Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Volume 12-Ten (Eleven!) Years On

Well, I figured I should go ahead and throw this up before I forget about it again. This is the very last installment in the For Hi-Fi Living series I first shared with you back in 2007, and started resharing sometime last year. Sorry it's taken so long to get finished with it, but there always seems to be something better to do. I hope it was worth the wait. The earlier installment by Malcolm Lockyer is one of the less-downloaded volumes, but I'm not sure why.  This one is pretty similar to all the ones that have come before, except there are no interludes of any sort between songs.  Still not sure what those were all about after all this time. Anyhow, I'm very happy to finally bring this series to a close once again, because that means I can share other stuff without feeling bad.  After a great Christmas in July, I'm looking forward to turning my attention to a small stack of records that's built up that have nothing to do with Christmas.  And then, of course, I need to get really serious about the Christmas music.  But in the meantime, please download and enjoy Malcolm Lockyer And His Orchestra-We're Having A Party (RCA Custom RAL-1012, Mono, 1957).

1. I've Found A New Baby
2. Heartaches
3. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
4. Under Paris Skies (Sous Le Ciel De Paris)
5. Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)
6. Undecided
7. Little Girl
8. You Know (Tu Sais)
9. I'll Never Smile Again
10. The Petite Waltz
11. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
12. Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)

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Monday, September 03, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 58-Bonus Tracks!

It's Labor Day, so I've got a little present for you, a bonus day of Christmas in July!  I know you thought it was all over and done with, but I had a few more things that for whatever reason I didn't share with you during our extended month this year.  Things that I just couldn't fit in, or was holding back for some reason, or even a small handful of stuff that I found last Saturday and didn't want to wait until next year to use.  So enjoy it, and believe me when I say, this is it for a while!

1. Auld Lang Syne by Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra from Big Moments (Music For Special Occasions) (RCA Victor 10" 33 RPM LPM-3251, Mono, 1955).  One of the things that I just found Saturday, and I wish I'd had it to round out my Auld Lang Syne collections posted on the 31st.  This may be my favorite version, or maybe second favorite.  I really like that version from the Navy album, too.

2. A Dreamer's Holiday by Ernestine Holmes, Pipe Organ-With Chimes, Xylophone, Marimba, from Invitation To Dream (RCA Victor LPM-1259, Mono, 1957).  I think I gave you a vocal version of this one earlier in the season.

3. Hallelujah Chorus by the Senior Choir from Music Of The Easter Season (Eclipse-The Audio Recording And Manufacturing Company EC 4101 (61), Mono, 1961).  Just never got around to sharing this one.  Did you want more, I've probably got a few that I didn't record.

4. Holiday For Strings by Spike Jones And His City Slickers from Holiday For Strings (RCA Victor 10" 78 RPM 20-1733, Mono, 1945).  This one doesn't really fit the them of the month, as it's a single, not a sing from an album, but I didn't realize that when I ripped it.  I found it in an album of Jones material called Musical Depreciation, but some research told me that it was just a generic book that would be filled with a few different Spike Jones records depending on what was available.  That explains why there was no track listing on the package.  He recorded this one more than once, I have a couple different versions on a CD somewhere...

5. Mambo Holiday by Sonny Burke And His Orchestra from Let's Mambo (Decca DL 8090, Mono, 1954).  Reading the liner notes, I learned that Sonny was the first to bring the mambo to the US.  Now you know. And two tracks on the LP were written by Billy May, but he doesn't appear to have recorded them himself anywhere.  I need to do some more research about the connections.

6. Nutcracker Suite by Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra, Spoken By Peter Ustinov, from Nutcracker Suite-Between Birthdays-Verses By Ogden Nash (Columbia Masterworks ML 5664, Mono, 1961).  This is the uncut version of all the tracks I've shared with you earlier in the season.  Sometimes you just want to listen to the whole thing.

7. Toyland by Al Goodman And His Orchestra from Relax With Victor Herbert (RCA Victor LPM-1023, Mono, 1954).  Too many versions of this one to squeeze them all in, I guess.  At least one other take in today's share, I believe.

8. Auld Lang Syne by Van Alexander And His Orchestra from Let's Dance The Last Dance (Capitol ST1457, Stereo, 1959).  Another one I just found.  I shared out a mono version sometime during previous years, so I'm happy to get the stereo this time.

9. The Bells Of St. Mary's by Jerry Burke from Golden Organ Hits (Dot DLP 25541, Stereo, 1963).  Another member of Lawrence Welk's musical army.

10. I'd better not say anything about this one...

11. Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed To John Prine) by Kris Kristofferson from the album of the same name (Monument KZ 31909, Stereo, 1972).  I mentioned this track in passing the other day, then when I spotted the vinyl I figured I'd go ahead and throw it in.  It will fit nicely onto the comp I want to make someday with lots of hippy Jesus songs from the seventies.  You know, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me, Spirit In The Sky, that sort of thing.  Someday...

12. Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let It Begin With Me) by The Norman Luboff Choir from This Is Norman Luboff! (RCA Victor LSP-2342, Stereo, 1961).  Another one that I've shared in mono in years past.  Good to get the stereo out there.

13. March Of The Toys And Toyland by 101 Strings from The Sparkle And Romance Of Victor Herbert (Somerset SF-15400, Stereo).  Budget label, but still pretty good.

14. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set by Bent Fabric from The Happy Puppy (Atco 33-155, Stereo, 1962).  That's how Santa is able to get all his toys made during the summer, the sun never sets, so the elves can work longer hours!

15. My Favorite Things by Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra from The Sound Of Music In Latin Tempos For Dancing (London PS-198, Stereo, 1960).  Nice version.  The label said this one was titled The Ros Sound Of Music, but that wasn't mentioned anywhere on the sleeve.

16. Narration by Faythe M. Newsome from Spirituals Of The Sanctuary-85th Anniversary Album Of The Antioch Sanctuary Choir (Century Advent Recording ANT-6-789, Stereo).  Something for your mixtapes.

Whew, lots of tracks in there.  Good end to the season.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you occasionally between now and Thanksgiving, but I'll certainly be back then!

Zippyshare

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Chanukah In September-Day 2

Yep, I have a few more Chanukah songs for you this year, though not nearly as many as last year.  I looked back in time and saw that I had 21 Chanukah songs that I shared with you over two days!  And they weren't all explanatory songs, there were some actual pop songs in there.  Well, I think there were.  My memory is a little fuzzy, and I didn't listen to any of them, but maybe.

1. Holidays by Mickey Katz And His Orchestra from The Most Mishige (Capitol T1102, Mono, 1959).  How excited I was to find something I could share by Mickey Katz.  Unfortunately, I don't think Chanukah is one of the Jewish holidays me mentions in the song.  Oh well, I'm still sharing it out.

2. Shir Nokdim (Shepherd's Song) by The Dudaim-Israel's Most Popular Singers from Songs Of Israel (Columbia "Adventures In Sound" WL 165, Mono, 1960).  Again, not strictly Chanukah, I might even have been able to squeeze this one into Christmas.  But I needed more in here to share with you for Chanukah in September, so here it is.  I had at least two more for Chanukah in the pile up until recently, but they didn't work out.  One album had volume 1 in the sleeve, but volume 2 was the one that had a version of Dreidel on it.  The other record had a scratch so bad I couldn't get a rip of it to save me.  Spent over an hour trying, but it was just to bad.

3. Candles Of Hanukkah by The Merrill Staton Children's Voices from Reaching The Special Learner Through Music-Record 1 (Silver Burdett P12 14993, Stereo, 1979).  Those obviously aren't children's voices on there, but it was the only credit I could find on the record.

4. Chanukah by Steve Clayton & Gail Contini from Holidays To Sing About (UltraSound ULT 3420, Stereo, 1979).  '79 must have been a banner year for Chanukah music! Is that a disco beat, or just a cheesy drum machine?

5. Mo'oz Tsur by The Heritage Orchestra And Chorus from The Jewish Holiday Album (Epic BN 26172, Stereo, 1965).  You got a track from this one yesterday as well.

And that's it.  All the Chanukah I was able to dig up this year.  Hope there's something in there you like.  Have a good Sunday!

Zippyshare

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Chanukah In September-Day 1

Hello, and welcome to Chanukah in September, an occasional coda to my Christmas in July celebration!  Unfortunately, Chanukah songs are much harder to find, so it's not going to be a two month celebration, I can't even muster ten songs a day.  But I've got a few songs in the pile, so we're gonna try.

