Hold your horses, don't get all excited. There is no download here. I don't even own this record, all I own is the sleeve. Sometimes I come across empty sleeves and I have to buy them just for the great pictures. This is not one of those cases. This picture of somebodies house decorated for the season is not very impressive. What is impressive, and what makes me post this here is the little note at lower left. "Chimes By Chimeatron". That's something I want to hear. What is a Chime-A-Tron and where can I get one of my own? Anybody out there got a copy of this that the want to share? Please? Judging from the back cover, there was even a stereo version of this released, but I've never seen anything other than this empty sleeve. Just for the record, this is George Chiainia At The Organ And Chimes-Music Of The Holiday Season (Colonial LP-272). C'mon, somebody out there must have this record...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Here's the third installment in my thrift store Christmas compilation compilation. This time I dug up something that was mentioned on the blog last year. Again, it was something I already had but didn't know about. This is Tony Sandler and Ralph Young performing Mister Santa from Happy Holidays-Album Seven (Creative Products (Capitol) For True Value Hardware, SL-6730, 1971). Yep, that's right, this is the next LP in the set from the one I shared last night. What can I tell you, I don't hunt far for my music sometimes...
The Sanborn Singers-Jingle Bells
Les Baxter Orchestra And Chorus-Hang Your Wishes On The Tree
Posted by Ernie at 11/24/2007 10:59:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/24/2007 10:37:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/24/2007 10:26:00 PM
Bear with me a little bit, I'm going to try to keep all this straight. My share tonight is Christmas With Arthur Godfrey And All The Little Godfreys. Problem is, that's not just a single album. First I had the one shown above. I've had it for years but it was all scratched up and wouldn't play. Then I found another one that I could play and I recorded it. Then while searching for The McGuire Sisters Christmas LP, a search came back with this LP. Well, not exactly this LP. Look close at the LP cover shown below, and you'll seed that there is an extra Christmas ornament on the wreath, and sure enough, who's in that ornament but the McGuire Sisters! So I tracked down another copy of the LP, and there are the McGuire girls performing Frosty The Snowman. Reading up a little on Mr. Godfrey, I see that he wasn't the easiest guy in the world to get along with, so maybe he got in a tif with the McGuires, and removed their song from his album. So, what you're going to download is my original rip of the McGuire-less LP, with an added track in there of just the McGuire Sisters song. So you'll see that there are two track 7's. Now, did you follow all that? But what about the green cover down at the bottom of this post? Well, that's a 3x7" EP version of the album that I was recording just for kicks to see if I could get cleaner copies. (I didn't get cleaner copies. In fact, some of the songs from the EP have skips in them. I throw them in there just so you can see they are actually shorter, I don't expect you to actually listen to them.) It turns out that the EP version has edited versions of several songs. And you though collecting Beatle records was complicated! Just for the search engines, the other artists on these albums include Julius La Rosa, Janette Davis, Frank Parker, Marion Marlowe, The Mariners, Lu Ann Simms and Haleloke Kajauolopua.
So here are your download links: Christmas With Arthur Godfrey And All The Little Godfreys (Columbia 12" LP, CL 540, 1953) or Christmas With Arthur Godfrey And All The Little Godfreys (Columbia 3x 7" 45 RPM EP, B-348, 1953). And just to confuse matters more, I spotted the EP set in a little box today (mine is a multi-sleeve envelope type format), as well as three different single 45s. Did I mention that after all that, the music on here is surprisingly good. No wonder this guy was on TV for so long.
Stand by for more, much less complicated, Arthur Godfrey!
Update: This one is out on CD now, although it's a little hard to tell. There's a collection on the Jasmine label that includes all the songs from this LP, plus all the songs from the McGuire Sisters Christmas LP. Not sure how they got stuck on there, but who am I to question how such things work. You can order this from Amazon via this link.
Posted by Ernie at 11/24/2007 09:47:00 PM
Here's a rerun from two years ago that I still think is just great. This is Christmas Greetings From The Town Pipers (HiFi R418, 1959). It's really good stuff that you never hear anymore. And for the record, I still don't have the stereo version. Maybe someday...
Update (13 Oct 08): This one is now available for legal download. And that's a good thing, becuase it means that more of this old Christmas music that we all love is available to a wider audience. Here's the link to Amazon, and it's also available at other legal download sites. Now if I could just get them to look at the Three Suns catalog...
