Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Christmas In July 2008-Day 7

Here we are, Day 7, but I'm posting it on day 9 because I was sick. Sorry about the inconvenience. But I think you'll be happy once you realize that I've got five different versions of Ave Maria for you today. How can you possibly go wrong? So get going!

Version one is, if you can believe it, a trombone version by the great Urbie Green from his album Bein' Green (Project 3 PR5066SD). Yes, it's an Enoch Light-related track, and all the usual Command label people put in an appearance here.

Track two is sung a capella by a bunch of French guys called Les Compagnons de la Chanson, from the LP The Three Bells (Columbia CL 596). They're singing in English, but you won't be able to miss the accents. The credits on the LP sleeve say this version was written just for them.

Number three is a German version (well, the singer is German, I think he's still singing the Latin words) by Karel Gott with The Gunter Kallmann Choir, and is from the LP In Mir Klingtein Lied (Polydor (Germany) 249 324). I orginally picked this record up for a version of Paint It Black in German, but was surprised to later find a Christmas track I could share with you.

Track the fourth is from blog favorite George Wright and his album George Wright At The Mighty Wurlitzer (Regent MG 6022). I think he has two or three albums by this same name, but this is the only one featuring this track that I know of. I've actually got another track from the same LP to share with you later. Much more George Wright can be found here and here.

Fifth and last is actually called Ave Maria (Schubert) and is from a red vinyl 7" 45 RPM EP by The Robert Shaw Chorale called "The Rosary" And Other Songs (RCA Victor Red Seal 7" 45 RPM WEPR-43). I think all the version of Ave Maria I've shared tonight have been the Schubert one, but this is the only one so titled.

There you go, hope it was worth the wait. Here's the download link, now go have a glass of eggnog on me! And don't forget to check the Christmas in July archives for tracks from 2006 and 2007. You can never have too much Christmas, especially in July.


Inkydog said...

And just where am I supposed to get eggnog in July? ;)

When I was a kid they used to have something called PDQ eggnog mix - dry granules that you mixed in milk to make eggnog. I loved that stuff. Unfortunately, it is no longer around.

Glad to hear that you're back on your feet.

Anonymous said...

Actually Karel Gott is czech. But he was very successful in the 70s and 80s with his German recordings.