Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Return Of Chanukah In August-Day 1

If you've hung out around here in the past, you might remember that Christmas In July is always followed up by Chanukah in August.  You might also remember that Chanukah songs are much fewer and farther between than Christmas songs, so we only get one day of Chanukah songs instead of 31.  And two of these are from the same album and artist, because pickin's are really slim here.

Track one is The Hanukkah Song by Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Orchestra Conducted By Tony Mottola from that same old album I Like Holidays! (RCA Camden CAL-1055, Mono, 1964).  How many different ways can you spell Chanukah in English?  I know it's quite a few, and the different spellings seem to go in and out of favor.

The other two tracks I have for you are Chanukah (The Feast Of Lights) & Chanukah (Is Here At Last), both of which are surprisingly good, and both are from the LP Happy Holidays-The Spirit Of The Jewish Holidays In Modern Song (Maris 93059 (Printed and Mfg. by Crown Album Corp., Phila, 47, Pa., USA), Mono).  The artist is Sue Brason And Chorus With Orchestra Under The Direction Of Len Lewy.  I was pretty impressed by both of these tracks, they don't sound like some of the Chanukah music I've found in the past, they really fit right in with all the other stuff I've shared in the past month.  I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I did.

That's it, just three tracks.  Here's the download.  Now I can go back into hibernation for a while.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 31

Here we are, the very last day of Christmas in July.  What a long, strange trip it's been.  Tonight is pretty much the same as last night, more songs for New Year's.  Here goes...

Auld Lang Syne starts us out in a version by Connie Francis And The Jordanaires-Conducted By Joe Mele from another LP that's a thrift store staple, Sing Along With Connie Francis (Mati-Mor Superecords 8002, Mono).  This is a promotional LP for Brylcreem that I see all the time, but never paid much attention to until recently.  And sure enough, there was a track I could use.  Version two of Auld Lang Syne is by Van Alexander And His Orchestra (who graced us earlier this month with Gordon MacRae, I think) from the album Let's Dance The Last Dance (Capitol T1457, Mono, 1959).  Version three is by Ann Moray from a half-song, half-spoken word LP, The Love Songs Of Robert Burns (Spoken Arts 754, Mono, 1959). And fourth is a parody version, or at least a new funny verse, by Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Orchestra Conducted By Tony Mottola from that same LP of theirs I've been doling out to you for much of the last week, I Like Holidays! (RCA Camden CAL-1055, Mono, 1964).  It's pretty funny, but short.

Next up is New Year's Day, a nice little track by 101 Strings from the radio promo LP American Holidays And Special Occasions (Special Radio Copy-No Number, Mono).  I think there was a standard release of this LP, but it omitted one of the short tracks, which was probably just an edit of the longer version.

Track six is the first of the reruns tonight, it's Happy New Year-Reprise, a short little part two to a track I shared yesterday, again by The McGuire Sisters-Directed By Dick Jacobs from the LP Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).

And bringing up the rear is Nat King Cole-Arranged & Conducted By Gordon Jenkins from his posthumous LP The Unforgettable Nat Cole Sings The Great Songs! (Capitol ST 2558, Stereo, 1966).  Jenkins wrote this song and recorded it about three times, I've shared those with you here before, as well as this version with Nat.  They're all nice songs, something I think should be more popular than it is, but I could say that about a lot of the things I share here.

Anyhow, that's it for tonight and for the month.  Here's the download.  Hope you had a great time!  Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite tracks were.  I've already started a best-of folder for a future collection from this month.  No promises about when that might be completed, but you never know.  Thanks for all your support his month, it's been good to be back.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 30

In previous years, I've saved all of my New Year's themed tracks for the last day of the month, but I had so many of them this year, I'm splitting them up over two days, today and tomorrow.  And I've got seven different tracks for each night, so that's a lot of tracks!

I'm starting off with a plethora of Auld Lang Syne, the most popular of New Year's songs.  This first version is by Ivor Raymonde from his LP Scottish Sing-Along (London International Series SW 99027, Stereo, 1962).  The second version is Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Orchestra Conducted By Tony Mottola from the kiddie LP I Like Holidays! (RCA Camden CAL-1055, Mono, 1964). The third version is from that thrift store staple The First Family (London Records (UK) HA-A 8048, Mono, 1962).  Somehow, I found a UK copy, I can't explain it.  Anyhow, this one is performed by Vaughn Meader, Naomi Brossart, Norma MacMillan & Earle Doud.  I can't tell you how many times I've looked at this LP without really picking it up and checking for Christmas music.  One day I did, and there it was. The last version for tonight is actually a medley of Auld Lang Syne and Happy Birthday performed by the greatest crooner of them all Bing Crosby, ably assisted by the Ken Darby Singers And Victor Young And His Orchestra from the small LP entitled Auld Lang Syne (Decca 10" 33 RPM DLP 5028, Mono, 1949).  This version was easy to spot since it involved the title of the album.  I love the easy ones!

