Saturday, December 31, 2016

Children Sounding

My final share of 2016 is this record which I alluded to back before the season started, but in stereo!  I shared out a copy of this in mono back in 2012, and I've always been deeply sad and depressed that I didn't have a stereo copy.  Well, I've had a stereo sleeve for years, but not the actual vinyl.  Now I have the vinyl, and I assure you, it's in better shape than the sleeve you see above.  I think it came out quite nice.  Well, the music is nice, that sleeve is looking rough and my photoshop work didn't do it many favors (Her hair is supposed to be red, not brunette...).  Anyhow, Happy New Year to you, and please enjoy Hugo & Luigi With Their Children's Chorus-The Sound Of Children At Christmas (RCA Victor LSP-2254, Stereo, 1960).

1. Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas; The First Noël
2. Silver Bells
3. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Medley: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Good King Wenceslas; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
6. The Sleigh
7. The Little Drummer Boy
8. Medley: Deck The Halls; Adeste Fideles
9. Winter Wonderland
10. White Christmas
11. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
12. Medley: Silent Night; Jingle Bells

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More Boxed Music

Just in case you needed still more music box Christmas songs, here is the second album of music recorded from the collection of Rita Ford.  I don't think I had ever seen this one before yesterday, or at least I hadn't seen this cover, the original.  I think it may have seen reissues over the years with different covers, but this is the one that came out way back in 1962.  For some reason, they decided that the main Columbia label was too good for a collection of music box melodies, so this time around they put the music out on their 'budget' arm, Epic. Not the worst thing that could happen, I suppose, at least the music got out there.  This is Music Box Wonderland-Christmas With Rita Ford's Music Boxes (Epic BN 26022, Stereo, 1962). Don't forget the two other albums of music box melodies shared earlier in the year, here and here.

1. Silent Night, Holy Night
2. Adeste Fideles
3. O Tannenbaum
4. Each Year The Christ Child Is Reborn
5. Non Danket Alle Gott
6. Nazareth
7. Old Hundred
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. Christmas Lights
10. Ihr Kinderlein Kommet
11. The Holy City
12. O Sanctissima
13. Monastery Bells
14. Ora Pro Nobis
15. Star Of Bethlehem

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Simply The Best

OK, this 45 just came in the mail today, and it's immediately moved to the top of the list for the year.  Even though Christmas is long gone and New Year's is almost here, you'll be playing this one for a while to come.  Or stick it in a safe place and save it for next year, but you'll regret not listening to it sooner.  I had no idea this record existed until a couple weeks ago when I happened to see it pop up as an also-available item at the bottom of an eBay search.  At first I thought it was a single from his Christmas album, but a second glance told me that it wasn't.  This was in fact a one-off single release, the sort of thing that gets my blood pumping.  And when I put it on the turntable this evening, I knew I had something great.  I've never seen this single before, never seen it shared, never heard it on anybody's compilation, but it's really good.  Download it and you'll see!  This is Earl Grant-Swingin' Christmas b/w Christmas Card (Decca 7" 45 RPM 9-31022, Mono, 1959).

1. Swingin' Christmas
2. Christmas Card

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

More From Red Vinyl

I know the color of the vinyl doesn't make the music any better, but it sure does look cooler when it's spinning round and round on the turntable.  Someone should invent an illuminated turntable that throws light up through the vinyl from below.  You could probably do that easily with LEDs these days, they don't throw off a lot of heat.  Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has already done that, perhaps I shouldn't have said anything.  Don't steal my idea!  Anyhow, got another great organ LP for you tonight, this time including vibraphone and guitar!  I think this one is pretty good, some of you will get a big kick out of it.  It features a couple of tracks that don't show up on your organ LPs very often, Christmas In Killarney & Merry Christmas Polka (though the label doesn't say the polka part, that's the song...).  Looking at the list of about a thousand other LPs by Paul Carson on the back of the jacket, there's another Christmas LP out there, though with some overlap of this one.  Something else to track down.  For your almost-New Year's listening pleasure, this is Paul Carson-Music For Christmas (Alma Records C-1854, Red Vinyl, Mono).

