Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Little Drummer Boy - The Living Voices


We're hurtling towards Christmas here, so I guess I should step on the gas a bit and offer another album.

This one is The Little Drummer Boy by The Living Voices and just happens to be my personal favorite album this year. Why? Well, to me it's just perfect Christmas music: the mixed vocals are in that mid-'60s stylization, and the orchestral accompaniment is light -- there's nothing on this album that will add stress to the hectic time that leads up to the big day. Add to that faithful (but unique) arrangements (by Anita Kerr) and you've got a heart-warming and upbeat album. Perfect!

Highlights include "Be A Santa", a song I was unfamiliar with before this LP, and now love, "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" and the real show-stopper, the ultra-tranquil, incredibly beautiful "Do You Hear What I Hear", perhaps the greatest performance of this very non-secular Christmas classic. I get chills from this track and to me it's never sounded better. Eat your heart out, Engelbert!

Please enjoy: The Little Drummer Boy


101 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this one, I love the whole series of Living Voices yet find it difficult to obtain them in mp3 format so this is indeed a treat. I appreciate your generosity.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Great album. Here's an alternative cover:

    http://flickr.com/photos/falalalala/22882476/in/set-527076/

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  3. Thanks to you this LP is getting a ton of airplay in my household! One of my faves this year. Thanks so much for sharing this gem.

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  4. I remember listening to this as a boy in the 1970s. Finding it on your site made my day.

    Another album that would be nice to see is Andy Williams and The Williams Brothers Christmas album from the 1970s.

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  5. Wow. I can't believe it!
    I used to listen to this as a boy in the 70's as well. We lost the album and I thought I'd never hear it again. Thanks SO much. :-)

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  6. I saw the album cover image and nearly broke into tears. It was one of my family's favorites when I was just a toddler.

    Thanks a bunch!

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  7. Wow, I love to read comments like that. It makes it really worthwhile. Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.

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  8. "Little Drummer Boy" by the Living Voices Orchestra is my favorite Christmas recording of all time. I remember listening to it when it first came out in the 1960's. I have been unable to find a quality copy of it on CD or preferably cassette tape. If anyone knows where I can purchase a copy please let me know. 10/26/07

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  9. You have made a 30-something gal very happy! My husband couldn't understand why finding this post would make me cry! This is one of the albums that my mom and I used to listen to over and over again when I was a child in the 1970s. I have managed to acquire our other Christmas favorites in CD format and "The Little Drummer Boy" was the only one I couldn't find anywhere. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  10. I love reading these comments. Christmas is only two months away. More albums to follow!

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  11. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this!! I've been searching for this for literally years!!! You made my year for sure!!

    Thanks Again!!
    All the best to you!

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  12. I can't even see my computer screen well because of my happy tears upon hearing my mom's favorite Christmas album (and, now mine). My mom is ill now, and this album brings back such happy memories of better times, of when Mom was young and healthy. She loved the Christmas season and always made it so special and filled with music and laughter for us when we were little. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your kindness and generosity in sharing your music. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  13. Like everyone else, I've got to add my thanks for posting this. While growing up, this really was my favorite Christmas album.

    As a kid, a couple of the songs like "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" made me feel like I was taking a peek at what it was like to be a grown-up!)

    Just last year, I found someone selling a copy on Ebay. I won the bid and got it about four days before Christmas.

    Love it, love it, love it.

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  14. I cannot thank you enough for posting this album. I have been searching for it for years. I would listen to this as a kid every christmas on a cassette tape, and since cassette players are obsolete I tried to search for the CD, but no luck. Thank you so much for posting this, it made my day!!!

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  15. Oh my gosh! This was my favorite Christmas Album as a child. Alas, our family copy was ruined in a flood. THANK YOU for posting! I am sitting hear relishing years of memories now. Merry Christmas, one and all!

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  16. Wow!! Like everyone else thank you thank you thank you!!!! This is so awesome. I looked for it last Christmas with no luck. My parents also had this album while I was growing up in the 70's, and I'm sure I wore it out. I looked for it last year, with no luck, and can't tell you how happy I am to find it. I've already put it on my niece's Ipod we got her for Christmas. She's 7 years old, and I'm sure she's going to love it.

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  17. Oh, *sob*! I LOVED this album, and just this morning I was singing "Pine Cones and Holly Berries" while I was making cookies!

    Thank you so much!