Starting into the other tracks, we've got another tall tale from Johnny Bond, this one entitled New Year's Day, again from the LP 10 Little Bottles And Other Tall Tales And Songs For Boozers! (Starday SLP 333, Mono, 1965).  I'm afraid this one isn't much better than the one I shared earlier this month.

Up next is The McGuire Sisters take on Happy New Year, a rerun around these parts but worth revisiting.  The LP is Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).

And last up is Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians doing Let Us All Sing Auld Lang Syne, which I probably should have listed above, but it's sorta kinda not the same song.  This is a rerun, and it's from the album Alma Mater Memories (Capitol ST1949, Stereo, 1963).

And I think that's it for tonight.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for part two of the New Year's songs.  Oh, almost forgot, here's the download link for tonight.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 29

Really, really getting down to the nitty gritty tonight.  But I think you'll enjoy it anyway.  Here goes...

Track the first is Lilacs In Winter, a country weeper from The Wilburn Brothers.  I ripped this from their LP Little Johnny Down From Down The Street (Decca DL 75173, Stereo, 1969).  I don't think you can ever have too many country weepers in your Christmas collection.

Track the second is Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming by The St. Louis A Cappella Choir-Director Dr. William B. Heyne from the various artists LP The Lutheran Hour (RCA Victor LSP-1863, Stereo, 1958).  I believe this is a collection of songs from a popular radio show of the time.

Track the third is the final song from that great album by Red Carter, Santa's Musical Grog (Frog Recording, Ltd. RG 001, Stereo).  I kept hoping someone would chime in with some more info on this album, but I still don't know anything more about than I did that day I bought it at the Habitat ReStore in Port Charlotte a couple months ago.  Oh, this evenings selection from the album is Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Track the fourth is a rerun of the ever popular Sleigh Ride, this time by Werner Müller And His Orchestra from the LP Werner Müller Plays Leroy Anderson (London Phase 4 SP 44057, Stereo, 1965).  I had thought about doing one night of nothing but tracks from Phase 4 albums, but I forgot and shared some of them too soon.  Maybe next year.

And track the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth is Snowfall by Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra.  Version number one is from the LP Dancing After Midnight (Columbia CL 709, Mono, 1955).  The other four versions are all from the LP Snowfall-A Memory Of Claude (Monmouth-Evergreen MR 6606, Electronic Stereo, 1967).  This LP, released not long after Claude's passing contained extracts from two tapes provided by his widow to a former member of his band.  The tracks from side one date to the 1940's, while the two versions from side two are from a demo tape he made in the 60's.  Those two versions also feature narration over the song that I find pretty cool.  These would work well on a mixtape somewhere.

Anyhow, that's it for tonight, hope there's something in there you like.  Here's the download link, catch you on the flip side.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 28

Not far to go now...  Hope I have enough stuff left to make it through.

Track one, and easily the best one tonight, is Christmas Time In Nassau by Johnathan (Johnny) Kemp With John Chapman's Confidential Club Orchestra from the LP Confidential Carnival-Authentic Bahamian Calypsos (Goombay) (Island Artists LP 1002, Mono).  This is something I recorded last year, but never shared.  It's probably the best Christmas track I've ever found on a Caribbean tourist record.  I pick up a lot of them and look for Christmas music, but they're few and far between.

Track two is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir-Kay Morris, Organist And Director Of Music performing He Is Born from With A Voice Of Singing (Mark Custom Records MC-8922 (Falls Church, VA), Stereo, 1971).  This is the last track I've got from this LP.  I think it was a pretty good addition to the collection.

Track three is Cradle Song by Ethel Smith from her LP Seated On Day At The Organ (Decca DL 78902, Stereo, 1959).  I don't think this is really a Christmas song, I was probably confusing it with Luther's Cradle Song, but close enough.

Track four is Ave Maria by The De Paur Chorus-Leonard De Paur, Conductor-Soloist: Luther Saxon from the LP The Spirit Of Christmas/God Is With Us (Columbia CL 725, Mono, 1955).  The A side of this record is all Christmas, but the B side only features this one sorta-Christmas track.  I think it was originally released as a pair of 10" LPs, but I've never seen either one.  I hunted for this record for a long time to complete my pair of Leonard De Paur Christmas albums.

Track five is Hallelujah by The Eric Rogers Chorale And Orchestra from Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (London Phase 4 SP 44028, Stereo, 1963), and I think it's the only rerun of the night.  Seems like a very religious collection of tunes tonight, except for that first one.  Not too bad for this late in the month.

And that's it, five and out.  Here's the download, see you tomorrow.

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.