1. Silent Night! Holy Night!
2. Green Sleeves
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. We Three Kings
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
6. Jesu Bambino
7. Winter Wonderland
8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
9. White Christmas
10. Jingle Bells
11. Christmas In Killarney
12. Let It Snow
13. Merry Christmas

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Look closely at those notes on the label.  It's hard to see, but they have the letters of his name on them.  I thought it was a neat little touch.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Another Muzak

Since I brought you some music from Seeburg last night, I only felt it was fair to give equal time to Muzak tonight.  Twice before I've brought you music from the infamous Muzak corporation, first in 2005, then again in 2008, and as far as I know, this is the only other Muzak Christmas album out there in the free world.  (Somebody, please pull another album out of your hat and prove me wrong!)  I've only recently acquired this one, but I've seen it shared out here and there before, now I'm giving you a copy of my personal record.  Just the thing for those dingy industrial work spaces or brightly lit shopping centers, this is Muzak-Joy And Peace To You (Muzak MU 1977, Stereo).  Not sure of the date on this one.  I'd guess 1977, but that would be too easy.  Hmmm, Discogs says 1977.

1. I'll Be Home For Christmas
2. Home For The Holidays
3. Christmas Song
4. White Christmas
5. Silver Bells
6. Here Comes Santa Claus
7. Winter Wonderland
8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. We Three Kings Of Orient
10. O, Holy Night
11. The First Noel
12. O, Come All Ye Faithful
13. Joy To The World!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Another Seeburg

A little bit of something off the beaten path tonight, a set of 45s that I've been looking at all season but didn't touch until tonight.  Still not sure exactly what these records were for, or even where I got them, much less how I ended up with two copies of one of them...  Anyhow, you may be familiar with the Seeburg corporation, for many years a competitor of both Wurlitzer in the jukebox industry and Muzak in the background music industry.  I've shared out their music before, both from a sampler LP given to customers in the sixties and from 10" 16-2/3 RPM records designed to be played on their BGM machines, but never from 45s!  So these are a little unique.  The arrangements sound very familiar on some of these tracks, but I don't think they're the same performances, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of you comes back and says this is the same music as something else from somewhere else.  So if you come up with any connections, please let me know.  And if you hear anything off with the sound, at least one of these sides I noticed was pressed off-center, so I had to manually adjust the location of the record on the platter to get it to spin properly.  My ears may not have picked up on that if it's audible on the others.  My copies are numbered 55, 65 & 85, so I get the feeling there are more of these out there.  If you've got anything to contribute, please let me know, I'd love to hear the whole set.  This is Seeburg Christmas Music Album (Seeburg 3x 7" 45 RPM 55/55X, 65/65X, 85/85X, Mono, 1957).  I'm basing that date of 1957 off of the matrix numbers, HO8H-00XX, where the first H means RCA Victor mastered these in 1957.  And before you ask, I don't know what the DS and AS designations mean.  Any ideas?

1. The First Noel
2. Sleigh Ride
3. We Three Kings
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
5. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
7. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. Twelve Days Of Christmas
9. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Medley-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Good King Wenceslaus
12. O Holy Night

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Ernie's New Wantlist

I've been promising to update the wantlist for a while now, and I guess since the worst of the sharity season is up, I'll go ahead and work on that.  As before, this list is a work in progress.  I'm always adding names to it, always finding things on here, changing my mind, etc.  And as before, I'm usually looking for a hard copy of things, since I've probably already got it on MP3, but you never know.  Just drop me a line or leave a comment about anything you may or may not see here, I'm happy to answer any and all inquiries, though it may take me a bit.

Jimmy McGriff-Christmastime (MLP-1888, his other, almost unknown Christmas LP on the Jell label.)

