Saturday, July 02, 2011

Christmas In July 2011-Day 2

Day two, and we're off to a good start.  Not only have I now posted shares two days in a row, I've also successfully recorded days and days worth of shares, so I'm a little more comfortable about having enough material to see me through the month.  I've got a huge stack of records here that I can pull from, but finding the time to do so is often difficult.  I spend far more time recording stuff than I do posting it, so getting big chunks of the work out of the way like that makes me feel better about the rest of the month.  (And here comes the rain outside.  Glad I didn't drive out to the beach tonight for the first of three nights of fireworks spectaculars.)  OK, let's begin tonight with The Modern Jazz Quartet and A Cold Wind Is Blowing.  This is from their LP Patterns (United Artists UAL 4072, Mono, 1960).  The liner notes tell me this is a soundtrack to some movie I haven't seen, but I didn't find the music to be all that exciting.  This is not the the first appearance of MJQ around here, and it won't be the last.  Next up is Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos With The London Festival Orchestra with the Coca-Cola Christmas song, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing.  Weird how a single commercial from years and years ago can trick me into believing some hippie folk song is about Christmas.  But I guess it worked because here I am sharing it with you.  This is from the album Invitation To Love (London Phase 4 SP 44176, Stereo, 1972).  What else?  How about I Wonder As I Wander, always referred to as an Appalachian Carol, performed by Claude Rhea With The Concert Orchestra Of London, Conducted By Paul Mickelson.  The record is Majestic Themes (Word WST-8029-LP, Stereo, 1960), and I just found this today at the Goodwill store.  I found a little something special in the sleeve when I opened this one up, and I'll try to share that with you later on once I get a working scanner.  I just got a new computer earlier in the week, and I'm having all osrt of issues with moving from a 6 year old Windows XP machine to this newfangled Windows 7.  Did I really need all 64 of these bits?  Fourth up is a polka called Twinkle Toes by Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, and is oddly not the same song of the same name found on his Christmas LP.  This song is from the 4 LP box set The Best Of Jimmy Sturr (Bruno-Dean Enterprises R-BS-117, Stereo, 1979).  Fifthly, we have a nice rendition of Carol Of The Bells from the album Sacred Reflections (Drexel Park Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL, Mono, 1962), performed by the Drexel Park Presbyterian Church Senior Choir.  One of the things I wanted to do this year was revisit some of the shares from previous years, re-record them with some of my better equipment and better software (ClickRepair is awesome!), then re-share them with you.  I've got a lot of those items in the can, almost always from newer, cleaner copies of the vinyl, so I hope to give you one or two of them a day.  The first one here is a great version of White Christmas by Bing Crosby cohort Connee Boswell With Warren Vincent's Orchestra.  I first shared this back in 2007, though for some strange reason the original post is gone.  I pulled this from the LP Connee Boswell Sings The Irving Berlin Song Folio (Design (Pickwick) DCF-1023, Stereo, 1958).  And yes, it does appear to be in true stereo.  I don't think I knew who Connee Boswell was when I originally posted this many years ago, but I've since learned to use Google a little bit more.  I hope you enjoy these little blasts from the past.  Oh, and like yesterday, I've got a little non-Christmas bonus for you.  It's another track from that Jimmy Sturr set, a track called Ernie's Polka.  What can I say?  Here's the download link, I'll see you tomorrow with more tunes.

4 comments:

stubbysfears said...

Hey, Ernie,

That appears to be the same link as yesterday's--complete with The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Just sayin'.

Ernie said...

Hmmm, appears so. Should be better now. This just adds to the mistakes. Tonight I find the other copy of the record set with the Jim Backus is in Stereo... So I have to record it all again.

Thanks for the tip!

Buster said...

Hi Ern,

The good news is that with your new computer ClickRepair will run much faster!

Thanks for this . . .

Ernie said...

Everything on this new computer runs much faster. I'm having to record my 33s at 78 just to try and keep up! :) I'd been trying to get a new one since Christmas just so I could record better, and the impending thought of hundreds of Christmas in July recordings finally pushed me into it. A six-core processor is a thing of beauty!