Friday, November 24, 2017

Past, Present And Future

OK, let me go ahead and say this right at the beginning.  This is a weird one.  You'd think it's just another Christmas album by noted choral director Ken Darby and his singers, but that would be too easy. Perhaps the cover clues you in if you look closely at the odd colors and the warped typeface.  The creepy guy in the center ornament doesn't help either.  I hunted this record for a long time before it finally came my way.  I'd seen it mentioned on contemporary Decca Christmas LPs, but for some reason it never turns up.  After you listen to it, you might understand why it's a little rarer than Bing and Burl albums.  I don't really know how to explain it.  It's not bad.  But it's not catchy or poppy, either.  It could easily be the soundtrack to something, but it isn't.  I'm thinking the closest thing it might compare to is Gordon Jenkins' themed albums, like Manhattan Tower or Seven Dreams.  It's like that, if that means anything to you.  It even gets a little sci-fi on the future part, talking about listening to the sounds that left Earth many years ago.  Or is that the past part?  I don't know, it's all too trippy for me.  I'm going to go listen to my copy of Rotary Connection-Peace, that'll make this one sound like Nat.  Maybe.  If you're feeling brave, why not download and listen to Chorus And Orchestra Under Direction Of Ken Darby-The Spirit Of Christmas--Past, Present And Future (Decca DL 78939, Stereo, 1959).  Funny story, I recorded this one two years ago, but then promptly misplaced the record.  I didn't scan it before I lost it, so couldn't do much with it.  Today I found another copy and was able to scan and share it real quick.  Ha, that sure was funny!  I crack myself up!

1. The Spirit Of Christmas Past; Adoremus Te; Noel De Thevet; The Friendly Beasts; Come To Bethlehem; The Coventry Carol; Mary Treads The Snow; Stille Nacht; The Bell-Ringers Carol
2. The Spirit Of Christmas Present; 'Twas The Night Before Christmas; White Christmas; We'll Dress The House
3. The Spirit Of Christmas Present (Con't); Caroling, Caroling; Some Children See Him; Come Dear Children; 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
4. The Spirit Of Christmas Future; To You Who Are As Yet Unborn
5. The Story Of Christmas
6. Another Christmas
7. Finale: Saviour, Saviour


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Old And Red

I get a lot of requests to share my old shares here at the blog, some of them fairly frequently.  However, I think this is the first time I got a request for something that never even got a comment the first (in 2007) or the second (in 2009) time around.  I had just about forgotten about it myself, though I knew I had shared something by Mundell Lowe before.  I'm not aware of any other Christmas music he released under his own name, though as a long-time session musician, he must have played on uncounted releases by other artists through the years.  This being a flexidisc, I'm sure the sound is only marginal, and since I recorded it ten years ago, the recording and bit-rate may not be too up-to-snuff either.  So take it for what it's worth.  This is The Mundell Lowe Ensemble-The Sounds Of Christmas (Ameridisc Red Flexidisc 7" 33 RPM, Mono).

1. Medley: Adeste Fidelis, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Silent Night and Joy To The World


LaFalce Not LaFace

The first share of the year is housed inside this gem of an album cover.  I almost didn't notice that it was Santa Claus at first glance, and I certainly didn't realize he was riding a reindeer until some careful study.  It's drawn in a pretty cool stained glass-looking motif, and there's a signature that looks like Lachman or Leichman, is that someone famous?  I'm not coming up with any hits at Google, but if anyone knows anything, please let me know.  The recording artists here are an a capella group consisting of nine brothers, though I'm not certain if their family name is La Falce or LaFalce.  I see it both ways around the internet, but this LP is pretty consistent in putting a space in there.  It's much less consistent with title of the LP. The front cover says Christmas Sung By The La Falce Brothers, the back cover says Christmas...With La Falce Brothers, and the vinyl just says Christmas.  Take your pick, I don't remember what I put in the track tags.  This album can't have been very popular.  This is the only copy I've ever seen, and it's not listed in many of the usual places around the internet.  The La Falce Brothers appear to have given the fame machine a good shot in the late Fifties, but I don't think they caught on like some other family groups like, say, The Osmonds.  It's certainly worth a listen, I think you'll like it.  This is Christmas With The La Falce Brothers (Jubilee JLP-1058, 1957, Mono).  And this cover is a lost classic!

1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Twelve Days Of Christmas
3. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. Joy To The World
6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
7. Angels We Have Heard On High
8. The First Noel
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. Deck The Hall
11. Ring Silver Bells
12. I Saw Three Ships
13. Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child
14. O Holy Night
15. Silent Night
16. What Child Is This
17. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
18. O Come, O Come Emanuel

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Christmas 2017!

Good evening, and welcome to Christmas 2017 at Ernie (Not Bert)!  It's been a few months since I've been around, and in that time I've been busy doing anything and everything except recording Christmas music.  So this year may be a little thin on new music, but only compared to past years.  I'm sure I'll still have a record or two to share that you'll enjoy, and hopefully enough stuff that you'll be able to find something you'll actually like.  I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to say, but it's all escaped me here in the moment I sit down to type this.  In addition to not preparing for the past few months, I've also come down with a bad cold this week, so I haven't been able to do much at all ahead of time.  I have been doing something that I haven't done before, and that is trying to get all the shares from last year loaded up and ready to download again.  So all of you that weren't around last year, soon you'll be able to sift through all the posts from last season and download to your hearts content.  I think I'm about a third of the way through that project, so there are things there to download now, but certainly not everything.  Also, we had a most excellent Christmas in July this year, and for the first time, all of those shares are still active at Christmas!  So be sure to look through those posts and download some really great Christmas music from non-Christmas albums.  I stretched it out through the months of July and September, encompassing over 600 songs this year, so there's something in there for everybody!  Other than that, just keep checking back from now until New Year's to see what old and horrible Christmas music I've dug up to share with you this year. you shouldn't go away disappointed.

