December 20, 2016, Oy, Tannenbaum

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Werner Mueller, O, Tannenbaum, Decca DL-78388, 19??

Christmas music can just be so weird.  Everyone has their own traditions and there are thousands of records to appeal to each one of them.  Today, it’s Christmas on the Rhine, supposedly what you’d expect to hear in Germany.

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When a Christmas record does a bit of business when new, it automatically becomes a record company’s best friend because they get to release it again year after year with no expenses beyond pressing and shipping them.  People who loved it once, will still love it because it only gets played 2-3 times a year, so they buy it again hoping to remember holidays gone by.  Records like this are the easiest to find of any kind ever.

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Take this one for example.  I didn’t buy it, it was given to me for free.  Once people know that you “like” records, you receive all of their valueless records that they didn’t have time to go down to Goodwill and donate.  Judging by the cover photo, this record came out in the 50s or 60s on Decca, but this one has a late 70s MCA label.  That means it was in print for at least 15-20 years.  There’s no reason to ever buy a record like this, unless you have $0.99 burning a hole in your pocket and you grew up in Frankfurt.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $1, $553 Remaining

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