The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas

March 16, 2017 - Comment

What do the soundtracks to Kiss Me Deadly, The Longest Yard, The Dirty Dozen, Pillow Talk and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, the theme songs to the TV shows My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch and Family Affair, and the arrangement to Nat King Cole s Nature Boy have in common? They were all composed

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What do the soundtracks to Kiss Me Deadly, The Longest Yard, The Dirty Dozen, Pillow Talk and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, the theme songs to the TV shows My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch and Family Affair, and the arrangement to Nat King Cole s Nature Boy have in common? They were all composed and/or arranged by Frank DeVol, one of the most prolific and successful behind-the-scenes maestros in the history of the music industry. Save for the occasional acting gig (most notably as fictional bandleader Happy Kyne on Fernwood 2-Night), rarely did DeVol step out from the studio to take his rightful place in the spotlight. In fact, the only charting album released under his own name is this one, The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas, which came out in 1960 and quickly became a favorite of Christmas music lovers everywhere as one of the truly great holiday-themed orchestral records ever made. It s unique in its simplicity there are no brass or woodwinds here, just string punctuated by occasional percussion or piano, and the fact that every song is a medley allows DeVol and his orchestra to cover a remarkable amount of Christmas repertoire. Gorgeously remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, and featuring liner notes by Chip Arcuri, webmaster at The Yule Log.com, the reissue of The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas courtesy of the Christmas elves at Real Gone Music is a long-awaited gift for holiday music lovers everywhere.

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Nikola Tesla says:

Finally a remastered version of a Christmas classic! This is my favorite Chirstmas album! For YEARS many have asked for its reissue and FINALLY it is here. The recording is from 1960, so it has the sonic challenges of that era from Colombia Records. It was remastered from the original stereo master (or so it is claimed) and does sound quite good! Kudos to Maria Triana and Battery Studios in NYC for a commendable undertaking. It has a very wide stereo spread as that was the technique during that era. The arrangements are stellar. You will…

Brian H. Williams says:

Reissued at last, SUPERB REMASTERING and GREAT LINER NOTES! BRAVO! After decades of being locked up in Sony’s vaults, this CLASSIC Columbia LP from DeVol has FINALLY been reissued on CD. First off, the remastering is just superb. I mean SUPERB. In a market where hundreds of CD’s have AWFUL remastering (Bob Norberg, Larry Walsh for example) here we have a lesser known person (to me at least, but if memory serves, did all the remastering for the Johnny Mathis Mercury reissues, with some assistance) do a job that puts Norberg and Walsh to shame. Sonically, it has…

Edward W. Gronroos says:

All time Classic Christmas album finally released on CD. This album has been a Christmas tradition in my family since its release in 1960. 

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