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12/11/13

A "Royale" Christmas album



(my very recycled Royale records backslick photo)
You guys must be shocked! I finally decided to update my blog! Well I have some new material (make that lots of material) transferred and ready to go, which includes this extremely low budget Christmas album. 

The album is posted on Youtube, transferred and cleaned up like I always do. Here's a little blurb about it:
This one of the first Christmas albums that Oberstien put out on Royale and his other budget labels in the early 50's. This album features as small but talented choir and a collection of anonymous organ and chime selections on the second side. The album concludes with a pretty dull Organ and Chimes recording of "White Christmas".

The recordings are pretty high quality on the first side. Sadly, the organ selections sounded distant in places. The first selection skipped quite frequently, the rest of the album is much better. That being the case, if you want to avoid the jumpy first track, just start listening at 1:39.

Side 1- The Caroleers

Silent Night (0:04)
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (1:39)
Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem (4:20)
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (6:47)
Away In A Manger (8:13)
Joy To The World (9:34)
The First Noel (10:39)
Good King Wencelas (12:18)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (15:14)
Rejoice (17:12)
Adeste Fideles (18:32)

Side 2- Organ and Chimes 

Silent Night (20:21)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen- Adeste Fideles (23:09)
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (25:59)
Hark The Herald Angels Sing- Away In A Manger (28:19)
The First Noel- Holy Night (30:55)
Little Town Of Bethlehem (33:40)
Jingle Bells (36:10)
White Christmas (38:34)

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