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There'll Always Be a Christmas

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This popular holiday LP reached #12 in 1957 on the Billboard charts, but was never reisssued - until now!! The first time in stereo, too.

1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
2. Deck the Hall
3. O Holy Night! (Cantique de Noel)
4. Silver Bells
5. What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
6. Jingle Bells
7. Good King Wenceslas
8. The Night Before Christmas Song
9. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
10. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
11. Go Tell It On The Mountain
12. There'll Always Be A Christmas
13. I Got A Cold For Christmas (bonus track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Taragon
  • ASIN: B000H30AS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Keenan on November 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been checking for this album on Amazon for a long time. Like some other reviewers, I grew up with it. I'm now 57, and still have the LP copy my parents had when I was a small child. It's in pretty sad shape, but has long been one of my very favorite Christmas albums. So I was ecstatic to see that it's now on CD. It would be worth buying for three songs alone: Silver Bells, O Holy Night, and Good King Wenceslas. As Christmas albums of the 1950's go, it's right up there with Perry Como!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Richardson on November 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been looking for this on CD for many years - what a joy to hear this again. Ed and his brothers were my late mom's favorite singers and it will remind me of her everytime I hear this. I guess Ed Ames never got around to making his own "solo" Christmas LP, too bad, but this one is really superb. If you like holiday music, you should own this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HippoRadio on January 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
IMAGINE THAT... A customer that likes the record company--and so am I! This a WONDERFUL resurrection of a classic holiday sound. AWESOME job on the remastering! If you're a fan of classic Christmas music--BUY THIS CD! I promise--you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Ler on January 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the first Christmas albums that my parents bought back in the late fifties. We have been listening to the well worn LP ever since. I have been hoping that it would be released on a CD and was very pleased to find it this year. The vocals and music are both very good. I particularly like "There'll Always Be a Christmas", "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "Silver Bells". Even the cover of the CD brings back memories and I can hear my now deceased father sing Silver Bells every time I hear it. The only thing I do not like about this release is the addition of a novelty song at the end. In my opinion, this is out of keeping with the tone of the rest of the album. I really enjoy Christmas music and I still feel that it does not get better than this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rodney on December 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I knew this would be good. I did not know it would be this 'good.'

This mid-1950's christmas album has quickly grown to be up there with my absolute favorite christmas cd's. Out of well over 200 christmas cd's I own, this would be somewhere in the top 10-15 range. It really is that good. And it could even be higher up than #10.

This album (now cd) gives that perfect, old 'croonerish' type christmas sound that you may get on a christmas album or cd of PERRY COMO, BING CROSBY, or FRANK SINATRA. Out of all the 4 person harmony groups who have released christmas albums (that I have anyway) such as THE LETTERMEN or THE LENNON SISTERS, this is easily and by far the best of them.

Every song, even the bonus songs, are wonderful expressions of that old-time christmas sound of the 1950's. And a very nice, clear sound too.

The AMES BROTHERS singing on this album is unequaled from any 4 part harmony singing group, at least to my liking. They hit the perfect note seemingly every single time and just the natural sound of their voices is perfect. No wonder ED from the group had such a great solo career. By the sound of their singing on this album, they all could have had great solo careers. What I'm saying is that whether singing as a group or taking solo turns on this album, they are all as professional as the best solo 'crooner' singers that have ever lived.

The backing orchestra of SID RAMIN is absolutely superb with wonderful, often lush strings that give the mood of christmas whenever they are used. The brassy, big band parts are just as wonderful. For me, the backing orchestra is just as important as the singing to give that 'complete' christmas sound and SID RAMIN AND HIS ORCHESTRA provide just that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Diehl on January 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A big THANK YOU goes out to Eliot Goshman at Taragon Records for another fantastic release on his label. This marks the second Ames Brothers cd that his company has released, and as with the first cd this one contains songs that have never previously been available in stereo anywhere.

As a bonus track, the cd features the A side of a 1954 release that the Ames Brothers had out on RCA Victor on 45 and 78, called I Got A Cold For Christmas (the B side of that release was There'll Always Be A Christmas, which was on the original album). The liner notes replicate the original back cover of the RCA Victor lp and even show label scans for both sides of the record. The cd also includes recording dates and original recording master numbers for all of the songs, which means someone could play the songs in their original recorded order if they wanted to.

The real treat for me is hearing a few of these songs in first time stereo (as most of these songs were recorded in 1957, they are in 2-track stereo which is my favorite type of stereo mix). Some of the songs have been out in various places in stereo before but not all of them had been, nor had they all been collected in one place before this cd. However the liner notes seem to indicate that none of the songs had ever had a prior stereo release, which is untrue.

Lastly, it is nice to hear I Got A Cold For Christmas from a master tape, however the person who mastered the cd took it upon themself to add a tiny amount of stereo echo to the mono songs on this cd to try to give them a fuller sound, which may sound better for the average listener in the long run, but it distracts someone like me from fully enjoying what the true mono master tape sounds like.
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