Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 39

Another day, another 20 tracks closer to completing your Christmas music collection!

1. O Come All Ye Faithful by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington, from Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  I think I've run out of things to say about this one.

2. Coaching Song (Finale From "The Little Sweep") (In English) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from Recorded "Live" The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall-Choral Music Of The Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  Same with this one.  I've shared so many tracks from it, I feel as if I've said all I can say.

3. The Christmas Wine by John Barry With The Voices Of The Accademia Monteverdiana from the soundtrack album The Lion In Winter (Columbia OS 3250, Stereo, 1968).  This one grows on me a little bit each time I hear it.

4. The Birthday Of A King by Monnajean McIlwain from the LP Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  Got a lot of tracks to go on this one, probably going to have to start doubling up on them.  But not tonight.

5. Adeste Fideles March, another great new track by Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra from his version of the musical Meredith Willson's Here's Love (London PS 330, Stereo, 1963).  This was my favorite new track from this version.

6. The Winter Of My Discontent by Jackie And Roy from The Glory Of Love (ABC-Paramount ABC 120, Mono, 1956).  Well, it does have Winter in the title...

7. What Child Is This? (Tune Of "Greensleeves") by Robert Owen, Organ Of The Rochester First Baptist Church & Robert Locksmith, Stromberg-Caarlson Flemish Master Carillon, from the sampler LP Westminster Pop Sampler-Complete And Unabridged Selections From Popular Releases (Westminster WP S-1, Mono, 1956).  Pretty sure I've shared out the full LP from which this track is drawn.

8. Waltz Of The Flowers by Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Herbert Williams from Westminster Classical Sampler-Complete And Unabridged Selections From Classical Releases (Westminster XWN S-1, Mono, 1956).  The sister LP of the one right above, and featuring a near-identical cover.  I found both of these at the same time and was pleasantly surprised when both featured a track I could share here.

9. Twelve Days, a Nazi-themed version of the holiday classic by The Chad Mitchell Trio from Singin' Our Minds (Mercury MG 20838, Mono, 1963).  It might make more sense when you listen to it.  Everybody wants a Telefunken H-bomb.

10. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (December) by Emory And Henry Concert Choir, taken from the next entry into that yearly series Hymn Of The Month-Album 7 (Graded Press PRP 12121/2, Mono, 1969).  I wonder if I'll ever be able to put this whole series together?  I saw a bunch of them on eBay but I'm not going to pay those sort of prices for them.

11. Midnight Bells by Alfred Newman And His Hollywood Symphony Orchestra from the very, very early LP Popular Classics (Mercury MG 20000, Mono, 1949).  I didn't even think Mercury was putting out LPs this early, but I found it in Billboard so you know it's true.

12. Lonely Winter by Earl Grant from the LP Yes Sirree! (Decca DL 4405, Mono, 1963).  I like Earl Grant, what can I say.

13. The Last Leaf by Harry Behn
14. The Frost Pane by David McCord
15. At Last It Came by Aileen Fisher, three more tracks from the double LP Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  These short tracks make nice filler or segues between other songs.  Nice to have.

16. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Joe Bushkin-His Piano And Orchestra, from the very long medley LP Bushkin Spotlights Berlin-Joe Bushkin Plays Fifty Irving Berlin Hit Tunes (Capitol T911, Mono, 1958).  Short and lush.

17. Hodie Christus Natus Est by The University Of Wisconsin A-Cappella Choir from Vision Of Peace (Soma MG 1217, Mono, 1959).  Odd that a college choir like this would be on a label like Soma.  But I guess they'd record and press anything, just about.

18. A Dreamer's Holiday, your random holiday track of the day, this time by Eileen Wilson And Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra from Dreamer's Holiday (Vocalion (Decca) VL 3615, Mono, 1958).  Pretty sure this is a collection of earlier sides all by Gordon Jenkins with and without various vocalists.

19. Doll Dance by Milt Herth Trio from Hi-Jinks On The Hammond (Capitol 10" 33 RPM H425, Mono, 1953).  You only thought I was done with all my 10" records earlier in the season.  Well, I had, but I found a couple more at the store the other day.

20. Christmas Song by Singing Children Under The Direction Of Mabel Stewart Boyter from the album Singing Children (Word W-3130-LP, Mono, 1961).  Not The Christmas Song, mind you.

And that's it.  Another healthy dose of Christmas tunes.  Gotta be something in there for everybody!



Buster said...

I did not know there was a Nazi-themed version of The Twelve Days. I saw the Mitchell Trio in college, but I have no recollection of such fare. I think John Denver had replaced Chad Mitchell at that point.

Those early Mercury LPs have paper sleeves that opened at the top with a flap, right? I think I have that Alfred Newman album.

Love those early Gordon Jenkins records!

barba said...

i’m biting buster’s dust again. but as you say you want comments, i’ll proceed on the ‘well, you asked for it’ premise. i wonder if the other alfred newman (the one with the E between his names) did any christmas music. nothing early that i recall, but i sort of lost track in the late 60s. i’m surprised that the kennedy space center chorus didn’t record on mercurey as well. and speaking of kennedy, there is one presumably humorous christmas record that i’ve never heard. it’s a 45 rpm (you 10”, me 7”): verve #10309, released in late november 1963 by vaughn meader; st nick visits the white house/ twas the night before christmas. due to the assassination, the record was pulled from distribution. but it exists. and i highly doubt that it was ever re-issued in any form nor likely will be. so it might be fair game. i’ve never seen it posted on the net. so maybe at some later date, if you have access to a copy, you could fill in this rather historically significant blank. i’d like to hear it, anyway.

Ernie said...

Buster-This LP was actually in a really thick cardboard cover, and the record was also thicker than what became standard. I had a bear of a time getting it down over the spindle, too, the hole was smaller than usual. I don't think many of those envelope style covers have survived the intervening years.

Barba-Only Alfred E. Newman related track I've ever found for Christmas was a version of The Skater's Waltz called The Skater And His Dog, I think. Artist was Bernie Green, but I'm pretty sure it had Alfred on the cover. Also, a friend of mine has the single of which you speak. He played it on the radio once, but I think it was just the A side. I need to ask him about the B side. It's really, really, really hard to come by.