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  18. You have no idea how long I've been looking for this album! My family has it on LP, and my sister lost her taped version. This has been a family tradition for over 30 years (even before I came around) - we always wake up Mom and Dad to "Jingaliiiing!" cranked full blast :).

    Thanks so much!

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  19. Beginning on Dec. 1st, my mom would wake us up on school mornings with "Ching-a-ling" as we have always called it. Now that we are grown, she calls (all over the country) on Dec 1st so that her kids & grandkids can hear it! This is a favorite of the Moore Family! Thank you so much!

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  20. You are my hero! My turntable died years ago and the cassette player in my car hasn't worked for the last few Christmases. This is my absolute favorite Christmas album. When my mom cranked it up I knew it was really the Christmas season. Thank you!

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  21. Like other posters here, I'm very grateful to you for posting this!
    Around 10 years ago, my apartment was burgled, and the thieves stole hundreds of my cds, the Living Voices disc among them. I too used to listen to this on vinyl when I was a kid in the 70s and Christmas music hasn't been the same without this record. I've tried finding in countless stores since then, to no avail. You've truly made my day, possibly my Christmas.Thank you, Ryan.

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  22. Thank you SO much! I can't believe it. This was THE Christmas album that we listened to when I was little. It brings back so many memories. I didn't think I'd ever find it again, much less in mp3 format! What a wonderful and unexpected surprise. Thanks so much for your efforts and your generosity!

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  23. Ohmigod!!!!!! I bought this when I was just a kid and couldn't afford it...then loved it until our family house burned down.


    Where, where, how, how can I find it to buy? I've been searching for years!


    Wow...real hope at last, and howabout that "Blue Christmas!" Best version ever. This brings back WHOLE big part of my life.


    Thank you, and would really love more info...

    Miz B

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  24. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is absolutely my favorite Christmas album of all time! Listening to this album was one of our biggest family traditions--no Christmas was complete without it! Many years ago, I recorded the album onto a cassette tape. However, by the time I recorded it onto that tape, the album was full of pops and scratches. So...as you can guess, finding your download of this wonderful old album "all cleaned up" was one of the best Christmas presents ever!

    Thanks again, and a very Merry Christmas to you!!

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  25. Yay! I love this album. It was my favorite Christmas album as a child. I searched and searched for this music as an adult, especially the song Be A Santa, but I could never find it. Til now!!! I used the music you shared with me to create this video Christmas card for my friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-od1_M42UmI&feature=related

    Thank you. I never could have done this without you. It's made me happy and it made a bunch of other people happy too. Peace and love and happy holidays to you!

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  26. I have been searching for this album for decades. My parents played this on our Motorola stereo console !

    This will bring me back to my childhood Christmas! Only wish my parents were still around.

    Just can't believe I'll be hearing it again. This is my *all time favorite Christmas album*. Thank you for posting it.

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  27. Well, your hard work was certainly appreciated by my family this holiday season. Everyone was thrilled to hear our childhood favorite brought back to life. I was asked to inquire, any chance you could bring the Living Strings "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to us for next year? Thanks again for the holiday cheer. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  28. Like so many of the other posts I want to say this is my all time favorite Christmas Album. I grew up with this record at Christmas during the late 60's. It always gives me such a wonderful feeling. I haven't gotten to hear it for many many years and look forward to hearing it again. Thank you for that. By the way, since so many people enjoy this album, do you know if it will ever be put on cd? I also believe I once read that this record was in the Guinness record book for the best Christmas record ever? Thanks once again for the music.

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  29. This was the first Christmas album I ever heard when I was in my comfortably naive childhood years. The decorations had no life without that music giving them the third dimension that made the holiday so emotionally magical. Thank you so much for putting an end to my quest for this ever elusive masterpiece.

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  30. Like all of the others, this was a great memory from my 60's childhood.

    And, like a lot of the other posters, it tears me up, since it's so associated with those who have gon on - my Mom, my Grandparents.

    Thanks for posting it.

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  31. Holly Cow! I thought I was the only person who even knew about this album. Here's all these people that have all the same experiences as me! My folks still have this LP at their house. I made a cassette tape of it when I moved out...complete with pops, hiss, and skips. Every year when I was a kid in the late 1970's and early 1980's we would decorate the tree to this album. We usually played it twice.

    Thank you so much....now I can play this every year for my new son for many years to come.

