Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians issued many Christmas LPs in the 50's and 60's. Yes, this is the same Waring that make the famous blender. Jasmine has another outstanding collection featuring tracks from these albums, plus Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters too. A great bargain!
This collection contains most of the tracks from these Fred Waring albums: 'The Sounds of Christmas' and 'The Meaning Of Christmas'.
Another Jasmine MP3 collection, featuring female artists from the 50's and 60's. The Andrews Sisters, Petula Clark, Keely Smith, Brenda Lee and the Fontaine Sisters are a few of the artists. There are more low-key songs than the '98 Festive Songs' collection, and again some rarities here. Excellent!
The Roger Wagner Chorale released 'Joy To The World' in 1956. I believe it is one of the earliest stereo recordings by EMI at the time. In 1962 'It Came Upon A Midnight Clear' was released [now called 'Caroles']. These are classic Christmas hymns and songs performed by choir, and definitely have that classic holiday sound. Both albums have been released on MP3 and are well worth a listen.
Silent Night - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
O Little Town of Bethlehem - Eileen Farrell & Luther Henderson Orchestra
O Come All Ye Faithful - Percy Faith and Orchestra
Jesu Bambino - Percy Faith and Orchestra
What Child Is This - Greensleeves - Mitch Miller and The Gang
O Holy Night - Earl Wrightson & Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Unto Us A Child Is Born - Leonard Bernstein and New York Philharmonic
Ring Christmas Bells - Frank DeVol and Rainbow Strings
The First Noel - Frank De Vol and Rainbow Strings
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Frank De Vol and Rainbow Strings
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Burl Ives
Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Norman Luboff Choir
We Three Kings - Norman Luboff Choir
Deck the Halls - Norman Luboff Choir
Sleigh Ride - Andre Kostelanetz and Orchestra
Jasmine records has released several MP3 collections of Christmas Music from the 1940's and 1950's. '98 Tracks of Festive Joy From Yesteryear' features Bing, the Ames Brothers, Lawrence Welk, Les Brown and a large selection from Norman Luboff and Fred Waring make this an essential oldies Christmas collection. Some of these tracks are very hard to find, and make a nice alternative to the typical songs you usually hear. And 98 songs for under $10 is a real bargain.
While there are newer 'authentic' recordings, the 1966 Colin Davis record of Handel's Messiah with the London SO still strikes me as the best. Warm sound, great soloists, and none of the over-romantic performance practices that preceded it. I have had this LP on vinyl for many years, and still come back to it every year.
Now on a Decca Duo album, it is a bargain too.