit disappointed about the Jim Reeves release, but there's always next year.


Cheers, Chip!  Great work!

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Re:Upcoming 2018 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

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John:

The André Kostelanetz collection will include all three of his Christmas albums: 1959's Joy To The World; 1963's Wonderland Of Christmas; 1965's Wishing You A Merry Christmas. And in addition to that, the collection will also include a rare bonus track from 1950, "White Christmas."



Peter:

Luckily, the John Klein release was negotiated with Sony last year; otherwise, I don't think we would have gotten it. Sony was not in a cooperative state of mind this year, as I previously mentioned. Anyway, for the Klein release, I suggested to Gordon to package his two RCA Christmas albums as a 2fer. I then asked my friend and board member (and John Klein authority!), Steve (aka rsteven), to write the liner notes. And lastly, I collaborated with my friend and RGM colleague, Tom Pickles, to design the CD artwork. Both Steve and Tom did a great job befitting this classic 1959 RCA "Living Stereo" release. Thanks guys!

And don't worry about the Jim Reeves; we'll hopefully get it next year.



Rodney:

I'm disappointed about the Jack Halloran, too. We were ready to go with it this year. I even asked his daughter, Dawn, to write the liner notes. But no worries, because like the Jim Reeves and Leroy Anderson, we'll go after it again next year. We give the record companies no peace.




Scott:

It's my pleasure.




Randy:

Regarding the McGuire Sisters, that 2006 Jasmine CD only contained 8 of the 12 tracks from their 1958 Christmas album. And yes, our release will be light years better in quality than that release 12 years ago. And as I said to Peter earlier in this post, no worries on the Jim Reeves.


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I posted the below information on the message board back in December of 2010 when I was asked about the Bonanza TV series Christmas LP, Christmas At The Ponderosa -- and moreover, the singing that Pernell Roberts did on the album. And since we're releasing the album this year, I thought it would be appropriate to re-post it here:


One of my all-time favorite scenes from one of my all-time favorite episodes from the great classic TV series, Bonanza, is "The Crucible" from 1962.

This episode guest starred Lee Marvin, who played a deranged prospector who holds Adam (Pernell Roberts) hostage and systematically tortures him. The scene that is not only my favorite from this episode, but the
entire series for that matter, comes at the dramatic and climactic end of the show, when, after two weeks, Ben (Adam's Pa), and Hoss and Little Joe (his brothers) are about to give up their search for the missing Adam and head back to the Ponderosa. But then, suddenly, they spot Adam, who by this time is delirious from hunger, thirst and exhaustion, dragging Lee Marvin's dead body across the desert. The particular part of the scene that I'm referring to is when Adam suddenly realizes that it's his Pa and he begins to breakdown crying (almost like a baby), upon which Ben, his Pa, clutches his son and holds him to his breast.


Keep in mind that this was a show of tough, rugged Western men, three sons and their father, that rarely showed such emotion -- especially Adam, who played the strong, quiet, eldest brother, which makes this scene all the more poignant and touching. But as anyone knows who's familiar with this classic series, tough as these boys were, they loved each other and they loved their Pa; and clearly, their Pa loved them.

Posted below is the video of this very well-acted, visceral and heartbreaking scene. Truly I tell you, they just don't make shows like this anymore....



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Hello Chip,


Such a great scene from that classic show. I loved those great western shows from the 1960's when there was some real stories and a universal message about loyalty, respect and real family values that we all could learn from and be inspired by at the time. I loved the Rifleman and The Big Valley as well with the great dynamics between father and son and the matriarchal led Barkley family. Wow, Barbara Stanwyck's character was way ahead of her time and I love the different personalities of the brothers and Audra as well. As you so well say, Chip, they just do not make them like this anymore. Everything is CGI and a lot of car chases and explosions. There is seldom a lot of character driven or a strong family story lines in these current times.  I do like Yellowstone with Kevin Costner so far, although it does have a bit of an edge to it, but the family dynamics are interesting and the direction and beauty of the cinematography is fantastic. It is well worth checking out and probably the closest we will get to a sort of great modern western themed show taking place in current times.


Best regards,


Steve

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I totally agree with everything you said, Steve. Character development is such an important component to good filmmaking. And Barbara Stanwyck was indeed far ahead of her time!


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The McGuire Sisters album was an interesting release in that it was really more of a compilation of singles, 1954-1957, and a number of the tracks aren't tied too closely to the holidays. Anyway, I don't have all the particulars at hand, but here are the dates:


  1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1957)
  2. Give Me Your Heart For Christmas (1954)
  3. He (1955)
  4. Christmas Alphabet (1954)
  5. Honorable Congratulations (1957)
  6. Without Him (1957)
  7. The Littlest Angel (1955)
  8. The Cactus Christmas Tree (1956)
  9. If You Believe (1955)
  10. I'd Like to Trim a Tree with You (1955)
  11. He's Got Time (1957)
  12. Happy New Year (1956)
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  13. Be A Santa (1961)
    - from "Subways Are for Sleeping"
  14. Peace (1959)
    - from "May You Always” 
  15. Ave Maria (1959)
    - from "In Harmony with Him"
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That is all correct; except the two songs "Happy New Year" and "The Cactus Christmas Tree" were not singles, but rather from the girls' 1956 Coral Records LP, Children's Holiday.


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