The Little Drummer Boy by The Peppermint Kandy Kids

he Little Drummer Boy by The Peppermint Kandy Kids

The Little Drummer Boy
Peppermint Kandy Kids
Peter Pan Records
Year Unknown

Side One

  1. The Little Drummer Boy (02:51)
  2. Medley: Joy to the World/The First Noel/Come All Ye Faithful (02:22)
  3. Do You Hear What I Hear (03:01)
  4. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day (02:06)
  5. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (02:41)
  6. Old Toy Trains (02:55)

Side Two

  1. Medley: Good King Wenceslas/Deck the Halls (03:45)
  2. The Wassail Song (01:55)
  3. The Twelve Days of Christmas (03:46)
  4. Twas the Night Before Christmas (02:00)
  5. The Christmas Feeling (02:44)
  6. Where Is Christmas (02:34)

From the King:

Let’s return to some of the great budget kiddie records of 1960s and 1970s.

The Christmas music catalog is full of releases from The Peppermint Kandy Kids, The Caroleer Singers, etc. who created a real niche in the Christmas music market. When I first began this site (way back in 2004!), these were the records that people most wanted to find in digital form. Albums on Ebay were going for exorbitant prices. These albums had a huge following of people yearning to relive this nostalgic music of their youth.

I soon figured out why these were so popular. A family looking to buy Christmas music could either pay premium for the good stuff (Bing, Frank, etc.) or they could pay much less for these little budget records and make the kids happy, especially music that was played for a few weeks each year. It looks as though plenty of people went this route and the companies that made these records would repackage and rename the music and sell it again year after year.

This album is a good example. What you have here are two separate downloads of this album. They have the same cover (with some minor difference) and the same catalog number. But they don’t have the same music. One consists entirely of faux kid chorus (adults singing to sound like kids) singing along with a small combo of organ, chimes, drum, and bass. The second has half of these songs and the others come from other budget releases by The Caroleers, Johnny Cole, etc. Peter Pan Records was notorious for this. I’m giving you both of these. (On this second one, there’s a skip on The First Noel which I couldn’t clean up. So I threw in a recording of this track from a different album but included the skipping track for archival purposes.)

Alternate version track listing (**Repurposed Tracks):

  1. The Little Drummer Boy (02:50)
  2. T’was the Night Before Christmas (02:14)**
  3. Where Is Christmas (02:36)
  4. The Twelve Days of Christmas (04:30)**
  5. Deck the Halls (01:57)**
  6. The First Noel (01:56)**
  7. The Wassail Song (01:17)**
  8. Do You Hear What I Hear (03:06)
  9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (02:48)**
  10. Come All Ye Faithful (01:38)**
  11. Joy to the World (01:23)**
  12. The Christmas Feeling (02:47)
  13. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (02:06)**
  14. Good King Wenceslas (01:55)**
  15. Old Toy Trains (02:58)

I do have to note that the song included here, Old Toy Trains, is not the tune made popular by Roger Miller, but a tune that changes the words of Jingle Bells to be about toy trains.

The music here is nothing outstanding, in my opinion, but if you were one of the kids who listened to this repeatedly in your youth this will be nostalgic gold mine. So, enjoy!

The King of Jingaling

Download Original

ORIGINAL

Download Alternate

ALTERNATE

UPDATE: Both downloads went to the same link until Sun. 12/2/2018. Sorry.

UPDATE UPDATE: It looks like one of the songs in the alternate version has been flagged for copyright by MediaFire. The song is available elsewhere for download purchase under the name “Rod Goodwin”. So the alternate version cannot be downloaded.

8 Comments

  1. swspoiler3

    Wow!!! I didn’t know this about 2 different versions of this album. I had this as a kid and I recently I found this again last year. Now I have to see which copy I have.

  2. Jonathan Melton

    Thanks King! I wasn’t fast enough to get the Alternate version. Got this instead: Permission Denied.
    “Joy to the World” by Al Goodman may be available for download from Amazon.

  3. ScorpionReaver

    Hi, thank you for doing this, and I love your site. I’m getting the same error for the alternate version, which sadly is the version I had as a youth. There was dialogue with “The Little Drummer Boy” and references to his goat, Lysander?

    • Neither of the versions that I recorded has any dialogue like this on it. I poked around on the interwebs and it looks like there may be a THIRD version of this album. I’m keeping an eye out for it. I may buy one and record it and add it to this post. We’ll see what comes up.

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