Jo Stafford-The Joyful Season (ST 2166, the stereo version. I have a mono copy of the vinyl.)
June Christy-This Time Of Year (Believe it or not, I don't have this on vinyl...)
The Randy Van Horne Singers-Sleighride (SDBR-1112, again, I need a stereo vinyl.)
Del Reeves-Santa's Boy, United Artists  UAS 6528 (I have a beat copy, would like something cleaner)
The Quinto Sisters-Any of their non-LP singles, please
Grandma Moses-Christmas With Grandma Moses (The stereo version, please!)
Burl Ives-Christmas At The White House (The version with the narration, please!)
The Beers Family-Christmas With The Beers Family, Columbia Masterworks MS 6935 (Stereo!  A kind reader sent me a mono copy, still hunting down a stereo copy, though I wasn't all that impressed to be honest...)
Reginald Foort-Christmas In Your Heart (United Artists UAS-5057, the stereo version!)
The Leroy Holmes Singers-Snowflakes And Sweethearts (I have an empty sleeve...)
The United States Air Force Presents...  (Any of the series in Stereo, or the Skitch Henderson/Marilyn Maye in whatever form it turns up, please!)
Marcy Tigner-Christmas Is On It's Way With Little Marcy (Word, 1969).  Yes, she had two Christmas albums, I need the other one.
Marais And Miranda-Christmas With (Decca DL 9030, 1955)
Sammy Davis Jr-A Kiss For Christmas (His Christmas Seals 45)
Krastel Pie-Christmas Dreams b/w Get Out Of Town (Super K 7" 45 RPM SK 98) 
A Midnight Christmas Mess Volume 3 (I scored the other two already!)
Spike Jones-Socko The Smallest Snowball/A Barnyard Christmas (RCA Victor Single)
Akira Ishikawa-Drum Christmas Drum (Longshot, but maybe...)
Any other Japanese Christmas LPs you might have laying around.  Anything Asian in fact.  Just curious to see if something cool turns up.
Bob McGrath-Several Japanese Christmas Singles (From his pre-Sesame Street days.)
Paul Anka-Christmas In Japan
Any of the Mexican entries in the Goodyear Tire Christmas comps.  I have two of them, want to run the series!

That's a start.  Please, drop me a line before you spend any money on any of these.  I'm cheap and I may have found a copy already.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Detective Ernie

First, Happy Boxing Day to you!  Second, I meant to get this out during the season, but I forgot about it, and probably wouldn't have had time to do it anyway, so here it is today, the second day of Christmas.  Perhaps I'll be inspired to go all the way to day 12, perhaps not.  I guess we'll have to wait and see.  Anyhow, I have a little bit of a treat and something extra for you today.  The album you see above is the original issue of Larry Welk's second Christmas album from 1957.  Put away any prejudice you may have against Lawrence Welk and his champagne music you may have from watching his TV show with your grandparents back in the 70's, this ain't that.  This is the sound of Christmas in the fifties!  Fun stuff!  When this album first came out, it had the tracklisting you see below and detailed out on the back cover.  But at some point it changed, and they never changed the back cover!  The only way to tell the difference other than listening to the vinyl was to look at the label.  And while I still don't know why they made the change, I think I know when!  This album was re-released in fake stereo not too long after it's initial release. and I think that's when they made the change.  The original cover featured the catalog number in the upper left corner, but the reissued cover features it in the lower left.  It was moved to allow the Stereo banner to go across the top on the stereo copies without having the mono catalog number displayed.  I've put a detail of the second mono cover down at the bottom, and you can make out where they had to airbrush out the original number since I guess they couldn't find the original photo.  So that's the when, but why?  I have no idea.  Pretty much every copy I've ever seen in the second version, even a budget retitled reissue on Pickwick.  Seems like history just forgot about it, but not me!  For your listening pleasure tonight, I present the original record, with the original, instrumental track 4 medley, and as a bonus, I'm throwing in the later track 4 vocal medley, sourced from a nice mono copy without all the echo that got added later.  Aren't you excited?  I wish I could remember where I first heard about this replaced track, but it's escaped me.  Credit where credit is due, I believe.  So if you're still with me after all that, this is Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music-Jingle Bells (Coral CRL 57186, Mono, 1957), with bonus track!  Dig it!

