Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Christmas In July 2011-Day 33

OK, I think this is finally the last day of my Christmas in July sharity.  I've given you everything in the folder where I kept the stuff.  Tonight's stuff is a lot of repeat items that I found in better quality later, or found in stereo, or didn't get a good rip, or any of a dozen other reasons.  There are a couple of unique items in here that I recorded too late to share out, so it's not all garbage.  But if you want to skip one night out of the month, this is the one.  It's also the largest download of the month at something over 250 megabytes, too, so it's a doozy.  Now if I can just get the listing up here for you...

1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. The Chipmunk Song, Coventry Carol, Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, Selections From The Nutcracker Suite and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, all performed by some orchestras led by James Walker, and all from that 4 LP set The Wonderful World Of Music For Children (Reader's Digest, Mono).  I recorded these before I realized that the 6 LP version I had was all the same tracks (and more), but in stereo.

6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town-Jingle Bells, a medley from the six LP version of Wonderful World Of Children (Reader's Digest 6xLP RDS38-M, Stereo) by James Walker.  I shared the mono version of this on the first day of the month, but this is the stereo one.

7. Dance Of The Toy Flutes by an unlisted artist from the kiddie LP Ballets For Children (Twinkle (Premier) TW-41, Mono).  I haven't shared this out previously, but do you really need another version, especially one with no artist credited?  I didn't think so.

8. The Nutcracker Suite by Bob Keeshan With Full Orchestra And The Sandpiper Chorus from A Child's Introduction To The Nutcracker Suite (Goldon Record LP 143, Mono).  I was pretty excited about this, and it really is nice.  Captain Kangaroo himself.  Problem is, it skips several times in the middle and at the end from a massive needle dig.  Someone no doubt tried to play it on an old Victrola with a steel needle or something and it really left a couple of huge gouges that I couldn't recover.  I faded it out at the end so you miss some of the music, but I couldn't do much with the skips in the middle.  I think you'll enjoy it except in those areas.

9. Snowfall by LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra from Candlelight And Wine (MGM E3288, Mono, 1956).  Not the same recording I shared earlier, but instead a rerun from back in the day.  I seem to have dug up a different date for it this time, not sure what the discrepancy is there.

10. Carol Of The Bells (Excerpt) by The Roger Wagner Chorale, Narration by Art Gilmore, pulled from The Stereo Disc (Capitol SWAL-9032, Stereo, 1958).  It's just a short snippet, but I thought it was neat.  You never know when you might need something like this for a mix tape.

11, 12 & 13. Danses Characteristiques by Leonard Bernstein With The New York Philharmonic, a stereo version of a track I shared out earlier in mono, this time from the 3 record set, Bernstein Conducts For Young People (Columbia Masterworks 3xLP D3S 785, Stereo, 1968).  I'm also throwing in Miniature Overture and Waltz Of The Flowers from this set as well.  I took the original shrink wrap off this set, and it still sounded pretty crackly.  Sometimes they sound good, sometimes they don't...

14. Hallelujah by Jim Tyler & Orchestra from Pin Point Percussion (Time S/2016, Stereo, 1960).  Command wasn't the only label putting out percussion-based versions of popular music in the sixties, but they seem to be the best remembered.  The Time label tried to give them a run for their money, fancy LP jackets and all, but they always played second fiddle.

15. Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah by The Roger Wagner Chorale from Virtuoso! (Capitol SP8431, Stereo, 1959).  A rerun that I didn't get a chance to share out earlier in the month.

16. March Of The Toys by George Melachrino And His Orchestra from The Music Of Victor Herbert (RCA Victor LSP-2129, Stereo, 1960).  Something I should have just deleted, but I didn't.  I recorded this same song twice, and I shared the better of the two recordings earlier in the month.  So if you want to delete this one, you aren't really losing anything.

17.  My Favorite Things by Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra And The Ray Charles Singers from By Request (RCA Victor LSP-2567, Stereo, 1962).  I gave you this one earlier in the month from a mono LP, but I found the stereo version later.  So here's a nice little upgrade.  This one was also in a fancy sleeve very much like the Stereo Action releases.

18. My Favorite Things by Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos, in a version identical to one I shared earlier, only this time pulled form the LP it originally appeared on, That Aldrich Feeling (London Phase 4 SP 44070, Stereo, 1965).  My earlier share was pulled from a sampler LP, so I wanted to grab it from the original record.

19. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer from a budget label collection of stuff...  Maybe it will sound familiar.

And that's it.  A little over 400 tracks for the month, and I think it's far enough over 400 that you can delete some of the repeated stuff and still have a library over 400 songs.  Pretty proud of that, it's my best year ever, quality and quantity.  Here's the download link, have at it.  Come back tomorrow for a little Chanukah goodness.  Be sure you leave me a note telling me what enjoy the feedback and knowing what you liked and didn't.  You can tell me what stuff you didn't think was appropriate for a Christmas song, too, if you want.  I think I stretched the definition pretty thin on more than one occasion.


Badgercat said...

HOLY crow! What a stocking stuffer to end with Ernie!!!

Buster said...

Great work Ernie - you make July (and early August) as wonderful as December!

Sir Of Derek said...

congratulations on a massive job extremely well done! i'm not a big fan of yuletide music myself, but Madam Of Derek will be extremely pleased when listening to these come next december ... (and when the gal is pleased, the guy is pleased too :-)

thanks a-plenty, kind sir!

Mark said...

Thank you so much. Outstanding month! Now go relax for a few months!

Ron said...

Great selection as usual. Thanks for your postings.


Steve said...

Ernie ... Thanks, many thanks, for a month of great music. You exemplify the spirit of Christmas. You will never know fully how much appreciation is out here for you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.