1. Chanukah: Sheleg Al Ha'aretz; With Our Candles In Hand; I Have A Little Dreydl; S'vivon by Gladys Gewirtz & Eve Lippman from Mother Goose Songs For Jewish Children/Holiday Playsongs (Menorah MEN-211, Mono).  I found a copy of this one in a thrift store in Maryland a couple years ago, only to find I already had a copy in the pile.  I shared out one of those copies last year, and this is the other one.  There are so few Chanukah songs, I was happy to have it.

2. Eight Nights Of Hanukah by an unknown artist from Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 09 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-329, Mono, 1956).  How long have I been sharing out songs from these 10" records?  That's how long I've been holding onto this track.

3. Sholom Chavarim by The Weavers from The Weavers At Carnegie Hall (Vanguard VRS 9010 (Metropolitan Music Library VG 9010), Mono, 1959).  Been holding onto this one for more than a month, too.

4. Chanukah (a) Mo'oz Tzur (b) Mi Y'malel (c) S'vivon Sov Sov Sov by Herb Strauss from Songs And Stories Of The Jewish Holidays-Sung And Told By Herb Strauss (Vocalion (Decca) VL73891, Stereo, 1970).  I was surprised when I found a 1970 date for this LP.  It looks much older, but that could just be because it was released on a budget arm of Decca, and not the main label.

5. Mi Yimallel by The Heritage Orchestra And Chorus from The Jewish Holiday Album (Epic BN 26172, Stereo, 1965). I always get excited when I see an album talking about the Jewish holidays, because that means I'm going to find another Chanukah track!

And that's it, a scant five tracks for you today.  But five is more than none, right?  Stay tuned tomorrow.

Zippyshare

Friday, August 31, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 57

The end of another month, and thus I've got some end-of-year songs for you.  I couldn't come up with quite enough songs to fit the theme (since I did a full ten for you at the end of last month), there's also a little bit of filler in there.

1. Auld Lang Syne by the great Jo Stafford-Accompaniment By Paul Weston from Jo Stafford Sings Songs Of Scotland With Words By Robert Burns (Columbia CL 1043 "Demonstration, Not For Sale", Mono, 1957).  You can't go wrong when you have some Jo Stafford in the pile.

2. Ave Maria by Mantovani And His Orchestra from the LP Mantovani Plays The Immortal Classics (Decca (UK) LK 4072, Mono, 1956).  Mantovani put out some good music when he was at his peak.  His Christmas music is still a thing of beauty, 70 years later.

3. Bounce Of The Sugar Plum Fairy by John Kirby And His Orchestra from the album John Kirby (Columbia 4x10" 78 RPM C-45, Mono, 1941).  A rare share from shellac, though nothing rare about a track from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

4. The New Year: Look Ahead, a reprise of something I shared a month ago by Arthur Godfrey With Orchestra And Chorus Under The Direction Of Archie Bleyer from Arthur Godfrey's TV Calendar Show (Columbia CL 521, Mono, 1953).  You may have heard some bad stories about Arthur Godfrey, but he still put out some good music in his time.

5. Auld Lang Syne by John Keating And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from A Musical Tour Around The World...And Beyond (London Phase 4 2xLP SQBE-94251 "A Club Exclusive Deluxe Two-Record Album", Stereo).  The "...And Beyond" part of this title turned out to be an interesting track that supposedly explored the galaxy.  I need to go back and rip that when I have time.

6. In Dulci Jubilo by Robert Elmore from Bach On The Biggest (Mercury Living Presence SR90127, Stereo, 1958).  Always room for more organ around these parts.

7. Auld Lang Syne by Massed Children's Voices From Westminster Abbey And St. Paul's With The Longines Symphonette from Sweet Voices Of Inspiration (Longines Symphonette LWS 173, Stereo, 1966).  At least there are voices on this track, the last song I shared with you from this album was strictly instrumental.

8. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring/Jesus, Lover Of My Soul by Paul Mickelson from Paul Mickelson Plays The Allen 3-Manual Computer Theater Organ (Supreme Productions/Singcord/Zondervan SLP-505, Stereo, 1977).  More organ!

9. Auld Lang Syne by Naval Academy Drum And Bugle Corps from Set Sail (Richardson Records 2xLP RRS-7/8, Stereo, 1978).  This was a surprise find just the other day.  I didn't think I'd find anything to share on a record filled with sea shanties, but there it was.

10. Odun De! Odun De! (Happy New Year) by Olatunji! from Drums Of Passion (Columbia CS 8210, Stereo, 1959).  If you aren't familiar with this track (I've shared it before), it may be the most out-there track you've heard all season.

And that's it.  Not just for today, but for Christmas in July.  There will probably be a Chanukah in September, but I think I'm done with the Christmas for now.  Looking forward to a day or two away from this computer!

Zippyshare

(Catsup!)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 56

56 days, but the end of the month is growing near.  Just keep in mind, all good things must come an end, though slowly.

1. To A Snowflake written by Francis Thompson and performed by E.E. Cummings, Narrator: Richard Wilbur from Many Voices-4A And 4B For Adventures In Appreciation (Harcourt, Brace And Co. 2xLP XTV 26319/20/36/37, Mono, 1958).  That's right, more poetry, and read by the somewhat well-known e.e. cummings.  His name was properly capitalized and punctuated on the LP, and I think I read once that he only did the all lower case thing for a small period in his life, but it's stuck with me all these years.

2. And Everyday Was Christmas by The San Sebastian Strings-Vocal By Rod McKeun And Anita Kerr from The Seasons-Spring (Warner Bros 4xLP 4 WS 2754, Stereo, 1973).  This was a box with all four records in it, and there were lots of possible items on the Winter LP, but I figured that was a little outside the theme for Christmas In July.

3. Ave Maria! O Maiden, O Mother by The Lennon Sisters from Lawrence Welk Presents The Lennon Sisters Singing The Best-Loved Catholic Hymns (Dot DLP 25250, Stereo, 1960).  That Larry Welk had to have his name on everything.

4. Bethlehem-Geberen by Richard Webb, Bass & Salvatore Mancuso, Organist, from I Love To Tell The Story (Central Woodward Woman's Fellowship VC 3330, Stereo).  Last one from this one.  I know you wanted more, but that's all there is.

5. Children Go Where I Send You by Sleepless Nites from the local LP Best Of The Fest-The John's Pass Music Festival (Mariner Records NR16050, Stereo, 1985).  John's Pass is an inlet less than an hour north of here with a huge marina that's been turned into a sort of tourist trap.  Not sure if they still do this music festival.

6. Christmas Song by Symphony In Blue, one last selection from Serenade In Blue-Series Eleven (Programs 131-143) (United States Air Force 7xLP Suggested Air Date: October-December 1969, Stereo, 1969).  Still my favorite find of the season!

7. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by The Johnny Howard Orchestra And Singers from Irving Berlin's Hit Parade With The Johnny Howard Orchestra And Singers (Dansan (UK) DS 010, Stereo, 1980).  Compare this stylistically to the many earlier versions I've shared out this month.  I think I prefer the earlier interpretations.

8. Let There Be Peace On Earth, one last selection on the bells by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Such good stuff, glad I found this one.

9. Song Of The Bells, more bells, this time by Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra from Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2 (Mercury Living Presence SR90043, Stereo, 1959).  Not strictly Christmas, but too good to leave on the cutting room floor.

10. Toyland by The Longines Symphonette from Sweet Voices Of Inspiration (Longines Symphonette LWS 173, Stereo, 1966).  You put the word 'Voices' right there in the title, then you throw in an instrumental?  Hmmm...

That's it, another good night.  See you tomorrow!

Zippyshare

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 55

Getting close to the end here.  You can't see it, but I can.  Not ripping much new music at this point, just trying to dole out what I've got in the pile without duplicating anything.  Stay tuned.

1. Holiday For Strings by Morton Gould And His Orchestra from String Time (Columbia Masterworks 4x10" 78 RPM M-663, Mono, 1947). Another rare entry pulled from shellac.  Found a couple of these the other day and had to squeeze them in.

2. Old Christmas Morning, written  by Roy Helton, read by Nancy Wickwire And Grace Chapman, Narrator: Richard Wilbur, from the LP Many Voices-4A And 4B For Adventures In Appreciation (Harcourt, Brace And Co. 2xLP XTV 26319/20/36/37, Mono, 1958).  This is a short spoken word bit from the LP I mentioned the other day that was covered in mold.  The vinyl is here in the computer room, but all the sleeve material is still down in the garage.  Not sure how to continue with it, thinking of sealing the whole thing in plastic and tucking it into the archives.  Seems to be a fairly rare item, and I hate to throw it out.