1. Jingle Bells
2. Let's Have An Old-Fashioned Christmas
3. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
4. Christmas Carols: Deck The Halls; Good King Wenceslas; The First Noel; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Come All Ye Faithful; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; It Came Upon The Midnight Clear; Joy To The World; Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem; Silent Night
5. Santa Claus Is Here Again
6. Sleigh Ride
7. The Christmas Waltz
8. Santa From Santa Fe
9. Silver Bells
10. Ring Those Christmas Bells
11. Merry Christmas From Our House To Your House

And the replacement medley:

4. Christmas Carols (Come All Ye Faithful-Deck The Halls-Good King Wenceslas-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-The First Noel-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing-It Came Upon A Midnight Clear-Joy To The World-Little Town Of Bethlehem-Silent Night)

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Spirit

I didn't think I'd be able to get this one up this season, but here it is.  I recorded this last year and was quite surprised by it.  The cover looks like nothing special, bit of kiddie music, maybe religious, but it turns out to be really good, all original stuff!  I researched it a bit and found not a whole lot, but I did see where it was licensed at one point for a Christmas special, but that never appears to have been made.  I can certainly picture this playing over animated snowmen or reindeer.  I know it's a bit late for you to use this year, but if you're looking for original Christmas music that you haven't heard before, you could do a lot worse than this.  Please download and enjoy The Chuck Bird Orchestra And Singers-The Spirit Of Christmas (Santa Records SC3131, Stereo, 1976).  You really don't expect to get Christmas music like this out of Miami, but here it is.

1. A Holly Holly Holly Holly Day
2. Snow Flakes
3. Under The Mistletoe
4. A Christmas Lullaby
5. A Toy Train
6. How Much Longer
7. The North Pole Polka
8. A Perfect Christmas Tree
9. Merrily On His Way
10. The Echo Of Christmas
11. The Elf Parade
12. Merry Christmas

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Not The Chipmunks

I had hoped to be able to reshare a whole lot of Bob Kames with you this year, even remaster a few of my old shares.  I got some of the records recorded, but never had time to finish them up.  So before the night is over, I'll get at least this one non-album single up since it's one of his best.  A kiddie vocal on one side, and the flip is a Chipmunks ripoff that I'm sure you'll enjoy.  I shared this out back in 2012, but this Christmas Eve I'm bringing it back.  This is Bob Kames-Don't Wait 'Til The Night Before Christmas b/w Dance With Me The Christmas Tree 'Round (King 7" 45 RPM 45-5725 "Kiddie Christmas Vocal", Mono, 1963).

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Sunset

Since I hear Chanukah begins this evening at sunset, here's my one and only Chanukah share for the year, and I'm afraid it's not very good.  Staid solo piano backing and some very monotone singing from one Abraham Davis.  I pulled this from a rough-looking 78, it's 5 short tracks, all the big Chanukah hits.  It is on the somewhat famed Tikva label, but I think it's too early to have been a part of their weird and wacky years.  But maybe this will touch a special place in your hearts as you light the Menorah.  Please enjoy Abraham Davis-Chanukah-Feast Of Lights (Tikva 10" 78 RPM T-3001, Mono).  If you're looking for good Chanukah music, there's a great song on one of my Christmas In July collections!

