Christmas sentiment to the fore in this 100-minute collection featuring a galaxy of celebrated talent from yesteryear (recorded between 1941 and 1949), six beautifully told tales by those detailed on the cover, add to which, whether speaking or making music, Charles Laughton, Gregory Peck, Carmen Dragon and Victor Young.

The sound is clear and tangible (Audio Restoration by Mark Obert-Thorn) to add to the magic essayed by charismatic narrators and the descriptive/seasonal music, not least for Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (Ronald Colman as Scrooge). Eloquence 484 1365 (2 CDs). Nothing “Bah! Humbug!” about this release.