3. Ev'rybody's Good For Christmas by Steve Clayton & Gail Contini from Holidays To Sing About (UltraSound ULT 3420, Stereo, 1979).  One of those educational albums that seemed to be so common back in the day.  Can't imagine they still play stuff like that in school, even if it's presented on MP3 or on YouTube.

4. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Thurlow Spurr And The Spurrlows from The Spurrlows Now (Word WST-8445-LP, Stereo, 1969).  Great little mix of Now Sound and religious fervor.

5. In Bethlehem (Narrative), more spoken word, this time by Johnny Cash from the LP The Holy Land (Columbia KCS 9726, Stereo, 1969).  You know, the one with the lenticular cover!

6. Joy To The World by Richard Webb, Bass & Salvatore Mancuso, Organist, from I Love To Tell The Story (Central Woodward Woman's Fellowship VC 3330, Stereo).  Not the Three Dog Night song.

7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra from There I Sing/Swing It Again (RCA Victor LSP-1799, Stereo, 1958).  The first album in which Monroe goes back and records his hits in new sound.  Not the last such album though.

8. Mr. Cool by Bill Justis from Bill Justis Plays Hot Hits Of Our Time (Mercury Wing SRW 16378 (Reissue of 1963 LP), Stereo, 1968).  Just a fun little instrumental, nothing outstanding.

9. Patapan by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Nope, still not done with this one.

10. Satin Doll by Lenny Dee At The Organ With Instrumental Accompaniment from Something Special (MCA MCA-221, Reissue of Decca DL74498, Stereo, 1964).  Wish Mr. Dee had left us more than just the one Christmas album.

That's all folks!

Zippyshare

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 54

Welcome to Studio 54! No, wait, day 54.  Something else entirely.  OK, it was the only joke I could come up with, it's been a long season...

1. Blest Christmas Morn by Larry Groce-Special Arrangements And Musical Direction By Rick Powell from The Glad Sound-Songs About Christ Jesus From The Christian Science Hymnal (The Christian Science Publishing Society DRP 7340, Stereo, 1973).  The first of two songs tonight from the Christian Scientists.  Not sure who they are, but they like to sing Christmas songs, same as everyone else.

2. China Doll by Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra from the LP Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2 (Mercury Living Presence SR90043, Stereo, 1959).  More Leroy Anderson goodness by Mercury's go-to conductor.

3. Christmas Morn by Eleanor Steber With Edwin McDonell At The Mother Church Organ from Hymns By Mary Baker Eddy (ST/And Company L80P 4483/4, Stereo). And this is the second album from those Christian Scientists.  At least I assume Church of Christ Scientist is the same as Christian Science.  I'm sure if it's not, someone will correct me.  I had two copies of this LP for some reason.  That's the chance you take when you don't keep a good inventory of what you have and don't have.

4. Elves (From "12 Pieces," Op.7) by Carlo Curley from The Incredible Carlo Curley Plays Virtuoso French Organ Music At The Royal Albert Hall (RCA Red Seal ARL1-3556, Stereo, 1979).  I grabbed this for the elf connection, obviously.  Unfortunately, the recording level on the original LP was so low it was difficult to get a rip that lifted the music up out of the surface noise.  You'll see what I mean when you give it a listen.  I tried a couple of time, but results were the same.  Odd for a late recording from a major label.

5. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by University Of Tennessee Marching Band-W.J. Julian, Director, from Pride Of The Southland (Davis Sound 42592 , Stereo).  You may think this is another off-center pressing, but it's not.  It's just badly warped and that's what's causing the coming-and-going sound effect 33.333333333333333333 times per minute. I have an idea in my head for a little ring I could put around warped records to hold them flat but I haven't done anything to actually fabricate such a thing yet.  Someday...

6. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring-Chorale From Cantata 147 by Anatole Kitain, Pianist, from The Siena Pianoforte: Bach (Counterpoint/Esoteric (Everest) 53001, Stereo, 1956).  Yes, it's that old Siena Pianoforte again.  Not sure what the deal is with this thing.  I read the liner notes but have a hard time swallowing the story. Look it up.

7. Silent Night by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, tonight's selection from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976). I like that they keep these selections short enough that the tunes don't get repetitive.  In, Out, Done.

8. Skaters Waltz by The Kingsway Strings from Symphony On Ice-Music For Skaters-Waltzes Recorded For Ice Or Rink (Somerset SF-28200, Stereo).  I shared a tune from the other side of this LP earlier in the season and it was off-center.  This tune sounds OK to me, and I don't remember the tonearm swaying back and forth as I recorded it.

9. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Richard Webb, Bass & Salvatore Mancuso, Organist, from the album I Love To Tell The Story (Central Woodward Woman's Fellowship VC 3330, Stereo). I love finding Christmas tunes in unexpected places, and this LP was certainly unexpected.  Pretty plain front cover, nothing on the back cover, but three Christmas tunes on the vinyl.

10. Toys by Vikki Carr-Arranged & Conducted By Marty Paich from Intimate Excitement (Liberty LST-7506, Stereo, 1967).  Not necessarily about the kind of toys you get for Christmas.

I keep forgetting to tell you about how I lost ten tracks earlier in the season.  Around about day 50 I noticed that there were less than 500 MP3s in the Christmas In July folder. After some thinking, I realized that I must not have added the MP3s back into the folder after converting the original wave files.  So I had to go back through all my old shares and find a day where the files weren't in the folder.  I think it was day 24 when I finally found tracks that hadn't been added.  So I didn't really lose anything, I just didn't have it in the right place.  Doesn't matter to you, I guess.

Zippyshare

Monday, August 27, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 53

We're in uncharted territory here folks, we've never gone 53 days in July before.  I hope it's smooth sailing from here to the end.

1. Winter by an unknown artist from Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 09 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-329, Mono, 1956).  I think this is the last of the tracks I have from these educational records.  Hope you enjoyed them.

2. Cold Wind by Bonnie Guitar-Arranged And Conducted By Cliff Parman from Two Worlds (Dot DLP 25696, Stereo, 1966).  It took me forever to find a copy of Bonnie Guitar's Christmas record, and when I finally got my paws on it, I wasn't all that impressed by it.  Not sure what I was expecting.  It all sounds a lot like this track.

3. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Skitch Henderson, His Piano And Orchestra from the reissue LP Skitch Henderson, His Piano And Orchestra Play Irving Berlin (Harmony Headliner Series (Columbia) KH 31957, Stereo, 1968).  This is a budget reissue of the original LP, with only 10 tracks.  The date of 1968 is when the original came out, no idea when this budget version appeared.

4. My Favorite Things by Percy Faith And His Orchestra from The Sound Of Music (Columbia CS 8215, Stereo, 1959).  Lots of Christmas tracks by Percy out there, some of them harder to find than others.

5. Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy), the last track from Jim Nabors-Arranged & Conducted By Sid Feller and the reissued two-fer LP The Lord's Prayer/How Great Thou Art (Columbia 2xLP CG 33618, Stereo, 1970).  His voice takes a little getting used to, but it's not bad.

6. Silver Bells by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Getting close to the end of this one, but we're not quite there yet.

7. The Toy Trumpet by Al Hirt And The Boston Pops Orchestra With Arthur Fiedler from "Pops" Goes The Trumpet (Holiday For Brass) (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2729, Stereo, 1964).  He's really showing off here.

8. The Virgin's Slumber Song (In German) by Maureen Forrester, Alto-John Newmark, Piano, from A Charm Of Lullabies (Westminster Gold WGS-8124, Stereo, 1970).  I don't speak German, but the synopsis of the track from the back of the LP insisted it was about Christmas.

9. Waltz Of The Flowers by David Rose And His Orchestra-Tenor Sax Solo By Bob Cooper from Concert With A Beat! (MGM SE3852, Stereo, 1960).  Is this the only Nutcracker track of the day?

10. Winter Wonderland by Eddie Layton With Rhythm Section from Better Layton Than Ever (Mercury SR 60031, Stereo, 1960).  I've shared this one with you many times in the pass, but I just can't seem to pass it up whenever I see a copy.

And that's that, ten more tracks.  Any favorites in there?  Plenty of good selections, I think.

Zippyshare

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 52

Time for a little 52 card pickup!  Are you ready?

1. Parade Of The Charioteers by Band Of The Grenadier Guards from The Kingsize Sound Of Hi-Fi (Decca (UK) LK 4795, Mono, 1966).  I don't know if it's Christmas, but it's very grand!

2. The Skater's Waltz by Continental Orchestra from Waltz Time (RCA Camden CAL-149, Mono).  Not sure when this came out, but it appears to have been mastered from a pretty lo-fi source.  Maybe a reissue of an old 78.  I didn't do enough research, sorry.

