Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Christmas In July (In August)-The Twenty-Ninth Day

Hooray!  Welcome to the end of Christmas in July in August!  Not that I'm done with my original Christmas in July, it's just that tomorrow is September, and that means we aren't in August anymore.  But however you look at it, we're getting pretty close to the end.  And tonight is a little special in that you get six tracks instead of the normal five.  Why is that, you ask?  Because I'm bringing you both part one and part two of Dickie Goodman's Santa And The Satellite!  I remember this being a lot more exciting when I was a kid, but times change.  I pulled this from the LP Mr. Jaws And Other Fables By Dickie Goodman (Cash/Private Stock CR 6000, Stereo, 1975).  Track three is Babes In Toyland: In The Toymakers Workshop; Never Mind Bo-Peep; Go To Sleep, Slumber Deep; Toyland; I Can't Do That Sum, a nice medley from the Victor Herbert show, performed here by Nathaniel Shillkret And His Orchestra With Soloists from the LP The Music Of Victor Herbert AKA Listen To The Music Of Victor Herbert (RCA Camden CAL 228, Mono).  I've got two different copies of this record, with slightly different covers and titles.  The main cover illustration is by Jim Flora, by the way, so you don't see too many of these floating around.  Track four is a different version of Ave Maria than the ones I usually find, this one written by Arcadelt and performed by the Obernkirchen Children's Choir-James Benner, Piano-Edith Moller, Conductor.  I found this on the LP Obernkirchen Children's Choir In Japan AKA Holiday In Japan (Westminster Gold (ABC) WGS 8238, Stereo, 1973).  More from this one tomorrow.  Track five is Christmas Morn, Hymn 23 from the album His Arm Encircles Me-Hymns And Solo Settings For Poems By Mary Baker Eddy Recorded In The Mother Church (This Recording Is Produced By The Trustees Under The Will Of Mary Baker G. Eddy, Manufactured By Columbia Record Productions XCSV 140999/141000, Stereo).  The artists are John Robert Dunlap, Accompanied By Ralph Jerles On The Mother Church Organ.  I'm afraid I can't understand half of what he's singing here...  Last track is a peppy string-laced version of Greensleeves by Enoch Light And His Vibrant Strings.  Never seen any other albums credited to that particular ensemble, but that's the credit on this LP, Something To Remember You By (Grand Award GA 242 SD, Stereo, 1959).  I've tried to stay away from too many versions of Greensleeves (AKA What Child Is This) this year, but I thought this one was worth mentioning.  And that's it for tonight.  Here's the download link.  Come on back tomorrow for the first day of Christmas In July In September!


fixxitt In Georgia said...

You will get a slew of comments when the marathon is over in a day or two so I'll get my thanks and kudos in a bit early. I know it has been a long haul for you, but you have brightened the lives of so many folks with your effort, it is all in your nature to do an exceptional job, even if it is hard to do. I have to admit that I kinda like the spaced out posts. We need to celebrate Christmas in our hearts all the year and by making your Christmas in July last two months instead of one, we get the reminder of the goodness of the season twice as long. Perhaps you could - Oh, I won't go there. Just saying.

Thanks again Sir Ernie and God bless you and your work.

fixxitt in Georgia

Buster said...

"This Recording Is Produced By The Trustees Under The Will Of Mary Baker G. Eddy, Manufactured By Columbia Record Productions" - certainly not the catchiest record label name I've come across.

By the way, I couldn't agree more with fixxitt in Georgia.