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Oct192018

John Klein A Christmas Sound Spectacular CD

  • Trained by Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger (teacher to Aaron Copland and Quincy Jones), John Klein Was a Musical Renaissance Man

  • Klein Made a Number of Albums for RCA and Assorted Labels, But His Two Christmas Albums Are Without a Doubt His Most Beloved

  • His First Christmas Album, 1959’s A Christmas Sound Spectacular, Was One of the Most Distinctive Recordings Released by the Famed Living Stereo Imprint

  • It Featured the Largest Instrument in the World, the Carillon Americana, Consisting of 1500 Bronze Cast Bells Ringing in Perfect Tonal Quality

  • The Sound of the Bells, Combined with Klein’s Billy May-Inspired Arrangements, Resulted in an Album So Unique RCA Offered a Money-Back Guarantee to Consumers

  • Real Gone’s Reissue Marks Its First Release on CD in Stereo, the Only Way to Hear This Album

  • Klein’s Other Christmas Album for RCA, 1964’s Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree, Was Recorded at the 1964 World’s Fair with a Carillon Specially Built for the Occasion

  • Arrangements by Henri Renè, Famous for Scoring Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby”

  • CD Debut, Also in Stereo

  • Liner Notes by R. Steve Harmon Add a Personal Touch to the Package

  • Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Christmas Bells Will Be Ringing this Holiday Season with This Real Gone Release

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    John Klein: A Christmas Sound Spectacular/Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree. CD

    RCA’s Living Stereo imprint made quite the cottage industry out of releasing Christmas albums in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, and indeed we at Real Gone Music have taken great pleasure and pride in releasing a lot of them on CD. But of all the Living Stereo Christmas records, the one that is perhaps the most distinctive—and one that remains close to many people’s hearts—is the 1959 album by musical Renaissance man John Klein, A Christmas Sound Spectacular. Trained by Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger (teacher to both Aaron Copland and Quincy Jones!), Klein brought his formidable talent and skill on this album to the most imposing instrument in the world: the Carillon Americana, the largest of its kind, consisting of 1500 bronze caste bells ringing in perfect tonal quality. In fact, the Carillon Americana was so large that RCA Victor brought all of their recording equipment to the instrument’s home at the Schulmerich Bells’ offices in Sellersville, PA. instead of trying to move it to New York! The sound of the bells, beautifully meshed with Klein’s Billy May-inspired arrangements for accompanying orchestra, resulted in a record so unique that RCA offered a money-back guarantee to any customer who didn’t agree that it was “the most spectacular sound on records.” One suspects they got very few takers; however, this one-of-a-kind holiday classic has never been out on CD except for a small private pressing of the mono version; this marks the stereo CD debut of A Christmas Sound Spectacular, and, trust us, you’re gonna want to hear this in stereo! We’ve paired it with Klein’s other “bells” record, Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree, which was recorded at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York with a Carillon specially built for the occasion, with arrangements by Henri Renè, who had already won his Christmas bona-fides by scoring Eartha Kitt’s unforgettable “Santa Baby”…another CD debut, also in stereo! Liner notes are by R. Steve Harmon, whose father James Harmon, President and Program Director at the mighty 690 in San Diego, chose to bring A Christmas Sound Spectacular home to play for the family out of all the thousands of Christmas records the radio station received. Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York...Christmas bells will be ringing once again this holiday season with this Real Gone release!

    A Christmas Sound Spectacular

    1. White Christmas
    2. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
    3. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/Carol of the Bells
    4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 5. Jingle Bells
    6. Ave Maria
    7. Silver Bells
    8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    9. Christ Was Born on Christmas Day/Angels We Have Heard on High 10. Frosty the Snowman
    11. Winter Wonderland

    12. Gesu Bambino (Pietro Yon)

    Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree

    13. Silent Night/O Little Town of Bethlehem/We Wish You a Merry Christmas14. All Around the Christmas Tree
    15. Sleigh Ride
    16. Joy to the World/Adeste Fideles/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    17. The Little Drummer Boy
    18. O Holy Night
    19. God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen/O Christmas Tree/Deck the Halls 20. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
    21. Greensleeves
    22. Away in a Manger/The First Noel/It Came upon a Midnight Clear 

    23. The Christmas Song
    24. Ave Maria

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