Monday, July 27, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 27

Wow, has it really been 27 days already?  Time flies when you're busy trying to rip a hundred or so albums.  Here's tonight's shares.

An odd little folkish song starts things out tonight, Taurian Canticle (Winter Ocean) For People And Dulcimer from Jaime Brockett 2 (Capitol/Oracle SKAO-601, Stereo, 1970) by Jaime Brockett.  No idea what this is all about, the liner notes are pretty cryptic.

Track two is Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht) by the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir from their LP With A Voice Of Singing (Mark Custom Records MC-8922 (Falls Church, VA), Stereo, 1971).  Nice, like it should be.

Track three is the first rerun of the night, but it's the great Ruby Murray with Norrie Paramor's Music singing Miss O'Leary's Irish Fruit Cake, which may or may not be a Christmas song, but we'll pretend for the sake of having something to share.  The album is called Irish (And Proud Of It) (Capitol ST10327, Stereo, 1963).

Track four is The Bells of St. Mary's by Gordon MacRae With Van Alexander, from the LP Songs For An Evening At Home (Capitol ST1251, Stereo, 1959).  Are you tired of this song yet?  I feel like it's been shared more than it's fair share this month.

Lastly, it's Henry Mancini, His Orchestra And Chorus, performing White Christmas from the double LP The Academy Award Songs-31 "Oscar" Winners (RCA Victor LSP-6013, Stereo, 1966).  Nice high spot to end with.

There's the tracklist for tonight, here's the download link.  Not far to go now, pickings are getting a bit slim I'm afraid.  Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite tracks have been so far.  I need to get started picking out a few songs for an eventual best-of.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 26

And with this post, I should be back to current.  Hooray!

Track one is Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by Igor Gorin With Carmen Dragon Conducting The Symphony from Your Requests (Allied Record Sales 10" 33 RPM Red Vinyl ARS Album LP 2000, Mono, 1954).  No idea who this guy is, but I knew the conductor, Carmen Dragon, from his work on the Capitol label and his son, The Captain.

Track two is Silent Night by James A. Miller & Friends, yet another track from the album Happy Time Nursery Songs (Herald Press 10" 33 RPM HP 1001-33 1/3, Mono).  Is this the last track I have form this record?  I think so.

Track three is Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, presented by Percy Faith And His Orchestra from their LP Percy Faith Program (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5349, Mono, 1951).  This is awful early Percy, before he went to Columbia.  And this is the last track I'm sharing tonight from a 10" record.  I tried to find five tracks all from the smaller LPs, but I just couldn't.

Track four is another great rerun from Ruby Murray With Norrie Paramor's Music, this time it's Christmastime In Ireland, from that classic LP Irish (And Proud Of It) (Capitol ST10327, Stereo, 1963).  Really good stuff here.

Lastly, we've got Sleigh Ride by 101 Strings from their tribute album Victor Young & Leroy Anderson (Alshire S-5012, Stereo, 1964).  Can't have too many versions of Sleigh Ride.

And that's it for today.  Go get your download, I'm off to bed.

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 25

Here's the first post of the day.  It's still early so I hope to be able to get a second post in today to be all caught up with the calendar.  Wish me luck.  Now, here's the music.

We start with one of the original Sesame Street performers, Bob McGrath, joined by The Jimmy Joyce Singers, singing I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony), a sorta-Christmas song from his LP Bob McGrath Sing For All The Boys And Girls (Disneyland 1357, Stereo, 1974).  Bob had been a member of Mitch Miller's singalong crowd, and even released a solo LP through Columbia.  I believe he was very popular in Japan, certainly more so than here in the states.  He also released a Christmas EP in Japan that I've never seen or heard.  So if anyone wants to shoot that my way, I'd love to hear it.

Track two is something a little special, it's Doris Day singing Christmas Story from the soundtrack to On Moonlight Bay (Columbia 4x10" 78 RPM C-267, Mono, 1951).  That's right, it's the only track so far this month taken from shellac!  I may have another, but so far it's resisted my attempts to get a skip free recording, but we'll have to give it another try.

Track three, which I think is a rerun, is Ave Maria by The Eric Rogers Chorale And Orchestra, from the LP Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (London Phase 4 SP 44028, Stereo, 1963).  Love those fancy gatefold covers!

