Bing Crosby ‎– Merry Christmas - Christmas Classic (vinyl)


Bing Crosby ‎– Merry Christmas - Christmas (vinyl)

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When Decca (and the rest of the industry) abandoned the 10-inch LP format in 1955, it created a 12-inch LP version of Merry Christmas, catalogue Decca DL-8128, with four additional songs and the now familiar cover with Crosby in his Santa Claus stocking cap as pictured above. The new songs were "Silver Bells" and "Mele Kalikimaka," both recorded in September 1950, and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "Christmas in Killarney," both recorded on October 1, 1951. The album's track listing was also adjusted slightly, with "Faith of Our Fathers" now preceding "I'll Be Home for Christmas." This issue has remained unchanged to present; first pressings of the album were released on Decca's all-black label with the catalog number in the top left corner of the front cover.

In 1963 the album was made available in electronically re-channeled stereo (with Decca's moniker, "Enhanced for Stereo" added on the upper right corner of the cover), Decca DL-78128. Mono copies made after the introduction of stereo have "DL-8128" in the bottom left corner of the front cover. All copies from the 1960s feature the Decca rainbow label. The mono version was temporarily deleted in 1968. The re-channeled stereo mixes are considered by many to be inferior due to the addition of artificial reverb, giving the once intimate-sounding "dry" original masters a "concert-hall" sound. The reverb is particularly intrusive on tracks such as "Adeste Fideles", "White Christmas", and "Silver Bells."

Label:Decca ‎– DL 8128
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 9 slight wear
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 10
side 2 - 10  vinyl is great
BIN # 142 / 148  / 161 . all are in awesome shape !


A1 Silent Night
A2 Adeste Fideles (Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful)
A3 White Christmas
A4 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
A5 Faith Of Our Fathers
A6 I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)
B1 Jingle Bells
B2 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
B3 Silver Bells
B4 It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
B5 Christmas In Killarney
B6 Mele Kalikimaka

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