And remember, leave me a comment when you can.  All bloggers thrive on comments.  We get hundreds of hits per comment, but the comment means more than all of them.  Just say howdy, let me know where you're from, what you like, what you didn't.  You can leave a request, but there's not much chance I'll have it or have the time to get to it.  But you never know.  Please don't leave lists of all the Christmas music you want, though.  That just ticks me off.

That's it from me for the moment.  Give me a few minutes and I'll get the first share of the year up.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Volume Eight-Ten Years On

For the first time in a while, here's another installment in my refurbished shares of the old For Hi-Fi Living series.  I had a lot of fun doing Christmas in July, but now it's time to get back into this series and try to finish it before Christmas.  We're up to volume 8 now, our first from Malcolm Lockyer.  I recorded these tracks a couple months ago, so I don't really remember much about them.  I like the cover though.  The blanket always looks like a giant pair of lips to me.  Maybe that was on purpose, I don't know.  Anyhow, this is Malcolm Lockyer And His Orchestra-A Lazy Afternoon (RCA Custom RAL-1008, Mono, 1957).

1. Deep Purple
2. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
3. In A Little Spanish Town ("Twas On A Night Like This)
4. Don't Blame Me
5. Time On My Hands
6. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
7. Let Me Love You Tonight
8. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
9. Jeannine (I Dream Of Lilac Time)
10. At Sundown
11. I'll See You In My Dreams
12. Goodnight Sweetheart


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Oil of Olé

Well, now that Christmas in July (and August) is over, I can get back to other things, and one of those things is this amazing album cover I found back in July.  I have no idea when I originally bought this, but I found it in the stacks a month or so ago, and it seared itself into my head.  I thought I recognized the artist based on a few covers posted by my buddy Buster many years ago, and sure enough, I was right.  I didn't remember the name, but the color palate is pretty unmistakable.  Fred Steffen is the guy's name, you can see his highly-stylized autograph in the lower right corner of the cover above, and you should really check out the selection of album covers he created in his career.  In case you think maybe I went crazy with the saturation slider, nope, I didn't even touch it.  This is as close as I could get the scan to look like the 10" LP sitting right here on my keyboard.  It is bright!  And lurid!  What is going on here?  A nearly naked lady is dancing and some cat-guys are squatting behind her while blowing some kind of blue smoke.  I guess this is how the music of The Harmonicats is supposed to make you feel.  Well, maybe.  You'll have to download it and see for yourself.  For your listening and viewing pleasure, please download and enjoy Olé-South Of The Border With The Harmonicats AKA Olay! (Mercury 10" 33 RPM MG 25193, Mono, 1954).  The title of this LP is different everywhere you look, so I'm just going with what it says on the front cover.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

RIP Jerry Lewis

I awoke from a short nap this afternoon to find that Jerry Lewis had passed away.  Like many, my memory of him starts with seeing him on TV all day on that holiday right near the beginning of school.  I eventually saw his movies and learned about his partnership with Dean Martin, but that was all later.  My current obsession with all things Christmas music led me to seek out his Christmas single from 1952.  I just recently found the 45 at the Salvation Army store, so I decided to rip that single and another one I found the same day.  Nothing unique here, all of it was collected up on his Capitol Collector's Series volume.  But it's nice to see the original labels and listen to the clicks and scratches.  Rest in Peace, Jerry.


Chanukah In August 2017 Day 2

Yep, one more day of Chanukah in August, with 10 more songs, mostly from the same albums as yesterday.  Chanukah songs are much harder to find than Christmas songs, thus you only get two days instead of 51.  Don't feel too bad though.  Kwanzaa and Tet don't get any!  So let's see the goodies.

1. Spin, Dreidel, Spin by Sing & Learn from Holiday Songs (Macmillan Educational Company, Stereo, 1987).  Pretty late period for me, but still well before the vinyl resurgence.

2. Dreidle by Tony Chance, a cover of the Don McLean song from yesterday.  This is from the homemade LP Live! (Twelvetrees TC-103, Stereo)  I actually found this one first, then I had to go hunt down the Don McLean.

3. What Does Chanuko Mean To Me?
4. Praised Art Thou
5. Judah Maccabee, three more songs by Sing For Fun Club Of Flushing Free Synagogue, New York, from their album Sing For Fun!-36 New Songs For Jewish Children (Union Of American Hebrew Congregations, No Number, Mono, 1957).  I was pretty excited to find this one.  So much Chanukah music!

6. Spin Sevivon
7. Mi Yemallel, both by Abraham Davis from Jewish Holidays In Song (Tikva T-60, Mono).  Another one that I was pretty happy to find.

8. Sholom Chavarim by The Weavers from their album The Weavers At Carnegie Hall (Vanguard VRS-9010, Mono, 1957).  Usually where The Weavers do a Christmas song, there is sure to be a Chanukah song nearby.

9. Chanukah (a) Mo'oz Tzur (b) Mi Y'malel (c) S'vivon Sov Sov Sov, small little bits of several songs by Herb Strauss from Songs And Stories Of The Jewish Holidays (Decca DL 4621, Mono, 1965).  I like the fact that even a major label can get into the Chanukah game.