Track four continues the rerun goodness with I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (From "On The Avenue") by Skitch Henderson, His Piano And Orchestra, from A Tribute To Irving Berlin (Columbia CS 9683, Stereo, 1968).

Fifth and finally we have another electronic version of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, this time entitled The New Hallelujah.  This one is something I shared before, but it's too good not to bring back.  Performers on this one are Ralph Carmichael (Conductor), Clark Gassman (Player) & Fred Werner (Programmer), the album is The Electric Symphony (The MOOG Synthesizer) (Light LS-5541-LP, Stereo, 1970).  This will get you up and dancing, I'm sure.

And there you have it.  Go download and enjoy!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 24

I told you I'd be back tonight, and here I am!  And I brought a slew of Christmas songs with me, so let's get going.

My favorite track of the past few weeks, and I've listened to quite a few, is this swinging version of I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by The Clark Sisters With Instrumental Accompaniment By The Ramblers from the LP Swing Again (London (UK) American Series HA-D 2177, Mono, 1958).  I enjoyed it so much that I ripped the entire record.  It's all good swinging stuff.  If you don't like it, you can have your money back!

Up next is The Wintry Day, Descending To Its Close by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir-Richard P. Condie, Director from the album Music And The Spoken Word (Columbia M 33440, Stereo, 1975).  Most of this LP is dedicated to a long-running radio program of the same name and the words spoken there-on, but there's some music, too.

Track three is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Veni, Veni, Emmanuel) by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir-Kay Morris, Organist And Director Of Music from With A Voice Of Singing (Mark Custom Records MC-8922, Stereo, 1971).  Nice one, and I've got more to come from this record later on.  Oh, I think I forgot to mention, this choir is out of Falls Church, Virginia.  I usually try to put that in the comment section of the MP3 tags, but I forgot.

Fourth up is Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by Ethel Smith, which I think is a rerun.  Not sure if I had it in stereo before, but this time I do.  I pulled this from her album Seated One Day At The Organ (Decca DL 78902, Stereo, 1959).

Bringing up the rear tonight is a rerun from another set of sisters, this time The Lennon Sisters-Arranged And Conducted By Jimmie Haskell performing Ave Maria from the LP The Lennon Sisters' Favorites (Dot DLP 25481, Stereo, 1963).  Certainly a good note to end on tonight.

That's all for today.  Hopefully I can catch up tomorrow and then stay current through the end.  But you never know, we'll do the best we can.  Here's your download link, have a good night.

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 23

Time for another great installment of Christmas In July!  Are you ready?

Track one is Winternacht (Sleigh-Ride), a long organ piece that was recorded very quietly on the vinyl, so I had a little bit of a challenge getting a good recording.  I think it came out just fine, though, for what it is.  The artist is Ted Alan Worth and the LP is Ted Alan Worth In Concert On The Rodgers Touring Organ (Organarts MG-7-202,815/816, Stereo, 1978).

Track two is a different song called Sleigh Ride, one with which you are probably much more familiar, by Red Carter, another track from his great LP Santa's Grog (Frog Recordings RG 001, Stereo).

Track three is something I was a little bit excited about, for reasons that only record collectors will truly understand.  There's a Capitol Christmas record from the fifties called Merry Christmas To You! that came out twice, the first time with 16 tracks, the second time with only 12.  I've had the 12 track version for a long time, but only recently found the 16 track version.  I was pretty sure that I had the missing 4 tracks elsewhere, but it was nice to have the original LP complete.  Anyhow, one of the missing four tracks was by the same artist as this version of Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, The Louis Castellucci Military Band.  I pulled this track from a set of 4-45's comprising the album Here Comes The Band-Stirring Marches (Capitol CDF 150, Mono, 1947).  That date is actually for the 78 RPM version, but I couldn't find when they 45's came out.  Long story, but I was excited about this find. (The original track in question is Sleigh Ride, I think...)

Track four is a soundtrack song from The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (20th Century Fox S-4207, Stereo, 1969) called Winter Like My Life Is Passing (To Climb The Stars).  The track is written by Rod McKuen but performed by Arthur Greenslade.  Interesting.

Track five, the only rerun for this share, is Baby, It's Cold Outside by Henry Mancini, His Orchestra And Chorus, from the double album The Academy Award Songs-31 "Oscar" Winners (RCA Victor 2xLP LSP-6013, Stereo, 1966).  You can never go wrong with Henry Mancini.

