Sunday, July 03, 2011

Christmas In July 2011-Day 3

Day three, and I'm trying to get something up a little bit early so I can go out and shoot some fireworks tonight.  Yes, I know it's only the 3rd, but I want to get in a little practice before the real show tomorrow night.  I could have gone last night, too, but it looked like rain, so I stayed in and recorded some more songs for Christmas in July.  So because I got all that recording time in, you get a ton of tracks tonight.  Let's begin, shall we?

At Christmastime (Woodland Wanderings) by Helena Bliss, Walter Kingsford, Ivy Scott, Orchestra And Chorus, Arthur Kay-Conductor from the original soundtrack recording of Song Of Norway (Decca DLP 8002, Mono, 1949).  Pretty good sound for a record over 60 years old.

Ave Maria by Don Baker from Curtain Time With Don Baker At The Conn Theatre Organ (Concert-Disc M1020, Mono, 1962).  This is today's remastered track, I first shared it back in 2009.

Chipmunk Song, Orchestra And Chorus Conducted By James Walker from Wonderful World Of Music For Children (Reader's Digest 6xLP RDS38-M, Stereo).  Yes, it's that Chipmunk song.  Long story on this one...see below.

Doll Dance by Bobby Christian And His Orchestra from Mr. Percussion (Mercury SR60015, Stereo, 1958).  I guess I'm stretching a little by calling this a Christmas track, but I wanted to squeeze in something from this classic percussion LP.

Our Winter Love by Floyd Cramer from Floyd Cramer Plays MacArthur Park (RCA Victor LSP-4070, Stereo, 1968).  Yes, it sounds like Sleep Walk.

Skaters Waltz by The Madam's Piano from the album of the same name (Audio Fidelity AFSD 6202, Stereo, 1968).  One of those steam-powered band organ recordings that Audio Fidelity seemed to have loved so much.  More of these to come...

The Toy Trumpet by Ray Anthony And His Brass Choir from Further Studies In High Fidelity (Capitol SAL-9027, Mono, 1955).  This composition by Raymond Scott doesn't really have anything to do with Christmas, but it is about a toy, and that screams holiday to me. Same with that Doll Dance track above.

And now, the story of the first screw-up of the season.  On day 1, I brought you a medley of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and Jingle Bells from a four record set by Reader's Digest.  The set was in mono, but many of those Reader's Digest boxes are mono, so I didn't think anything of it.  I had another box that was almost identical, but it had 6 records.  I finally got around to comparing them last night, and I discovered the second box was in stereo and repeated all the tracks from the first, plus a couple more.  So I had to go back and re-record all the stuff I'd already done, some of which I had already shared.  So you'll find the stereo version of the medley in this download, as well as a stereo version of the Jim Backus version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice.  I think you'll really enjoy these improved versions.  Also, I seem to have named the LP Wonderful World Of Music For Christmas in the tags, which is wrong.  Sorry...  Many more tracks from this collection coming up.

Your non-holiday bonus track tonight is another track from the Further Studies In High Fidelity above.  This one is a track from Billy May And His Afro-Cubans called La Bomba.  The liner notes say it's unique to this record, but I can't swear that it hasn't been collected up elsewhere at a later date.  I think you'll really enjoy it, I know I love me some Billy May.  Not Billy Mays so much, though.

I think that's everything I wanted to cram in here.  Here's the download link, now go play in the snow.

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