Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 31

Here we are, the last day of July!  And as is our custom, we celebrate the New Year on the last day of the month.  Here are way too many versions of Auld Lang Syne for you, and a few other end-of-year songs.

1. Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot by The Obernkirchen Children's Choir-Edith Moeller, Conductor from the album Wandering With The Obernkirchen Children's Choir (Angel 35839, Stereo, 1961).  This is as good a place as any to start.  It's Auld Lang Syne, but with a different title.  Sneaky...

2. A New Year's Tale (Ukranian "Tshedrivka") (Socil) by Don Cossack Choir-Serge Jaroff, Conductor-Soloist: I. Seifert from Russian Fair (Decca DL 710016, Stereo, 1959).  Here are those sneaky Russians again.  I mean Ukranians.

3. New Year's Day by 101 Strings, Recorded Under The Direction Of D.L. Miller from Themes And Songs Of American Holidays (Alshire S-5056, Stereo, 1967).  Guess what the main melody here is?

4. Master And Mistress by Alan Mills & Marilyn Powell from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  This one is a little different.

5. Happy New Year Twist (Auld Lang Syne) by The Lions from Twist With The Lions (Metro (MGM) MS 300, Stereo, 1962).  Twist the night away with this one.  Arranged by Billy Mure, but I'm not sure if he's actually playing on it or not.

6. Auld Lang Syne by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians, the final track on a 160 song medley spread out over 8 sides, The Lombardo Years-Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians Play The Best-Loved Lombardo Medleys (Capitol 4xLP STDL-2181, Stereo, 1964).  Only about a minute long, but that's probably all you need.

7. Auld Lang Syne by Chas And Dave from the soundtrack to Party Party (A&M SP 3212, Stereo, 1982).  Is this the newest version I have for you tonight?  Maybe.

8. Ano Nuevo-New Years Carol by those nameless Puerto Rican Children from Latin American Children Game Songs-Recorded In Puerto Rico And Mexico By Henrietta Yurchenco (Folkways FC 7851, Electronically Rechanneled To Simulate Stereo, 1968).  Does this make you think of the new year?  I don't know...

9. Scottish Medley: Annie Laurie; Campbells Are Coming; Loch Lomond; Auld Lang Syne by Johnny Duffy At The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ from Carousel Music In Hi-Fi (Liberty LRP 3053, Mono, 1957).  Not the first track from Mr. Duffy this month, probably not the last.

10. Hard Hard Year, something a little different from The Everly Brothers from their obligatory UK-themed LP Two Yanks In England (Warner Bros W 1646, Mono, 1966).  Didn't every American rock group have to do something to join or fight the British Invasion?

11. Happy New Year, another new song, this time by The McGuire Sisters With Orchestra Directed By Dick Jacobs from Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).  Nice little song from the sisters.

12. Good Night Ladies And Auld Lang Syne (Medley), another medley, from Hugo And Luigi With Their Family Singers this time, from their LP Sing Along By The Fireside (Mercury Wing MGW 12207, Mono, 1959).  Hugo And Luigi did some good stuff in their long career, but they also did some not-good stuff as well.

13. Auld Lang Syne by The Pete King Orchestra And Chorale from Songs To Celebrate (Kapp KL-1284, Mono, 1962).  An entire LP with songs of great celebrations, and not a single Christmas track to be had anywhere on it!

14. Auld Lang Syne by The Leading Men Quartet With Orchestra from Music For Special Occasions-Festive Songs (Capitol 7" 45 RPM CASF-9018, Mono).  This may be the only song I pulled from a 45 this season.  It's an EP, so there are four songs on there, I figured that made it OK for sharing here.

15. Auld Lang Syne by Chorus And Orchestra Arranged And Directed By Ivor Raymonde from Scottish Sing-Along (London International Series TW 91272, Mono, 1960).  Nice cover on this one.

16. Auld Lang Syne by Vaughn Monroe-Arranged And Conducted By Milt Rogers from Vaughn Monroe Sings The Great Themes Of Famous Bands And Famous Singers (Dot DLP 3470, Mono, 1962).  I know this is not Vaughn's first recording of this tune...

17. Auld Lang Syne, the inevitable banjo version by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Teo Macero And Marty Manning from The Banjo Barons Play Music For Happy Times (Columbia CL 2089, Mono, 1963).  Gotta dig this one up in stereo some day.

18. Auld Lang Syne by George Hamilton IV, Arranged And Conducted By Don Costa from George Hamilton IV On Campus (ABC-Paramount ABC-220, Mono, 1957).  Is this his first album?  I know it's from when he was more of a folkie than a country singer.

19. Auld Lang Syne by The 1st Brigade Band from the LP Band Music Of The Confederacy-Making History Live Volume 4 (Heritage Military Music Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stereo, 1981).  This one and the last one are two songs from the stuff I ripped back in 2016 but never shared.  Can't let anything go to waste around here.

20. Auld Lang Syne by Jo Stafford-Accompaniment By Paul Weston from Jo Stafford Sings Songs Of Scotland With Words By Robert Burns (Columbia CL 1043, Mono, 1957). Jo is an excellent choice to wind up the New Year's share tonight.

And that's it for the day, though not for the month.  I still have well over 100 songs in the sharing folder, so I'm going to keep going until I run out.  Don't forget to keep checking in here for more.



Buster said...

I have to hand it to you - I've never seen most of these items.

I was going to complain about another Banjo Barons record, but then I stopped to consider that I have never actually listened to a Banjo Barons record. There is just something about the name that puts me off. Also I don't like banjos except in a bluegrass context. OK, now I'm babbling . . .

Buster said...

Oh, one more note. Not sure about George Hamilton IV's LPs, but he did have a big single hit the previous year with "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," which doesn't seem like much of a diet.

Puckwheat said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for another great Christmas In July! You're the best.

Kwork said...

Happy New Year to you to my friend, and thank you very much for everything!

Kwork said...

I know Ernie frowns on requests, so I'm not making one as I don't even know that anyone has this for sure. The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' offerings made me think of my favorite orchestration, recorded by Alfred Newman and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony:
Have you, Ernie, or anyone else who reads these comments, ripped this one in decent quality mp3 or lossless, and has a working link? I'd love to get my hands on it again rather than keep listening to the YouTube link I posted. If it's available for legal purchase, a link to that would be welcome too as long as it's not vinyl as I don't have the equipment anymore to play them. Probably a longshot, but thought I'd ask the Christmas enthusiasts here. Thank you very much!

Ernie said...

Thanks for the note, Kwork. Looks like I shared this one out back in 2010, the year I discovered ClickRepair. Don't know how good this track sounds, but here it is.

I'll keep an eye out for a new copy to share next year.

Kwork said...

Thank you, Ernie! This sounds a whole hekc of a lot better than the YouTube rip I posted, so it's very much and truly appreciated. Now that you've had an additional seven years of upgrade practice, I'd be curious to see what magic you'd be able to work on it now. Til then, this more than suffices.

Mac said...

Wow, packed quite a bit into one little month there, thanks so much for all your hard work on these shares - quite a trip too from way back to recent stuff, ain't music fun? anyhow, greatly appreciate the work and time.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, Ernie, how do you do all this?! It will be Christmas before I even have a chance to listen to all of the tracks. You are amazing! Ho, ho, ho, and Merry Christmas! Many, many thanks!