    Eric

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  32. You have made this Christmas very special. This was an album that my wife and I grew up to listening at Christmas. It was an album we wanted for so long to be placed on a CD format. Your effort to make a beautiful copy has made my wife's dreams come true. Thank you for being so thoughtful and selfless.

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  33. Thank you, thank you for posting this. I could not believe it was here, and called my children in from playing to listen to these songs with me. This was my favorite Christmas album as a child. I am so excited that my children can share this Christmas music and my childhood memories with me. I am so grateful. You made my Christmas so very merry!

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  34. I have the original 1965 album, and it still plays beautifully. However, I can't take it with me in the car or play it on my iPod. I bought a cassette version in the early 90's, but had to return it due to it being barely audible. I thought I would never find a clear version for CD use, and now I have! My Mom bought the album for the family those many years ago, and we played it every Christmas. She has now passed away. I am going to make copies for my 2 sisters to enjoy. Your putting it here for all of us to share brings the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for this gift.

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  35. I, too, am astonished that so many people feel the same way as I about this album. Surely if it were released on CD, SOMEONE would make money! Thank you so much for posting it on here!!! I still have the vinyl in excellent condition, but no way to play it!!!

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  36. Wow, who would have known! Other 'Living Voices, Little Drummer Boy' fans! Nothing says Christmas to me like this album, which brings me back to simpler times and Christmases past, complete with the smell of my mother's fruitcake baking (which no one liked, but Christmas would not be complete without at least two marathon baking sessions to produce many loaves of this inedible brick!) My entire immediate family - Mom, Dad and my sister, who was my best friend - has been taken from me by cancer, and listening to this music really warms my heart and brings them back to me. I'm 44, but feel 10 years old when I listen to this classic music!! I found the vinyl a few years back, and transferred it to CD. It sounds FANTASTIC, and I've loaded it on my iPod so I can listen to it anytime! Sappy, I know... but had to share! To fellow fans, Happy Holidays!!

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  37. It is not Christmas without hearing this Living Voices CD. It really takes me back to my childhood - my entire family still adores this CD. Thank you so much for getting this online - Happy Holidays!

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  38. this album is by far the most amazing chrissy album for me (and for alot of others after reading these posts)
    thanks for offering it up...my 4 mth old will grow to love it as much as i do.
    merry chrissy 2008

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  39. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My cassette tape I got for Christmas back in the 80's finally broke beyond repair. This beats any other sounds for the holidays for me.

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  40. Bless you! This is one of my favorite Christmas albums and my LP player is in storage because I don't have room for it now.

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  41. If anyone has a copy of this they would like to let go, I would be interested. Our family copy got broken long ago, and I really miss it now that my mom has passed on. It breaks my heart to think that I will never hear this album again. please contact me, this username at gmail.
    Happy holidays, world, Peace on earth for real!

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  42. saneTV, you don't need the album if you download the file!

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  43. You managed to extract some very ancient memories from the far recesses of my mind tonight. I haven't heard this since the early 70's (I remember listening to it every Christmas from the year it came out). This album and the Firestone series of records (that you could buy at the gas station!) occupied our turntable for most of the Christmas seasons back then!

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  44. Yea for Little Drummer Boy fans! I have become so used to the skip in the "Pinecones and Hollyberries" on my parents album, I'm not sure I would recognize it any other way. I have been looking for this album as well and I am SO excited to find it. This is my #1 favorite xmas album.

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  45. The fact that someone took the time to record and clean up this LP is wonderful and amazing. I never heard it sound so good. It was the album my sister and I played in the 70's while we were decorating the Christmas tree as children. I've tried to find it everywhere and gave up, until this. Amazing work by a talented and generous person. Thank you so much for making this special album available again for so many of us!

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  46. Bless your heart! I've been searching for this. I lost the tape a long time ago. We used to listen to this ablum every year as we decorated the house and tree.

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  47. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!!
    I have my old album from the 70's but no record player. This was a holiday staple for our family, it wasn't Christmas without the Little Drummer Boy, Christmas on the Ponderosa, and a Country Christmas. I have found the first two, but have yet to find the Country Christmas one.
    The memories that go with the sound are amazing, I am sending it off to my sister!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  48. Last year, I left you a note thanking you for posting this album. I am still so grateful. I love it. I made my video Christmas card with it and, since then, many people have contacted me asking for info on it and relating the stories of how it affected them and their families. I always direct them to you and this post. You have touched a lot of lives with this post.