Posted by Ernie at 11/24/2007 08:24:00 AM
Friday, November 23, 2007
Not long after Thanksgiving dinner was over last night, the nearly-full moon rose. As usual, I snapped a few pictures of it. Someday I'm going to get an even longer lens with even more glass out at the end of it so I can take some really impressive picture of the moon. Wait and see!
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 10:39:00 PM
The Sanborn Singers-Jingle Bells
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 08:25:00 PM
Speaking of television, I just got an email from Diane Werts, writer for Newsday, reminding me that she's got a big huge list of upcoming Christmas TV specials available for you to look at. I first heard about this list over at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else, and then again over at FaLaLaLaLa, so it seems to be making the rounds. Oh, and she's got a book about all those TV specials, too. Check it out. (Ha, get it? "Check it out." Like people still go to the library and check things out...) I wish I had time to watch TV in the next month, but I'm too busy recording and sharing Christmas music with you guys. Oh, well. My brain thanks you.
Speaking of Christmas and television, there's an episode of The Osbournes that show the family looking a the stage set for an upcoming Christmas concert. I only saw it once, but I remember thinking there was a great Christmas song playing during the scene, and I wanted to know what it was. To this day I haven't seen the episode again, or heard the song. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 08:06:00 PM
Here's an album from long, long ago. Not only a long time in years, but a long time in spirit. I couldn't find much info on this LP out on the wide, wild internet, but judging by the info on the sleeve, this was a giveaway when you bought a Magnavox product, possibly a TV, back in the fifties. But it wasn't just a no-name group of session musicians they hired. No, it was a company chorus that actually competed in national competitions and won! There's a little note right there on the front of the album, telling how these folks won first prize at the Chicagoland National Music Festival. Magnvox must have been proud of them. They also hired Virgil Fox, wizard of the organ, to fill things out a bit, with some solemn interludes between the acapella numbers. Fans of vocal choruses should enjoy this little lost slice of history. Please download Christmas Favorites Sung By The Magnificent Magnavox Chorus (Magnavox). If anybody knows any more about this record, please leave me a comment. I'd love to know the history of this record. For the curious, I posted a doodle or two from the flipside of this record back during Christmas in July.
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 07:41:00 PM
This is one of my favorite covers of all the stuff I'm sharing out this year. I walked into the Goodwill store, and there it was, right on the front of the rack. All those great snowmen looking back at me with their varied expressions, I knew this would become a share on the blog. I had no idea what kind of music it would be. I hoped for something like swing, but what I got was a Chipmunks ripoff. It's not bad though. There's a nice little narration that runs through the record, but it's too short, really. This is from the Craftsmen label, a subsidiary of notorious budget label Precision Radiation Instruments. Now that you know that, you won't be surprised by the horrible surface noise and relatively low fidelity of this recording. But you can still enjoy it. Help yourself to Swing Along With Santa's Snowmen (Craftsmen C 8040).
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 07:15:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 03:31:00 PM
This is the third rerun from Ray and the singers. This one unfortunately isn't unique, as it seems to be a re-recording in stereo of the previous share. But maybe you prefer to listen with two ears instead of just one, so I'm making it available here for you. If you're interested, here's The Ray Charles Singers-Christmas At Home (MGM SE-4166, 1963). New stuff coming up later, promise!
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 03:24:00 PM
The second rerun of the day is another record from Those Ray Charles Singers. This one is full-on holiday music, unlike the last one that included songs about the season alongside the Christmas tunes. I don't have a whole lot to say about this one that I haven't said over the past two years, so just go out and download The Ray Charles Singers-Here We Come A-Caroling (MGM E3467, 1956) if you don't have it already.
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 03:19:00 PM
The first of three reruns today is this great LP from The Ray Charles Singers. This record is on MGM, but many people know these singers from their many LPs on the Command label. I won't bore you with a lot of talk here, just go download The Ray Charles Singers-Winter Wonderland (MGM E3387, 1956). You'll be glad you did.