3. Theme Music From "The Snows Of Kilimanjaro" (From The 20th Century-Fox Film "The Snows Of Kilimanjaro"), the very last track I recorded before stopping to post today, this is by Al Goodman And His Orchestra from the LP Music From Hollywood-Themes From Great Motion Pictures (RCA Victor LPM-1007, Mono, 1954).  One of the very earliest 12" long-play albums on RCA.

4. Ave Maria by Ferrante And Teicher from Ferrante And Teicher Play Light Classics (ABC-Paramount ABCS-313, Stereo, 1959).  Very early stereo for these guys.

5. The Bells Of St. Mary's by Mabel Sansing Sharp from Memories (Dove Records DR3182 (Recorded at Georgia's Stone Mountain), Stereo).  I've actually been to this pipe organ.  I didn't think it was all that impressive, but it wasn't playing at the time.

6. Bugler's Holiday by Al Hirt And The Boston Pops Orchestra With Arthur Fiedler from their album "Pops" Goes The Trumpet (Holiday For Brass) (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2729, Stereo, 1964).  At least Al doesn't sing on this one.

7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Richard Webb, Bass & Salvatore Mancuso, Organist, from I Love To Tell The Story (Central Woodward Woman's Fellowship VC 3330, Stereo).  This is an odd on.  I almost didn't pay it any attention, but then I picked it up and there was nothing on the back cover.  So I took it out of the sleeve and found four Christmas tunes tucked away in the tracklist.  Makes me wonder how many things I'm missing some days because I'm not picking up every single record.

8. Joy To The World by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Today's obligatory track from this great LP.

9. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel by John Fahey from Guitar Vol. 4-The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party And Other Excursions (Takoma C 1008, Stereo, 1966).  Was really surprised to find this one, as John Fahey has so many Christmas albums already.  I guess he just really likes it, so he threw it into a regular album.

10. Sleigh Ride by Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra from Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 1 (Mercury Living Presence SR90009, Stereo, 1958).  I think it was just last year I was lamenting the fact that I didn't have all three volumes of this series in stereo, or at the same time.  This year I have two of the three in stereo, but no sign of the third one.  So it goes...

And that's it.  Some good stuff, some filler, but another day done.

Zippyshare

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 51

If memory serves, we went 51 days last year, and here we are at 51 this year.  And I'm not stopping yet.  The end is near, as the signs say, but it's not here yet.  Sometime next week, I think.  Pickings are getting thin in the pile of records I have left, and I don't want to share too much sub-par stuff with you.  But we'll see.  Now, what's in tonight's pile?

1. The Birth Of Christ by Leif Erickson, Narrator, With Dramatic Cast from the album The Bible Stories-Volume VII-The Birth Of Christ/The Good Samaritan (Cricket/Pickwick CR-207, Mono, 1960).  I believe I shared this with you last year, but I stumbled across a nice copy recently and decided to share it again.  I don't think I've shared enough spoken word with you this year, and this 18 minute retelling of the birth of Christ should go a long way towards rectifying that.  I also have a double album of poems that I hope to grab a couple tracks from, but it's so moldy I'm afraid to bring it in the house before I fumigate it.  And when I've recorded what I can, I'm throwing it out.

2. Fire And Ice Ballet-Pt. 3 by D'Artega And His "Coliseum Pop Orchestra" from Make Mine Manhattan (Mercury Wing MGW 12101, Mono).  The third and final part of this little bit of mid-century mood music.  I like it!

3. Greensleeves by The Entertainers from the organ demo LP Lawrence Welk Presents The Magic Of Color-Glo Thomas Organ Program (Thomas Organ Co. #08-20052-0, Mono, 1966).  I love this stuff, and the cover is a certificate of training signed by Lawrence Welk!

4. Holiday For Guitars by Buddy Merrill from Holiday For Guitars (Accent (GNP Crescendo) AC 5016, Mono, 1965).  Found this today, figured you needed more holiday music for the wrong sort of holiday we're celebrating this month. And it rocks more than most of the stuff I share here.

5. White Christmas (From "Holiday Inn") by Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra from Music Of Irving Berlin (Columbia CL 768 (Reissue of Masterworks LP from 1950), Mono, 1955).  I had forgotten about this, even though I shared it out some years ago.  I think I've forgotten more of my old shares than I realize.  But that means I find more new stuff, right?

6. Ave Maria by Jim Nabors-Orchestrations By Don Hannah from The Lord's Prayer/How Great Thou Art (Columbia 2xLP CG 33618, Stereo, 1970).  A different version than the one I shared out a day or two ago.

7. Doll Dance by Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra from Nola And Other Piano Instrumentals (Carleton STLP 12/302, Stereo, 1959).  A surprisingly fun version.

8. Hallelujah (Messiah) by The McCallie School Handbells from Music From McCallie (Pyramid's Eye Recording Studio MS-1520 (Chattanooga, TN), Stereo, 1977).  That's right, I found another handbell track for you!

9. The Holly And The Ivy by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Another great track from my go-to handbell record.

10. The Marvelous Toy by Rosemary Rice And Her Children's Chorus from Whistle For Happiness (RCA Camden CAS-1119, Stereo, 1970).  Good old Tom Paxton!

And that's it, second set of ten for today.  At this rate, I'll be caught up in another month of so.

Zippyshare

Christmas In July 2018-Day 50!

Yep, that's right, day 50!  Didn't think it would go this long this year, but here we are.  Nothing too special for you tonight, I'm afraid.  I'd hoped to get this post up this morning, but the day got away from me and here it is evening already.  I'm going to throw this up in a hurry because I'm hungry and I want to go eat.

1. Ave Maria by Virgil Fox
2. Fire And Ice Ballet-Pt. 2 by D'Artega
3. Footprints In The Snow by Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs
4. My Favourite Things by Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos (A UK pressing, thus the extra U in there.)
5. Pine Cones And Holly Berries (With "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas") by The Merrill Staton Voices (I keep trying to write Stanton, but that's not right, it's Staton!)
6. Waltz Of The Flowers by Ernest Ansermet
7. Bugler's Holiday by Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra
8. Hallelujah Chorus by The Combined Choirs of Christ Presbyterian Church
9. In Bethlehem 'Neath Starlit Skies (Wait's Carol) by The Ringing Bells
10. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Cleo Laine With Johnny Keating And His Orchestra

And that's it.  Sorry about the condensed format, but I'm hungry, gotta go eat.

Zippyshare

Friday, August 24, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 49

Day 49, your second post of the day, hope you're able to keep up.  I know I'm having a hard time keeping ahead of myself, but the weekend is here, so that makes it a lot easier.  Nice diverse pile of junk tonight.

1. Allah's Holiday by Helen Westbrook At The Mighty Wurlitzer Oriental Theatre, Chicago, from Helen's Holiday-The Little Mite At The Mighty Wurlitzer (Replica 10" 33 RPM 33x512, Mono).  I think this is the last thing I have from Helen to share with you this year.  Maybe I can find some more for next year, I'll keep my eyes and ears open.

2. Fire And Ice Ballet-Pt. 1 by D'Artega And His "Coliseum Pop Orchestra" from Make Mine Manhattan (Mercury Wing MGW 12101, Mono).  Interesting little bit of mood music here.  I'm grabbing hold of the Ice part of the ballet and claiming it for the season.

3. Sleigh Ride by Richard Ellsasser Playing The Baldwin Electric Organ from Leroy Anderson Favorites (MGM 3174, Mono, 1955).  So many good versions of Sleigh Ride this year!

4. Ave Maria by everyone's favorite Mayberry resident Jim Nabors-Arranged & Conducted By Sid Feller from the double reissue LP The Lord's Prayer/How Great Thou Art (Columbia 2xLP CG 33618, Stereo, 1970).  This version is the Bach-Gounod one in case you're curious.

5. Dance Of The Reed Flutes by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Nutcracker music and hand bells!  Two great tastes that sound great together!

6. Fantasia On "Greensleeves", a little high-brow music for you tonight courtesy of Morton Gould And His Orchestra from his LP Greensleeves (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2719, Stereo, 1964).  A simple song all fancied up.

7. Just Because by Al Hirt And Ann-Margret-Orchestra Arranged And Conducted By Marty Paich from Beauty And The Beard (RCA Victor LSP-2690, Stereo, 1964).  A song which at first has no Christmas connection, but a close listen yields two mentions of Santa!