    My dad is the one who bought this album. He died in 1970. My family listened to it while doing the tree and during all the holidays (and sometimes even after) and it will always remind me of the times when my dad was still alive and we were all together. Gosh, it's making me weep thinking that. And it also reminds me of the years after when I would play it just so I could feel that again. I hear these songs and love for my family and gratitude and joy well up in me. And sometimes tears too but always with smiles. It means a lot to me. And it means a lot to other people too. Thank you again.

    I especially love the song Be A Santa. I can't believe more people haven't covered it. I guess I did in my own way. It's such a great, happy song. I've never seen the film it's from but I can just picture the scene -- all these Santas, dressed and trained, heading out to spread Christmas cheer.

    So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you. You have made yet another Christmas for me and for so many others as well. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!!!

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  49. Thank you so much for posting this! I also listened to it growing up in the 70s. I have the album, but it doesn't play very well anymore. I've been searching for a new copy and have not been able to find one. It is my absolute favorite Christmas album and it brought back so many memories.

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  50. My mom used to play this in the morning to help us wake-up with a better attitude and it worked! I have many fond memories associated with this album and for years I've been checking out the bins to see if anyone had brought this back as a cassette and then as a CD. Every year it was the same thing, nothing. I couldn't believe that the record companies were letting this one lay idle while they put out such junk.

    Thank you, thank you for this great Christmas gift.

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  51. I cannot tell you what it means to me to be granted the possibility of this lovely little walk down memory lane. This was one of my favorite Christmas albums as a child, and I listened to it over and over until it popped, crackled and scratched. In fact, there was one spot on the jingle bells medley that I was so used to skipping, that to hear it not skip was a little shock at first!

    Thank you again.

    Phil Adams
    "Strange Bird"
    http://pcadams.wordpress.com

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  52. Thank you for making this wonderful album availale to all of us. We have the LP and used to play it every Christmas but no longer have a player. I could not find a CD on line so you saved us.
    Thanks again

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  53. Amazing to see how many others grew up listening to this album, and how fond of it we still are. It brings back so many memories and feelings. Thanks for posting.

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  54. My mother, who died in 2008, and I used to sing together to this album when I was a child. Being able to listen to these songs (I've long lost the LP) was a sweet blessing. Thank you ever so much.

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  55. The memories of listening to this album are so precious! My mother bought it for us at the Piggly Wiggly store in Chattanooga, Tennessee when I was a little kid.I never thought I would find this album online. The song "Be a Santa" is so rare now but I loved that song as a little girl, and Little Drummer Boy is my favorite Christmas album of all time. They re-issue so much junk at Christmas, why not his album? I would buy multiple copies if they did. Thank you so much for writing about it!
    ~Jeanne

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  56. I was so excited when I found your post, I grew up listening to this every Christmas. It brings back so many memories for me. Thank you SO much, I've been looking for this album for years and years and now I can share it with my children. Thank you!!

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  57. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have been looking for this for a couple of years, and now I know why I couldn't find it! Now my kids can grow up with the same wonderful music that I loved! This is THE ultimate Christmas album! Thank you!

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  58. Yes!!!! Thank you!!! I have been looking for this forever on an mp3 format. The vocal arrangements on this album are stellar because of the talent of Anita Kerr.
    Yay!!! This couldn't have happened at a better time for me...

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  59. Seriously! You made me and my entire Family's Christmas the BEST...everyone is going to be so happy that I found this for our family. I am so thankful for you this year! AND all of the years to come that my own children will also be able to enjoy this music

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  60. Unbelievable. After a 15 year search; finally a digital version. A family favorite since it first came out. So glad to have found your site and download. Thank you so much for your efforts. This really tops off the Christmas holiday!

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  61. My mother got this album when she was 10 yrs old, and has been a major part of her Christmas joy since. About 12 years ago, the tape deck ate her tape, and was unrecoverable. She was heartbroken.
    I had searched high and low trying to find a replacement, and stumbled upon this site.
    I downloaded the album and burned it to CD, and snuck it into the CD player while Mom was making Popcorn and Cranberry strings for the upcoming holiday. When it started to play, she broke down in tears, and about strangled me with hugs.
    My hat goes off to you for making this available, and making this Christmas a truely merry one.

