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Xmas songs sung by Dallas jingle singers
  • ntcarver0ntcarver0 January 18
    Hi All,

    I know it's past the Christmas season, but I thought I'd post anyway. A friend of mine recently sent me about 2 GB of jingles and other radio things. Among them, I found this.

    http://files.noahcarver.com/radio/jingles/jim-west-robert-sterling-xmas-songs-sung-by-ballas-jingle-singers.mp3

    Does anyone have any backstory as to this? I know it was produced in part by Jim West of TM, but that's it. Any help unraveling this is much appreciated.

    Noah
  • tcarmantcarman January 18
    There's no mystery... I have an original set given to me by the late Jim West along with the mixdown master reels that created the CDs. These were produced and pressed mainly for "Music Of Your Life" syndicated stations to use as giveaways. They also used to produce albums, identical except different art work, for MOYL radio stations. I have copies of many of these from Jim, though some were destroyed by water damage in my basement. Jim was doing the syndication for the format, which was created by the late Al Hamm.
  • ntcarver0ntcarver0 January 18
    tcarman said:

    There's no mystery... I have an original set given to me by the late Jim West along with the mixdown master reels that created the CDs. These were produced and pressed mainly for "Music Of Your Life" syndicated stations to use as giveaways. They also used to produce albums, identical except different art work, for MOYL radio stations. I have copies of many of these from Jim, though some were destroyed by water damage in my basement. Jim was doing the syndication for the format, which was created by the late Al Hamm.



    Oh cool. So are these CDs still available for purchase, if only just to get that particular track in good old WAV? If so, that would be fantastic!
  • tcarmantcarman January 18
    ntcarver0 said:

    Oh cool. So are these CDs still available for purchase, if only just to get that particular track in good old WAV? If so, that would be fantastic!



    Sadly, they aren't. And I only grabbed one copy from Jim. The last time I went to extract the discs as .wav files, I had problems with them. I'm in the middle of home renovations so I packed up all of my CDs (around 20 egg cartons worth) and put them in the warehouse for storage so I couldn't locate it easily at the moment. I'll have to look, because I was able to get SOME tracks to extract w/o issues on one of the hard drives.

  • ratnobratnob January 19

    On a vaguely unrelated note, I'm fascinated by this performance - who the singers are, and where they are. There are certainly lots of them:
    https://youtu.be/QQ0CZB_DUzE
  • ntcarver0ntcarver0 January 19
    ratnob said:


    On a vaguely unrelated note, I'm fascinated by this performance - who the singers are, and where they are. There are certainly lots of them:
    https://youtu.be/QQ0CZB_DUzE



    This is actually one of my favorite a cappella groups. They're called Voctave. If you go under the about link, you can find info on all their members.

    https://www.voctave.com/about

    I'm not sure which one sings the super high notes, but whoever she is she's amazing.
  • Thanks Geoff - I had goose bumps on my arms listening to that - truly spell-binding.
  • ntcarver0ntcarver0 January 20
    @GrahamCollins, that is exactly what they are. Spell-binding.

    Here's another beautiful Voctave arrangement. It's actually my personal favorite.

  • ratnobratnob January 20
    Wonderful - thanks for the information and that beautiful video.
    ntcarver0 said:

    @GrahamCollins, that is exactly what they are. Spell-binding.

    Here's another beautiful Voctave arrangement. It's actually my personal favorite.



    Wonderful - thanks for the information and that beautiful video.
  • tonymullinstonymullins January 20
    Wow! That's awesome!
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston January 20
    Beautiful! :^)
    Wondering if that was "stacked" or whether they were "strong enough" to carry that intense sound in one layer?
  • petewilsonpetewilson January 20
    ratnob said:


    On a vaguely unrelated note, I'm fascinated by this performance - who the singers are, and where they are. There are certainly lots of them:
    https://youtu.be/QQ0CZB_DUzE



    Wow this is beautiful
    Are they Dallas.. As I don't recognise any of them......Wow the girl in the Green/Black striped Dress...:-)
    The site link no longer works (http://www.themagicofvoices.com)

  • martinlestermartinlester January 20
    Well how about 12 Voice Accapella Group !

    https://youtu.be/QQ0CZB_DUzE

    I am sure most people will recognise a few people in this group
  • They're from Florida - follow the link that Noah posted earlier:

    https://www.voctave.com/about
  • petewilsonpetewilson January 20

    Well how about 12 Voice Accapella Group !

    https://youtu.be/QQ0CZB_DUzE

    I am sure most people will recognise a few people in this group



    I think we're talking about two different groups here....I'm on about this one that was also posted by ratnob
    (JameyRay) But some of the singers in the Voctave Group look different?
    Are they one and the same and no I don't recognise any of them Martin?
    Beautiful harmonies without stacking as well.....
    Just a pity there's no video of them singing Jingles! ;-)

  • ntcarver0ntcarver0 January 20
    No, they are one in the same. Jamey Ray writes the arrangements for Voctave who then record them.

    I have no idea who the singers are in each recording, but I'm guessing that members have came and gone just like in any vocal group.
  • i had a non-released version of 'yesterday' by trella, circa 1967ish that was beyond dynamic.
    simply wonderful.
    got it from gary edens (pams).
    try to access that recording, most impressive
  • BigdaveBigdave January 21
    A search of EBay does bring up this every now and again...

    https://www.discogs.com/Various-KVIL-Christmas-1998-Best-Of-All/release/11137397

    If my memory serves me right, they feature some of the same Jim West produced tracks.

    Then of course, there is the crossover between the Dallas jingle business, and the Vocal Majority - led for many years by Jim Clancy, and now by his son Greg, plus inclusive of a number of session vocalists including Jeff Oxley, and there is a version of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes on one of their many albums, which features a guest appearance from Abby Holmes.

    Plus...there was the Collection...to which you'll spot a few more familiar faces and voices..

    https://youtu.be/CcT2zAG5Uow
  • tcarmantcarman January 28
    For reference....... The master reels for all of those Christmas albums and CDs.

    Christmas Song Master Reels - Courtesy of the late Jim West