And there you have it, five more tracks.  Here's the download link.  But stay tuned, I'm trying to get a second set of songs up tonight to help me get caught up a little bit.


Friday, July 24, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 22

I'm back!  Did you miss me?  Two days ago, I accidentally cut the fiber optic cable that supplies our TV and internet with the lawnmower, and they just came out today to fix it.  And now the cable is stretched all across the yard, right on top of everything.  I guess they're supposed to be out sometime soon to bury it, but no mowing until that's taken care of.  In the meantime, I missed a few days of posts.  I'll do my best to get caught up, but no guarantees.  You'd think I would have been busy recording music while I couldn't post, but no, I was too tuckered out to spin many records.  But I've got some music for you tonight, let's have a look.

I'm starting out with yet another track by Red Carter from his LP Santa's Musical Grog (Frog Recording, Ltd. RG 001, Stereo).  This time it's Jingle Bells.  Wish I knew more about this album, it's pretty good stuff.

Track two is a story from Johnny Bond called Winter Blizzard.  It's a little bit of cornpone for you from the LP 10 Little Bottles And Other Tall Tales And Songs For Boozers! (Starday SLP 333, Mono, 1965).  I'm guessing I wasn't the target market for this sort of thing.  Justin Wilson, he ain't.

Thirdly we have a very short version of I Wonder As I Wander by Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-Dorothy Arms, Soloist from the Broadway soundtrack Hear! Hear! (Decca DL 9031, Mono, 1955).  Not sure if Fred Waring could perform on Broadway these days.  Mostly because he's dead, but you get my meaning...

Fourth is Away In A Manger, another track by James A. Miller and friends from Happy Time Nursery Songs (Herald Press 10" 33 RPM HP 1001-33 1/3, Mono).  Not too shabby.

Last song tonight is a rerun, but such a good one.  This is Christmas In Killarney by Ruby Murray With Norrie Paramor's Music from the Capitol Of The World LP Irish (And Proud Of It) (Capitol ST10327, Stereo, 1963).  Pretty sure I shared this out years ago in mono, then again from the original UK version in stereo, now again from the US Capitol stereo pressing.  It's just that good folks.  She also had a single Christmas track on the English edition of Capitol's Christmas Around The World record. The Very First Christmas Of All is the name of that track.  Look it up, it's worth your hearing.

And that's it, another five songs for you.  Here's the download link, and if I don't cut up the new fiber cable, I'll see you again tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 21

Another day, another share.  Let's go...

Up first is Eddie Higgins With Milt Hinton And Bobby Rosengarden doing Sleigh Ride from the LP By Request (Statiras SLP 8079, Stereo, 1986).  Well beyond the usual time frame of this blog, but good stuff, so I wanted to share it.  A little bit of Midnight Sleigh Ride thrown in there as well, if you're paying attention.

Second, we have Pixie Holiday by Victor Young And His Orchestra-Harry Sukman At The Piano from the album Sugar And Spice (Decca DL 8466, Mono, 1958).  Interesting little song written by Mr. Sukman.

Third is I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, a nice little version by Peter Yorke And His Concert Orchestra from The Melody Lingers On-The Music Of Irving Berlin And Victor Herbert (Decca DL 8240, Mono, 1956).  I tend to pick up and check any LP that claims to be a tribute to Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, Nat King Cole, Frank Loesser, or anyone else with some famous Christmas music under their belt.  There's frequently a Christmas track in there somewhere...

Fourth is Carol Of The Animals, another good track by Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Orchestra Conducted By Tony Mottola, also from the LP I Like Holidays! (RCA Camden CAL-1055, Mono, 1964).  Still some goodies to come from this LP.

Last is the only rerun of the night, a version of Jingle Bells by The Brute Force Steel Band Of Antigua, B.W.I. from the various artists LP Brute Force Steel Bands Of Antigua, B.W.I. (Cook 1042, Mono, 1955).  Interesting, but it could be recorded a bit better, I think.

And that's it.  Nothing too exciting tonight.  Here's your download link, now go try to get some sleep, I know I will.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 20

How about that? 20 days!  We're getting there.  Let's jump right in.

Track one is Six White Boomers, including the spoken part you've probably never heard and the usual song about the six kangaroos that pull Santa's sleigh when he has to visit Australia in the middle of the summer.  As you probably know, this is by Rolf Harris, and I pulled it from the LP This Is Rolf Harris (EMI (Australia) OSX 7861, Mono).  Good, classic stuff.

