Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Christmas In July 2007-Day 10

One third of the way through the month, only one day behind, I'm going to have to go out on a limb here and say I'm doing fairly well for Christmas In July. Big thanks to everyone who's been downloading the tracks, especially those of you who've been kind enough to leave comments about your favorite tracks. There's still a long way to go in the month, but it's going to be a great trip. (I know some of you out there may not be big fans of the Christmas music and are waiting for the pictures to return, so just be patient!) Tonight's share is three great versions of Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers. Again, not a true Christmas carol, but still a great track with a strong holiday association for many people. Version one is from the Stereo Action LP Dynamic Dimensions by Henri René And His Orchestra (RCA Victor LSA-2396, 1961). Version the second is from Freddy Martin And His Orchestra and the 10" LP Let's Dance Tonight (RCA Victor LPM 3047). I think this is the first track from a 10" this year. Last year I gave you a whole day with tracks from the smaller, yet not smallest, records. The last track, and the one I had the most trouble getting recorded (you're going to get take 4!), is by Al Melgard At The Chicago Stadium Organ (Audio Fidelity AFSD 5886). This was supposed to be "A Study In High Fidelity Sound" according to the gatefold jacket, but the first couple of times through, all I got were muddy sounds and enough skips to go Double Dutch. I finally got it cleaned up to my satisfaction, but it's still nowhere near perfect. Anyhow, here's the download link, hope you enjoy the music!

What was the flavor of the day last year? How about four versions of Baby, It's Cold Outside? Outstanding stuff.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

How appropriate - a Christmas in July song that sounds like you'd hear it during a baseball game. Way to go, Ernie!

The Henri Rene version has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it. I used it on my childrens' Christmas comp last year. The Freddy Martin one is pretty sweet, too.

Thanks again for sharing all of these songs with us, Ernie.