10. Chanukah by Ray Middleton-Choir & Music Under Direction Of Howard Barlow, from Ten Jewish Holy Days (Candle CAN 112, Mono, 1957).  1957 seems to be the year today, at least among the stuff I can put a date on.  Most of these things I can't track down on the internets.

And that's it.  There ain't no more.  These are the last ten items in the folder.  Thanks for playing along, it's been my pleasure.  Hope you found something great this season.  See you all soon!  (Let me know your favorites, that's going to be my next project, trying to assemble a best-of out of these 775 tracks!)


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 51

Yeah, well, I thought I was done with Christmas in July, too, but I guess not.  I found a whole stack of records today that I just couldn't ignore, so here are 17 more tracks that you may or may not need to hear.  Not the best stuff I shared all season, but certainly not the worst.  I found all but two of these records today.  The other two were things that I'd been skipping over in the stacks and didn't think I wanted to share yet, but they popped up in my head tonight so I decided to throw them into the stack.

1. White Christmas
2. Baby, It's Cold Outside, both tracks by Henry Mancini, His Orchestra And Chorus, from his record club collection Henry Mancini Presents The Academy Award Songs-31 "Oscar" Winners (RCA Victor 2xLP LSP-6013, Stereo, 1966).  There was actually a new member kit for the RCA Victor Record club inside the sleeve of this one.  I need to scan that and share it on the blog at some point.

3. Toyland (From "Babes In Toyland") by Carmen Dragon Conducting The Capitol Symphony Orchestra from Nightfall (Capitol SP 8575, Stereo, 1961).  This is the stereo version of a track I shared with you earlier in the season.  Glad I found it so I could update that for you.

4. On A December Night by Pope John Paul II from Pope John Paul II Sings At The Festival Of Sacrosong (Infinity/EOM INF-9899, Stereo, 1979).  The sleeve to this doesn't identify the lead artist on this record, it's clearly not The Pope, though I'm sure he was singing along at some point.

5. Ave Maria by Ferrante & Teicher, this version is from Moonlight Melodies-Ferrante & Teicher Play 20 Great Love Themes (United Artists 2xLP SQBO-91105 For Capitol Record Club, Stereo, 1970).  I shared out a different version earlier in the month that's a little longer and on the ABC-Paramount label.

6. Winter Wonderland by Lester Lanin
7. Winter Song by The Merrill Staton Choir, both tracks taken from the LP Passport To Pleasure! (Columbia Special Products XTV 82095/82096 Prepared Especially For Chemstrand, Limited Edition, Mono).  No idea who Chemstrand is or was, but I guess they paid for Columbia to press up this LP for them.  Couple of brightly colored cocktails on the cover, so maybe they were in the liquor business?

8. Tropic Holiday by The Lansdowne Jazz Group from the LP The Songs Of Percy Faith (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7223, Mono, 1960).  Not sure if I've ever heard the Percy Faith original on this one.

9. The Snows Of Yesteryear by Jack Jones, Orchestra Arranged And Conducted By Ralph Carmichael, Doug Talbert At The Piano, from the album Jack Jones Sings (Kapp KL-1500, Mono, 1966).  I think this was about the point when I knew I was going to have enough songs to share another day.  They just kept coming...

10. Satan Takes A Holiday by Shep Fields And His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra from 1 Man 2 Bands (RCA Camden CAL 388, Mono, 1957).  Well, it does have Holiday in the title.

11. O Sanctissima
12. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
13. Ave Maria, all three by The Centennial Choir and the LP Hallowed Be Thy Name (Darick Record Co PX 11, Mono).  I thought this was going to be some more music I could attribute to a Pope since the cover is a nice picture of Pope Pius XII, but he only recites one track on the LP, and it's not one of the Christmas ones.

14. Moonlight In Vermont by The George Shearing Quintet-Vocal By Teddi King from When Lights Are Low (MGM E3264, Mono, 1955).  After I decided I was going to share another day, I had to dig back through the stacks to grab this one that I had put back earlier.  I wasn't going to go out of my way to share it, but when I decided I was going to share some other stuff, I wanted to include it.

15. Holiday Mambo by Machito And His Afro-Cuban Orchestra from Holiday Mambo (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7040, Mono, 1957).  A nice track, but not much Christmas here.

16. Holiday For Strings by Ray Anthony from Golden Horn (Capitol T-563, Mono, 1955).  Because you needed another version, this time on the trumpet.

17. Brazilian Sleigh Bells by Eastman-Rochester Pops, Frederick Fennell Conducting, from Hi-Fi A La Española (Mercury MG50144. Mono, 1957).  I spent forever trying to record this one.  When the drums really start to kick in, it would skip like a happy schoolgirl.  Nothing I did seemed to fix the problem, and I couldn't see anything on the surface of the vinyl that might be causing it.  I finally had to play it backwards, and that seemed to work.  No idea why, but I got a good rip.

And that's it, another unexpected day.  Don't expect it tomorrow, I'm going to try not to even go near a thrift store.  I need to box up all these records I've been sharing for the last month and a half, then figure out what to do with the boxes.


Chanukah In August 2017 Day 1

Shalom, and welcome to Chanukah in August, an occasional series around here that follows Christmas in July whenever I've managed to scrape together a few Chanukah songs to share.  And as Luck would have it, I've got some for you.