Posted by Ernie at 11/23/2007 03:13:00 PM
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 10:16:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 09:48:00 PM
Over the past two years, I've shared out over 120 albums with you, roughly sixty each year. Last year, I reposted almost everything from the first year, meaning that you had access to all of my shares, even if you missed the previous year. To do that this year would kill me, so I'm only going to repost some of my favorites from the past two years alongside the new stuff. However, most of those old shares are still available if you know where to look. Here is a pretty complete list of all the shares from last year, so if you follow all these links, you'll be able to download many of my shares and catch all the stuff that I'm going to have to leave out this year. I haven't checked all the shares to be sure they're available, but if something's gone, please leave me a note and I'll try to get it back up for you. This list should keep you busy for the next few months... :)
Thurlow Spurr And The Spurrlows-Christmas; Time For Song
Christmas Surprises From The Ralph Hunter Choir
Thurlow Spurr And The Spurrlows-Go Tell It On The Mountain
Domenico Savino-Music For Christmas Eve
Domenico Savino-Hi-Fi Christmas Party
Yogi Yorgesson-Yingle Bells
John Klein-Let's Ring The Bells All Around The Christmas Tree
John Klein-Noel Bells
Robert Way-New England Sleigh Ride
Ruth Welcome-Christmas In Zitherland
John Klein-The Bells Of Christmas
Herbie Koch-Christmas Bells Of Stone Mountain
Raymond LeFevre-Merry Christmas
Henri Rene-Home For Christmas
Paul Mauriat-The Christmas Album
David Rose-Merry Christmas To You
Lionel Barrymore-A Christmas Carol
Gary Mann-Blues For Baby Jesus
Loretta Young-The Littlest Angel/Gregory Peck-Lullaby Of Christmas
Sy Mann-Everybody's Christmas Favorites
Gisele MacKenzie-Joyeux Noel
Gisele MacKenzie-Christmas With Gisele
The McGuire Sisters-What Child Is This
The McGuire Sisters-Ave Maria
The McGuire Sisters-Greetings From The McGuire Sisters
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Favorites
John Davidson-My Christmas Favorites
The Mexicali Brass-Winter Wonderland
Christmas With The Mexicali Brass
Tijuana Voices Sing Merry Christmas!
A King Family Christmas
Christmas With The King Family
Marilyn King-My Favorite Things
The Rainbow Sound Of Bianco-Joy To The World
A Visit From Saint Nicholas
Lorne Greene-Must Be Santa
The Ray Charles Singers-Christmas At Home
Felix Slatkin-Season's Greetings
Lynn Anderson-The Christmas Album
Merry Christmas From Buck Owens And Susan Raye
Mitch Miller-Christmas Songs And Carols
Merry Christmas With The KE-Notes
The Jimmy Joyce Singers With Orchestra by Billy May-A Christmas To Remember
The Pied Pipers Sing Favorite Christmas Carols
The Moishe Oysher Chanukah Party
Saint Patrick's Cathedral Choir Sings Christmas Carols
Saint Patrick's Cathedral Choir Sings Christmas Songs-Volume 2
Christmas With The Don Les Harmonicats
Nelson Riddle-Avon Wishes You A Happy Holiday And A Joyous New Year
Nelson Riddle-The Christmas Song
Hugo Winterhalter-Christmas Magic
Hugo Winterhalter-Sleigh Ride
Hugo Winterhalter-Blue Christmas b/w White Christmas
Bob Coe-White Christmas/Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Richard Keys Biggs-Christmas Bells
The Sisters Of Divine Providence-Christmas Mosaic
The Happy Crickets-Christmas With The Happy Crickets
Woody The Woodchuck-Christmas Sing Song
The Surfers-Christmas From Hawaii
Emilien Allard-Noels au Carillon de l'Oratoire Saint-Joseph
Skitch Henderson-Winter Holiday
The Ray Charles Singers-Winter Wonderland
The Ray Charles Singers-Here We Come A-Caroling
George Feyer-Echoes Of Christmas
Arthur Lynds Bigelow-Ring! Christmas Bells
Christmas In Cleveland
Eddie Dunstedter-The Bells Of Christmas
Eddie Dunstedter-The Bells Of Christmas Chime Again
The Three Suns-Uncle Mistletoe/Sleigh Ride
Leo Addeo-Organ And Chimes Play Christmas Carols
The John McCarthy Chorale-Merry Christmas Sing Along
The Town Pipers-Christmas Greetings
Big Tiny Little-Christmas With Big Tiny Little
George Wright-Merry Christmas
George Wright-Christmas Time
The Sandpipers-Frosty The Snowman
101 Strings-Christmas Moods
The Lighthouse Singers-Christmas Carols Volume II
Lew White-Christmas Time
Billy Crystal-The Christmas Song
Merry Christmas From The Command Family Of Recording Stars
Ashley Miller-Christmas Carols
Songs To Sing At Christmas Time
Merry Christmas From...