8. My Favorite Things by Ted Heath And His Music from The Sound Of Music (London Phase 4 SP 44063, Stereo, 1965).  I haven't brought you nearly enough versions of this track this year.  I need to work on that.

9. Snowbird by Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos from A Musical Tour Around The World...And Beyond (London Phase 4 2xLP SQBE-94251 "A Club Exclusive Deluxe Two-Record Album", Stereo).  Interesting collection of tracks that I think was put together for The Capitol Record Club.

10. That Cold Feeling by The Happenings from their album Psycle (B.T. Puppy Records BTPS 1003, Stereo, 1966).  I happened to notice this cover pop up in my player at work, heavens knows how it got there, then I remembered seeing the same cover in the stacks.  Funny how things work sometimes.

And that's it.  Anything interesting in there?  If not, just wait a few hours, I'll put up some more Christmas goodies.

Zippyshare

Christmas In July 2018-Day 48

OK, I just got home from a show that I got to shoot (Cottondale Swamp opening for The Kentucky Headhunters) and I'm still a little pumped with adrenaline.  The Kentucky Headhunters actually segued into Joy To The World for a little bit at one point, and it was awesome! I'm wondering if they recorded that somewhere sometime?  But that's all beside the point.  I'm still up, so I'll share some more Christmas music with you.  No banter though, just a list.  You can add your own banter in the comments.

1. There's A Song In The Air-The Ringing Bells
2. Chinese Dance by Philharmonic Symphony Of London
3. Moonlight In Vermont by Shirley Hannum
4. Trio-Sonata In B Flat by The Choir Of The Church Of St. Mary
5. That Man Over There by Edmundo Ros
6. Waltz Of The Flowers by Bill Dalton
7. White Christmas by Gordon Jenkins
8. Satin Doll (Closing Theme) by The Saints And Sinners
9. Silver Bells by Roy Clark (Actually, not the Silver Bells you're thinking of, unless you're thinking of the wrong one...)
10. Sleigh Ride by Al Bollington.

Ten the quick way.  Enjoy!

Zippyshare

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 47

Oh, this month is dragging on...  You know it's bad when even I'm getting tired of it.  But I can see the end from here, just bear with me.

1. Jingle Bells by Carson Robison And His Pleasant Valley Boys, Calls By Lawrence V. Loy, from the album Square Dances (RCA Victor LPM-1238, Mono, 1956).  Pretty sure this song is a lot older than 1956, I suspect this is a collection of old 78s.  Sounds pretty good though.

2. My Favorite Things by Jane Morgan from The Second Time Around (Lapp KL-1239, Mono, 1961).  I think Jane Morgan is a bit underrated as a singer, but what do I know, I like square dance Christmas songs.

3. The Seasons by an unknown artist from the LP Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 09 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-329, Mono, 1956).  I love stuff like this.  You've never seen it before and you'll never see it again.  This is the stuff I want to preserve and share.

4. Sleigh Ride by Kurt Wege And His Orchestra from A Leroy Anderson Concert-21 Channel Sound (MGM E 4075 "Recorded By Deutsche Grammophon  Polydor Series In Europe", Mono, 1961).  21 channels but I find a mono copy.

5. That Man Over There by The Merrill Staton Voices from Meredith Willson's Here's Love (Columbia CL 2099, Mono, 1963).  For a long time I didn't realize this was a Christmas song until someone told me quite adamantly that I should listen to it.  And there you go...

6. Away In A Manger by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Handbells, 'nuff said.

7. Behold The Star by The Antioch Sanctuary Choir-Soprano Solo: Mrs. Jean Hogan-Tenor Solo: Mr. Sterling Faucette, from Spirituals Of The Sanctuary-85th Anniversary Album Of The Antioch Sanctuary Choir (Century Advent Recording ANT-6-789, Stereo).  Good stuff here.

8. Button Up Your Overcoat by Tom Gnaster from Together For The First Time (Allen GA-1113, Stereo, 1981).  The cover features of doctored photo of Gnaster playing beside himself.  I guess it's a joke, hard to tell.

9. Chestnuts On The Open Fire by Dick Schrum from So Rare (Concert Recording CR-0119, Stereo).  No matter what title the choose to use, this is actually The Christmas Song.

10. The Month Of January by Tommy Makem With Eric Weisberg from Songs Of Tommy Makem (Tradition (Everest) TLP 1044, Stereo, 1961).  Maybe I should have saved this one for New Year's.  Oh well, too late now.

That's it, ten more.  Aren't you happy?  I'm making up a few days here, trying to get back on track before the end comes along.  We'll see how good I do.

Zippyshare

Christmas In July 2018-Day 46

46 days!  Well, still not as many as last year, but getting close.  Let's jump right in, shall we?

1. Moonlight In Vermont by The Jimmy Smith Trio from Jimmy Smith Plays The Standards (Sunset (Liberty) SUS-5175, Stereo, 1967).  OK, not exactly Christmas, but it's nice filler.  And technically it's an organ record, but you might like it!

2. Rockin' Jerusalem by The Antioch Sanctuary Choir-Soprano Solo: Ms. Shirley Lawrence, from Spirituals Of The Sanctuary-85th Anniversary Album Of The Antioch Sanctuary Choir (Century Advent Recording ANT-6-789, Stereo). I don't remember if this one said where Antioch Sanctuary was located.  It may not have, because I didn't note it in the comments, but there are nights when I do everything wrong, so who knows...

3. Satin Doll by Jess Parker from Standing Room Only With Jess Parker At The Hammond X-66 And B-3 (Concert Recording CR-E048, Stereo).  B-3, that could be interesting.  Maybe.

4. Snow-Drift-Eyes by Karel Gott With The Czechoslovak Radio Dance Orchestra/Josef Vobruba from The Golden Voice Of Prague (Supraphon SUA ST 53643, Stereo, 1970).  Who could have imagined, a second share this year from Czechoslovakia and the Supraphon label!

5. Swiss Holiday by Homer Dennison And The "Night Strings" from Night Love (Evolution 3002 (SMAS-91634), Stereo).  Major schlock, but for some reason I liked it.

6. Waltz Of The Flowers by The Kingsway Strings from Symphony On Ice-Music For Skaters-Waltzes Recorded For Ice Or Rink (Somerset SF-28200, Stereo).  I think this may be the track I pulled from off-center vinyl.  I usually play all the tracks I'm posting as I post them, but it's still back on Satin Doll at this point, so I'll know in a second as soon as it starts to play.  I apologize if I damage your hearing.

7. When The Toy Soldiers March On Parade by Grandma's Boys from I Had A Dream, Dear... (No Label 32857, Stereo, 1978).  Should have shared this way back on Barbershop Day, but I didn't see it there in the stacks until too late.

8. Winter Sky by Judy Collins from The Judy Collins Concert (Elektra EKS-7280, Stereo, 1964).  The folk years were an odd time. I saw Inside Llewyn Davis in the theater back when it came out, and I was just scratching my head through most of it.  Then when he turned up in Star Wars, I was really confused.

9. Yuki No Genso (Snow Fantasy) by Kimio Eto from Art Of The Koto-The Music Of Japan Played By Kimio Eto (Elektra EKS-7234, Stereo, 1963).  The Elektra label really took some chances back in the day.  From folk to Japanese koto music, that's diverse, baby!

10. Yuletide Is Here Again, my personal favorite by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  I think this one is based on a Swedish Christmas song that I've always liked.  I don't know the Swedish words, so I like this one because I can hum along.

That's it, another big batch of goodies.  Enjoy!

Zippyshare

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 45

Day 45, a month and a half into this thing, sorta.  How do I do it? I don't know, someone tell me, seriously.  And not just how, but why?

1. Blues For The Camels by Osie Johnson's All-Stars from the album Swingin' Sounds With Osie Johnson's All-Stars (Jazztone J-1234, Mono, 1956).  What does it have to do with Christmas?  Well, the wise men rode in on camels.  I dunno, reminded me of that LP I used to share, Blues For Baby Jesus, one of the cover variants had camels on it, I think. Nope, just some kings.  I can't catch a break today.

2. Bugler's Holiday by Richard Ellsasser Playing The Baldwin Electric Organ (obviously not on the bugle...) from Leroy Anderson Favorites (MGM 3174, Mono, 1955).  This man recorded a lot of organ albums.  Good luck finding them all.  Not sure why you'd want to, but good luck anyway!