1. Introduction-The Blessings
2. Oh Chanukah
3. Ma-Oz Tzur (Rock Of Ages), all by Abraham Davis from Jewish Holidays In Song (Tikva T-60, Mono).  Tikva seems to have been one of the larger labels serving the Jewish community.  I don't see a lot of their stuff, but I see enough of it to think it was bigger than some of the other labels putting out similar stuff.

4. Burn Little Candles
5. Lights Of Chanuko
6. A Latke, all by Sing For Fun Club Of Flushing Free Synagogue, New York, from the LP Sing For Fun!-36 New Songs For Jewish Children (Union Of American Hebrew Congregations, No Number, Mono, 1957).  There may be 36 new songs on here, but they are all extremely short.  And there was a little book in the sleeve with all the lyrics!  Those things usually get separated from the album over the years and I rarely see them.

7. Chanukah: Sheleg Al Ha'aretz; With Our Candles In Hand; I Have A Little Dreydl; S'vivon by Gladys Gewirtz & Eve Lippman from the album Mother Goose Songs For Jewish Children/Holiday Playsongs (Menorah Records MEN-211, Mono).  I was really excited when I found this in a Baltimore-area Goodwill earlier this year, but then when I started recording my Christmas in July stuff, I discovered I already had a copy in the stacks.  So it goes...

8. My Dreydl
9. Joyous Chanukah, both by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966). Yep, this record featured both Christmas and Chanukah music!

10. Chanukah Is Here by Alan Mills from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  Another album that you may remember from Christmas in July.

11. Dreidel by Don McLean from the self-titled album Don McLean (United Artists UAS-5651, Stereo, 1972).  Not really very Chanukah-ish, but I figured that a dreidel was closely enough tied to Chanukah that I could get away with including it here.

And that's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another handful of tracks for you.  I don't think it's going to be nearly as many as Christmas in July, but we'll get a couple days out of it.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 50

Well, it's been a long, strange month, full of all sorts of surprises and a while lot of fun.  But all good things must come to an end.  Tonight I'm wrapping up the month with a handful of New Year's Eve tracks for you, as well as a few Christmas songs that I found at the Salvation Army tonight and just couldn't leave in the pile until next year.  I can't seem to walk into a thrift store without finding something I want to share with you.  Sometimes I think it's a curse.  But anyhow, let's see what I have left to share with you tonight.

1. White Christmas by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians from the LP Berlin By Lombardo (Capitol ST1019, Stereo, 1958).  There is a good chance this is the same as the version I gave you earlier in the month from The Lombardo Years.  Same length even though it's pulled out of the middle of a side-long medley.  I lined the two tracks up in Audacity and they looked very similar, though when I play them together, they get further and further out of phase as the track plays.  Pretty easy to play fast or slow depending on a lot of variables.

2. O Holy Night
3. Christmas, both by Tony Fontane, and both pulled from the album Salute To America AKA America, I Salute You (Fire 122918, Stereo).  Guessing the year is 1976 on this one given all the references to America's Bicentennial on the sleeve.  But I couldn't find anything in my online research to verify that.  And the LP showed a different title from the vinyl.  And only one side of the vinyl even showed a title.  Quality job all around, but nice music.

4. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Dinah Washington, a really swinging version, pulled from a sampler LP called Irving Berlin Songs (Mercury SR 60813, Stereo, 1964).  One of my favorite versions.

5. Winter Wonderland
6. Snowfall, both by Dennis Farnon And His Orchestra from the LP The Enchanted Woods (RCA Victor LPM-1897, Mono, 1959).  I can't believe I don't have a stereo version of this one.  This version of Winter Wonderland is one of the great Space Age Pop tracks I've discovered during Christmas In July.

7. Snowball by Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra from the compilation album A Rare Batch Of Satch-The Authentic Sound Of Louis Armstrong In The '30s (RCA Victor LPM-2322, Mono, 1961).  Not a very Christmassy song, but I like to squeeze in some Louis now and then.

8. I Wonder As I Wander by Jo Stafford With Orchestra Conducted By Paul Weston from the little LP American Folk Songs (Capitol 10" 33 RPM H75, Mono, 1950).  This appears to be a reissue of an earlier set of 78s with an added track.  Then it was later reissued with an added handful of songs to make a full LP.  If you like what you hear, I believe my pal Buster shared out the whole record at one point.  Sometimes if you ask nice, he'll repost old stuff, often in a fresh transfer with all the benefits of new experience and technology!

9. Scottish Aires...Medley (Includes: Annie Laurie; Comin' Thru The Rye; The Campbells Are Coming; Blue Bells Of Scotland; Auld Lang Syne) by Pinkey, Hooghuys Fair Organ, a fancy band organ, recorded from the LP Bellms Cars And Music Of Yesterday (Gay 90's Village #5161, Stereo).  As I mentioned before, this LP came from a local tourist attraction that was a large car collection and a slightly smaller but still impressive collection of music machines.  The car collection is still there, but I don't know what happened to the band organs and what-not.  Maybe they're still there, but I kinda doubt it.

10. On The Very First Day Of The Year by Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra, from what would turn out to be his last LP before his death, Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  Bing was the voice of Christmas, there's no escaping that.

11. New Year's Eve by Edmund Lyndeck, George Hearn, David Vosburgh & Norman A. Large-Orchestra & Chorus Conducted By Paul Gemignani
12. New Year's Eve (Reprise)/Stay With Me, Nora by Peter Gallagher & Betsy Joslyn-Orchestra & Chorus Conducted By Paul Gemignani, both tracks from A Doll's Life (Original Cast OC 8241, Stereo, 1982).  A very late play by Comden-Green.