Dennis Day-Christmas Is For The Family
Holiday People-Holiday Disco
Max Fagen-Christmas Disco Party
Warner Bros Stars-We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Ephrem Zimbalist, Jr.-Adeste Fidelis
Mitch Miller-Be A Santa
Cyril Stapleton-Children's Christmas Album
Ethel Smith-Christmas Music
Godfrey Malcolm & Fredrico-Chimes Of Christmas
Jose Melis-Christmas With Melis
Charo-(Mamcita) Donde Esta Santa Claus
Bruce Woodman-Christmas Carols With A Latin Lilt
60 French Girls & The Christmas Bell Ringers-Joyeaux Noel
Yank Lawson & Bob Haggart-Hark The Herald Angels Swing
William Clauson-Canciones De Navidad
Natal No Brasil
The Snap-On Male Chorus-Carols Of Christmas
A Kimball Christmas
Christmas Classics 1963
Frank Chacksfield-Music For A Merry Christmas
The Three Suns-Christmas Party
The Three Suns-Your Christmas Favorites
The Three Suns-The Sounds Of Christmas
The Three Suns-Raggin' The Scales
Lester Lanin-Christmas Dance Party
A Christmas Sampler
Dick Leibert-Sing And Rejoice
Dick Leibert-The Sound Of Christmas
Dick Leibert-The Happy Hits Of Christmas
Dick Leibert-A Merry Wurlitzer Christmas
Buddy Cole-The Organ Plays At Christmas
Buddy Cole At The Pipe Organ-Pipes And Chimes For Christmas
Ray Conrad-The Cotton Pickin' Lift Tower
Six Family Mountain-Takin' A Ride With The Wind
Spencer Ross-Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Merriest Of Christmas Pops
Fred Waring-Twas The Night Before Christmas
Fred Waring-Nutcracker Suite
Pete Fountain-Candy Clarinet
David Wayne Narrates The Little Star Of Bethlehem
Eddie Layton-Organ Music For Christmas
Mike Douglas-My Kind Of Christmas
Sammy Kaye-Christmas Day With Sammy Kaye
Sammy Kaye-Christmas Serenade
Sammy Kaye-Year 'Round Favorites
The Moog Machine-Christmas Becomes Electric
Avon Campaign 21
Danny Robinson-Deck The Halls
Buddy & Bunny Burden-Christmas Favorites
A Family Christmas Album
Slim Boyd-Christmas Country Style
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
Good Grief, what a list! Is that even all of them? Sorry I couldn't get them in some sort of order. I think they're close to the order I shared them out in, which doesn't do you any good when it comes to finding anything. But you'll figure it out, I have faith in you. :)
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 08:59:00 PM
Here's another rerun from late in the year last year that you may have missed. This is one of the few records that had eluded me for many years so I had to break down and buy it off of eBay for a small fortune. I take some small pride in the fact that nearly all of the records I share with you here on the blog are things that I find at thrift stores for one dollar or less. But not this one. You don't have to pay for it, though, you get to hear my copy. So here's The McGuire Sisters-Greeting From The McGuire Sisters (Coral CRL 57225, 1958) for your enjoyment. I've got a track from The McGuire Sisters on an Arthur Godfrey record coming up later this season, so stay tuned. Also, more Christmas McGuire Sisters can be found here and here.
Update: This one is out on CD now, although it's a little hard to tell. There's a collection on the Jasmine label that includes all the songs from this LP, plus all the songs from the Christmas With Arthur Godfrey LP. Not sure how the McGuire Sisters got stuck on there, but who am I to question how such things work. You can order this from Amazon via this link. Wait, maybe I'm mistaken. Try this disc instead.
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 08:49:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 08:26:00 PM
Here's a record I first shared out last year right at the end of the season, so it's possible that many of you missed it. This is one of the records that I am always on the lookout for in the bins, because all I have is this mono copy, and it's pretty beat. I would love to get a stereo copy in nice shape, but I'm only willing to pay a buck for it (I'm cheap!). I think I originally paid a quarter for this one, and it sat in my collection for years before I ever played it. Boy, was I surprised! This is a really great album that should be on every one's playlist! So if you don't have it already, please go download Gisele MacKenzie-Christmas With Gisele (RCA Victor LPM-2006, Mono, 1959). You can also check out an earlier EP from Gisele that has many of these same tracks on it. It may not give you any more music, but it does give you another picture of Mademoiselle Gisele.
Update: Looks like someone finally wised up about this record. It's now available for download on iTunes. So I can't share it anymore, but you can download a nice MP3 version of it.
