Woohoo, Christmas 2009 is fast approaching! Well, it's about three months away. But I can't wait, because I've recorded a handful of albums this summer that I need to share. NOW.
First up is The Christmas Voices of Walter Schumann, the Pickwick Records re-issue and electronic stereo-ification of 1951's Christmas In The Air.
The contents of this album have been shared out a few times on some great Christmas music-themed blogs, but the date of the recording, coupled with some cheap pressings has meant the sound was less-than-stellar.
This LP recording was a multi-step process that took several tries to get right. The first attempt was fraught with hazard. The stereo was phasing in and out. I tried recording it again, only to encounter the same problem. I then came back a few weeks later, tried once more, and miraculously, I scored a clean recording. There was some small stereo phasing, but it was manageable.
I then passed it through declick and denoise software (ClickRepair, still the best). However the left channel randomly cutting out began to knaw at me. So I mixed the stereo track ("electronically processed stereo" mind you) into a mono file. I then mixed it back to stereo and applied some light VST stereo effects using Bias Peak Pro. The results, I hope, are the best you'll hear this album (until someone remasters it and reissues it on CD).
The album was also sequenced as two long tracks, Side A and Side B. I decided to cut the selections into their own tracks. The album still plays straight through, only now you can cut right to all reprises of "Christmas In The Air" and satisfying your strange cravings for that superb tune.
Sorry I've had so much to say about the technical aspect of the album, with little on the performance. Just take my word for it: it's good. Take a listen, and post your thoughts on the music and the sound quality. The count down to Christmas begins!
Please enjoy: The Christmas Voices of Walter Schumann Link Updated 11/16/12!