The 12 Discs of Christmas 2008 #5

Simon & Garfunkel, The Star Carol
Theodore Bikel & the Pennywhistlers - Sweetest Dreams Be Thine
(A Very Merry Christmas, Volume 1; Columbia Special Products; 1967)

Today in the spirit of sharity, it's a double shot from A Very Merry Christmas, Volume 1, a promotional item that was only available via Grants Department Stores. While most of the artists contained within are usual suspects like Patti Page, Johnny Mathis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I thought I'd pass along its two most unusual tracks: a traditional carol sung by Simon & Garfunkel which until just recently was only available on this compilation, and a ballad by actor, folk singer and rooftop fiddler Theodore Bikel.


Matthew Birt said...

Do you have any information on the dates of these two recordings?

I'm really enjoying this. Thanks for putting this together.

blankemon said...

Man, I miss those promo Christmas albums. My folks had some great ones from gas stations and the like. I remember asking my mom, "Who's Vicki Carr?"

swac said...

I just read Star Carol was recorded in 1967, the Theodore Bikel track is off his 1967 album Songs of the Earth.