13. New Years by Bob Hope from his LP Holidays (Spear/Bell Records Spear 4700, Stereo, 1973).  I don't think Hope issued very many comedy albums.  This is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.  I can think of one other LP he narrated from RCA, a sort of history of the last twenty years (when it was released).  And the soundtracks to his & Bing's Road movies.

14. Happy New Year by Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra With The Ralph Brewster Singers from The Magic World Of Gordon Jenkins (Columbia Special Products CSRP 8682, Stereo, 1962).  I think I've shared three different versions of this song performed by Jenkins, who wrote it, and at least one version that he made with Nat King Cole.  Not sure which is my favorite, they are all good.

15. Auld Lang Syne (Wenn Wir Heut' Auseinandergeh'n) by Gunter Kallmann Chorus With Orchestra And Bells from Songs For My Love (Four Corners (Kapp) FCS-4226, Stereo, 1968).  Bet you weren't expecting a German version of this, were you?  You've got to learn to expect the unexpected around here.

16. Auld Lang Syne by The Pipes And Drums And Military Band Of The Scottish Division-Director Of Music, Captain B.T. Keeling, from the album Amazing Grace (RCA Camden (UK) CDS 1116, Stereo, 1973).  Auld Lang Syne turns up on a lot of these bagpipe records.  I'm guessing it's a Scottish thing, or maybe the Robert Burns connection.

17. Happy New Year-Reprise by The McGuire Sisters With Orchestra Directed By Dick Jacobs from Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).  I shared out the non-reprise version of this one back on the actual last day of July, in case you're looking for it.

18. Happy New Year by Mouseketeer Ensemble from Happy Birthday And Songs For Every Holiday (D*sneyland DQ-1214, Mono, 1964).  Old school mouse if it involves The Mouseketeers.

19. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home; Give My Regards To Broadway; The Yankee Doodle Boy; You're A Grand Old Flag; Auld Lang Syne by Porter Heaps At The Hammond Organ With Gregory Knoold At The Extravoice By Hammond, from The Good Old Songs (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7221, Mono, 1960).  Did people buy organ records, then buy organs, or did they buy organs first and then get organ records?  There seems to be some correlation there.  No one buys either one anymore.

20. Auld Lang Syne (Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot) by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians from the compilation The Sweetest Music This Side Of Heaven-A Musical Biography 1926-1932 (Decca DL 8962, Mono, 1960).  A short version, and the oldest I could find, though the LP didn't give an exact date for this recording.

21. Auld Lang Syne by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians from Guy Lombardo In Hi-Fi (Capitol W738, Mono, 1956).  A much later and longer version, from his first album recorded in the new-fangled hi-fi.

22. Auld Lang Syne by Irving Fields And His Trio from Year Round Party Fun (Oceanic OCP 511, Mono, 1956).  I pulled this out a long medley that takes up a side at a time.  Reminded me a lot of George Feyer.

23. Auld Lang Syne by George And Madeline Brown (from their collection of music boxes, actually), from the LP The Story Of The Music Box (Caedmon 10" 33 RPM w/ Book CB-2, Mono, 1952).  Been holding onto this one for a while, I'm sure you remember me sharing out a lot of Christmas tracks from it back in the middle of the season.

And that is it.  A big hurrah for the end of the 'month'.  All of those Christmas tracks are things I found and ripped for you tonight.  I had emptied out the Christmas bin last night and every intention of sharing out only New Year's tunes with you tonight, but I wasn't going to look a gift horse in the mouth.  That concludes the month, please don't forget to leave a comment and tell me what your favorite tracks from the month were.  And tell your friends!  These downloads won't be available for very long, and when they're gone, they're gone. (Stay tuned tomorrow though for some songs from a different winter holiday, you know the one I'm talking about!)


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 49

Good evening, and welcome to the next-to-the-last day of Christmas In July for this year.  Yes, that's right, I've finally gotten down to the end of my enormous stack of vinyl, or at least the end of what I want to spend time recording and sharing.  This has been a great month and a half, much more than any of my expectations going into the month.  I figured I might be able to do 5 tracks a day, with the occasional skipped day here and there, but I had a few really good weekends of recording, and a few really good weekends of hunting down new records to share.  Still some good stuff to share out tonight, with some new stuff, and some special little fixes that I want to get out there before tomorrow's New Year's celebration, the second one this season!  So let's see what's here in the pile.

1. The Spirit Of Christmas by Liz Anderson (mother of Lynn), from her album Cookin' Up Hits (RCA Victor LSP-3852, Stereo, 1967).  Great cover on this one of Liz in the kitchen cooking up the hits with some rather non-standard kitchen items.  That's why I picked it up, but when I saw a Christmas song tucked away in the track list, I knew I'd struck gold.

2. The Pause Of Mr. Claus by Arlo Guthrie from his LP Arlo (Reprise RS 6299, Stereo, 1968).  Many years ago, I found this song on one of those old Warner Bros loss-leader double LP samplers they sold for cheap in the late sixties-early seventies.  I thought I'd found a Christmas song, but when I played it to see if it really was Christmas, all I heard was Arlo running on about the FBI for six or seven minutes, so I figured it was nothing worth hearing and put the record away.  This time, I found the actual LP and listened all the way through.  And after all that prologue, Arlo does eventually get around to singing a short song about Santa.  As a special hidden bonus track in the download, I dropped an edited version of the track that's just the song.  That one you may be willing to listen to more than once.  The big monologue, not so much.

