Sunday, July 09, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 9

It is the ninth, right?  I'm losing track of time.  So much Christmas music, so little time.  Let's go...

1. Baby It's Cold Outside, one of my favorite versions ever, by Ted Heath And His Music & Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra from their second LP together, Heath Vs. Ros Round 2 (London Phase 4 SP 44089, Stereo, 1967).  Seriously, give this a listen right now.  And if you love it, so out and buy the rest of the songs from their two albums together.

2. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Eric Johnson And His Orchestra from the LP Irving Berlin-Blue Skies And Other Favorites (Westminster WST 15021, Stereo, 1958).  I love these early Westminster albums.  I found this one and a couple full Christmas albums I didn't have just yesterday.  Gotta love it when you find good stuff at a good time.

3. The Children's Marching Song (From The 20th Century-Fox Film "The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness") by Ray Martin Conducting The Swingin' Marchin' Band from the LP Parade Of The Pops (RCA Victor LPM-1960, Mono, 1959).  Not really a Christmas song, but a lot of childhood favorites in medley form.  Pretty good either way.

4. Dancing Doll by TV favorite Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music from Dance Party Featuring Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music (Mercury MG 20092, Mono, 1956).  If you've never listened to Lawrence Welk's early stuff, so give it a listen.  It's much better than the stuff you used to watch with your grandmother on TV.  Really!

5. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (From "Chauve Souris") by Henri René And His Orchestra from the Stereo Action LP Dynamic Dimensions (RCA Victor LSA-2396, Stereo, 1961).  I've got all the albums in this series after many years of collecting, but I still buy them when I see them if they're cheap.  They are a beautiful thing to behold with their thick cardboard die-cut jackets, their fancy abstract color photographic inserts and the copious liner notes.

6. Sleigh Ride by Al Bollington from Organ Hues In Hi-Fi (Dot LP 3110, Mono, 1958).  Sleigh Ride is one of the easier Christmas songs to find on non-Christmas LPs.  It shows up in all sorts of places, from organ show-off LPs like this one to Leroy Anderson tributes to seasonal themed albums.  You learn over the years how to spot these things, trust me.

7. I Wonder As I Wander-Appalachian Carol by Mildred Miller from 100th Anniversary Commemorative Concert (John Hancock JH-100S, Stereo, 1961).  I shared this out a long time ago in mono, but had never seen a stereo copy until a week or so ago.  There is was at the half-price Goodwill clearance store.  I figure it was a sign!  Most of the tracks on this one feature Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops, but this one seems to be a capella.

8. Winter Melody by Donna Summer-Accompanied By The "Munich Machine" from the album Four Seasons Of Love (Casablanca NBLP 7038, Stereo, 1976).  I'd hoped this would be a little more disco, but it's closer to early Euro-pop.  Still a nice change of pace from what you normally get around here.

And I think that's it for the night.  Before I give you the download link, I want to point you to an interesting little spreadsheet I made the other day.  It lists every single track I've ever shared with you during Christmas in July!  I put everything into a playlist, then exported it to a spreadsheet.  It's a neat look at what I've shared before, and you can see the things that I've shared more than once.  I figure even after you take out all the duplicates, it's well over 1000 songs!  Have a look here.  And it's not a list for requests.  Most of those songs aren't coming back, at least not in that form.  And here's the download link for the night:



Buster said...

The spreadsheet is mighty impressive! Good work, Ernie!

Puckwheat said...

Thank you for posting again this year! Looking forward to another wonderful Christmas! Happy late birthday, too!

Der Bingle said...

I'm really enjoying listening to these today. Especially with a July heat wave approaching for the rest of the week :-) Thanks Ernie!

Mac said...

I don't say it enough but thank you for your quality shares, the fact that you always have the right info to back up the track is very very impressive - well done there Ernie