Friday, December 10, 2010

This is one of the first volume (1963) in RCA's "For A Musical Merry Christmas" series of privately-distributed albums. (Volume Two (BF Goodrich) was posted last year.) It seems that there are at least two versions of this album. The BF Goodrich version (pictured) seems to be the most common. The version that I have states "Specially Produced for Acme Markets by RCA Victor" on the rear. The BF Goodrich version shares only three exact tracks with this version (The Ames Brothers, Eddie Fisher, and Jam Peerce) though they share five artists.

Acme - For A Musical Merry Christmas

Good King Wenceslas - The Ames Brothers
O Little Town of Bethlehem - Mario Lanza
The Little Drummer Boy - Hugo and Luigi Children's Chorus
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Marian Anderson
Silent Night - Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra and Chorus
The Twelve Days of Christmas - The Ralph Hunter Choir

Angels We Have heard On High -The Robert Shaw Chorale
The Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra
Gesu Bambino - Jan Peerce, Tenor; The Columbus Boychoir
The Christmas Festival - Boston Pops Orchestra. Arthur Fiedler, Conductor


Blogger tubbs said...

RIP MY HEART OUT! I grew up with the Acme edition. What I'd give to find it on CD.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, there is a third version as well. I picked up a copy that was "Specially Produced for Pick-N-Pay by RCA Victor". the record store had two copies. So this may have been produced for a number of grocery chains. Album number is PR149B.

11:20 AM  
Blogger senormedia said...

Cool info. Thanks!

Now you've set my OCD off, of course.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are welcome. Would love to see a scan of the ACME version cover. I may be able to scan the Pick-N-Pay version as a trade. It does not have the BF Goodrich label, but is labeled on the rear cover.

11:57 AM  
Blogger senormedia said...

I'll try to remember to scan it when I get back in town. If you don't see it in a couple of weeks send me a reminder!

3:33 PM  

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