The Robert Shaw Chorale ‎– Christmas Hymns And Carols, Volume I

RCA Victor Red Seal ‎– LM-1112
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono

Companies, etc.



Plum shaded dog labels.

RCA "red seal" label with Nipper and "His Master's Voice"

Liner notes are © 1954 and include these notes about the recording:
These recordings by Robert Shaw and his Chorale were made in December, 1945 and June, 1946, in the ballroom of the Lotus Club, New York City. The original recordings were made on lacquer discs and have been transferred to tape using High Fidelity transfer methods to enhance the sound.
In enhancing the sound, the frequency and reverberation characteristics have been revised to comply with current tastes in recorded choral sound as reproduced by modern High Fidelity phonographs.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side-A runout, stamped): EO LRC 3912 32S ɪ A 52
  • Matrix / Runout (Side-B runout, stamped): EO LRC 3913 28S ɪ F3



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November 27, 2015
The date of this album is a bit of a puzzlement. As noted above, this was originally recorded in 1946, and released on 78s, then later released on LP and 45. The "1954" date there is for a Canadian release, but when was it released on LP in the United States? I've seen a Billboard reprint online, showing this album on the best-seller charts for 33 1/3 discs in December of 1951, so it apparently was available by then at the latest. I note that this cover differs from ones I've seen for the 45 set, and I also note the "Enhanced Sound" on the cover. Is it possible that this came out on LP in 1951 or before, and then was re-issued in what we would now call a "remaster" with better sound and new cover art in 1954?