3. 4. 5. Narration by Phil McLean
6. Ave Maria by Toni Arden With Chorus And Orchestra Conducted By Earl Sheldon, all four track from The Life Of Christ (In Songs And Narration) (Manor Records ST 91328 aka MR S201, Stereo, 1968).  The little narrative bits are Christmas, but not very interesting.  However, this version of Ave Maria (the Schubert version) has special lyrics that are well sung by Miss Arden.

7. Jingle Bells by Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians, the final song I ripped for you from Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians Sing America's Favorite Songs (Reader's Digest 8xLP RDA-238 "Courtesy Of Capitol Records Inc.", Stereo, 1981).  A good song to end on.  Still don't know if these are special recordings or just stuff lifted from his much earlier Capitol albums.  So much research to do...

8. Holiday For Strings by David Rose And His Orchestra from The Very Best of David Rose (MGM SE-4155 aka ST-90641, Stereo, 1963).  The original (or at least a stereo re-recording by the original artist of an earlier hit) and still the best.  Not Christmas, but still well worth your time.

9. Holiday by The Four Freshmen-Orchestra Conducted By Dick Reynolds from The Four Freshmen In Person (Capitol ST1008, Stereo, 1958).  Speaking of holiday music...  The second volume of this album featured much earlier in the year with a much more Christmas-themed track.

10. Greensleeves by Richard Hayman, His Orchestra And Chorus, from Melodies Of Love (Mainstream ST-91092, Stereo, 1967).  Not the best song by Richard Hayman I've shared this season (not a harmonica in sight on this one), but a nice addition to the collection overall.

11. The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé With Wally Stott And Orchestra from Verve's Choice-The Best Of Mel Torme (Verve V6-8593, Stereo, 1964).  A great version of a song he wrote much earlier in his career.

12. Christmas In San Francisco by Vic Damone-Arr. & Cond. By Norm Geller-The Sal Carson Orch., from Vic Damone In San Francisco (Rebecca Records R-1214, Stereo, 1979).  I've had this song for many years on 45, but I only recently spotted it on an LP.  Then I forgot about it and bought it again, so now I have two copies.  And I recorded it way back on the very first day of July, but kept saving it for a rainy day.  And here it is.  This is the sort of thing I love to find!

13. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by Tau Kappa Epsilon (Killan Fehr, Dir.)
14. Holiday For Strings by Kappa Alpha Theta (Beth Shigley, Dir.)
15. Christmas Alleluia by Alpha Chi Omega (Cathy Bondies, Dir.)
16. Ave Maria by Delta Delta Delta (Roxy Anne Childs, Dir.), all four tracks from Sing Song 1962 (Austin Custom Records LCS-33-6244, University Of Texas, Austin, TX, Mono, 1962).  I just discovered this last night in the stacks, so I can't spread it out over four days like I normally would, but I figured you'd be interested to hear what Greek life was like in 1962 in the most musical city in Texas.  Not sure if things were the same in Austin back then, but these aren't the worst versions of these tunes you'll ever hear.  And a vocal version of Holiday For Strings, that's gotta be worth something, right?

17. Frozen Logger by Cathie Taylor from Hootenanny Hoot (MGM E4172ST, Mono, 1963).  Not a Christmas tune, but a great little ditty for the cold weather.  I read on the sleeve that Cathie was a regular on the Tennessee Ernie Ford TV program, and Jack Fascinato gets an arranging credit on this song, so there's some good solid talent here.

18. Greensleeves by Mantovani And His Orchestra from his album sampler LP Monty (London MS-1 Limited Edition, Mono, 1955).  I hate sharing out multiple versions of a song on one night, but I'm running out of days to put things in...

19. The Children's Marching Song (From The 20th Century-Fox Film "The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness") by Ray Martin Conducting The Swingin' Marchin' Band from the LP Parade Of The Pops (RCA Victor LSP-1960, Stereo, 1959).  I shared this track out earlier in the season, but that version was mono.  Here's a version that will fill up both of your speakers at the same time.

20. Christmas At The Cape by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington-Featuring Walter C. Shirra, Narration By Bill Larson, from Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  This is the complete Christmas side of this LP, tracks from which I've been sharing all season.  I figured some of you might like to hear the whole presentation as originally presented.  Nothing new here, just uncut.

21. March Of The Flowers by Jose Melis, His Piano And Orchestra, from Our Love (Seeco CELP-4710, Stereo, 1961).  Again, a stereo version of something I earlier shared in mono.  Amazing what turns up sometimes, especially when you've looked at it recently.

And that's it for tonight.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the end-of-year stuff.  You don't want to miss anything if you've made it this far.  We'll see you then.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 48

What day is this?  I can't keep track anymore.  Wednesday, I think.  I know it's day 48 of Christmas in July, even though it's been 47 days (I got the bright idea to share twice on one day, not sure why).  We're getting really close to the end here, though we're not at the bottom of the barrel by any means.  I've been trying really hard all this time to space out the really good tracks so it doesn't become too boring around here.  So you've always got something good to look forward to, and I don't think tonight is any different.  Let's jump in and see what we've got.

1. The Sleigh by Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians from the box Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians Sing America's Favorite Songs (Reader's Digest 8xLP RDA-238 "Courtesy Of Capitol Records Inc.", Stereo, 1981).  Short, but sweet.

