Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Little Fir Tree, and The Night the Animals Talked

I figured this would be a good one for the day before Christmas. This isn't the actual poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" but a dramatization of it. This also has the story of the little fir tree who wanted to see the world, as well as the story of the Nativity from the animals' point of view. It says on the liner notes that "The Night the Animals Talked" is a "new and very beautiful story", but I could have sworn I'd heard this story before. Could this have been the first presentation of it?

Anyway, this album features stories performed by voices that will probably sound quite familiar to you (even if the names aren't household words) : Peter Fernandez, Jack Grimes, Jackson Beck and others done in "Stereo Motion", designed to "bring your child into the story". I hope you all enjoy this, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Here's the track list:
  1. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2. The Little Fir Tree
  3. The Night the Animals Talked

Click here or here to download!


litlgrey said...

I know those actors. Jackson Beck was best known as the lusty voice of Bluto/Brutus from about 1943 to 1962. Fernandez and Grimes both worked on "Speed Racer" in 1967 and 1968, doing wholly 2/3rds of all the voices you heard.

parsonbruce said...

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John said...

BTW, Jackson Beck and Peter Fernandez also recorded a memorable audio drama of FRANKENSTEIN in 1970 for Soundstage Records. The LP was distributed in schools. The Holy grail of Frankenstein Records imho!

I never forgot how creepy it was. The Monster spoke in a high-pitched whiny voice. With Haunting music. And the undeniable voices of Jackson Beck. and Peter Fernandez! So glad i made the connection with Speed Racer, and the English dub of GAMERA!