Monday, August 07, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 38

Good evening!  I've been in meetings for work all day, I really didn't expect to be able to share anything with you tonight, but here I am.  I didn't record anything today, but that's OK because I don't have too much left to record.  There's a big stack of stuff left, but it's all things that aren't very exciting and not really worth the time and effort.  But I've still got a big pot of Christmas gumbo to share from and I'm giving you a big heaping helping tonight, so here goes!

1. Winds Through The Olive Trees by The Concordia Choir-Paul J. Christiansen, Conductor-Soloist: Heidi Hagstrom, from O Crux (Concordia Records/Mark MC-14005, Stereo).  Something I had to read the lyrics for to know it's a Christmas song.

2. Waltz Of The Flowers by Ernie Quelle-Armin Rusch-Walter Geiger Quartets from Swingin' The Classics (Tempo (Alshire) TS 1004, Stereo).  A sister label to Alshire, one of the most prolific budget labels of the vinyl era.

3. Sleigh Ride by Royal Farnsworth Symphony "Pops" Orchestra, Conducted By Warren Edward Vincent, from The Music of Leroy Anderson (Design (Pickwick) DCF-1012, Stereo, 1959).  More budget label goodness.  I wouldn't be surprised to find I've shared out this same recording several times this season under different performer names.  The background noise on this one is just terrible.  And it comes and goes.  I tried cleaning the vinyl, no change.  And it's only on one side.  What gives?

4. Silent Night by Monnajean McIlwain from the LP Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  Oh boy.  There are way too many Christmas tracks from this LP I want to share, I almost put it off for next year, but I'll try to get them all crammed in here.  Try to sit still during them, don't wander off, really try to concentrate on the song.  I know I've bought this LP in the past, but it doesn't look like I've ever shared any of the tracks from it.  I must have put it in the pile with the regular Christmas albums instead of the Christmas In July stuff.

5. Prelude On Greensleeves by William Whitehead from The Newest Sound On Records (Cameo SS-2, Stereo, 1962).  From a sampler.

6. Nutcracker Suite by Boston Pops Orchestra from Admiral Dual Channel Stereophonic High Fidelity Demonstration Record (Admiral R322-17R (The Musical Selections On This Record Are From The RCA Victor Catalog), Stereo, 1958).  Another sampler.  And this certainly isn't the entire Nutcracker Suite at only about a minute long, but that's what they put on the jacket.

7. The Little Drummer Boy by Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra from the album Listen Too! The Fabulous Paul Mauriat Orchestra (Philips PHS 600-197, Stereo, 1965).  Great stuff from one of the great French band leaders.

8. Levantate, Bartolito by Alan Mills & Marilyn Powell from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  I don't remember exactly what's going on with this one.

9. Let There Be Peace On Earth by Voices Of St. Coletta Chorus,, Sr. Miriam Terese, OSF-Director, Sr. M. Julietta, OSF-Accompanist, from the album Voices Of St. Coletta Volume III (Delta No Number, Stereo).  This one came with a typewritten note taped to the front saying something about how a donation had been made in the recipient's name to some cause or another.

10. Holiday For Guitars by Buddy Merrill from the LP Guitars On Fire (Accent/GNP Crescendo for Capitol Record Club 2xLP SQBO 91997, Stereo, 1971).  I know there isn't a Capitol Record Club anymore, and I assume the Columbia Record Club is defunct as well.  Is there an MP3 of the month club out there?  They send you a bunch of MP3s you didn't order and then you have to pay for them?

11. Ching-A-Ring-Chaw (In English) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from that same album, Recorded "Live" The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall-Choral Music Of The Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  I didn't listen closely enough to this one to hear what made it seasonal, but it was on the Winter section of the album.

12. Ave Maria by Florida All-State High School Chorus-Mr. Vito Mason, Conductor, the second track pulled from Twenty-Second Annual Florida Music Educators Association Festival Concert (Century 2xLP 23205 (Curtis Hixon Hall, January 8, 1966, Tampa, Florida), Stereo, 1966).  I think I could have pulled hundreds more Christmas tracks from these locally produced LPs this year but I tried to keep it in check.

13. Winter Walk by Aileen Fisher
14. Winter Evening by Harry Behn
15. Snowman by David McCord
16. Snow by Karla Kuskin, all four tracks from the LP Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  I just found this double LP this weekend and pulled a dozen and a half short winter poems from it.  I've got to cram them in here quick before the season ends.  I thought some of them were pretty good, but nothing up there with Ogden Nash.

17. Skating by Gilbert Mack from Nothing To Do (The Children's Record Guild 10" 78 RPM (Microgroove) CRG-1012, Mono).  I don't know much about this record.  I only had the record, there was no sleeve with it.  I don't even think I had the artist's name, I had to find that via the internet.  And it's really short, but I wanted to squeeze it in here for you.

18. The Skaters by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  Gotta be getting close to the end of the shares from this one.

19. No. 4 (Winter)-1st Mov.: Allegro Non Molto; 2nd Mov.: Largo; 3rd Mov.: Allegro by The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Conducted By Karl Münchinger-Violin Solo: Reinhold Barchet, from Vivaldi-The Four Seasons (Richmond (London) B 19056, Mono, 1969).  You wanted something classical, you got something classical.

20. Jingle Bells by George And Madeline Brown from The Story Of The Music Box (Caedmon 10" 33 RPM w/ Book CB-2, Mono, 1952).  I think this is the second version of Jingle Bells on this LP.

And that's it for tonight.  Once again, I hope you can find something great in this pile of songs.  I think there are lots of worthy candidates in there.  See you tomorrow!



Buster said...

What, you don't think the "Royal Farnsworth Symphony "Pops" Orchestra" is a real orchestra? I just saw them last weekend in Farnsworth, N.D. The Royal Family of North Dakota sponsored the concert.

Only you would have multiple copies of a Monnajean McIlwain Christmas LP.

Seriously, some good stuff here.

barba said...

it’s a tough job trying to expand the christmas repertoire. i guess if enough people played ‘holiday for guitars’ around christmas enough times, some people might buy into it. my mother gets dewy-eyed at the mention of anything peanuts-snoopy-charlie brown related. but the ‘charlie brown christmas’-vince guaraldi music is just jazz to her. for me, his ‘christmas is coming’ is part of advent. a secular version of advent… but you get my drift. it’s in the repertoire. but for her, vince came too late, even under the best of circumstances. for me, ‘moonlight in vermont’ is part of the great american songbook. but christmas? not now and never will be. [maybe if you could get the lyrics to rhyme…] but isn’t it wonderful that ernie doesn’t listen to me? he’s a man of hope. he could play the hits and the old standards in the repertoire. but he prefers the hits-that-never-were and thinks outside the box.

Mac said...

Thanks again, I look forward to the easter egg hunt you give me of tracking down album covers on a daily basis- some of them are a real hard search but oh so rewarding when found - and it is all based upon the fact that you provide all the right information, well done....

Mikael Borg said...

This is wonderful. Will you do a "best of Christmas in July" this year?

Ernie said...

I always do a Best-Of, but sometimes it takes a couple of years to put together. It always makes for a great collection.