Saturday, November 24, 2012

Disco Reindeer

Nothing will get a record into the 'Save For Christmas' pile faster than a track with the word Disco in the title. That explains how this rather innocuous looking record on a religious label got to be the share of the moment.  Track two features a track called 'Rudolf, The Disco Reindeer', and that's all you need to know.  It may be disco-lite, but it's still disco.  Go put on your boogie shoes, then come back and download Joel Gentry And The Skylarks-Christmas Joy-Instrumentals (Skylite SLP 6195, Stereo, 1978).  Oh, and Jingle Bells has a little Smokey & The Bandit flavor to it.  I can't explain it, you'll just have to listen to it.

1. White Christmas
2. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Silver Bells
4. Away In A Manger
5. Jingle Bells
6. Rudolf, The Disco Reindeer
7. The Christmas Song
8. Little Drummer Boy
9. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
10. Silent Night



Aaron said...

I wonder if by chance this is the same Joel Gentry from the R.E.M. song "Voice of Harold"?

For those who aren't complete R.E.M. obsessives, let me explain: "Voice of Harold" is a track on the R.E.M. rarities compilation "Dead Letter Office". The track is the backing music for their song "Seven Chinese Brothers", but instead of the regular lyrics for the song, Michael Stipe sings the liner notes for a gospel record that was sitting there in the studio ("The Joy of Knowing Jesus," by The Revelaires). Joel Gentry is listed as the producer of that record.

Ernie said...

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

Buster said...

I would have preferred Michael Stipe doing Rudolf(ph) the Disco Reindeer, myself.

Family Man said...

This is a nice little record. Even the disco song isn't as bad as most of them from that era.

Tracks 9 and 10 are reversed. Track 9 is Oh Come All Ye Faithful and 10 is Silent Night.

Ernie said...

Hmm, they are reversed. They seem to be that way on the vinyl, though, I just didn't listen to them when I ripped them. Oh, well...

KL from NYC said...

Thank you.

It was surprise to hear danceable arrangements for Saxophone and Banjo -- I thought it would be guitars and synthesizers.