Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Big One

This may be more than you can handle...  This is the Christmas album from (the other) Ray Charles from way back in 1956, though it's not his first winter-themed album.  I've told the story before, starting when I first shared this out way back in 2005.  This one you see here is the remastered version from 2012, and I think it sounds better, though not perfect.  I assume the master tapes exist somewhere, but until Real Gone music get's their hands on them, this is going to have to do.  This is The Ray Charles Singers-Here We Come A-Caroling (MGM E3467, Mono, 1956).

1. Here We Come A Caroling
2. Silent Night
3. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
4. The First Noel
5. O, Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
6. Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child
7. Angels We Have Heard On High
8. What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
9. I Saw Three Ships
10. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
11. Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle
12. Away In A Manger
13. Good King Wenceslas
14. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
15. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
16. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
17. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
18. Rise Up, Shepherd, An' Foller
19. Joy To The World
20. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
21. Here We Come A Caroling

Now, since you've been so good for Christmas, here's the seasonal Winter album from (the other) Ray Charles.  Again, I first shared this way, way back in 2005 and remastered it in 2012, so I think there's plenty to enjoy here. Have a go at The Ray Charles Singers-Winter Wonderland (MGM E3387, Mono, 1956).

1. Winter Wonderland
2. Button Up Your Overcoat
3. June In January
4. When Winter Comes
5. Snowfall
6. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
7. Winter & Theme For Indoor Sports
8. Moonlight In Vermont
9. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
10. When Winter Comes A-Callin'
11. Jingle Bells
12. By The Fireside


Still good?  How about the seasonal Spring LP from (the other) Mr. Charles?  This is The Ray Charles Singers-Spring Is Here (MGM E3162, Mono, 1956).

Not enough for you?  Need a little something to warm you up from the cold winter winds?  How about The Ray Charles Singers-Summertime (MGM E3529, Mono, 1957)

Almost full circle now, can you feel the chill in the air yet?  I can't.  I live in Florida, and it's still over 80 degrees at the end of December.  The leaves don't even turn colors, so I have to live vicariously through Christmas music.  But for those of you who get an honest to goodness Fall, this is The Ray Charles Singers-Autumn Nocturne (MGM E3145, Mono, 1954).



Kwork said...

I'm so so glad you brought these back. Some of my favorite old choral vinyl, especially the Christmas one, though the seasonal ones are good too. There's just something magical about hearing him direct autumn and winter themed records as opposed to the others. Thank you!

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