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First Christmas Record for Children

Rosemary Clooney , Red Skelton , Doris Day , Arthur Godfrey , Gene Autry , Captain Kangaroo Vinyl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Harmony
  • ASIN: B001AQM0KG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I found the Little Christmas Tree! April 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like everyone else, this album was a treasure from mine and my younger sister's childhood. I can remember how she would cry and cry every time we listened to Red Skelton's Little Christmas Tree! It's one of my sister's strongest Christmas memories. I started searching other sites before I found it here on Amazon and although the CD doesn't offer Mr. Skelton's narration, it can be downloaded from: [...] I downloaded using Windows Media Player and burned it onto a CD. I sent my sister a copy. This Christmas recording just wouldn't have been the same without TLCT, as that is the one thing we all seem to remember most. Hope this helps those still yearning for TLCT!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Red Skeltons Littlest Christmas Tree! December 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Growing up in Hawaii this was our favorite family Christmas album, since we didn't get snow in our back yard, we could only listen to this album and dream about it. We too have been looking for it for years as our copy got lost in the shuffle. My sister finally found the orriginal record at a Thrift store on the mainland. Once I had the exact name I was so happy to find it on CD. HOWEVER, VERY DISAPPOINTED that Red Skeltons Littlest Christmas tree was left off. I am so happy we have a copy of the orriginal and have The Littlest Christmas Tree on a tape now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, Fair cd! October 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm 32 years old and like many of the other reviewers I had this album when growing up and it is one of my favorite holiday albums. I was greatly pleased to find that it has been reissued in cd form. Like the other reviewers I am disappointed that they did not include Red Skelton's THE LITTLEST CHRISTMAS TREE (TLCT).

I wonder why TLCT was removed from this album? I've heard that it may have to do with difficulties from the Red Skelton estate. For those who have heard the original album and remember TLCT will recall that the Christmas tree learned the meaning of Christmas once Santa described how he he flew into an Iron Curtain and found that parts of the world did not celebrate the holidays or practice the act of selfless giving. Obviously this story concerned the Cold War. I wonder if the children of today could even relate to this story as we did?

I have purchased this cd and appreciate the crisp clear songs. My album is full of pops and hisses. I love all the songs. C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. by Rosemary Cloony is one of my favorites. For those looking to find a copy of the TLCT they may want to check out some of Red Skelton's old radio programs. TLCT is actually a 30 minute radio program from which part of the story was taken for the original album. The original version is very funny and for those who are missing it from this cd may want to look into obtaining a copy of that radio program. Feel free to e-mail me if you want to learn where you can obtain a copy.

Thanks to technology I have been able to reproduce the original album. I copied the songs from the cd I purchased and then, using a software program, copied TLCT to my computer. I was able to clean it up and remove some of the pops and hisses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Album, but altered from original LP October 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a child I loved this album, and still feel listening to it as an adult is an essential part of getting into the mood of Christmas. However, my scratchy old LP had the following songs on it with the same cover. What's missing is a beautiful Christmas story for children set to music, and performed by the wonderful entertainer Red Skelton. The Little Christmas Tree is sadly missed. I can't imagine what possessed Sony/Columbia to alter this fine album and render it less than it once was, although this seems to be a standard industry practice involving old classics. I will probably still buy the CD to have better quality copies of the other songs, but I wish The Little Christmas Tree was still included.
Here Comes Santa Clause - Doris Day
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause - Jimmy Boyd
The Littlest Snowman - Captain Kangaroo
Suzy Snowflake - Rosemary Clooney
`Twas The Night Before Christmas - Ray Heatherton
Jingle Bells - Arthur Godfrey
The Little Christmas Tree - Red Skelton
He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney - Gene Autry
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Bob Hannon
C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S - Rosemary Clooney
The Andy Williams Christmas Album
Jimmy Dean's Christmas Card
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Christmas with the Gatlins
Elvis Presley - If Every Day Was Like Christmas
Dean Martin - Making Spirits Bright (Not quite the same as the original "Christmas Album" but still very good)
John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas
Christmas with Chet Atkins
Gene Autry - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (The original album, Gene Autry Sings Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was another victim of alteration)
A Brenda Lee Christmas - In the New Old-Fashioned Way
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Littlest Christmas Tree? November 24, 1999
By Tracy
Format:Audio CD
I am so took me years to find this album and it doesn't even have my favorite on it! Anyone have the Littlest Christmas Tree on tape who can make me a copy? It is a shame that some greedy person decided to take that off of this release....especially since the part they cut out was about "giving to one another without greed".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Songs Suposedly For Children
This is a very good Christmas album although when it comes to Christmas songs I don't think they should be labeled as childrens songs. The title is my only beef. Read more
Published 4 months ago by christmas lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Skelton Little Christmas Tree not on this version
This was a childhood memory I bought for me and my sisters for a Christmas gift. It was so awesome to find and give as gifts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sherry Grissom
3.0 out of 5 stars Great qulity and fast service
was a little dissapointed that it was not the exact songs that are on the original record, it has a some of the same ones like Suzy Snowflake, and the Littlest Snow man, but others... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patrick Chesbro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition!
Was thrilled to receive this album -- the original. The Littlest Christmas Tree was included. It was amazing to listen to the entire album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eva Gailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Best Christmas album ever, listened to this every day during Christmas holidays for 12 years and still enjoy it, passing the tradition to our children. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill D
4.0 out of 5 stars This should be on every child's Christmas list
The only negative portion of this CD is the fact that The Little Christmas Tree by Red Skelton has been
removed. I can see no plausible explanation for this omission. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JAJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Childhood Memories
Bought this last year for myself, as it brought back childhood memories. This year I have purchased it for my Mom. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love
i love this album because we listened to as children. i love these old songs and reminds me of childhood.
Published 13 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas record
I have looked for this record for a while. Was hoping to buy it in a CD but Red Skeltons song about the Christmas tree is missing from anything but the original. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JANE MONTERO
5.0 out of 5 stars More nostalgia found!
This is another record I've been looking for. Mine got played so much when my daughter was growing up it needed to be replaced. My daughter & I are so happy to have found it!
Published 16 months ago by Cindy Ware
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