Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 11

Some really top-shelf stuff tonight, all recorded by me back in 2013, but not shared with you until now.

Track one is the great German version of The Little Drummer Boy entitled Der Trommelmann by Marlene Dietrich Mit Orchester from her LP Die Neue Marlene-Marlene Deitrich Singt Chansons (Electrola-Odeon (Germany) STE-73788, Stereo, 1964).  I've had this track forever on various comps, but never the original LP from which it was drawn.

Second is a version of Greensleeves, from The Arthur Lyman Group and their LP Cotton Fields (HiFi Life SL1010, Stereo, 1963).  This certainly would not sound out of place on Lyman's Christmas LP.

Third we have Judy Holliday & Gerry Mulligan performing an original composition called It Must Be Christmas released on Holliday With Mulligan (DRG Records SL 5191, Stereo, 1980).  This appears to have been originally recorded back in 1961, but not released for nearly 20 years.  Not sure as to the reason, but it's a good song that should be better know.

Fourth is White Christmas, another track from Eddie Fisher With Axel Stordahl And His Orchestra and their album The 21 Academy Award Winning Songs, 1934-1954 (RCA Victor LOC-1024, Mono, 1955).  Short and sweet.

Fifth and last is Jingle Bells Mambo, a great take on a classic song by Pete Rugolo And His Orchestra, taken from his album Adventures In Rhythm (Columbia CL 604, Mono, 1955).  I shared this out once before on a Christmas compilation Jen and I put together for our first Christmas together, so you've probably heard it before.  I couldn't resist sharing it again because it's so good.

There you have it.  Five great tracks that have been in the vault for a while, but now they're out there for you to enjoy.  Here's the download link, see you tomorrow.


Laurie said...

That Rugolo song is the best!

Der Bingle said...

Love Gerry Mulligan. Especially on rainy days.