Friday, December 01, 2006

Zero Mostel Reads "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Hey, it's my first Christmas album for the blog! I don't have a whole lot of Christmas albums that aren't either still in print or available elsewhere, so I'm going to have to spread them out a bit.

This is a pretty neat album from 1975. Side 1 is Zero Mostel reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Mostel starts out pretty calm, but after a while he just goes nuts! I think this is the first Grinch I've heard that just sounds out-and-out insane!! Side 2 is a number of Christmas songs from around the world (sung in English) by a man named Alan Mills. I don't know him, but he has a definite Burl Ives-ish quality about him. I hope you guys like this!

Here's the track list:

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  2. Bring a Torch (French)

  3. The Friendly Beasts (English)

  4. Mary Had a Baby (American)

  5. Come and Sing (Russian)

  6. Gently the Maiden (Polish)

  7. Fum-Fum-Fum (Spanish)

  8. The Simple Birth (Netherlands)

  9. Haidom-Haidom (Czechoslovakian)

  10. O Christmas Tree (German)

  11. The Bagpiper's Carol (Italian)

  12. St. Basil (Greek)

  13. Little Bitty Baby (American)

  14. Twelve Days of Christmas (Anglo-American)

Click here to download! (THIS LINK IS FIXED AS OF 12/13/10)

And by request, here's a picture of the back cover.


Dave said...

Thanks for this one. Haven't ever heard this before.

Stephen said...

Man, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

I had this album as a child! My mother asked me to look for Caroleer Singers Christmas albums online, and I decided to look for this one. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

any chance you can post the back cover of this?

Jamie said...

Alan Mills was a longtime Canadian folk singer, known for collecting traditional Canadian tunes.

Anonymous said...

I still have this album (since childhood) and the book to go with it. I love it! The songs on the Grinch side are different from the ones in the movie, and I have fond memories of the folk songs on the other side. Don't currently have a record player to play it on, but I think it's still in pretty good shape. I any case, I'm trying to download it from you. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Tony, thank you for posting the files to this great albumn. We have been looking for this to give to our grandkids. We have the original albumn but it is all scratched. Thanks again. This is great! Gregg & Anna

CaptainOT said...

Just reviewed this album at the yuleblog! Thanks for posting it eons ago!


Anonymous said...

oh man... this takes me back. My Grandma bought me this book/LP combo for my 7th Christmas. This version matches the book exactly (as a read along). And now I can share it with my 3 sons. thank you.

Gerald said...

This looks really wonderful. Could you doublecheck that it is still available at the download sites. I haven't been able to get it. Would love to have it for my English students before Christmas! Thanks!


Tony said...


The link I have for this should work now. Give it a try and see if you have any problems with it.

Way Out Junk

Gerald said...

Hi, Tony,

I'm listening to it now and it's GREAT! Thank you so much.


Darcy said...

I was so thrilled to find this! It was etched in my memory as a child and I have had such a terrible tracking this down. Thanks so much, now I get to share it with my kids this Christmas!