The Living Voices Sing Christmas Music/The Little Drummer CD

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  • Brain child of Pioneering Producer Ethel Gabriel,The Living Voices Were One of the Top Acts on RCA’s Wildly Successful Living Stereo Imprint 

  • Living Voices Albums Were Renowned for Their Ornate Orchestration, Innovative Arrangements, and, Most of All, Sweeping Stereo Sound 

  • This Twofer Includes a Pair of Classic Christmas Albums from the Vocal Ensemble 

  • 1962’s Sing Christmas Music Had Come Out in 1959 on the Living Stereo Imprint as Christmas Surprises from the Ralph Hunter Choir 

  • Features Such Unexpected Touches as an Orchestra of Toys and a Native American Christmas Carol 

  • Worldwide CD Debut 

  • 1965’s The Little Drummer Boy Boasts the Legendary Anita Kerr Singers and Production by Anita Kerr Herself

  • Includes Then-Recent Seasonal Broadway Tunes Along with Modern Classics Like “Blue Christmas” and Old Favorites Like “Jingle Bells”

  • Domestic CD Debut 

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios 

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese 

THE LIVING VOICES: Sing Christmas Music/The Little Drummer Boy. CD

RCA’s wildly successful Living Stereo series spawned a number of ensembles with “Living” in their titles; the two that folks remember these days are The Living Strings and The Living Voices. Both groups were the brainchild of RCA’s trailblazing female producer Ethel Gabriel, who assembled some of the finest studio musicians, arrangers and vocalists for lush, beautifully recorded albums aimed at a middle America eager to give their newly acquired stereo systems a spin. In particular, the two holiday albums featured on this twofer that she released with The Living Voices remain treasured among Christmas music aficionados for their ornate orchestration, innovative arrangements, and, most of all, sweeping stereo sound. The first, 1962’s Sing Christmas Music, had actually come out on the Living Stereo imprint in 1959 as Christmas Surprises from The Ralph Hunter Choir; choir director Hunter garnered two Grammy nominations that year for his album The Wild Wild West.  Among the surprises was the introduction of orchestra of toys including the Hunter family’s electric train and transformer to “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” and an intriguing rendition of “The Indian Christmas Carol,” which is credited as being the first North American Christmas song dating back to 1643! The second album, 1965’s The Little Drummer Boy, featured the legendary Anita Kerr Singers and production by Anita Kerr herself; the program varies from recent Broadway fare (“Be a Santa” from Subways Are for Sleeping; “Pine Cones and Holly Berries” from Here’s Love) to warhorses like “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to modern classics like “Blue Christmas” and the title tune. The Little Drummer Boy makes its first domestic CD appearance on this Real Gone reissue, while Sing Christmas Music has never been on CD anywhere; Joe Marchese pens the liner notes. A pair of easy listening Christmas classics!

 SONGS:

Sing Christmas Music (1962)

1. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

3. Jingle Bells

4. Winter Wonderland

5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

6. White Christmas

7. Wassail Song

8. Carol Medley: Joy to the World/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

9. The First Noël

10. Indian Christmas Carol

11. Latin Lullaby

12. Silent Night

 The Little Drummer Boy (1965)

13. Medley: Jingle Bells/Sleigh Ride

14. A Holly Jolly Christmas

15. Medley: Silver Bells/Little Christmas Tree Waltz

16. Be a Santa

17. Medley: Pine Cones and Holly Berries (It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas)/We Wish You a Merry Christmas

18. The Little Drummer Boy

19. Do You Hear What I Hear

20. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

21. Blue Christmas

22. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve

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