Friday, October 17, 2008

Merry Christmas - The Mills Brothers

We're rolling now. It's Fall, the temperature is dropping (at least here it is) and it's time to start posting some albums. I've been waiting all summer for this!

First up is Merry Christmas by The Mills Brothers. 12 familiar favorite songs all performed with emphasis on the Mills' vocal stylings, with minimal accompaniment (organ, chimes, harp). Highlights include "O Holy Night" (when isn't it a highlight?), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". The Mills Bros. have soft, light voices -- perfect for the material. Great stuff too to put on later in the evening, when all the Christmas hub-bub has you beat, put this on and relax!

Originally issued on LP in 1959 (from which this recording is sourced from), it was later re-issued on DOT in the '60s and Pickwick in the '70s. Universal Special Products re-issued the same contents on CD in 1993. That CD is now way-out-of-print (that's worse than just out-of-print) and used copies go for big bucks ($70) on Amazon.com. Short version: Merry Christmas is otherwise unavailable. So I hope my LP recording will provide some relief while you track down a copy of the CD... Paying $70 for it.


Please enjoy: Merry Christmas - The Milsl Brothers


21 comments:

  1. Ryan,

    Thank you. What a beautiful, clean recording you made :-).

    Hitparade

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  2. Thanks very much! A great one to return with.

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  3. Thank you so much!
    I have been searching for this rare recording FOREVER!
    You have brought beautiful voices to everyone.
    A great recording.

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  4. I had no idea this was so scarce. It was one of the first Christmas CDs I ever bought. Universal ought to reissue it with the songs the Brothers did for Decca: My Xmas Song for You/On This Xmas Eve/I Believe in Santa Claus/You Don't Have to Be A Santa Claus and they could throw in I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm for good measure. Love the Mills Brothers!

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  5. Thanks for sharing this LP Ryan. I've been listening to this as a kid growing up since the early 1970's when my dad got it at Woolworth's that year.

    It's in my Dad's Christmas LP Collection that he wants me to sell for him. If anyone is interested they can find it HERE. Thanks again for sharing.

    Dave

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  6. Hello,
    I just came acrossed your site, is this still
    up? 12/3/09??

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  7. This has become my favorite album this season. Thank you very much.

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  8. thank you thank you - couldn't find it anywhere
    sounds great!

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  9. I was going to make a CD from my cassette version of this album, but your recording from the LP is a much richer sound--thank you so much for the sharing and the loving production work!

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  10. The link to this download doesn't exiat anymore. Will you be replacing it? I have enjoyed your restoration work on the other albums.

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  11. The link is still good after 5 years!
    Just look at the end of the description where it says:
    Please enjoy: Merry Christmas

    Do a right click on "Merry Christmas"

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  12. I'm getting "permission denied" on this one. Thanks for the wonderful memories you've restored.

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  13. Nope. Permission denied.

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  14. Thank you for making this great album available!

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  15. Best ever! Big thanks!☺:-)

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  16. The Amazon mp3 album of this recording is (strangely) too slow. Not sure what went wrong in the process, but it's unlistenable.

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