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A Vintage Christmas Cracker

A Vintage Christmas Cracker


This two-disc, 47-track collection of vintage Christmas songs recorded between 1915 and 1949 is a true treasure, featuring more undisputed seasonal classics than you can shake a wreath at, all drawn from the original mono 78s. Included are such timeless gems as Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" (Frank Sinatra's version of the song is also here), Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," and Spike Jones' "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," as well as rarer delights like Fats Waller's "Swingin' Them Jingle Bells," Bessie Smith's "At the Christmas Ball," and the Andrews Sisters' "Christmas Island." It all adds up to a wonderful set that puts most contemporary Christmas collections to shame. Since it is drawn from 78s, some of the selections are on the time-worn and scratchy side, but that's not really a large drawback, since it only adds to the sweeping sense of holiday history this anthology imparts. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Living Era
  • UPC: 743625027525
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. White Christmas Bing Crosby/John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra
  • 2. Savoy Christmas Medley Ray Noble/New Mayfair Orchestra
  • 3. Christmas Carols Vocal Gems: Intro: Once In Royal David's City / Good King Wenceslas / It Came Upon The Midnight Clear Berkeley Mason/London Church Carol Choir
  • 4. Santa Claus Express, The Henry Hall/The Bbc Dance Orchestra/Dan Donovan
  • 5. Say It With Carols: Intro: The Mistletoe Bough / Good King Wenceslas / Little Brown Jug / God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen / Come, Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl Billy Mayerl
  • 6. Christmas Bells At Eventide Ray Noble/Gracie Fields/New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
  • 7. Fairy On The Christmas Tree, The Three Sisters/Henry Hall/The Bbc Dance Orchestra
  • 8. Winter Wonderland Lew Stone & His Orchestra/Alan Kane
  • 9. Santa Claus Is Coming Town Tom Stacks/Harry Reser & His Orchestra
  • 10. I'll Walk Alone (Thru Every Christmas) Meredith Willson/Dinah Store/Members Of The American War Dept. Armed Forces Radio Services Orch.
  • 11. 'twas The Night Before Christmas Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians/The Glee Club
  • 12. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells Fats Waller & His Rhythm
  • 13. Coventry Carol Elisabeth Schumann/Herbert Dawson
  • 14. Noel Georges Thill/Armand Bernard/Gustave Bret
  • 15. Sleep, My Saviour, Sleep Celebrity Quartette
  • 16. Christmas Message To The Empire H.M. King George V
  • 17. Christmas Dinner, The Max Miller/Ronnie Munro/New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
  • 18. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland/George Stoll
  • 19. Christmas Night In Harlem Johnny Mercer/Jack Teagarden/Paul Whiteman Orchestra
  • 20. Mary Had A Baby, Yes, Lord Paul Robeson/Lawrence Brown
  • 21. Silent Night, Holy Night Bing Crosby/John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra/Max Terr's Mixed Chorus
  • 22. 'a Charles Dickens Christmas...' Bransby Williams (Sketch)
  • 23. Auld Lang Syne Ray Noble/Peter Dawson/New Mayfair Orchestra
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters/Vic Schoen & His Orchestra
  • 2. Christmas Song, The (Merry Christmas To You) Nat King Cole (Million Seller, No.3 Hit)
  • 3. 'uncle Mac's Christmas Carols': Unto Us A Boy Is Born / Here We Come A Wassailing / Patapan / Rocking / Good Christian Men, Rejoice Leslie Woodgate/Derek Mc Culloch/St. Brandon's C.D.S. Choir
  • 4. Kids Go Carolling, The Harry Hemsley
  • 5. Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot, The Arthur Tracy/Peter Yorke & His Orchestra
  • 6. O Little Town Of Bethlehem Herbert Dawson/Master Dennis Barthel
  • 7. Adeste, Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) Victor Orchestra/John Mc Cormack/Walter B. Rogers/Reinald Werrenrath/Harry Macdonough/William H. Reitz/William Hooley
  • 8. At The Christmas Ball Bessie Smith/Fletcher Henderson/Joe Smith/Charlie Green
  • 9. Jingle Bells The Modernaires/The Glenn Miller Orchestra/Tex Beneke/Ernie Caceres
  • 10. Cradle Song Of The Virgin, The Dick Haymes/Victor Young & His Orchestra/The Song Spinners
  • 11. I'm Sending A Letter To Santa Claus Gracie Fields/Phil Cardew & His Orchestra
  • 12. On A Christmas Tree Debroy Somers & His Band/Dan Donovan
  • 13. I'm Spending Christmas With The Old Folks Vera Lynn/Arthur Young
  • 14. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth Spike Jones & His City Slickers/George Rock (Million Seller, No.1 Hit)
  • 15. Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry
  • 16. White Christmas Frank Sinatra/Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra
  • 17. Winter Wonderland Perry Como/Russ Case & His Orchestra/Satisfiers
  • 18. Christmas Island The Andrews Sisters/Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  • 19. Merry Christmas Polka, The Dinah Shore/Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires/Harry Zimmerman's Orchestra
  • 20. I'll Be Home For Christmas Bing Crosby/John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra
  • 21. O Holy One Richard Tauber
  • 22. Lullay, My Liking Celebrity Quartette
  • 23. Silent Night Comedian Harmonists/Franz Schonbaumsfeldt
  • 24. Miner's Dream Of Home, The Ray Noble/Peter Dawson/New Mayfair Orchestra
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
Conditions Guide
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