Thursday, December 08, 2016

A Man With An Axe

A request that I had almost forgotten about, well, I forgot about the request, but not the share. This is my second favorite version of this story (the best being the Bing Crosby take on the story, but I can't share that one!), and it's a good one.  It's part of a whole series of books that Columbia put out on record many years ago, but you don't see them too much anymore. I think I first shared this back in 2010, which was a good year for the Christmas records.  Put this on the old media player and enjoy An Axe, An Apple And A Buckskin Jacket (Columbia Book & Record Library CC 24508, Stereo).

1. The Carillon Singers-How Lovely Is Christmas
2. Frank Luther-An Axe, An Apple, And A Buckskin Jacket-Part 1
3. Frank Luther With Darrell Sandeen, Tom Spiro, Eric Carlson And The Carillon Singers-An Axe, An Apple, And A Buckskin Jacket
4. Frank Luther-An Axe, An Apple, And A Buckskin Jacket-Part 2
5. Frank Luther-An Axe, An Apple, And A Buckskin Jacket-Part 3
6. Frank Luther With Darrell Sandeen, Tom Spiro, Eric Carlson And The Carillon Singers-Johnny Appleseed
7. Frank Luther-An Axe, An Apple, And A Buckskin Jacket-Part 4
8. Frank Luther With Darrell Sandeen, Tom Spiro, Eric Carlson And The Carillon Singers-Incident At Roger's Creek
9. Frank Luther-An Axe, An Apple, And A Buckskin Jacket-Part 5
10. Frank Luther With Darrell Sandeen, Tom Spiro, Eric Carlson And The Carillon Singers-How Lovely Is Christmas (Reprise)

Zippyshare

7 comments:

David Federman said...

In my opinion, Alec Wilder's "How Lovely Is Christmas" is an unjustly neglected classic of its genre. I have waited in vain for one of the thousands of artists making Christmas CDs to include it. Bing Crosby is the only major player in Christmas music to have recorded it, but that recording is excluded from all the collections of his Xmas recordings. I guess he and I are alone in our admiration for this song. Thanks for this 'original' version.

While I've got your eye, could you please re-upload Homer & Jethro's Ep, "Seasoned Greetings" at, if possible, a higher bit rate. The early versions are much better than those on their later Xmas album. You might also see if you can dig up all those wonderful Spike Jones RCA Christmas singles from the early 1950s. "Barnyard Christmas" is a hoot. Last request: Vincent Lopez's "Cute As Christmas." Thanks. You help make this time of year so much cheerier than the malls and radio stations.

Steve Turner said...

Thanks so much for sharing! A pleasure to listen to and follow along with the story. Attempting a bit of ASCII art. We'll see if it translates through the HTML.
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Ernie said...

Well, half a tree is better than no tree! :)

TupeloBrian said...

I was given a non-Christmas story, World's Worst Wisher, on this label as a Christmas gift in the early 70s.

Muff Diver said...

Ernie, do you know the release date for this record? So far I'm getting three different years for this record. I'm sure there's been reissues over the years, etc but I'm trying to find the date for this record.
Thanks for uploading some Bing Crosby, btw. Christmas wouldn't sound Christmas-y w/o some Bing!

Ernie said...

No, I don't know the date. If I know it, I put it in the comments above or in the track tags. I'm leaning towards 1969 based on a book published that year with the same cover & story, but that's just a guess. And I saw different issues with different labels, I don't know which ones are original and which ones are reissues.

Ernie said...

I picked up that World's Worst Wisher a while back, hoping it was a Christmas wish, but I guess not... :(