LGR – Electronic Computer Music Christmas Cassette


Greetings and welcome to a quick LGR
Christmas thing! And this is the Electronic Computer Christmas Music
cassette tape. Ooh, 12 total tunes of hi-tech contemporary music! At least, as
it was defined in 1990 when this presumably came out. I say “presumably”
because this is a thing that I’m not entirely sure I have a lot of concrete
details on, but that’s one reason that I wanted to pick it up as soon as I saw it
at a thrift store not too long ago. It was just standing out amongst all the
other cassette tapes that are just normally strewn about on the shelf. I
mean, that artwork, the title, and just the fact that when I looked it up on Discogs.com it said it was by “unknown artist.” So, yeah I really genuinely don’t know who
composed the music that is contained on this tape. I do however know that it has
some fantastic artwork on the front. I mean, look at that delightful dude
hanging around with this audio-visual switchboard, presumably enjoying some
Christmas music and visuals from his desk inside Tron or wherever he’s located. I don’t know and I don’t care because it’s great! It does actually list some
information a few places on the packaging, like right here where it says
it’s made in 1990 by Silver Bells Music in Nashville, Tennessee. Just checking around anywhere I could and it seems that they released all sorts of random stuff on
tapes and CDs from 1985 to around 1991-92: music that’s mixed with bird
sound effects, compilations, and then there’s themed tapes like this one here.
The Electronic Computer Christmas Music set. I mean just looking at the tape
there’s nothing special about it. No, it’s not chrome or anything like that it’s
probably just a plain old ferric thing. No Dolby noise reduction, nothing like
that, it’s just a cheap tape. So I’m assuming it was just mass produced and
sold anywhere they could. Or maybe it wasn’t really mass produced and it was
just kind of tossed out there. I don’t know, maybe this is rare, I can’t
really tell. Although amusingly, like, the day after I got this at Goodwill I was
looking around on YouTube to see if anybody else had posted anything about
it, and there was like, somebody had just uploaded it within 24 hours. It was
really strange timing. Either way though I hope that you enjoy this cassette tape
version of Electronic Christmas Music by the famous artist, Unknown. Enjoy! *music plays for the next 14 minutes or so* Well that is it for Electronic Computer
Christmas Music! At least for the amount of stuff that I want to put in this
particular video. I wasn’t gonna play the entire thing because honestly these were
just the highlights. A lot of it isn’t that good. Its good stuff is pretty darn good, in that enjoyably cheesy nostalgic way, but
then there’s the rest of it which just feels like a guy got hold of a Roland
synthesizer and just started banging out some things, pressing every single button
on there to get as many voices in as possible. Just like “Wow, listen to how
many things my synthesizer can recreate!” *chuckles* It’s a hit and miss tape that’s for sure. But if you want to listen to the rest of the tracks I don’t
blame you. I’ll leave links in the video description there. And of course more
traditional, more expected types of LGR episodes are in the works, as always. This
was just a little bit of a filler to get you and me in a bit of a Christmasy
electronic computer mood. And if it did why not check out some of my other
videos! I don’t really do a lot of stuff like this, but it’s pretty much always
related to old tech and computers and things like that, so stick around if you’d like. I sure would appreciate it, and as always thank you
very much for watching!

100 thoughts on “LGR – Electronic Computer Music Christmas Cassette

  1. LOL, I just made the 5000th 'like', haha, but you earned it man, thanks for such great content and for all of your hard work.
    Hope you have a merry Christmas, 1990 style! ^_^

  2. I love how Jingle Bells turns into a knockoff of Russ Freeman's "Moving Violation" after the first few bars. 🤣 https://youtu.be/GjNdVSv3uZA

    But seriously, though, for those who are finding themselves into this kind of music, you owe it to yourself to check out the Rippingtons' discography, especially their earlier albums.

  3. Welp, you won't believe this. When the music started playing, I couldn't shake the feeling that I had heard these songs before. I'm with my folks for the holidays, so I stopped the video to ask them if we ever owned a cassette of electronic Christmas music when I was young. My mother said yes, she had one she had bought for my siblings and I back when I was 2 (I'm 29 now). We went into the basement and found it, it was just like here in the video. We brought it back upstairs and listened to the whole thing together. Thank you for reawakening these memories for my family, LGR!