3. The Merry Merengue by Monchito And His Orchestra from Cha Cha Cha-Every Pick A Hit With The Orchestras Of Monchito And Ramon Marquez (Fiesta FLP 1235, Mono).  Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

4. Twinkle Toes by Helen Westbrook At The Mighty Wurlitzer Oriental Theatre, Chicago, from Helen's Holiday-The Little Mite At The Mighty Wurlitzer (Replica 10" 33 RPM 33x512, Mono).  No, really, Twinkle Toes was one of Santa's reindeer.  Probably a different song though.  I gotta try...

5. Waltz Of The Flowers From The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, by Andre Kostelanetz Conducting The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra Of Philadelphia from Music Of Tchaikovsky (Columbia Masterworks 4x12" 78 RPM M-601, Mono, 1946).  While I was ripping 10" 78's the other day. I went ahead and threw this big 12" monster up there.  Pretty good sound I thought.

6. We Need A Little Christmas by Joe Berl-Music Direction: Joseph Berlingeri, from Mame "The Greatest Girl In Town" (Parliament Center Stage Series PLP 901, Mono).  Don't know what to think of this one.  Don't know if it's homemade, low budget or something else entirely.

7. Baby, It's Cold Outside, a creepy duet by Al Hirt And Ann-Margret-Orchestra Arranged And Conducted By Marty Paich, from the LP Beauty And The Beard (RCA Victor LSP-2690, Stereo, 1964).  Is this the only Al Hirt LP where he sings?  Why?

8. Carol Of The Bells by Geneva And Westminster Choirs from Christ Presbyterian Church (Custom Fidelity CFS-3002 (Largo, Florida), Stereo).  Largo is fairly local to me, about an hour away.  I'll be up there tomorrow shooting some band pictures, though nothing to do with Christ Presbyterian Church.  You should see the picture of the place on the LP.  The building has a lot in common with the church on The Simpsons.  Very much of it's era.

9. Come, All Ye Shepherds by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  They're good, aren't they?  Probably nobody left alive who played on this record.  Sad...

10. Greensleeves by Eric Rogers At The Kingsway Hall Organ from King Of Sound (London Phase 4 SP 44068, Stereo, 1965).  More organ music, but this time from a major label.

And that's it.  Gotta be something in there worth the download, don't you think?  At least you didn't have to pay for all these albums like I did.

Zippyshare

Christmas In July 2018-Day 44

Is it really day 44?  No, it's actual day 53 or something like that, but I missed a few days over all that time.  So we'll just keep on soldiering forward until we get to the end, no matter how many days it's been or how many days it takes.  But I'm hoping it doesn't take too many more days.

1. The Big Clown Balloons by The Merrill Stanton Voices, from that great Christmas musical Meredith Willson's Here's Love (Columbia CL 2099, Mono, 1963).  This isn't the official soundtrack, but you see it a lot more frequently.

2. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy by Ernest Ansermet With The Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, from Ballet Favorites-Highlights From The Nutcracker, Carnaval, Coppelia, Giselle (RCA Victrola (Canada) VIC-1066, Mono, 1964).  I've been going easy on you with the Nutcracker stuff here lately.  Hope you appreciate that.

3. A Dreamer's Holiday by Eileen Wilson And Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra from Dreamer's Holiday (Vocalion (Decca) VL 3615, Mono, 1958).  Nice little song, but not the type of holiday we celebrate around here.

4. Long, Long Winter by The Impressions from Keep On Pushing (ABC-Paramount ABC-493, Mono, 1964).  Pretty rare to find a seasonal track like this from a name band, but here you go!

5. Pastores Dicite (Speak, Shepherds) by The Sistine Chapel Choir from The Sistine Chapel Choir Sings-The Vatican Pavilion At The New York World's Fair (Kaye Records SC 1000, Mono, 1964). More fun from The Vatican.

6. The Toy Trumpet by Helen Westbrook At The Mighty Wurlitzer Oriental Theatre, Chicago, and the LP Helen's Holiday-The Little Mite At The Mighty Wurlitzer (Replica 10" 33 RPM 33x512, Mono).  A ten inch record I didn't have the other day when I shared out all 10" tracks.

7. Brassman's Holiday by Ralph Wolf At The Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ from Holiday For Pipes (Concert Recording CR-0093, Stereo).  Every time I think I've gotten to the end of the organ tracks, I find another stack.  It's never ending I tell you!

8. Carol Of The Bells by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  I think this album is going to be the deciding factor in how long I decide to drag out Christmas In July.  There were 18 hand bell tracks on here I wanted to share, and I'm not very far into that.  So unless I start doubling up, that's how many days are left.  We'll see.  Wish I'd pulled this LP out at the beginning of the month, we might be done already.

9. Merry Christmas by Melanie from Born To Be (Buddah BDS-5024, Stereo, 1968).  What a surprise this was.  I picked up the album because I recognized the cover artist (Mozelle Thompson), but when I opened up the gatefold, there was a Christmas track!  I knew Melanie had a Christmas song back in the day, but I thought it was a single.  And it ain't bad.

10. This Day Is Born In Bethlehem by The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Rev. John J. Bonzagni, Director, from The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Lee, Massachusetts (Vogt Quality Recordings 2xLP CSRV 2754, Stereo).  Am I done with this one yet?  Gotta be getting close.

One thing I do know, I'm done with this share for tonight.  Hope there's something in there you enjoy!

Zippyshare

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 43

I can't think of any good jokes for 43.  Is it prime?  Well, there is that, I guess.  Here's some music.

1. Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today, Christ Is Born) by The Sistine Chapel Choir from The Sistine Chapel Choir Sings-The Vatican Pavilion At The New York World's Fair (Kaye Records SC 1000, Mono, 1964).  Do these folks actually sing in The Sistine Chapel?  I saw where they recently play at The Met for the annual Met Gala.  I wasn't invited, but maybe next year.

2. It's Snowing In Hawaii by Alfred Apaka, With Orchestra Directed By Harold Mooney from the LP Blue Hawaiian Moonlight-Island Favorites Sung By Alfred Apaka (Decca 8820 (Reisuue of 10" LP from 1953), Mono, 1959).  I've shared this out before, but I didn't know back then that it was a reissue of a 10" album.  I'll have to see if I can dig that up somewhere.

3. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (No. 10 From Cantata 147) by Virgil Fox At The Organ Of The Riverside Church, New York, from Organ Reveries By Virgil Fox (Columbia Masterworks ML 4401, Mono, 1951).  Virgil Fox was pretty prolific during his career.  I've got multiple Christmas albums by him, as well as plenty of stray tracks like this one.

4. O Come Little Children by an unknown artist from Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 10 From Book 3 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-330, Mono, 1956).  Good stuff from a mid-sized record.

5. Wedding Of The Painted Doll by Leon Berry from Glockenspiels, Trap And Plenty Of Pipes With Leon Berry At The Hub Rink Chicago-Volume 1 (Replica 33x2501, Mono).  This is a track that was omitted from the 10" version of the LP, luckily I had a 12" version right here at hand.

6. Autumn Leaves, a ringer from The Mills Brothers-Arranged And Conducted By Larry Gordon, taken from the album The Mills Bros. Sing (Dot DLP 25237, Stereo, 1960).  Not the right season, but Stubby wanted something by The Mills Brothers.  This is the best I can do this year.

7. Il Est Né, tonight's track performed on the hand bells, by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from their LP Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  I just love this stuff, can you tell?

8. Satin Doll (Theme) by The Saint And Sinners from The Saints And Sinners Catch Fire At The Sheraton-Jefferson In St. Louis (Seeco CELP-4540, Stereo, 1960).  Standard hotel lounge stuff.

9. Silent Night by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist, from St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo).  Hey, at least it's a Christmas song.

10. Sleigh Ride by Eddie Higgins With Milt Hinton And Bobby Rosengarden, from By Request (Statiras SLP 8079, Stereo, 1986).  A rerun of a really good track.  Love the Prokofiev thrown in there.

And that's it, another day's worth of music from me to you!

Zippyshare

Christmas In July 2018-Day 42

What's the answer to life, the universe and everything?  Why 42 of course!

1. Na Leanbhai I Mbeithil (The Children In Bethlehem) by Mary O'Hara from Songs Of Ireland (Tradition (Everest) TLP 1024, Mono, 1958).  Just yesterday I was thinking that I hadn't found any Irish Christmas music to share with you this year, and then what do I find in the stacks today?

2. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Gordon Jenkins from Gordon Jenkins Conducts 26 Years Of Academy Award Winning Songs (CG Records CGS 3002, Stereo, 1959).  26 songs crammed onto this record, so don't expect too long of a song.

3. Doll Dance by Bill Dalton from The Fabulous Fingers Of Bill Dalton Playing The X-66 Organ (Amherst SLP-1203, Stereo).  More organ music.  There was a note on the sleeve and a concert flyer inside the jacket of this one, both mentioned 1970, but I don't know if the record is any older than that perhaps.

