Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!


How's that for a cute album cover? This was another case of buying the record for the cover, only to find something special inside. You wouldn't know it from the sleeve, but this is actually a various artists collection, tied together by the presence of George Mather playing the organ on each track. What's really special is Thurl Ravenscroft performing Joy To The World on here. Thurl passed away this year, and the world will be sadder for that loss. He was the voice of Tony The Tiger, and could be heard on numerous Disney records, as well as on rides at several Disney parks. So please download and give a listen to The Pied Pipers Sing Favorite Christmas Carols (Tops L 1650, 1958). I've got another cover from Craftsmen Records that seems to sport the same tracks, but the record wasn't in the sleeve. And one of the Falalavians over at FaLaLaLaLa found a Golden Record with many of the same tracks and yet a different cover. It's amazing how they recycled some of the same tracks over and over and over again through the years.

6 comments:

Paul F. said...

Ah, good old Thurl. Nobody can sing about The Grinch like he did. There is a nice track with him on vocals (Do You Belive In Santa Claus? by Billy May) on the Ultralounge Christmas Cocktails Volume 3 CD worth a listen.

Ernie said...

Wow, that is Thurl! I hadn't listened to it that close. Any idea where that track originated? I don't have the CD in front of me. I've got some Billy May Christmas stuff coming up sometime real soon. ;)

Paul F. said...

My CD copy is at home. I'll have to check the liner notes when I get home. That is one of the few tracks that makes that CD worth getting (but compared to Volumes 1 & 2, it is not nearly as exciting).

Ernie said...

No, it's not as good as 1 & 2, but then nothing ever is, really. Seen any good Star Wars films lately? :)

Paul F. said...

Thankfully, your site makes up for it. Thanks for the killer Xmas tunes.

Tannerman said...

Falalavians... I love the nickname. :)