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  62. oh yes, this is one of the best blog posts in history! i'm pretty amazed to find so many others that share this record as a family tradition. we have two LP copies of it, and a rickety old cassette, but of course it's 2009 and everyone wants it on their pod! JINGALING!! :)

    my sisters and mom will be sooo excited.

    "popcorn for youuuuuwwwwappples for meee!"

    merry christmas everyone

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  63. Thank you SO much!!! I have been searching for my old vinyl LP for years; I think it must have been thrown away. This was our family's favorite Christmas album growing up in the 60's. I am sending this link to all sisters so we can enjoy it again.

    Merry Christmas!

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  64. This is great! Like so many other commenters, this was THE Christmas music in our house when I was growing up.

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  65. As Lizzy & others have noted (with nostalgia & glee), this was THE Christmas soundtrack for my childhood. I was just talking about it in my sermon Sunday -- thanks for sharing this gem, and giving my spirit a lift today!

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  66. You have made our family very very Happy this Christmas.
    Dad has recently suffered a severe stroke and this was our family's favorite Christmas Album!
    We put it on an mp3 player brought it to the rehab hospital and he's actually singing along with most of the songs..a miracle in itself!
    Bless you, Merry Christmas!

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  67. wow...who would have known this album has touched so many lives with such sweet memories...add me as one of the people who has been searching for this album for years..
    a million thank you's for posting it

    D

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  68. I am so greatful , I could not find this anywhere, and this is Christmas.
    Careful there... your going to imparessthis 45yo man.

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  69. Unbelievable ! This made my entire family's Christmas ! This was a favourite for years until the record player broke and the cassette version was lost. I never thought I would hear this again ! Playing these songs again with my parents on Christmas Day and singing along some 28 years later is out of this world. Thank you so much for the amazing job you did !

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  70. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I grew up with this album every Christmas, but I no longer own a working turn table. The album just sits there and I've so wanted to listen to it again! Strange I should look for it in June. :)

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  71. Thank you so much! I was a little girl in the 1970's and remember my mom baking Christmas cookies and playing this record. This is a treasure!!

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  72. Just as everyone else said - this is my most beloved childhood Christmas album. I am thrilled to have it again! Thank you!!!

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  73. only this album can bring me back to the apartment i grew up in over my grandparents place....mom and dad and my brothers and I together with all the relatives come back in my mind...great album and i love reading the comments

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  74. I've been looking for this for years! Thank you for bringing back great memories of many Christmas' with this album playing in the background.

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  75. You just made my holiday! I start early and have been searching for this album for years. Remember, remember, remember.......on my ipod and computer and all I can say is THANK YOU. A tough Christmas is ahead but this will help more than I can say.

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  76. Although I currently have the album my mother purchased when I was just a little boy, I'm 52 now, I was hoping to find it where I can download to enjoy the music again. Tears came to my eyes remembering the numerous Christmases we played this album on Christmas morning opening our gifts. Thank you for posting it!

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  77. Wow!! You have no idea how excited I was to find this!! I only remembered the album cover but no idea who sang it...I googled 'The Little Drummer Boy LP' and this came up. As soon as I saw the album cover my heart just raced with excitement!! We only had 2 Christmas albums when I was growing up...this one and Bing Crosby's White Christmas. This has brought back irreplaceable memories...thank you does not cover the gratitude I have for this amazing gift! Merry Christmas!

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  78. This is has been our all-time favorite Christmas album and we have searched high and low for a modern-day format. We are so happy you have this out there. From a couple of 50-something ladies. Thanks a bunch!!!!

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  79. This really made my day! I had just started looking for all the old Christmas music my family used to listen to while I was a kid. This album was tops on the list! Thanks! Are you going to be posting more this year?

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  80. A flood of happy memories! Thanks for posting.

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  81. I can't seem to download this. It appears it's not available. I set up an account and now get a login failure. Can you tell me how to download this?

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  82. Hmm, I'm still not having any problems. I get the "save file to" green button and dancing arrow right smack dab in the middle of the page. It's possible that Rapidshare is blocking your IP. Unfortunately I don't know for sure. I'll do you a favour, though and upload the file to Mediafire as a mirror. - Ryan

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  83. Omg! This was our favorite Christmas album (along with the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album!)told as little kids. Thrilled that you put this on! Thank you! My mom has had a really tough year with her health and we have all been very nostalgic about holidays past. You will help make this Christmas very special for us. You are a doll to do this.