4. Greensleeves by Liberace And Gordon Robinson from their shared LP The Magic Pianos Of Liberace And Gordon Robinson (Coral CRL 757305, Stereo, 1960).  Robinson was the orchestra director for Liberace, but on this one album, they shared credit.  Liberace's name is in a much bigger font, however.  Much, much bigger.

5. Hallelujah Chorus From "The Messiah" by Walt Strony from Listener's Choice (Organ Stop Pizza (Phoenix, Arizona) OSP-108, Stereo, 1984).  I told you I was broke out in organ records still.

6. Have A Merry Christmas Day by Asa Duncan And Frank Sullivan-Sung By All The Kids from Sing Holiday (Rhythm Band Inc AR-3280, Stereo).  What an odd record.  Nice song though.

7. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) by Ray Conniff And The Singers from I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (Columbia KC 31220, Stereo, 1971).  From a few years after Ray Conniff ceased to have any relevance in the real world.  But he kept pumping out the vinyl.

8. Mary Had A Baby by The Antioch Sanctuary Choir-Soprano Solo: Ms. Shirley Lawrence from Spirituals Of The Sanctuary-85th Anniversary Album Of The Antioch Sanctuary Choir (Century Advent Recording ANT-6-789, Stereo).  More homemade music from the Cleveland area of Ohio.

9. Masters In This Hall by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  All these handbells make me want to go buy some M&M's!

10. O' Holy Night by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist, from the album St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo).  As good a place as any to end the evening.

Anything good in there?  I hope so.  Let me know what you think.

Zippyshare

Monday, August 20, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 41

Another day, another share.  Going to try real hard to get all seven days this week.  I noticed that I haven't gotten all seven days in any of the last four week.  That's pretty sad.  We'll see how I do.

1. Ave Maria by Fritz Weichbrodt from Trumpet Classics (Hamilton (Dot) HLP 166, Mono, 1966).  That's right, it's Ave Maria on the trumpet.  Haven't heard that this year, have we?

2. Dance And Be Merry (Adapted From "Country Gardens" English Morris Dance) by Bob Hannon With Jerry Sears And His Orchestra from the 78 set Songs For Little Folks (Mercury Miniature Playhouse 4x10" 78 RPM MMP 50M, Mono, 1949).  Some more leftovers from 10" record day last week.

3. Dance Of The Flutes by Ernest Ansermet With The Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, from Ballet Favorites-Highlights From The Nutcracker, Carnaval, Coppelia, Giselle (RCA Victrola (Canada) VIC-1066, Mono, 1964).  Is this actually Dance Of The Flutes?  It wasn't listed on the sleeve, but I sure thought that's what I was hearing...

4. Rorate Caeli (Song Of Advent) by The Sistine Chapel Choir from The Sistine Chapel Choir Sings-The Vatican Pavilion At The New York World's Fair (Kaye Records SC 1000, Mono, 1964).  I think I saw another record by these folks in the stack today, but I skipped over it.  I figure they can show up again next year.

5. Advent Processional by The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Rev. John J. Bonzagni, Director, from The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Lee, Massachusetts (Vogt Quality Recordings 2xLP CSRV 2754, Stereo).  What can I say about this one, I have no idea...

6. Coventry Carol by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, my new favorite group, from Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  I've actually been to Chagrin Falls, almost 20 years ago.  I'm sure I didn't pick this record up then, but I thought it interesting that it was from someplace I'd visited.

7. Greenwillow Christmas (Carol) by The Melachrino Strings from Music From Frank Loesser's Greenwillow (RCA Victor LSP-2229, Stereo, 1960).  Don't think you've seen too many revivals of this show on Broadway...

8. Holiday by Ralph Wolf At The Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ from Holiday For Pipes (Concert Recording CR-0093, Stereo).  Probably the wrong holiday, but close enough.

9. In Dulci Jubilo by Dr. Robert Elmore from Organ Recital/Demonstration With Narrative (Allen Organs AO 3600, Stereo).  An organ record with a generic Allen Organ sleeve, so of course I had to pull it out and see what might be on it. :)

10. Merry Christmas, Pretty Baby by Merle Travis from Rough, Rowdy And Blue (CMH CMH-6262, Stereo, 1986).  I couldn't believe this when I spotted it, but there it was.  Not as great as I had hoped, but still one of those things that shouldn't have been lost to the ages.

And there we are, ten more tracks.  Enjoy!

Zippyshare

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 40

Forty days (and forty nights)!  Seems like only yesterday I started sharing out Christmas music with you, but it's been almost two months.  Surprisingly, there's still some good stuff in the pile.  I keep thinking it's got to come to an end sooner or later, but then I find another clutch of records that I really want to listen to and get out there into the wild.  So we'll keep going, at least for a while.  The audience seems to be shrinking, which is a little bit of a surprise, but I guess not too much.  It was never a large audience to begin with, but you know.  To those of you still hanging around, thanks for your support!  Hopefully these shares will still be available come December so more folks can enjoy these obscure gems.  Anyhow, what's in the pile?

1. Baby, It's Cold Outside by The John Parker Orchestra from The Sound Of Conversation In Music (Medallion (Kapp) ML-7504, Mono, 1960).  I'd not seen this record before the other day, and it's not bad.  Wish I'd found it in stereo though, since it is part of a series of stereo showcase records. It's a whole series of songs that are frequently heard as duets with a bunch of back-and-forth, so I'm sure it's better in Stereo.

2. Chinese Dance by Ernest Ansermet With The Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, from Ballet Favorites-Highlights From The Nutcracker, Carnaval, Coppelia, Giselle (RCA Victrola (Canada) VIC-1066, Mono, 1964).  Not sure if I cut this one into the right pieces.  The first 1/2" of vinyl was heat damaged, so I couldn't start at the beginning.  I came up with too many tracks, and the lengths of the ones I did get didn't match anything from when I shared the same record back in 2009.  Maybe I'm overthinking this...

3. Des Santificatus (Day Sanctified) by The Sistine Chapel Choir from The Sistine Chapel Choir Sings-The Vatican Pavilion At The New York World's Fair (Kaye Records SC 1000, Mono, 1964).  I've been to the site of the 1964 World's Fair in NYC, also the site of the 1939 fair.  It's a nice little park, and there are a lot of pieces left here and there.  Not sure if it's worth the subway trip way out there, but if you're looking to kill some time in NYC...

4. Green Sleeves by Eddie Layton On The Hi-Fi Organ from No Blues On This Cruise (Mercury MG 20308, Mono, 1957).  The random Christmas tracks I've dug up from Eddie Layton over the years all seem to be better than the tracks on his actual Christmas record.  I wonder why that is?

5. I Saw Three Ships, artist unknown, from Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 10 From Book 3 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-330, Mono, 1956).  Leftover track from Ten Inch Record day a couple days ago.

6. March Of The Toys by Skitch Henderson, His Piano And The Stereosonic Strings from Autumn In New York (Mount Vernon Music MVM 107, Mono).  Yes, The Stereosonic Strings in mono.

7. Moonlight In Vermont by Chris Connor from Chris Craft (Atlantic 1290, Mono, 1958).  My copy is scratchy beyond words, but you'll get the idea.

8. Angels We Have Heard On High by The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director, from the LP Christmas Music/Bicentennial And Old Favorites (United Methodist Church Of Chagrin Falls, Ohio 6093N9, Stereo, 1976).  Just found this record way back in the archives today, and knew I needed to share it, even if it takes the rest of the month to get through all the track on it.  It's handbells!!!

9. Dream Of A Doll by Al Bollington At The Conn Organ from Organ Hues In Hi-Fi (Dot DLP 25110, Stereo, 1958).  The title may say hi-fi, but it's in stereo, aren't you excited?  I ripped a lot of organ records today, and I've got plenty to go.  There is no shortage of organ music hereabouts, no matter what you may hear on the news.

10. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas by Glen Ridge High School Concert Band With John De Mado, from Glen Ridge High School Band In Concert Highlights '71-'72 (Silver Crest GLE91672, Stereo, 1972).  Possibly the best thing I recorded all day, but you're going to wish you could see what was going on when this was recorded.  And I kid you not, the cover is a closeup shot of some crumpled aluminum foil.

That's it for today, plenty of good stuff in there.  Enjoy!

Zippyshare

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 39

Here we go again.  I've waited too late to get all the tracks for today written up, so I'm just gonna throw the lot up and tell you about it tomorrow.  For now, I need some sleep.