1. The Chanukah Blessing
2. Rock Of Ages (Ma-Oz Tzur)
3. Oh Chanukah
4. Mi Yemallel
5. Spin Sevivon

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General Motors


One more reshare for the day, and a short one.  Two sides of a small flexi disc, probably released sometime in the 60's, featuring the sounds of another corporate chorus.  This time everybody singing worked for General Motors and it looked like it was given out to employees there.  This one dates to 2007 here at the blog, but I remember seeing it at other blogs before that, so it's not exactly unique.  But it sure does look neat.  Hope you're having a good Christmas Eve, this is Songs Of Christmas By The General Motors Chorus (Eva-Tone 7" 33 RPM Clear Flexi Disc).

1. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
2. O Christmas Tree
3. Away In A Manger
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. Deck The Hall
6. Angels We Have Heard On High
7. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
8. The First Noel
9. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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John Is Back

Here's another remaster for you, sneaking in just under the wire.  I first shared out a mono copy of this record in 2006, then found a stereo copy in 2007 with a different cover and different track sequence.  Tonight I'm bringing it back in it's original order with it's original cover and in glorious stereo!  I've always thought this was one of the great Christmas covers, so I'm always excited when I see it.  You may even think it looks familiar since I ripped it off for one of my Best-Of Christmas covers a few years ago.  This particular copy happens to be a Canadian pressing and it included multiple copies of the singalong insert with the lyrics to all the songs! (I scanned one of them, it's in the download.)  As near as I can tell, all issues of this record were for the RCA Record club, so that goes a ways towards explaining it's relative scarcity today.  If all this talk makes you want to listen, please download and enjoy The John McCarthy Chorale-Merry Christmas Sing Along (RCA Victor (Canada) LSP-2476, Stereo, 1961).  Arrangements are by Hill Bowen, if that tells you anything.  I wonder if this ever came out as a regular issue in England where the recording originated?

1. Joy To The World
2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
3. Silent Night
4. Good King Wenceslas
5. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
6. I Saw Three Ships
7. Pat-A-Pan
8. Ding Dong (Merrily On High)
9. Hark! The Herald Angels
10. The First Noel
11. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
12. Twelve Days Of Christmas
13. Angels From The Realms
14. Wassail Song
15. Jingle Bells

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Snap Is Back

Couldn't forget about this one!  Gotta love when big companies have choral groups and they make a record.  This is probably the best example of that practice I've ever found, but my buddy Lee over at Music You Won't found one from Macy's this year and it's a great one, check it out.  In the meantime, this is a remaster from 2012 of a record I first shared in my inaugural year of 2005.  Get it now before it's gone again.  This is The Snap-On Male Chorus with Carols Of Christmas (RCA Custom Record Dept. SOLP 6363, Mono).

1. Awake, Awake
2. Away In A Manger
3. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
4. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
5. Spirit Of Christmas (A Medley)
6. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
7. Cantique De Noel
8. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
9. Deck The Halls
10. Carol Of The Drum
11. Silent Night
12. Jingle Bells

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Friday, December 23, 2016

So Tell Me...

We're getting close to the end of the season, so I wanted to find out a little about my audience.  If all six of you who've visited this year would leave me a comment here, I'd be grateful.  Please let me know if you have a favorite from the stuff you've downloaded this year, and maybe whereabouts you are located.  Just curious.  And I'm not done yet, there's a little more to come, but I still need to squeeze in some Christmas shopping before the big day...

Stone Cold Christmas

Here's a new one for you, in a completely new genre for the mix, too.  I don't recall ever having shared out any bluegrass, but that's changing here and now.  I had hoped to share out some country records with you this year, but I seem to be getting close to the end and that hasn't happened.  So this one is going to be about as close as we get.  Don't let the bluegrass tag scare you off, this is good stuff.  Some good classic tracks, some exclusive stuff, all of it worth hearing.  I first heard about this record years ago when my compatriot The Captain shared it out at his long-lamented blog.  So I'm excited to have my own copy and to be able to bring it back for you.  This is The Stonemans-A Stoneman Christmas (MGM SE-4613, Stereo, 1968).