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 08:15:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 08:00:00 PM
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 07:47:00 PM
PS: If you use any of my stuff in your Christmas mixes, I'd love to hear it. Drop me a line and I can hook you up with an address if you'd like to send a hard copy. Or if you share it out on the web, please put a link in the comments! Thanks again!
Now, how about some music?
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 07:35:00 PM
You think of odd things when you're visiting home for the holidays. I remembered a play that I was in back in second grade. I thought that I was the turkey, but reading the news coverage tells me that I wasn't. Maybe I sang in the chorus or something. I remember getting to wear feathers at some point. Anyway, here is the original article from the Lakeland Ledger dated 27 Nov, 1977. I'm on the left, Robert Williams is the turkey with the broken arm, and Jennifer Sparks is the love interest. Or something like that. Anyhow, that's me, thirty years ago...
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 03:46:00 PM
As I've done for the previous two years, I have a song that I share out for Thanksgiving. It's a rousing track that will surely get you going as you head to the turkey table. Here is Spencer Ross-Thanksgiving Day Parade (Columbia 4-41532 7" 45 RPM single, 1960). I hope you enjoy it! Oh, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Ernie at 11/22/2007 08:32:00 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Posted by Ernie at 11/21/2007 05:12:00 PM
Still plenty more pictures from the Australian Pink Floyd show to share, including this little surprise. If you're going to see them soon, I apologize for ruining all their surprises, but these pictures are just too cool to share. All during the show, we had been hoping they would play some music the LP Animals. Eventually they played Pigs (Three Different Ones) (I was hoping for Sheep myself, but you can't always get what you want), and sure enough, a few minutes into the song, here comes the pig! He was an ugly fellow, with glowing red eyes, big tusks and a rather nasty disposition. But more importantly, he looked cool. The audience went crazy when he first appeared, but it wasn't the last surprise of the evening.
Posted by Ernie at 11/21/2007 05:01:00 PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
One of the great things about the Australian Pink Floyd show was that they played music from all phases of Floyd, from the early psychedelia of Astronomy Domine & Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun to the Roger-less Division Bell. They also took visuals from all eras as well. Above is a bit of the imagery from Pulse, and below is a picture of Floyd founder Syd Barrett.
Another part of the fun of Aussie Floyd is their incorporation of Australian culture into the Floyd mythos. In the shot above, you can see their pink kangaroo making an appearance on the Wish You Were Here album cover. He shows up a lot throughout the concert. The shot below shows an image taken from the Floyd box set, Shine On. These guys did as good a job with the visuals as they did with the music.
Posted by Ernie at 11/20/2007 06:01:00 PM
As I mentioned, I saw The Australian Pink Floyd Saturday night in Atlanta. They played at the Fox Theatre, a great venue right in downtown Atlanta. This was the same theater that saw the premier of Gone With The Wind way back in 1939. We had visited the box office earlier in the day to find out if I could bring my camera in or not. Turns out that they permitted cameras, but only point-and-shoots and cell phones. So my big SLR was out. I borrowed a friend's camera, and spent about 30 minutes trying to learn how to operate it in the dark. I was still finding my way around it when we arrived. My first shot was the marquee out front, where I had to block traffic for ten minutes waiting for the coming attractions to loop back around to the faux Floyd.
Once inside, this was what we saw. I spent some more time trying to make adjustments to the camera, finally settling on a maximum aperture of f2.8 (depending on the focal length) and an exposure time of 1/30 to 1/60 of a second, depending on what lights were lit on stage. The ISO was set to 400, so if you look close you'll see quite a bit of grain in these shots, especially the ones I've cropped a lot. But they are still pretty good for shooting in the dark.
The concert began with a complete performance of Wish You Were Here. Not just the song, but the whole LP. They didn't hold anything back, throwing themselves into the performance right off. If you've ever seen the real Pink Floyd, you'll recognize many of the visuals. Even the stage state mirrors the real Floyd. The round rear-projection screen is vintage Floyd. The pyramids are a typical motif, as is the diver below in Mono Lake. Very impressive.
Posted by Ernie at 11/20/2007 05:35:00 PM
Monday, November 19, 2007
Posted by Ernie at 11/19/2007 07:34:00 PM
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Through the miracle of an unsecured wireless router, my laptop is suddenly online. That means I can show you a picture of the concert from last night, less than twelve hours after the fact. What you see above is the Australian Pink Floyd, in all their reflected Floyd glory. Much, much, much more to come when I get back to my own computer.
Posted by Ernie at 11/18/2007 09:29:00 AM