Sunday, December 04, 2016

Blending Bells

One of the rarest Christmas LPs related to bandleader Lawrence Welk, this little goody turned up at a Goodwill store sometime last year, and I almost flipped by it.  I'd never seen a copy in the wild, and only the occasional mention of it in Welk discographies I'd scanned.  But I grabbed it, brought it home, and ripped it pretty quick.  It sounds really, really good, whoever owned it probably never played it.  It's got a lot of the hallmarks of Welk's other productions, features many of the same songs as his Christmas LPs (and The Lennon Sisters, too), and some of the same producers.  If it's working for you I guess you don't have any incentive to change it.  All of which is just a way of saying it sounds familiar, yet different.  There're some songs on here I'd never heard, and that's probably going to be true for you as well.  Please help yourself to a copy of The Blenders-Ring The Christmas Bells (Dot DLP 25671, Stereo, 1965).  Not sure if these guys ever recorded again. the back of the LP mentions they're headed into the Air Force, and that probably meant Vietnam.

1. Ring The Christmas Bells
2. Blue Christmas
3. Little Lady Make Believe
4. Dancing Snowmen
5. Merry Christmas From Our House To Your House
6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
7. Thanks For Christmas
8. White Christmas
9. Hawaiian Christmas
10. Christmas Village
11. Marching Home For Christmas
12. Silent Night



Buster said...

You have a small electric appliance thing going on today with Fred Waring and the Blenders. I imagine these items will end up on some people's "mix" tapes - ho ho ho.

Ernie said...

Oh, I didn't even notice that! I should have played it up!

gimpiero said...

Finally a good transfer! Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I've been hoping for a better copy of this than the one I have. W00t!

moxnix said...

Thanks for The Blenders!

AllAboutTheMusic said...

Do you still have this file somewhere?

Ernie said...

Yes, yes I do...!wIsFCaaY!yETvRLuRbkxbCWnhoaajGnWASg--oGBFYn5lfUySDwE

AllAboutTheMusic said...

Thank you kindly!