1. A Stoneman Christmas
2. Little Jesus Loves Me
3. Christmas Time's A-Comin'
4. (I Won't Be) Present This Year
5. Blue Christmas
6. Let's Put Christmas Back Into Christmas
7. A Welcome Stranger
8. Santa Played The Autoharp
9. Jingle Bells
10. Tell It Again
11. Christmas Without Dad

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Santa Returns To Mars

Time for another remaster, and it's another doozy!  One of the most popular shares ever, something I've been sharing with you since way back in the beginning in 2005, something I've never seen a second copy of, this is the story of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians!  Surely you've seen the movie and heard the song, now you can relive it all through this narrated comic book version, although unfortunately I don't have the comic book to share with you.  Maybe someday.  Here is Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (Golden Records SLP 170, Mono, 1966).

1. Hooray For Santa Claus-Milton Delugg
2. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians-Part 1-Dan Ocko, Narrator, With The Voices Of Ralph Bell, Ann Delugg And Betty And Billy
3. Hooray For Santa Claus-Music Box Version-Milton Delugg
4. Hooray For Santa Claus-Music Box Version (Reprise)-Milton Delugg
5. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians-Part2-Dan Ocko, Narrator, With The Voices Of Ralph Bell, Ann Delugg And Betty And Billy
6. Hooray For Santa Claus-Reprise-Milton Delugg

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Happy Christmas

You want happy Christmas music?  This is about as happy as it gets!  I first shared out a mono copy in 2010, then rolled out a stereo version in 2011.  If you haven't heard it before, you're gonna love it.  This will get your toes a tapping and fingers a snapping. Please enjoy Happy Holiday With The "Best Of The Mummers" (Sure SS-Vol. 13, Stereo, 1963).

1. Quaker City String Band-Happy Holiday And White Christmas
2. Quaker City String Band-Jingle Bells
3. Greater Kensington String Band-Silver Bells
4. Greater Kensington String Band-Winter Wonderland
5. Polish-American String Band-Christmas Bells
6. Polish-American String Band-Mistletoe Polka
7. Greater Kensington String Band-I'll Be Home For Christmas
8. Greater Kensington String Band-Silent Night
9. Polish-American String Band-Christmas Time
10. Polish-American String Band-Jingle Bells Polka
11. Quaker City String Band-Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Polish-American String Band-Happy New Year To You
13. Aqua String Band-Golden Slippers and Four Leaf Clover
14. Aqua String Band-Auld Lang Syne

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Baa Baa Shop

I've reshared everything under the sun this year, but as far as I can remember, this is the first barbershop album.  There are a few barbershop tracks hidden among the other tracks on my Christmas In July Best-of collections, so you might want to dig those out.  But if you're looking for full-on full length barbershop harmonies, here it is.  First shared out in 2010, this is Yuletide Favorites-Barbershop Style (Official SPEBSQSA Recording, Stereo).

1. Southern Gateway Chorus-While By My Sheep
2. Southern Gateway Chorus-Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
3. Roaring 20's-Angels, From The Realms Of Glory
4. Southern Gateway Chorus-O Come, All Ye Faithful
5. Southern Gateway Chorus-O Holy Night
6. Roaring 20's-It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
7. Roaring 20's-Let's Have An Old Fashioned Christmas
8. Southern Gateway Chorus-O Christmas Tree
9. Roaring 20's-Children's Medley
10. Southern Gateway Chorus-We Wish You A Merry Christmas
11. Roaring 20's-Silver Bells
12. Southern Gateway Chorus-Jingle Bells
13. Arlingtones-I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
14. Arlingtones-Away In A Manger
15. Soundtracks-God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
16. Arlingtones-Coventry Carol
17. Soundtracks-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
18. Arlingtones-As With Gladness Men Of Old
19. Arlingtones-O Little Town Of Bethlehem
20. Soundtracks-It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
21. Arlingtones-Angels We Have Heard On High
22. Arlingtones-Silent Night
23. Soundtracks-Winter Wonderland
24. Soundtracks-I'll Be Home For Christmas

