Friday, November 27, 2020

03-Spoken Word Christmas


I'll go ahead and get this small collection of spoken-word Christmas items out to you here at the beginning of the season, just to get it out of the way. It's a short collection, and several of the selections are spread out over both sides of a record. My favorite is the above item, a commercial for Rexall Drugs featuring the great Jimmy Durante and radio personality Garry Moore. It's stuff like this that always keeps the collection at The Internet Archive interesting. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 26, 2020

02-Christmas Starts Now

OK, enough talking, let's get this show on the road! Here's the first set of Christmas records I've got to share with you this season. No rhyme or reason here, though most days will have a light theme to them, I hope. These I just chose at random after I had pulled out a bunch of different themed songs. Like most days, it's a mixed collection of old standards and songs I bet you haven't heard, all sourced from the Internet Archive, then lightly cleaned to get rid of the worst of the surface noise and years' worth of wear and clicks. Then converted to mono MP3, united with a label scan and posted here for your Christmas enjoyment. I hope there's some stuff for you here to enjoy, and I'll see you back tomorrow.


Christmas 2020!!!

Good afternoon, and welcome to Christmas 2020! I know it's been a really rough year, but I hope that a month worth of Christmas spirit here at the end of the year will make it all better. I'm here to do my best at lifting your spirits via the music of the season, but I'm doing things a little different this year.  First, I haven't ripped a single record to share with you.  All of the rips are coming courtesy of The Internet Archive and their Great 78 Project. They've collected more than a quarter of a million old 78 RPM records and digitized them, then offered them up for free on the internet for digital listening. I've narrowed that vast collection down to some of the very best (and most obscure, naturally) Christmas music you can find anywhere, and I hope to share it with you here this month in daily drops. I've taken their original shares and tried to lightly clean them up by removing clicks and surface noise, fading in quickly at the beginning and slowly at the end to preserve as much of the sound as I good and present it to you in a nice listenable fashion. The quality they've created is just amazing, and I hope that the little work I've done here makes them that much more listenable. Some things here sound amazing, and some things are clearly a product of old technology ravaged by age. Enjoy it when you can and skip it when you can't. These records sound like Christmas morning at my Grandma's house, a big stack of dusty 78s on the console player, each one dropping, playing, then waiting it's turn for the next. There's lots of music here that even I've never heard, both songs lost to time, and artists that you've never heard doing familiar carols. There are things here that I've shared from both albums and singles before, but they're still most likely unfamiliar to all but the most voracious Christmas collectors. And after I've shared them all out, you'll become a big fan of some of this stuff that's just about disappeared from the airwaves these days. Pull up a comfy chair and sit a while, listen to the melodies and the words, they come from a time that seems simpler now, but had it's own challenges. They got through them with the help of this music, and hopefully it will help us get through our challenges today.  It helps that the prime era of great Christmas music happens to coincide with the heyday of the 78 RPM single. There is some really great stuff here, and artists & labels were churning this stuff out trying to find the next Bing Crosby and the next White Christmas. I just can't say it enough, there is some amazing stuff here, I'm so happy to be able to bring it out of the cabinets at The Internet Archive and share it with you. Once the season is over, I'm making a large donation of my old 78s to their cause, and if you have stuff that you can share with them, I urge you to donate as well. OK, I need to get off my soapbox and share some music with you. Stay tuned! And Merry Christmas!!!

PS-If you can't wait any longer, I will remind you that there are now three or four years worth of active Christmas downloads in the archive, including lots of reshares from even older years. You could spend from now until Christmas doing nothing but downloading old shares if you want to. Sometimes the active links are in the comments, so don't forget to check there. Don't say I never give you anything!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

01.5-Bonus Thanksgiving

I knew as soon as I stumbled across a track this morning by The Viking Accordion Band that was appropriate for Thanksgiving that I was going to have to make a bonus post for today.  The stuff that showed up at noon today has been in the can for a long time, but this post was put together on the fly just today, and it features a few good Thanksgiving songs, some songs about Grandma, and a whole lot about food. I spent a couple hours making new searches at The Internet Archive, and this is what I came back with. All good stuff, I'm sure you'll agree, and I think it's a worthwhile addition. Still time to listen to it before you sit down to turkey and dressing tomorrow, but be sure you finish it before the coffee and the pumpkin pie in the evening, because that's when the Christmas music deluge begins.  Enjoy!




Hello!  I know I'm a day early, since Thanksgiving isn't until tomorrow, but I wanted you to maybe have a chance to listen to and enjoy this music on the actual holiday itself instead of having to wait a year. So if you're stumbling onto this post in time for the big day tomorrow, download it and give it a listen on the day it's intended for. Things are going to be a little bit different around here this year, and I'll go into some more detail about that for you tomorrow, but suffice it to say that today's share is very similar to the Election share I gave you earlier in the month, if you happened to catch it. All the music here is from 78's that were digitized and shared by the amazing Internet Archive as part of their Great 78 Project. I know this is cheating a little since I've previously only shared music from my own collection, but it's so hard to ignore their quarter of a million great recordings. Also new this year, mostly because I don't have all the time in the world for such things, I'm not going to list out everything in the share for you, I'm just going to try to post scans of all the labels, again from the Internet Archive. Hopefully that will give you an idea of what's there. But trust me when I say there is great stuff in every single download this year.  No throwaway records, no random organ and chime stuff, no kiddie garbage, just lots of great music that's been mostly lost to time.  Like I said, I'll get into more details as the season goes on, but for now, here's a great collection of Thanksgiving related tunes to kick off your holiday season. Enjoy!


I would also point you to a few old Thanksgiving posts in the archives, many of which still have active downloads. You may have to look in the comments, but they are there. The more the merrier, right?