Turned On Christmas by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/The Chicago Synthesizer-Rhythm Ensemble (1985)

Turned In Christmas by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Turned On Christmas
The Royal Philharmonic Orchesta w/The Chicago Synthesizer-Rhythm Ensemble
CBS/Columbia C40441
1985

SIDE ONE

  1. Joy To The World (02:28)
  2. The Little Drummer Boy (04:14)
  3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel* (03:16)
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High (02:09)
  5. Carol Of The Birds* (03:26)
  6. We Three Kings Of Orient Are (02:45)

SIDE TWO

  1. Silent Night* (03:11)
  2. Christmas Medley (The First Noel, Deck The Halls, Troika) (03:42)
  3. Christ Is Born (02:56)
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (02:42)
  5. Adeste Fidelis (03:23)

CREDITS

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Paul Freeman Conductor
The Chicago Synthesizer-Rhythm Ensemble: John Tatgenhorst, Artistic Director
*VOCALIST: Ann Mortifee
Executive Producer: Paul Freeman
Production Supervisor: Julian Rice
Keyboards & Synthesizer Concepts: Ed Tossing
Electric Bass: Steve Rodby or Bob Lizik
Drums: Tom Tadke
Guitars: Ross Traut and Bill Ruppert
Percussion: Russ Knutson
Rhythm and Electronic Tracks Recorded at Universal Recording, Chicago, Ill.
Recording Engineers: Bob Bennett and Bill Bradley
Mixing Engineer: Bill Bradley
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Recorded at Angel Studios, London, England
Engineers: John Timperley and Gary Thomas
Mastered at CBS Studios, NY by Vlado Meller
Design: Steve Byram
Illustration: Enzo Messi & Urs Schmidt

From The King

I picked this up at a used record store near me, and to be honest I had never seen or heard about it before, which is strange as it’s on a major label. Of all the folks involved, it seems the most noteworthy is the vocalist, Ann Mortifee, who has a sizable discography of work and was married to New Age flutist Paul Horn.

The music has a decidedly 80’s aesthetic to it. For some reason I imagine highly coiffed blonds in spandex leggings doing suitably perky aerobics routines. While that seems derisive, I don’t mean it to be. It just describes a period in time. The playing is decent (the bass stands out especially, but then again I’m a bass player…).

The music is energetic and cinematic in many ways.

Download it and let me know what you think.

The King of Jingaling
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