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Luboff Reborn

A very special treat for you tonight, it's the return of  great share, with a couple of added bits!  Way back in 2007, I first shared this soundtrack by Norman Luboff with you, and it's been a frequent reshare of mine all the years since.  Earlier this year, I found an odd large envelope wrapped around this same record!  Inside the envelope was a copy of the record as well as a 7" flexidisc in a sleeve that featured the main theme from the soundtrack, something I'd never seen before!  So tonight I'm sharing out not only a remastered copy of the record, now cut into actual tracks, but the record uncut as it is on the vinyl, and a copy of the flexidisc as well (though I warn you, there's a horrible edit near the beginning.  Horrible, trust me!).  So pick your poison and have a go at The Night Before Christmas With The Norman Luboff Choir (Elba Productions No Number, Stereo, 1968).  I'll also note that the orchestration is by Wally Stott according to a note on the LP.
1. Overture
2. Intro To Savory Serenade
3. Savory Serenade
4. Intro To Wintertime
5. Wintertime
6. Intro To Lullaby Time
7. Lullaby Time
8. The Sleigh Simply Flew Home
9. Intro To The Night Before Christmas
10. The Night Before Christmas
11. Intro To The Morning Of Christmas
12. The Morning Of Christmas
13. Closing

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More Music In Boxes

May as well throw this one up while I'm at it.  More music boxes for Christmas, this time from me trying to get all the Christmas albums from the early years of Warner Bros.  Still trying to complete that collection. Also first posted in 2008, this is The Sounds Of Christmas-The Wonderful World Of The Music Box, Bells And Chimes (Warner Bros. WS 1238, Stereo, 1958).  Great cover though, don'tcha think?

1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
2. The First Noel
3. Jolly Old St. Nicolas
4. Away In A Manger
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. O Christmas Tree
7. O Come All Ye Faithful
8. Silent Night
9. Joy To The World
10. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
11. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
13. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
14. Jingle Bells
15. Winter Wonderland
16. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
17. White Christmas

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Boxes Of Music

I don't think I've shared out any Christmas music boxes with you this year, so here it is!  From 2008, this was part of my attempt to get all the music from the Westminster label that said Christmas in it.  I failed miserably, but I keep hoping.  In the meantime, this is Music Boxes For Christmas (Westminster WST 15016, Music Boxes From The Bornand Collection, Pelham, New York, Stereo).

1. Regina (American) With Zither Attachment, 15-1/2" Disc Music Box-Adeste Fideles; Silent Night; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2. Symphonion (German, 1882) With Bells, 14" Disc Music Box-O Sanctissima; Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (O Dear Little Children)
3. Swiss Cylinder Box, Mandolin Expressive Type, 1870-Hallelujah Chorus; He Shall Feed His Flock (From Handel's "Messiah")
4. Stella (Swiss, 1890) 25" Disc Music Box-Silent Night
5. Thorens (Modern Swiss) 4" Disc Music Boxes-O Tannenbaum; Jingle Bells; O Little Town of Bethlehem; O Sanctissima
6. Regina (Swiss) With Zither Attachment, 15-1/2" Disc Music Box-The First Noel; O Sanctissima; Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town; Jingle Bells; O Tannenbaum
7. Regina (American) 30-3/4" Disc Music Box-Silent Night; The Rosary; Monastery Bells
8. Kalliope (German, 1880) 13" Disc Music Box-Leise; Leise (From Weber's "Der Freischutz")
9. Mire (Swiss), 1886) 18-1/2" Disc Music Box-Ave Maria (Gounod); O Tannenbaum; Auld Lang Syne (Skips, Sorry)
10. Upright Regina (American) 15-1/2" Disc Music Box-Holy City; Cloister Bells Reverie; Monastery Bells
11. Interchangable Cylinder Orchestral Swiss Music Box, 17" Music Roll, Set Of Bells, Drum, Castanet And A 24-Note Organ Attachment-Stabat Mater (Rossini); See The Conquering Hero Come; Christmas Song; Ave Maria (Schubert) Luther Hymn; Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)

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A Man Named Veo

I was reminded of this oldie by some discussion over at The 'Fa, and figured I'd throw it up here again.  I shared this out in 2008, but ripped it in 2007, so don't expect much.  But there's some interesting stuff on here.  Give a listen to Veo Gray And The Jodie Lyons Singers-A Christmas Happening (Agaco Records SLP-2156, Stereo).

