Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Christmas Festival - University of Redlands Choir 1963

I found this record on Christmas Eve at a local thrift store and, even though it is now after Christmas, I decided to go ahead and share it because it is very good. The choir is full and very well directed by J Williams Jones. The selections are some of the most interesting ones that I have found on my LP purchases lately. There are familiar songs and less-familiar songs, all of a religious nature. So if you are looking for beautiful choral Christmas music, you will want to download both sides 1 and 2. I have also included a CD insert that you can print on regular printer paper, cut out, and fold and put in the front of a CD case.

The list of songs are:

Side 1
Adeste Fideles
A Virgin Unspotted
Christ Came to Bethlehem
Dear Nightingale, Awake!
What Strangers Are These with soloist Wayne Dalton

Side 2
Caroling, Caroling
When the Herds Were Watching
A Time for Singing with soloist Luz Albert
Manger Carol
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
New Prince, New Pomp
Mary's Lullaby
Star In the East
12/29/10 Update:
I have finally found a copy of the 1958 University of Redlands Choir - Choral Christmas album. It was not in very good condition, but I was glad to get it since it was very difficult to find. It contains the song that many of you have requested - "The Song of Mary". I have added it and 4 other very interesting tracks from the LP to my CD titled "Christ Is Born - Christmas 1940s-1950s" which you can find at my VintageMusicRoom.com webstore.