Monday, December 21, 2015

25 Holiday Records: 10: The Sounds of Christmas from Blacks

We're counting down to Christmas Day with a list of 25 records we have in the shop at Royal Cat Records! Why? Because vinyl rules!

Another oddball cover hides a generic "greatest hits of xmas."


The Sounds of Christmas from Black’s
by Various
CBS Special Products

This was originally an almost generic product produced by CBS in 1979 and then licensed to various corporations as a give-away/promotion item. And so we have this piece of “Canadiana” featuring a perfectly 80s family cover with a camera front and centre because it’s for Black’s Photography stores. The grandma looks like Bea Arthur. The dad’s hair is very 80s. (Everybody’s hair is very 80s!). 

This is kind of what we think of when we think of Christmas records. A hodge-podge of styles and eras from all over the record company’s catalog. There is a little bit of organization to the album, though. The first side is more peppy, and both sides end with slower, more contemplative tracks. All the tracks are by a-listers, with the possible exception of John Schneider of Dukes of Hazard fame (he’s a king in our book!). The original version of this LP had a more Christmas card sleeve, but we will accept this version as being completely of its time.

Track List

Jingle Bells -Gladys Knight & the Pips
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -Gene Autry
Happy Holidays -Percy Faith
Santa Claus is Coming to Town -Willie Nelson
Have Yourself a Merry Christmas -Doris Day
White Christmas -Jerry Vale
Ave Maria -Barbara Streisand
What Child is This? -Johnny Mathis
The First Noel -Andy Williams
O Little Town of Bethlehem -John Schneider
O Holy Night -Mahalia Jackson
Hallelulah Chorus -Temple Choir

Check out Andy Williams crooning with a choir to "The First Noel" :

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