1. Christmas Medley-O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard On High
2. Deck The Hall
3. Jingle Bells
4. O Come, All Ye Faithful
5. O Come, O Come Immanuel
6. Rest Your Head
7. Silent Night
8. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
9. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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Down To The Pub For Christmas

Most of you will be spending Christmas with family, but not everyone has that luxury or desire.  Some people will be spending it alone, and some in the company of strangers.  And some people will seek out the company of others at the local watering hole, if it happens to be open.  Hopefully, they'll have as raucous a time as these folks at the Red Lion.  I first shared this odd record in 2010, and it's coming back today!  This is Ken Stanley And The Pubsters-Christmas At The Red Lion And A Happy New Year Too... (Arc AC-15, Stereo).

1. Beer, Beer, Glorious Beer
2. Here's To Good Old Whisky
3. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
4. Musical Limericks
5. The Night Before Christmas
6. Good Night Ladies
7. Wee Deoch And Doris
8. Auld Sandy's Wee Special
9. The Northern Lights Of Aberdeen
10. The Miner's Dream Of Home
11. Auld Lang Syne

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On Island Time

Cold enough for you?  Not here.  And probably not in Hawaii, either, though I heard they had snow recently at the top of the mountains.  I can't even imagine snow in a tropical paradise.  But you probably are giving a lot of thought to the tropical paradise part right now.  How about this Hawaiian share from 2012 to warm you up a little?  Not a bad way to celebrate Thursday before Christmas.  This is The Kamehameha Schools With The Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra-Kamehameha Sings At Christmas (IMUA Records SYB-2256, -2257, Stereo, 1968)

1. Choral Fanfare For Christmas
2. Christmas Festival
3. Angelus Ad Pastores Ait
4. Here We Come A-Wassailing
5. Do You Hear What I Hear
6. Sleigh Ride
7. Carols In Hawaiian: Pomaika'i Wale Ko Ke Ao (Joy To The World); Ho'onani Kakou Iaia (O, Come All ye Faithful); Po La'l E (Silent Night)
8. Mele Kalikimaka
9. Glory To God (The Christmas Story)
10. Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow
11. Winter Wonderland
12. We Need A Little Christmas (Mame)
13. White Christmas
14. Selections From The Messiah: And The Glory Of The Lord; Hallelujah!

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A Present To Me For You

You might recall a post I put up a few weeks ago mentioning that a record I wanted was for sale on eBay.  Well, turns out that one of my fans bought it and had it shipped to me!  I've been trying to get it ripped for a week now, and I'm not sure I'll have time to finish it, so I'm going to post it up here in a single version, with uncut tracks, so you'll have to play it as if it were the original radio show.  You might be familiar with the other two shows I posted earlier in the season, I believe that this one came out before those two, but I'm not 100% sure on the date.  Thank you so much to my benefactor, and please be sure to leave them a thank you as well.  This is The United States Air Force Presents Christmas Programs Featuring The Air Force Band With Jack Jones And Edward G. Robinson (The United States Air Force Public Service Program GXTV 220278/220279, Mono, 1965).  I'll try to get this cut into tracks for next season, promise! (Next one in the series I need features Marilyn Maye and Skitch Henderson.  Keep your eyes peeled for a copy, please!)

1. Promotional Spot
2. Sing A Song For Christmas Featuring Airman Jack Jones
3. Promotional Spot
4. Christmas In Washington Hosted By Edward G. Robinson

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