2. Silent NIght by The Band Of The Irish Guards, Director Of Music: Lieut-Colonel C.H. Jaegar, Conducted By Alfred Ralston, from the soundtrack to Oh! What A Lovely War (Paramount PAS 5008, Stereo, 1969).  I always pick up old soundtracks when I see them, you never know when you're going to find some Christmas music hidden in there.

3. Oriental Holiday by Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra from Songs I Wrote (Ranwood HLP 12162, Stereo, 1966).  More of the pizzicato string music that's been a staple around here for a few days.  Vaughn may have written it, but it owes an awful lot to David Rose.

4. Moonlight In Vermont by Lee Scott With Tony Luis Quintet from Lee Scott Sings Cool Music For Warm People (Strand SLS 1047, Stereo, 1962).  An album with a great cover that I picked up and checked just because of that cover.  And this was the closest I could come to a Christmas song on there.  Old stereo where the balance is all on one side, so don't be surprised when you listen.

5. Mary Had A Baby by Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Chorus, Director: Marvin L. Miller, Soprano Solo: Sylvia Brunk, from the LP Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Chorus, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1969-70 (Rittenhouse Custom Recordings RCR 1019S, Stereo, 1970).  One of the very last private press things I've got for you, or at least one of the last ones I recorded.

6. Joy (Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring) by The Ventures from their album Joy-The Ventures Play The Classics (United Artists UAS-5575, Stereo, 1972).  I was trying to find their Nutcracker tribute, but came up with this instead.  Good enough for me!  This isn't your usual guitar-driven Ventures track, though.  More keyboards than anything else.

7. In The Winter by Janis Ian from her album Between The Lines (Columbia PC 33394, Stereo, 1975).  After I shared out Sheena Easton's version of this song, I had to go searching for the original, and here it is.  You get lucky sometimes.

8. In The Bleak Midwinter by Oratorio Chorus Of The Guelph Light Opera Company-Charles M. Wilson, Mus. Doc., Director, from Songs For All Seasons (Guelph Light Opera Company GLOC 1968, Stereo).  Gotta be close to the end on this album.  I hope.

9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by St. Paul's Boys Choir from Songs For The Seasons (Fleetwood BMC5075, Stereo).  Not the same album as the one above, they just happen to share a title.

10. A Dreamer's Holiday by Buddy Clark from Buddy Clark's Greatest Hits (Columbia CS 9434, Electronically Re-Channeled For Stereo, 1967).  Another track from this one, but not as good as the one with Dinah Shore.

11. Dirty Claus Rag by Country Joe And The Fish from the album Reunion (Fantasy F-9530, Stereo, 1977).  Now this, this was a find!  I picked up the album just to verify that it was the same Country Joe & The Fish from Woodstock, and it was.  But then I happened to make out one word in a handwritten font in one of the track titles that looked like it said Claus.  So I grabbed it and gave it a listen.  Sure enough, it's a Christmas song about Santa stealing his Christmas tree.  Awesome stuff!

12. Cold Blanket Polka (Zimna Pierzyna) by Connecticut Twins Orchestra from Holiday In Poland (Stella S-LP 926, Stereo).  Can I share all the songs from this LP since it has the word Holiday in the title?  No, I best not.

13. The Christmas Song by Tony Mottola from Close To You-A Guitar For Lovers (Project 3 PR 5050SD, Stereo, 1970).  Very mellow, but still a great track.

14. At Christmastime, another track by Harry Secombe, Florence Henderson, Elizabeth Larner, Toralv Maurstad & Chorus-With The London Symphony Orchestra, from the soundtrack to Song Of Norway (ABC Records ABCS-OC-14, Stereo, 1971).  This one grows on me a bit each time I listen to it.

15. All Praise To Thee, Eternal Lord by Professional Chorus And Orchestra, Musical Director-Dale Warland, Organist-Paul Manz, from the triple album A Time For Singing (Commission On Worship And Church Music and The Commission On Public Communication Of The American Lutheran Church, Distributed Through Augsburg Publishing House 3xLP 5-5597, -5598, -5599, Stereo).  I think this is the end of the selections I pulled from this one.

16. Quiet Christmas by St. Paul's Catholic Church Junior Choir-Sister Marie Therese S.S.J., Director-Mrs Eleanor Loyless, Accompanist, from the LP St. Paul's Junior Choir (Fidelity Sound 633F-1584 "Dedicated To The Memory Of President John F. Kennedy", Mono, 1964).  I wonder if this St. Paul's has anything to do with the one above?  Doubt it, it's a pretty common name.

17. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Bingtown Brass Band & Others from the album Tubby The Tuba And Other Stories, Songs And Marches (Happy Time (Pickwick) HT-1020, Mono).  Since this one sounds much older than the other track I previously shared from this album, I'm guessing it's performed by the "Others" in the artist credit.

18. My Favorite Things by Mary Martin-Music By Robert Lowe And His Orchestra, from the LP Mary Martin Sings The Sound Of Music-Rodgers And Hammerstein (D*sneyland DQ 1296, Mono, 1966).  Short, very short.

19. Greensleeves by The Ramsey Lewis Trio from Down To Earth-The Ramsey Lewis Trio Plays Music From The Soil (Mercury MG 36150 Promotional Record For Broadcast Only Not For Sale, Mono, 1958).  There is probably a story behind this LP that I don't know.  The trio appears courtesy of Argo, so why they didn't release the LP? I don't know.

