Saturday, July 29, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 29

Happy Saturday to you!  Hope you're having a good weekend.  The month may be winding down, but I've still got lots of songs to share with you.  I'm starting to think we may have to go into overtime, so don't forget to keep checking back.  As has become customary lately, I've got twenty more songs for you tonight, so here goes.

1. Winter Green And Summer Blue by Nancy Wilson from her made-in-Japan album Keep You Satisfied (Columbia FC 40330, Stereo, 1985).  You can't go wrong with some Nancy Wilson.

2. Summer Green & Winter White, a similarly named but not the same song from Hugo Winterhalter, the final track I'm sharing from his seasonal LP, A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  This is really a great album, it should be better known.

3. A Hazy Shade Of Winter by a different Hugo, this one is Hugo Montenegro, Moog Synthesizer Performed By Eddie Kalehoff from the LP People...One To One (RCA Victor LSP-4537, Stereo, 1971).  Another of those not really Christmas songs, but how could I resist when it features a Moog?

4. Variations On A French Carol by The Ringers On-The-Green from Ring And Sing-A Festival Of Music (Dharma Productions GFL 1077 (The Morristown Presbyterian Church On-The-Green, Morristown, New Jersey), Stereo).  Yes, more bells, but I'm running out of these tracks...

5. Song Of The Bells by Royal Farnsworth Symphony "Pops" Orchestra, Conducted By Warren Edward Vincent from the budget LP The Music of Leroy Anderson (Design (Pickwick) DCF-1012, Stereo, 1959).  I spent a lot of time this evening trying to record this from an early stereo pressing, but there was a lot of noise in one of the channels and I couldn't do anything to get rid of it.  Then I pulled out another pressing I thought was mono, but it turned out to be in stereo, so I ripped than one and got a passable sound file out of it.  That probably took an hour or more when I could have been doing something more productive with my life, like eating a real dinner.

6. Snowfall by Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra, a much-later stereo version of his classic theme song, taken from Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra (Decca DL 78878, Stereo, 1958).  A song that's always a treat to hear, especially from the composer.

7. Pack Up The Sleigh by Hap & Martha Palmer from Witches Brew-Pot Full Of Songs For Oral Language Development (Educational Activities AR 576, Stereo, 1976).  More music for the kiddies.

8. No Man Is An Island by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington from Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  I need my space...

9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Tom Cooper from Tom Cooper Sings The Great Songs From Movie Musicals (Insight Records IN 218, Stereo, 1981).  Does anyone ever read what I write about these songs, or do you just download the shares and squirrel them away for next Christmas?

10. Deck The Halls by St. Paul's Boys Choir from the album Songs For The Seasons (Fleetwood BMC5075, Stereo).  Homemade music for your listening pleasure.

11. Building A Snowman by Sing & Learn from Seasonal Songs (Macmillan Educational Company 09015, Stereo, 1989).  I should have done entire days of music from kiddie albums, but then I would have had to get them all recorded ahead of time, and do some planning.  Not likely.

12. Ave Maria by Ferrante & Teicher from the LP World's Greatest Semi-Classical Favorites (ABC-Paramount ABCS-553, Stereo, 1966).  This album appeared to have been half real stereo and half rechannelled stereo.  I'm not sure if all the tracks were old and pulled from other sources, or maybe some of it was new.  More research to be done here.

13. Waltz Medley: Bicycle Built For Two; You Tell Me Your Dream; Skater's Waltz; And The Band Played On by Johnny Duffy At The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ from Carousel Music In Hi-Fi (Liberty LRP 3053, Mono, 1957).  Is this the same Johnny Duffy that performed with Yogi Yorgesson?  I kind of doubt it, but stranger things have happened.

14. Rock N' Roll Santa by Jimmy Soul from Jimmy Soul And The Belmonts With Charlie Francis (Spinorama (Premier) M 125, Mono).  Talk about your budget LPs, this one sounds like the master was run over with a truck, then re-recorded a few hundred times before it was pressed to vinyl.  I'm sure all the tracks on this record were things the artist didn't want released, yet somehow they got out there in the world.  Maybe this is one step above a bootleg, but it's a small step.  Good song though.

15. My Favorite Things by The Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus from Do-Re-Mi & The Songs Children Love To Sing (Kapp KL-1177, Mono, 1960).  These kids recorded a lot of music over the years.  They must have been in their 50's by the time they reached the end of their recording career.

16. Mary Had A Baby by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  Music for your kindergarteners.

17. March Of The Toys, an interesting take on a familiar song around here, this time by The Big Band Swing Sound Of Charles Bud Dant Featuring Singing Instrumentals By The Clark Sisters from The Turn Of The Century Swings (Coral CRL 57345, Mono, 1961).  Pretty cool wordless vocals here.

18. Jingle Bells by George And Madeline Brown, the first of two versions of this same song from The Story Of The Music Box (Caedmon 10" 33 RPM w/ Book CB-2, Mono, 1952).  I'm sure if this copy had the book with it, I could have told you what type of music box this is.

19. Green Sleeves by Eddie Layton On The Hi-Fi Organ from No Blues On This Cruise (Mercury MG 20308, Mono, 1957).  I kept flipping past this LP in the stack thinking I'd already recorded the track from it, but I finally picked it up tonight and realized that I hadn't.  These things happen when you're trying to juggle so much music.

20. Winter Night, the best track of the night, performed by Eydie Gorme-Arranged And Produced By Don Costa from the stereo side of the LP Love Is A Season (ABC-Paramount ABC-273, Stereo, 1959).  Great song to end this night's selection on.

Good selection tonight.  Play it loud!



Buster said...

I, for one, always read your amusing commentary! Which leads me to remind you that you did not provide any descriptive prose concerning last night's selections. I should not complain, considering the remarkable volume of shares you have provided this year, going without sleep and food to bring us the best of the holidays, or at least the most of the holidays.

Ernie said...

Yeah, I'm hoping to get to that tomorrow. I'm in more of a mood to record new stuff tonight than talk about stuff I've already recorded. Forgot to mention that today was the day I broke my old record for Christmas in July songs! I haven't shared them all out yet, but I'm gonna get there!

Laurie said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love your comments! And I've said this before but I really, really appreciate all of the track information - you are the best, Ernie!

JustaJeepGuy said...

Yeah, Ernie, your track info is definitely read here and appreciated. Hardly any snarcque (not that there's anything wrong with that), and a lotta good music!

Peachy Covington said...

I read it ALL because, among other things, I want to know who the hell Tom Cooper is!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Ernie, your comments are being read. I'm just now up to day 29. How do you do this so quickly?! Thank you for keeping Christmas alive all year. It might be December before I finish reading all of your Christmas in July posts.

Sarah said...

I'm not only reading all your comments, but am copying them to a document so I'll have 'liner notes' for the songs I haven't loaded into itunes yet. So thank you - for both the music & the commentary (I especially love the Ukraine jokes I'm finding here & there).

Ernie said...

I made Ukraine jokes? I must have been giddy from the pain...

Craftypants Carol said...

I read your comments too! I usually wind up downloading multiple days at a time and listen through while I'm importing them into my music app - but I not just at xmastime. I think it's amazing that you put so much into each post and I really appreciate the information :)