Sounds of Christmas Past: Robert Shaw's Joy to the World

The first Christmas album I ever owned–and I still have it–is the Robert Shaw Chorale’s Joy to the World, released on RCA Camden in 1958.  Recorded right after World War II, it has two distinctives: it’s entirely a capella and all the carols are traditional and sacred.

“Jeffnham” has done something completely different: he’s recorded the entire album while playing on his 1967 Magnavox console.  (We had one of those, too.)  It’s one of those things that could be a dud but it comes off very nicely; he did a great job miking the console and he’s brought back the experience of listening to albums on units like this.  Enjoy and be blessed!

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