O Tannenbaum (Mira)
I know it’s a little late to be posting this, but it’s never too late to share, right? I totally forgot I picked this up earlier this year until I was wrapping presents yesterday, craving some different Christmas tunes than I usually listen to. This got the job done.
The title is pretty obvious, but I think these “musical boxes” aren’t the wind up jewelry box type ones you might be imagining. Looking at the image on the cover, I think these are a bit bigger and have bells, which is something I didn’t even knew existed.
There are almost 30 tracks, they’re all wicked short, and range from the classics like “O Holy Night,” to ones you might have heard of before like “Good King Wenceslas,” to ones I think they made up just for music boxes like “Whispers Of Christmas.” The best part of this tape is that because these songs are recorded straight from antique music boxes, the songs aren’t pitch perfect recreations. Sometimes they’re a little warped and wobbly, making them sound a bit off and even a little creepy.
Just a little technical info, the words in the parenthesis in the song title are the brand of the box, which is why there are 3 renditions of “Silent Night.” Also, my apologies for having a couple typos in the song titles. I did that at like 3am last night and only realized it after I uploaded everything.
I’m going to take a little break while doing the Xmas family thing. Things will resume in about a week or so. Until then, enjoy some strange holiday music box tunes with your loved ones, drink lots of coffee nog, and buy yourself tons & tons of records. Speaking of which, the Musical Wonder House site lists this as being for sale in LP form for $10. Not sure if that’s still true or not, but worth a try if you’re really into this.