Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Joyous Music, Lots of Joyous Music

Tonight's share is one of the best I have for you this season.  Der Bingle and Mrs. Bingle are off to NYC tomorrow for a 4-day weekend of Christmas nerdery.  On the weekend agenda is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NYC Ballet's "The Nutcracker", Santaland at Macy's, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Gaga's Workshop at Barney's, roasted chestnuts on 5th Ave, and all the other Christmas extravaganza-ing we can possibly do.



So, since I'll be away from Merry and Bright for a few days, I'm sharing out a 4-record set of tremendous Christmas music.  "Joyous Music for Christmas Time" is a Reader's Digest collection from 1963 that offers up a variety of music across the four records.  The records take us through:

Carols for Chorus
Christmas Suite for Orchestra
Christmas Music for Organ and Bells
Messiah Highlights
German Christmas Carols
French Christmas Carols

I was fortunate to find this set - the records themselves are in excellent shape, played very rarely through the years.   The music is simply outstanding.

The zip file for this one is large - the 4 records, scans of the box inner and outer cover, and the record sleeves for their artwork.  So, queue it up, sit back, and let it download.  Then pour yourself a scotch and Drambuie (or your preferred beverage), and enjoy nearly 3 hours of Joyous Christmas Music.


19 comments:

  1. Lovely...thank you so much for putting this up..it's brightened up my day... i enjoy listening to traditional German, French chrismas songs.
    Do you happen to have any christmas songs from this Swiss Italian singer Vico Torriani ?, it's hard to find.

    Warm greetings from Malaysia :)

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  2. Wonderful! I think this will hold us over until you return from your trip.

    Have a great time in the Big Apple!

    And thank you for all you do!

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  3. Terrific share. Thank you for this great collection.

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  4. Just got home a few hours ago from seeing the Spectacular for the second time this year, and we're still giddy! :o) Enjoy your time in the city...hopefully it quits pouring rain!
    And thanks for the download. Looking forward to listening over the weekend...

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  5. Nice share! Have a safe trip. Thanks.

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  6. This is amazing!! When I was a kid we would always get these records out and listen to them every Christmas. This is the only Christmas music I wanted to listen to as a kid! THANK YOU!

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  7. Perfect Christmas present. Thanks very much.

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  8. We had this lovely record in home, when I was a child. Thank You so much for sharing. God bless You. Greetings from Mexico. ¡Felíz Navidad!!!

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  9. Thanks!! My parents played this set at Xmas when I was a kid. I have inherited the records but of course their condition is not good. This definitely will make this Xmas a memorable one. :)

    Cheers!

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  10. The link doesn't work anymore :o(

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  11. This must have been flagged by Mediafire as copyrighted - I'll have to check. Please check back periodically, as I will move a few files over to Google Docs.

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    1. Please could you repost? I have a tape recording of the vinyl but it's not complete. If you did, I would very much appreciate your kindness. Thank you

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  12. Thank you! My dear parents had this set when I was a kid. Would love to hear it again.

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  13. Got it, thank you so much.

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  14. Listening to this is one of my favorite Christmas memories from when I was young. . . thanks so much for posting it!

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  15. Thank you so much! Especially appreciate all of the album art!

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  16. I just downloaded this album.
    My late father brought it over from England when we moved to Canada. I don't have the album with me so finding this site is a blessing and a reminder of memories I cherish from my childhood celebrating Christmas.

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  17. My parents, natives of Wichita, got this album set back in 1965, and played it from Thanksgiving until Christmas lovingly. Wore the set out - it's up in the attic in unplayable condition. Mom even wrote Reader's Digest to get a replacement, but they apparently didn't have them anymore by the time she looked. They'd been looking for years, and the topic came up this holiday. I looked up Reader's Digest Xmas album, saw I cover I recognized, and tracked back here. As I type this, my mother is listening to the burned CDs with memories flooding back from a half-century. Thanks for making this possible. :)

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  18. I know you wrote this a long time ago, but THANK YOU! Our family had this set and we played it every Christmas for many years. I found the set recently at a thrift shop, but haven't had a way to play it.

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