Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Christmas In July 2008-Day 29

Day 29, here we go! Another day of seemingly random tracks with nothing really to link them together. It's getting close to the end, so I'm sort of just blowing some things out.

Let's start with the only two tracks that have any sort of link. Both of these tracks are by The Modern Jazz Quartet from their LP Plastic Dreams (Atlantic SD 1589, 1971). The two tracks are titled England's Carol and Variations On A Christmas Theme, but you'll recognize them as God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen and The Twelve Days Of Christmas. I don't know why they felt the need to rename them here. Maybe they get higher songwriting royalties or something.

Track three is We Three Kings Of Orient Are by The Brass Of The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Conducted By Alfred Newman from Hallelujah! (Capitol P8529). I've already brought you other Christmas tunes from this LP here and here.

Track four is I Love To Tell The Story/Angels We Have Heard On High by Jack Conner, from another album I've shared tracks from with you before, I Love To Tell The Story (Christian Faith Recordings JC 243). Gotta love that marimba sound!

Track five is March Of The Toys from Frederick Fennell And Orchestra from the album Frederick Fennell Conducts Victor Herbert (Mercury Perfect Presence Sound Series PPS6007). I thought I'd shared this one before, but I can't find any sign that I have, so I must have been mistaken.

Track six is the only version of My Favorite Things that I've shared all year. Got lots of versions in the pile, but this is the only one I recorded. It's by Richard Hayman And His Orchestra and comes from the LP Rogers And Hammerstein's The Sound Of Music (Mercury Wing SRW 16228). Actually, it looks like I've got a typo in there and called him Mannerstein. Odd...

The seventh and final track is a nice version of Our Winter Love by Al Caiola, from his LP Greasy Kids Stuff (United Artists UAS 6287, 1963). You can always count on some good guitar work from Mr. Caiola.

There you have it, seven more Christmas in July tracks. Here's the download link, now have a blast. And as usual, don't forget about 2006 and 2007.

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