Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hallmark - 1986

Der Bingle is back from the Big Apple!  It was a spectacular trip, with the Radio City Rockette's Show, the Nutcracker Ballet, roasted chestnuts, Rockefeller Center, Christmas trees galore, and a special opportunity to meet one of my absolute favorite musicians (more on that later).  I'll post a few pictures here soon, but tonight I want to get back to sharing.  This season is zooming by, and I have quite a few shares to go, so on with the show...

Last season I shared out two records put out by Hallmark in the late 80's.  This year, I have three more.  All of these records are exceptional collections of Christmas music, as is to be expected from a company like Hallmark.  I hope you enjoy them.

Tonight's share is their 1986 contribution to the sounds of the season, titled "Listen to the Joy".  It features 12 songs, performed by Placido Domingo, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Vienna Boys Choir, and Placido Domingo Jr.  One of the songs, "The Gift of Love", was written by Placido Jr.

And so, without further ado, here is "Listen to the Joy"

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  1. I love the Hallmark Christmas music series. Unfortunately, they stopped releasing the annual CDs in 2008.

    This rip is in mono, I am am fairly certain that the LP is in stereo.

  2. Thank you. I am so happy to be able to retrieve the music I listened to most of my life. Merry Christmas.

  3. I'll check the mono/stereo thing. Had that issue earlier with the Mike Sammes rip, and not sure why. You may be able to look for a stereo rip next season!

  4. Thank you for posting this link to the Hallmark recording. I loved the song Gift of love when i heard it on that recording and have been looking for it ever since. My old cassette tape got chewed up but i saved the tape holder to remember it forever. I have the same song on the Vienna CD, but it sounds very different.

  5. I have the cassette and ripped it and then burned it to CD.