Xmas With Crown Records

Merry Christmas from my collection of Crown Records starting with Brother Henderson’s Soul Christmas (on Kent but what the heck).

SoulXmas

KST 573/around 1973

The black Santa on the cover is a fake–it’s a white Santa in black face. This same photo featuring the white Santa is on a 1963 Johnny Cole/Robert Evans Chorus Xmas Crown LP.

Everything known about this LP is at this blog site I’m Learning To Share including all the tracks. Enjoy!


 

ChristmasCarols

CST 1/1958

This is start of the Crown Stereo CST series, the first releases of which were on Xmas LPs pressed on red vinyl (the first pressings only). The tacky cover on #1 features a cheap looking miniature set with ornaments purchased at the local Five & Dime. The dolls appear to be made from pipe cleaners.


 

XmasCarolsWorld

CST 2/1962

CST 2 (1962) is a reissue of CST 3 below (1960).  Dates & numbering make no sense though maybe the listing at BSN’s discography is wrong. Cover features a bad photo of cheap looking Christmas decorations.


 

SingAlongXmas

CST 3/1960 – Same as LP above.

The graphics of Christmas tree ornaments on #3 cover are inventive and the printing is of better quality than the other LPs in this series. This is the best cover of the series.


XmasFavs

CST 4/1960

On par with the worst of the cheap looking Crown Christmas covers.


1001Xmas

CST 164/1959

Like CST 3, this cover is of better quality printing than the others with a glossy, foil-like finish. Wonder if anyone actually filled out the cover card and gave it as a gift? Purchased at the old Rhino Records shop on Westward Blvd in Los Angeles.


PostboxXmasMerry

CST 165/1959

The cheapest looking  Christmas cover of the series. A crafting experiment gone bad.


The following three Crown organ & chimes Xmas LPs feature a lot of the same tracks.  No surprise here.

JoyToWorld

CMX 80

Both Sides Now discography does not list the CMX series so dates are unknown.

The above snow capped cabin may be a Christmas landmark somewhere in the mountains near Los Angeles.


MerryXmasChimes

CLP 5086/Nov 1958

An attempt was made here to set design and light a decent Christmas scene of candy cane dolls with snowy background. Not great but not as scary and cheap looking as others in the CST series.


SilentNight

CMX 700/No Date Available


How better to spend Christmas Eve than listening to Xmas songs Mexicali Brass style:

WinterWonderland

CLP 5545/1967


XmasMB

CMX 1000/No Date Available

Would  it be possible for this model to expose more of her cleavage? Credit on front reads “Props by Mr. Christmas, Inc.,” a company that has been serving everyone’s Christmas holiday needs since 1933. Read more about the company via the link.

 

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2 thoughts on “Xmas With Crown Records

  1. Ivan Ditmars, the organist on Crown’s “Joy To The World” album, was an old pro in radio and TV. He led a small combo (organ, guitar and drums, if I recall) for years on the game show “Let’s Make A Deal,” played on soap operas (I think “General Hospital” was one,) and provided the music for the cult-favorite TV cartoon series “Roger Ramjet.”

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