Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Great Songs of Christmas

The Great Songs of Christmas
By Ten Great Artists of Our Time
Columbia Special Products XTV 69406
- Mono

Silent Night - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

O Little Town of Bethlehem - Eileen Farrell

O Come All Ye Faithful/Gesu Bambino - Percy Faith
- edited down from longer version on the original album
- link points to stereo version which is *not* quite the same as this

What Child Is This (Greensleeves) - Mitch Miller and the Gang

O Holy Night - Earl Wrightson
- originally released on an Andre Kostelanetz album with Wrightson as soloist

For Unto Us a Child is Born (from 'Messiah') - Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
- uncredited: Westminster Choir

Ring Christmas Bells/The First Noel/We Wish You a Merry Christmas -
Frank DeVol & the Rainbow Strings
- special edit made from separate medleys on the original DeVol album

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Burl Ives
- uncredited: Percy Faith Orchestra & Singers

Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/We Three Kings/Deck the Halls -
The Norman Luboff Choir

Sleigh Ride - Andre Kostelanetz

Bonus feature! Here's a couple of vintage print ads for the LP:


  1. Hi Just joined this blog, in hopes of meeting others who own the collection of Goodyear Christmas albums.

    I am hoping that maybe someone can help me, regarding a question about Percy Faith's recording of "O Come All Ye Faithful" on Goodyear album Volume 1, as opposed to the recording of same song on his "Music of Christmas" Vol. 1. album, because they are clearly different recordings. I would like to find the stereo recording of the piece as it appears on the Goodyear album, but have not been able to find it. I even bought a 1950's import from Holland( on the Phillips label) of "Music of Christmas", hoping that maybe it was on there. Does anyone know whether or not Volume 1 of the Goodyear album was released in stereo?

    Thanks so much.

    Steve Barber

    1. Hi Steve,
      Not sure if you ever found your answer on this great question. I am answering this to the best of my knowledge in researching all of Percy Faith's recordings, not only Christmas, but his other recordings as well. First, I found out from someone who had knowledge of the early Goodyear Great Songs Of Christmas releases, and I was advised that the very first release Volume 1 was only released as mono (stereo was not in existence quite yet) and to my knowledge all the recordings on that particular album were only released from mono sources of all the recording artists before stereo came about. In regards to the album Music Of Christmas, there are 2 completely different recordings in the space of time. Percy Faith recorded the mono album version in the 1950's before stereo even existed. Then when stereo was invented, Percy Faith went back into the studio and made a new recording in stereo, but the arrangements are not exactly the same even though the album songs are the same and in the same order. There are 2 different album covers also. So my answer to you is, that particular arrangement version of 'Come All Ye Faithful' is off the mono version album and only available as mono. Hope this helps you.