Christmas music blogs are a wonderful thing. There's a handful of really great ones that dig deep each year by taking the time to restore and share some great LPs that were once lost to time. If there's a downside, it's that these great blogs have posted some great stuff I'd planned to share! I'm not going to ask them to stop -- just the opposite. But that's enough whining, it's almost Christmas, so let's get some cheer going. Here's something I hope you'll enjoy, Nelson Eddy Sings The Best-Loved Carols of Christmas.
Unfortunately the Harmony/Columbia LP does not include info on recording date, or the orchestra and singers that accompany Eddy's baritone (though I believe this might be a straight re-issue of Eddy's 1951 Christmas album Songs of Christmas).
I like this album -- it's effect is like that of being at a Christmas party and your jubilant (and co-incidentally, classically trained) Uncle belting out a set of very secular tunes. At a brisk 25 minutes, you won't get tired of Nelson, like you would of your Uncle. The highlights include a thorough reading of "Good King Wencelas", which really paints a picture with the lyrics. I've never paid much attention to what "Wencelas" was all about, but there's something about Nelson's version that makes it all clear. Other standouts include the meditative "O Holy Night" and a jolly take on "Deck The Halls with Boughs of Holly".
Please enjoy: The Best-Loved Carols of Christmas