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  84. I agree with the last commenter. This is so great; I loved this lp. I have it on casette as well, but really nice to have an mp3 version. Thank You again for posting this. You've already made my Christmas special.

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  85. I was able to find this album for my father about 3-4 years ago at a place called neverendingmusic.com out of Canada. It cost about $35, but it was well worth it. Not only did they send the album, but they also sent me a copy on CD. This album and "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" were on the turntable in our home every Christmas when I was growing up.

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  86. Thak you so much for posting. This WAS the Christmas Album when I was growing up in the 70's. This was the Christmas album to me.

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  87. Wow, and I thought I was alone. This was our favourite Christmas album and like many posters on here carried us through the late 60's and early seventies. The console stereo with the Lp's piled on the changer was the perfect backdrop of our Christmas celebrations. I lost my dad this year and I have my mom with me for Christmas, we will really enjoy your gift. This album was an RCA Camden label which was a discount record line and for many families during this timeframe it was affordable. What triggered me was I was listening to the TV and the Ray Conniff version of Drummer Boy was playing. I went to the all knowing internet and found your gem...Thank you and Merry Christmas. Dan

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  88. It is Christmas eve, 2011, and I am sobbing happy tears because I have found this in MP3 format - thank you much!!!40 years ago this was a family favourite, when I was a little kid - my year is now complete. thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

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  89. It is not Christmas without hearing this Living Voices CD. It really takes me back to my childhood - my entire family still adores this CD. Thank you so much for getting this online - Happy Holidays!


    Guided walking holidays

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  90. WOw, I can't believe so many people love this album as much as my family and I do. I grew up listening to this and still do. A friend of mine copied it from LP to CD for me and my kids now love it also. CHRISTmas season is my absolute favorite, so glad others agree :-)

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  91. I had been waiting for this record to be reissued on CD and I was still waiting until I found this posting. We grew up with this music in the 70s and even then it was an 'old' record. Like the other postings, it was a great surprise to be able to download the mp3s. Thanks and all my best.

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  92. I take it that you no longer offer The Spirit of Christmas since it's been re-issued? I used to listen to both of these over and over on our super high fidelity (ahem) RCA console stereo. I still have the albums, but between the pops and cracks......

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  93. Thank you so much for your generous spirit to make this available to the public. Like many others on this site, this was my favorite Christmas album as a child, and I've been unable to locate it anywhere. As I listened to it yesterday after downloading it on to my iPad, I felt really peaceful and wonderful memories of past Christmases came back. Again, thank you for being a blessing to so many during this Advent and Christmas season.

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  94. Thank you so much for doing this! D/l-ing with MediaFire was so much more easier! I've loved this album as a kid and we are loving it again now. Thank you so much for doing this...You are a Rock Star!!

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  95. Ditto what Ladyrev said! Thank you!!

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  96. This brings me right back 10 1967 when I was 6 years old and my folks bought and played this album ... over and over. A heart felt thanks from Canada.

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  97. Thank you for sharing this album!! You have really brightened my season! I have such vivid memories of my little sister and I decorating for Christmas every year listening to this album. It has brought a piece of home to me when it seemed so distant. Thank you!

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  98. Ryan: I bet you never thought this many people would come out of the woodwork in favor of this post. The only thing that would sweeten it even more for me would be a lossless copy. No, I'm not complaining. Anita Kerr was a genius. Thank you so very much for this offering, and for the still working MF link. Reading all the memories above said all I could have and more. What a record!

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  99. Unlike many of the other posters here, I have no fond memories of this one; I remember it mainly because it played so often at Christmastime in the record store where I worked as a teen.

    But I've read the responses, and I must say I've never seen anything like them before. Your simple gesture of cleaning and uploading some OOP vinyl has obviously touched many people. As of us should be as lucky as you are, to spread so much goodwill so far.

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  100. I would like to express the same heartfelt thank you as the other posters here. Just hearing this album again is like stepping into a time machine and going back to Christmas as a boy in the 1960's! Thank you for your generosity in sharing this. Merry Christmas from Vancouver!

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  101. The little drummer boy was certainly one of my favorites during the holidays as a kid, and I am talking about the claymation movie of course. My dad had been a drummer so it really fit for our family, but unfortunately it seems that most kids have moved past these movies and our on to new holiday features.

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