Speaking of Australia, track two is The Bells Of St. Mary's by Slim Dusty And His Bushlanders from the LP Aussie Sing Song (Columbia (Australia) OSX 7668, Mono, 1962).  More good stuff from Down Under.

Heading back to the good ole USA, here's Duane Eddy-Arranged And Conducted By Marty Paich performing Long Lonely Days Of Winter from Lonely Guitar (RCA Victor LPM-2798, Mono, 1964).  Twangy!

Track four is Bells And Little Bells, a nice little track by David Carroll And His Orchestra from the excellent LP RePercussion (Mercury MG 20389, Mono, 1958). I really like this song for some reason.

Track five is a rerun from years past, but a good one.  The McGuire Sisters sing The Cactus Christmas Tree, taken not from their Christmas LP, but from Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).

And that's it.  Nothing too long and involved tonight.  Here's the download link, see ya'll tomorrow.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 19

Here's 15 more minutes of Christmas fun for you in the middle of July.  It's hot outside, but it's nice and frosty around here.

Track one is The Virgin Mary by The Bek Brothers.  I recorded this from the LP BEK-oning (Cuca K-1120, Mono, 1964).  Really nice version of the folk tune.

Track number two is another track from Lawrence Welk, His Accordion And Orchestra, Rag Doll, and it's from that same old Nimble Fingers (Coral 2x7" 45 RPM RC-82005, Mono, 1955) album. I think this is the last track I pulled from that album.

Track three is from another Ernie, Ernie Freeman, doing I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm from Ernie Freeman Plays Irving Berlin (Imperial (Victor, Japan) LP 9022, Mono, 1956).  Nice warm version here. No idea how I stumbled across a Japanese pressing of this LP.

Track four is I Like Holidays, sort of a statement of fact for us here at the blog, performed by Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Orchestra Conducted By Tony Mottola from the album I Like Holidays! (RCA Camden CAL-1055, Mono, 1964).  This guy really loves holidays! More goodies to come from this one.

Finally, track five is Hallelujah Chorus For Orchestra by 101 Strings, pulled from the radio promo LP American Holidays/American Holidays And Special Occasions (Special Radio Copy, Mono).  Not a bad version, but I miss the voices.

That's it, five and out.  Here's the download link, see you all tomorrow.

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 18

Another day, another dose of Christmas music, at least for the month of July.  Let's jump in, feet first, first time.

Track one is another selection from James A. Miller, et. al., and the album Happy Nursery Time Songs (Herald Press 10" 33 RPM HP 1001-33 1/3, Mono).  This time around the song is The Child Jesus.  Short and sweet.

Track two is Snowy Morning Blues by Butch Thompson from Trio West (Triangle Jazz T-105, Stereo, 1984).  I'm a bit unclear on the details, but Butch seems to be affiliated with Garrison Keiller and his Prairie Home Companion.  Perhaps a reader can fill in the details here.

Track three is some nutcracker action called Rumba De Fleur by Chuy Reyes And His Orchestra from the dance instruction LP Arthur Murray Favorites-Rhumbas (Capitol T1369, Mono, 1960).  Cool stuff.  This same LP featured a little bit of Mel Blanc on one of the tracks.  Nice little surprise while I was recording it.

Track four is Winter Joys (Sports d'Hiver) by Dolf Van Der Linden And His Orchestra.  I pulled this from the album Listen To Nature Sing (RCA Camden CAL-260, Mono, 1955).  You really never know what you're going to find when you pick up any given record.

Track five, and I think the only rerun for today, is Percy Faith And His Orchestra doing the Faith composition Brazilian Sleigh Bells in a stereo remake from his LP Carefree-The Music Of Percy Faith (Columbia CS 8360, Stereo, 1961).  I remember looking for this one for a long time before I finally found it.  And then I found it again, so you get a second copy.  Enjoy!

Since it's not even noon yet, I'm hoping to get another share up today to get us caught back up on the month.  So be sure to check back later tonight for more holiday stuff.  For now, here's your download link.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 17

Uh-oh, missed a day.  I was so tired last night, I just had to give it a pass.  Oh, well.  Something a little special for tonight, though, a handful of Christmas comedy for you folks.  Here goes...

