December 11th, 2011
Happy Holidays! It’s time yet again to celebrate the holiday season on keithhirsch.com with an early Christmas CD. This year, we grace this site with a compilation from one of the great crooners — Bing Crosby. In 1986, MCA Records released Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs on CD in the U.S. (catalog number MCAD-5765). The original version to hit store shelves back in ’86 was pressed in Japan.
This CD features 14 Christmas classics that Crosby recorded with Decca Records, including his staple, “White Christmas”. Track 15 is a recorded holiday greeting that Crosby and others gave to employees of Decca in 1940. This CD was compiled and remastered by well-known mastering engineer Steve Hoffman, and the back cover of the booklet states “RESTORED TO THE ORIGINAL MONO FROM THE DECCA MASTERS”. As a result, this CD sounds outstanding. Crosby’s baritone is warm and rich on this CD. It is trite in the audiophile world, but this CD has that “in-the-room” feel.
The original CD issue of Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs was pressed in Japan by JVC. While the Japanese pressing is difficult to find, this compilation stayed in print for many years, and U.S. pressings are rather common.
Shown below is the cover and back insert for Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs. Also shown is the original Japanese pressing.
Warm wishes to all of you this holiday season.
The cover for Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs (MCA, catalog number MCAD-5765).
The back insert for Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs (MCA, catalog number MCAD-5765).
The Japanese pressing of Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs (MCA, catalog number MCAD-5765). The disc was pressed by JVC, and the matrix code is “MCAD-5765-U1E11”. Note the paragraph at 4 o’clock that states “COMPILED AND REMASTERED BY STEVE HOFFMAN. RESTORED TO THE ORIGINAL MONO FROM THE DECCA MASTERS.”