20. Gin For Christmas by Lionel Hampton And Orchestra from Open House (RCA Camden CAL-517, Originally Recorded October 30, 1939, Mono, 1959).  A collection of older tracks, and one of the first songs I ever found for Christmas In July years ago.  That copy was on an older 10" LP.  Was still excited to find this version, though.

And that's it for the 48th night.  Hope there's something in there for you to enjoy.  Come back tomorrow for more.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 47

Another big day here at the blog for Christmas in July.  Can you handle another handful of tracks?  And another complete Nutcracker?  You're gonna need to go out and buy another hard drive, me thinks.  Let's jump right in, shall we?

1. White Christmas (From The Movie "Holiday Inn") by J. Lawrence Cook (Piano Roll) from the LP Academy Award Winners From Movie Musicals 1934-1947, From Rare Piano Rolls (Biograph BLP-1017Q, Stereo, 1977).  That's right, it's just a machine playing the piano.  I guess Mr. Cook was the one created the roll.  I guess that's one of those jobs that doesn't really exist anymore.  Well, maybe somebody out there does it, but it's not very popular.

2. We Need A Little Christmas by Skitch Henderson & The Tonight Show Orchestra from Broadway Tonight! Skitch Henderson & The Tonight Show Orchestra Play Music From "Mame" (Columbia CS 9318, Stereo, 1966).  Always have to pick up any album that mentions Mame to see if this track is included.

3. Snowbird by Ray Anthony from his album Dream Dancing Around The World (Aero Space (Distributed by Ranwood) RA-1007, Stereo, 1972).  You don't see much of Ray's stuff on Aero Space.  I guess it didn't sell really well.

4. Sleigh Ride by Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians from Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians Sing America's Favorite Songs (Reader's Digest 8xLP RDA-238 "Courtesy Of Capitol Records Inc.", Stereo, 1981).  I'm basically trying to fill time until I've shared out all the tracks I've ripped from this LP.  Need to go back and see how many more I've got to go.  Shouldn't be too long now.

5. Ribbons And Wrappings by Harry Secombe, Florence Henderson, Elizabeth Larner, Toralv Maurstad & Chorus-With The London Symphony Orchestra from the soundtrack to Song Of Norway (ABC Records ABCS-OC-14, Stereo, 1971).  This go-round, it's the movie, not the stage version.  I just wish you got more Florence Henderson.

6. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Pinkey, A Hooghuys Fair Organ, from the local album Bellms Cars And Music Of Yesterday (Gay 90's Village #5161, Stereo).  This car museum is still located right here in Sarasota, though it's got different owners now.  And I don't think they still have all the old band organs.  I took this record out of the shrinkwrap, by the way, so it should sound about as good as it ever will.  Can't say that with most of the old garbage I dig up.

7. Opening Theme-Narration by Chorus And Orchestra Conducted By Earl Sheldon, Narration By Phil McLean, from the LP The Life Of Christ (In Songs And Narration) (Manor Records ST 91328 aka MR S201, Stereo, 1968).  Just another random track from this LP.

8. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence by Professional Chorus And Orchestra, Musical Director-Dale Warland, Organist-Paul Manz, from A Time For Singing (Commission On Worship And Church Music and The Commission On Public Communication Of The American Lutheran Church, Distributed Through Augsburg Publishing House 3xLP 5-5597, -5598, -5599, Mono).  I think this is the last track I have for you from this three record set.

9. Greensleeves by Mason Williams from his album Music By Mason Williams (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts WS 1788, Stereo, 1969).  Another of those albums I picked up at random, and there was a track I could share.  Sometimes I think I may be psychic, but just about Christmas music.  I recently read a biography of The Smothers Brothers and their CBS TV show.  I didn't know Mason Williams did all the music for that.

10. Deck The Hall by Oratorio Chorus Of The Guelph Light Opera Company-Charles M. Wilson, Mus. Doc., Director, from Songs For All Seasons (Guelph Light Opera Company GLOC 1968, Stereo).  Some good singing on this one, and well-recorded too.

11. Winter by Aileen Fisher from Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  Yep, still sharing tracks from this one.

12. Rise Up, Shepherd, An' Foller (Hymn Of Christmas) by Dorothy Maynor, Soprano, With Unaccompanied Male Choir from Dorothy Maynor Sings Spiritual And Sacred Songs (RCA Camden CAL-344, Mono, 1957).  Is this the only version of this I've shared out this year?  Usually I find a couple versions on old folk albums.

13. March Of The Toys by Bingtown Brass Band & Others from Tubby The Tuba And Other Stories, Songs And Marches (Happy Time (Pickwick) HT-1020, Mono).  Kiddie music, but worth a listen.

14. Marche
15. Russian Dance
16. Arabian Dance
17. Waltz Of The Flowers
18. Dance Of The Flutes
19. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
20. Chinese Dance, all performed by D'Artega Conducting The New York Festival Symphony Orchestra from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite--Romeo And Juliet Overture (Stereo Spectrum Records (Pickwick) SS 28, Stereo, 1958).  A horribly recorded budget label issue of this piece.  There were places where it was recorded at such a low level I couldn't pick the music out from the surface noise.  And the balance from left to right was really crazy on some tracks.  Hopefully I've made something listenable out of it, but don't be surprised if it's all on one channel or really noisy on one side.  I wanted to record it to see how it sounded, and now I know.  Oh, forgot to mention, the tracks weren't labeled on the album anywhere, I pulled the titles from Discogs.  I hope they're right.

That's it, another twenty tracks, winding down pretty fast.  How you've got something in there to enjoy.  Here's the link, see you tomorrow.