Track one is The Old Philosopher himself, Eddie Lawrence, performing That Holiday Spirit from the LP The Kingdom Of Eddie Lawrence (Coral CRL 57203, Mono, 1958).  I knew he had a handful of Christmas singles (which I don't have), but I didn't know of any album tracks.  This was a bit of a surprise.

Track two is Christmas Dinner by Jerry Clower from An Officer And A Ledbetter (MCA 5602, Stereo, 1985). Ha-ha-ha.

Track three is Stan Freberg With Billy May And His Orchestra doing Abominable Snowman Interview from The Best Of The Stan Freberg Shows (Capitol 2xLP WBO1035, Mono, 1958).  Funny stuff, but reminds me of a very similar Jonathan Winters skit I shared out years ago.  Not sure which one came first.

Track four is a rerun, but it's still hilarious to collectors of Christmas music from a certain era. Christmas Is Our Business is by Charlie Manna and I pulled it from his album Manna-Live! (Decca DL 4213, Mono, 1962).  Again, this reminds me of another track, this time by Anna Russell, from a few years earlier.

Lastly, a classic bit of fun from Irving Taylor called Department Store Santa Claus (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells) from his LP Garbage Collector In Beverly Hills (Warner Bros BS 1254, Stereo, 1959).  I seem to recall I paid real money for this one, as I wanted a stereo version and stumbled across it in a record store somewhere.  This stereo version was something I recorded a year or two ago, but never shared.  Glad to finally be able to get it out there.

There you go, something to tickle your funny Christmas bone.  Here's the download, have a nice night.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 16

Something a little different tonight, just to shake things up.  From December of 1967, a radio show for The National Guard featuring Ed Ames doing three Christmas songs, or at least playing three Christmas songs from his new Christmas LP, Christmas With Ed Ames. The songs are Do You Hear What I Hear?, Deck The Halls & Ballad Of The Christmas Donkey.  There's also plenty of chit-chatting with show host Martin Block, and the usual promo stuff for the National Guard.  (Some of those promos are almost exactly word-for-word the same as a record of promos I shared out some years ago for the US Navy.)  Anyhow, the LP is titled Guard Sessions, and features sessions 305, 306, 307 & 308.  I'm sharing 307 with you tonight, that's the one with all the Christmas music, and I'm going to throw in 306 as well.  That one has Ed's hit When The Snow Is On The Roses, which just happens to have a wintery title.  And you have your choice, you can download the individual tracks here, or you can download the full shows here.  The choice is yours. (I included the non-Christmas tracks, What The World Needs Now & Try To Remember in there as well, just for the sake of completeness.)  I researched this record a little on Google and found a Billboard article from September 30, 1967, about the passing of Martin Block.  That was several months before this show was released, and the article actually mentions that he had recorded a few shows prior to his death, this one and one with Judy Garland.  You never know what you might find out on the interweb!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 15

Not many of my nights have a theme, but the theme tonight is more shares from albums that you've already seen this month.  Lots of the records I pull tracks from have more than one holiday related track, so tonight is made up of many of those other songs.

Track one is Little Baby Jesus, directed by James A. Miller but performed by a whole gaggle of other people who's names I'm too lazy to type in.  The LP, you may remember, is Happy Time Nursery Songs (Herald Press 10" 33 RPM HP 1001-33 1/3, Mono).

Next up is White Christmas from Red Carter and Santa's Musical Grog (Frog Recording, Ltd. RG 001, Stereo).  I really like this one, they're fun arrangements.

Thirdly, we have Connie Francis singing The Bells Of St. Mary's from In The Summer Of His Years (MGM E4210, Mono, 1963).  I'm going to have to dig this one up in stereo.

Fourthly, it's Snow In Lover's Lane, another great track by The Anita Kerr Singers With Orchestra from the lost LP Love--Well Seasoned (Sesac N-2609/10, Mono).  Really good stuff here.

Last, the track that Buster has been most looking forward to, a giant medley of For You A Lei, An Old Hawaiian Custom & The Hawaiian Christmas Song by The Banjo Barons, pulled from the LP Golden Hawaiian Hits (Columbia CL 1983, Mono, 1963).  I keep finding typos in my track tags tonight.  I'm trying to correct all those before I send these things out, but if they're getting to you in poor form, I apologize.

That's it, all new tracks, but all secondary tracks.  Here's the link, see you tomorrow.