  4. Not gonna lie, when I was a little kid in 1990, I probably would've loved this tape. Would have sounded awesome on the My First Sony I got for Christmas a few years before.

  5. Unknown artist ???
    That guy kills, although he takes credit for a lot of other peoples work

    Yeah I know my joke is about 10 years too late

  6. Seems like gas station stand music. Gas stations and small general stores used to have a stand or two of "not big big name" tapes with usually vague titles like this. People travelling might buy one for 4 bucks to have some new music for their trip. I don't think I ever bought a cassette tape from one of those stands… or maybe I did and my super-ego keeps me from remembering it. The fact that your tape was in good surprisingly good shape and somebody else just uploaded this tape to the tube suggests maybe their was a bunch of old new stock somewhere (maybe bulk old stock purchase) that was sent to flea markets. * You should use the 12 days of Christmas song at 9:50 for your intro for future Christmas videos. lol.*

  7. Silver Bells Music in Nashville sounds familar. Looking at their discography, I am almost positive I had Smokey Mountain Christmas, and I liked weird albums back in the days, so I am sure I seem to recall having a thunderstorm album and a rainforest album and a stream album. I cannot say if it was these albums in partucular I had, but they look familar

  8. William Whoppler's Christmas is definately missing in this collection: remix64.com/track/slow-poison/a-william-wobbler-christmas/

  9. This video reminded me of a cassette that I picked up at a second-hand shop when I was about 5 years old, called "Switched On Classics" volume 1 produced by Tring. It has a very similar sound if you ever get a chance to listen it (maybe I should upload it some time…). It's also what introduced me to the idea of synth remixes, something that I still sometimes enjoy listening to today.

    I found the CD version at Discogs https://www.discogs.com/The-Neon-Philharmonic-Orchestra-Switched-On-Classics/release/5182530 – mine has the same tracks listed as volume 1 but it's on cassette tape. The funny part of the story is that the paper insert in the case had been swapped with the one for volume 2, so I never used to know what half of the tracks were called.

  10. OMG this is amazing, I've been looking for some cool Christmas tunes that's not all electronica, this reminds me of manhiem steam rollers?

  11. Not seen such a fine retro music hifi system in many a year. Also, I had to laugh when it first goes uptempo. That kind of broke me, but I want that cassette now, too!

  12. I was actually alternating between listening to synthwave and traditional Christmas music this afternoon. So weird to have them combined for me, as if on command!

  13. Horded a bunch of these back in the early 00s. Found them at thrift stores all around the country while on tour. So they managed to get them out there. Have some in clear cassetre shell as well. This shit is so good I jam it all year, and find it inspirational for my own music.

  14. A pleasantly funky, upbeat collection of Christmas tunes! There's a really high pitched sound that bugs me a bit on headphones (maybe around 10kHz) tho… synth artifacts maybe?

  15. 06:40 sounds like it could be Christmas in Ys. I love it. 😀

    I grew up on the 80's Mannheim Steamroller albums, so I'm right at home with funky synthed-out holiday stuff. Thanks so much for posting this!

  16. Aww… am I the only one who was disappointed that the music isn't composed using the Amiga sound chip, Adlib, CMS, MT-32 etc.? This is just a bunch of 80's synths, nothing computer about it, except it was probably programmed on an Atari ST.

  17. I remember buying this back in the 90s and playing the absolute heck out of it. Love it. Then eventually lost the tape, bought an ebay copy about mid 2000s, its a must have. It would be nice if it could be remastered in true stereo.

  18. Anyone else sort of reminded of Manheim Steamroller's arrangements of some here? Definitely unique, but definitely feeling the vibe here

  19. It’s got to be the most badass version of Greensleeves. I have to add electric guitars to this…lol Thanks for sharing.

  20. Been watching a bunch of your videos lately, and they're great. Stumbled across this, and wow, I knew exactly what it was from the image… I have this on CD 😛 Memories.

  21. Well, that was neat. You should make this a regular segment. 'LGR plays random tapes from the thrift store' ok the title is a bit of a mouthful but still. Every few months just play a random tape from decades past. It is cheap, easy, and if it is anything like this, down right amusing.

  22. I remember playing this over and over last year when you posted it. And was surprised that it didn't get many views. A year later and it's finally Time to Play It Again :

  23. Although this came out a year ago I actually liked Christmas Music which is a hard feat for me to accomplish, probably why I am revisiting this today.

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