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Date Posted:09/16/2020 02:21:43Copy HTML


It is with a heavy heart that I unfortunately announce that the recently released Felix Slatkin Christmas CD will be the sole Christmas CD release from Real Gone Music for this year 2020.


I waited until now to make the announcement to see if we got any last minute clearances from either Sony or Universal. But at this point, as Gordon says, it would take a Christmas miracle to have any more releases come out.


In short: the pandemic killed everything.


As Gordon also said to me the other day, let's hope next year is a better year in many respects, this being one of them.


God bless and Godspeed.


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Date Posted:09/16/2020 05:44:13Copy HTML

Chip - Do you know of any other labels that will be re-releasing older Christmas albums on CD? I see that a Buck Owens set is coming out soon.

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I have no words.  Very sad news indeed.

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No Rich, all I know of so far is the Buck Owens.


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Date Posted:09/25/2020 11:11:24Copy HTML

Very sad and disappointed, but understandable. I was hoping for a release of the Frank Chacksfield Christmas album, among others. Maybe they will make it up to us next year. 


Be safe and well!

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I see there's a Peggy Lee compilation CD that came out this past Friday....

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Yes, but it's not a complete collection; as for some bizarre reason two songs from Peggy's original 1960 Christmas album, Christmas Carousel, were not included: "The Christmas List" and "The Christmas Riddle." However, amazingly, they found room on the CD for a bunch of bonus tracks.

If we had done this release at Real Gone Music, this would have been a *complete* collection.

So, anyway, this is far from being the "Ultimate" Peggy Lee Christmas album that the CD's title suggests. In short: the brainless wonders at Universal Music blew it big time with this release. And Peggy deserved better.


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Date Posted:10/04/2020 12:53:36Copy HTML

 Chip,


Thanks for the update.  I will be looking forward to seeing what is in store for the 2021 releases!


Jim

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I'm sorry to hear that there will not be any other releases this year.

I was looking forward to purchasing a follow up to The Great Songs of Christmas, and hoping for some surprise release (The Jack Halloran Singers, perhaps?).


Thanks again, Chip, for all you do for us Christmas Music Lovers.


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Date Posted:05/27/2021 01:25:14Copy HTML

I just purchased the Felix Slatkin and Stanley Black CD's from Real Gone Music and glad I did.  These are really well done. Vintage labels on the discs and a CD booklet with great information. I am a bit of an audiophile and just gave these a critical listen on my main system. Very happy with the sound. Pick these up while you can.
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It's another Record Store Day and I was wondering...  Chip, do you think there is a possibility we might have some new releases this year?  I know it's early for an announcement, but things seem to be looking up in 2121.

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The pandemic may be better, Randy, but this year also looks to be a bleak one for new releases. Unfortunately, the pandemic has changed the industry as we knew it.


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I’m a little surprised at that.  Not about the industry changing, that’s for sure, but Real Gone seems to be pretty active this year.  It’s their anniversary and I seem to be getting a new release update e-mail from them about every two weeks. 

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No Randy, it's not surprising at all; there are only two labels that concern us with regard to Christmas music: SME and UMG. And both companies are not cooperating. In addition, with Christmas music, there's the added disadvantage that it's a seasonal genre with limited profit potential for the record companies and, therefore, the lowest priority for them right now.

The only label that's currently granting Christmas music clearances is WMG, which is the worst label when it comes to a Christmas music library. They practically have zilch, nada.

The bulk of the regular (non-Christmas) music output that Gordon's getting out right now is WMG's WEA labels (Warner, Elektra, Atlantic).


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Date Posted:09/04/2021 02:24:37Copy HTML

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the current situation stinks like last year's eggnog.


Oh, well, maybe next Christmas. 

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Re:2020 Real Gone Music Christmas CD Releases

Date Posted:10/28/2021 02:36:05Copy HTML

Hi Chip,


I just purchased the Felix Slatkin Seasons Greetings CD from Real Gone Music.  The CD and Liner notes are great!


I read about the mixup between "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day" and "O Come, Little Children", on this forum, on Real Gone Music's website, and in Leonard Slatkin's liner notes.  I'm glad that the listing on the album artwork is now correct.


However, when I went to rip the CD into my iTunes account, the Metadata on the CD still lists the song as "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day".  I went in and changed it on my iTunes list, but I thought you might want to make the label aware of it, for further pressings.


Keep up the great work!


Dan

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Thanks for the feedback, Dan.

Of course, given the current situation with the record companies, another pressing is probably remote.


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Date Posted:10/29/2021 03:32:27Copy HTML

Glad to help! 


Speaking of additional pressings - I was just wondering.  How many CDs of Season's Greetings were printed, for example?  Do they print 1000?  10,000? 100,000?  I know this is a niche market.


Do you have any of that data?


Thanks again for all you do and for keeping this site up and running.

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Yes I do, Dan. But I believe Gordon considers that proprietary information, so I have never divulged those numbers publicly.



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