1. Holiday For Trumpet, Al Hirt
2. Greensleeves, Admiral Dan's Pandemoniacs
3. Arabian Dance, Ernest Ansermet
4. Drummer Boy, St. Albans Childrens Chorus
5. Adeste Fideles (Oh Come All Ye Faithful), The Sistine Chapel Choir
6. White Christmas, Nolan Strong And The Diablos
7. Let There Be Peace On Earth, The Imperials
8. The Bells Of St. Mary's, Jane Morgan
9. Skaters Waltz, Leon Berry
10. The Christmas Song, Tony Mottola

Zippyshare

Friday, August 17, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 38

Hello! And welcome to day 38!  And for the first time in a long while, we have a theme day!  It's taken forever, but I have collected up a whole double handful of tracks from those most curious of records, the 10 incher!  This post is dedicated to by buddy Buster who has a whole blog devoted to 10" record, though he does often stray from the format (and I always give him a hard time for such dalliances).  Some of these are from 10" vinyl, but some are from the original style of 10" record, the shellac 78 RPM model.  Those are generally older, more fragile, and incredibly hard to record sometimes.  I've spent the past four hours trying to get decent rip of five songs from four records, and I'm pooped.  So I hope you enjoy what you get because it's been a real pain.  I don't know how Buster does it sometimes, he shares ten things a week sometimes, and I can't seem to go a whole week without missing a day.  But anyhow, let's jump into this 10" deep pile and see what's in it.

1. Sleigh Ride by Ethel Smith from Galloping Fingers (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5327, Mono, 1951).  I'm starting out with one that I recorded in 2016, but never shared out.  I think that was because I wound up pulling the same track from a 12" record, and didn't want to repeat myself.

2. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Lyle Richardson, Baritone; Alexander McCurdy, Organist, from the LP Hymns Of The World (Fidéle 10" 33 RPM MRR 328, Mono).  Lots of obscure artists and labels in these 10" records.  And a lot of it has not made it to the digital age for whatever reason.  The recordings are just more obscure I suppose.

3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Les Brown And His Band Of Renown from Musical Weather Vane (Coral 10" 33 RPM CRL 56077, Mono, 1952).  Somehow I wound up with two copies of this one, which is good because one of them was pretty rough.

4. Satan Takes A Holiday by Hal Pearl from Hal Pearl At The Aragon Pipe Organ (Replica 10" 33 RPM 33 x 502, Mono).  The wonderful world of organ music is not limited to 12" vinyl, as we shall see at least once more.

5. Ave Maria by Hour Of Charm All Girl Orchestra And Choir Featuring Vocal Solo By Jeanne And Evelyn And Her Magic Violin Under Direction Of Phil Spitalny, taken from Favorite Melodies From The Hour Of Charm (Columbia 4x10" 78 RPM C 108, Mono, 1952).  This is the first selection taken from shellac, one of the most fragile substances ever made.  So of course they used to make records out of it.

6. Bells, performed by and unknown artist but taken from Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 09 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-329, Mono, 1956).  From a large series of records, only some of which had Christmas related tracks, and thus the only ones I picked up.  They all had those old pockets taped to the front that held a little card so you could check it out from the library.  None of them ever showed being checked out.  I guess they weren't very popular.

7. Carol Of The Birds, again by who-knows-who from the next record in the same series, Now And Long Ago-Silver Burdett Songs From Music For Living-Album 10 From Book 3 (Columbia 10" 78 RPM Microgroove JS-330, Mono, 1956).  Never seen this series, but it's on Columbia, so it can't be that obscure...

8. Doll Dance by Leon Berry from Glockenspiels, Trap And Plenty Of Pipes With Leon Berry At The Hub Rink Chicago-Volume 1 (Replica 10" 33 RPM 33x501, Mono, 1956).  As often happens, I've seen the same material on 12" vinyl, featuring additional tracks.  But sometimes, the stuff on the 10" record is unique.

9. The Hanover Winter Song by Dartmouth College Glee Club-Director: D.E. Cobleigh '23, from Dartmouth In Song (James Campion Inc 3x10" 78 RPM BS 065750-55, Mono).  More shellac.  And you thought homemade records were unique to vinyl...

10. In The Good Old Winter Time (Adapted From "Amaryllis"-Air Louis XIII By Ghys) by Bob Hannon With Jerry Sears And His Orchestra from Songs For Little Folks (Mercury Miniature Playhouse 4x10" 78 RPM MMP 50M, Mono, 1949).  Kiddie records aren't unique to vinyl either.  How these things survived being played with all those years ago, I'll never know.  Both front and back covers were torn from the package, but they were there, along with two song sheets.  Maybe it never got played with.

11. The Skaters, Op. 183 (Schlittschuhlaufer) Waltz by Prague Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Dr. Vaclav Smetacek, from Famous Waltzes (Supraphon (Czechoslovakia) 10" 33 RPM HLPM 392, Mono).  That's right, Czechoslovakia!  I go to the ends of the Earth to get music for you folks!  This isn't even a single country anymore!

12. Yuletide, Park Avenue (From Musical Revue "Call Me Mister") by Betty Garrett, Comedienne And Vocal Septet With Call Me Mister Orchestra Under Direction Of Lehman Engel, from Call Me Mister (Decca 5x10" 78 RPM 466, Mono, 1946).  Last but not least, this is my favorite song, but worst recording.  Turns out the record has an almost inch and a half chip in one edge, it's still attached, but it's hanging on by a thread.  It gave my needle a double whammy every time it spun around, so you're going to hear a lot of thunks and crunks in the first minute or so of the song.  Bear with it.  Other than that, it's an interesting idea for a Christmas song. Never heard Hammacher-Schlemmer name-checked in a song before!

And that's it, couple of extra songs thrown in because a couple of them are so short.  Hope you enjoy this selection of small-sized recordings.

Zippyshare

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 37

I feel like I should have been on Day 37 some weeks back, but I'm still happy to get here.  Not a special milestone, but a good point to be at either way.  How many days did I do last year? 51.  Hmm, not sure if I'll make it that far this year.  I shared out a lot more tracks last year, too, they just seemed to keep coming and coming and coming!  But we'll see.  What's in the pile tonight?

1. We Need A Little Christmas by The Monterey Brass With Vocals By Mary Louise & The Michaels Brothers, a real budget recording from The Hit Songs From Mame (Diplomat DS-2385, Stereo).  The side I recorded this track from listed three songs, but there was clearly four tracks on the vinyl.  I had to listen first to be sure I was getting the track I wanted.  Not sure what that bonus track was.

2. Ave Maria, Vergine Fiore (Hail Mary, Virgin Flower) by The Sistine Chapel Choir from The Sistine Chapel Choir Sings-The Vatican Pavilion At The New York World's Fair (Kaye Records SC 1000, Mono, 1964).  From a nice gatefold souvenir album that I assume you could pick up at The Vatican Pavilion.

3. December: The First Snow Of Winter by Arthur Godfrey With Orchestra And Chorus Under The Direction Of Archie Bleyer from Arthur Godfrey's TV Calendar Show (Columbia CL 521, Mono, 1953).  I thought I'd already shared this out with you this season, but I saw it was still in my folder.  I hope I'm not screwing something up here.  Arthur Godfrey showed up sometime recently on my TV in a small cameo bit during Four For Texas.  Not the best Rat Pack film, but it has another nice cameo from the very old Three Stooges!

4. Mary Born A Baby by The Lycoming College Choir-Walter G. McIver, Director, from Let Us Break Bread Together (Lycoming Records LLP 500, Mono).  Not sure if I've ever heard this song before.  I guess that's a good thing about these home-recorded records, you hear stuff that you've not encountered before.

5. My Favorite Things by Don Baker from The Great Songs From The Motion Pictures My Fair Lady, The Sound Of Music, West Side Story (Kapp KL-1411, Mono, 1964).  Because you needed more organ music from The Sound Of Music.

6. Sugar Plum Cha Cha by Ray Rasch And The Pipers 10 from Flutes Front & Center!-The Persuasive Flutes (Warner Bros W 1454 Promotion Not For Sale, Mono, 1962).  I can't tell you how excited to give you cha cha Nutcracker music performed on the flute and organ!  It's like four great tastes that taste great together!

7. Amen by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist-Solist, Kenneth Burney, from St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo). Not bad, but a big let down after cha cha Nutcracker organ flute music...

8. The Bells Of Saint Mary's by The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Rev. John J. Bonzagni, Director, from the LP The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Lee, Massachusetts (Vogt Quality Recordings 2xLP CSRV 2754, Stereo).  You know what this needs? A cha-cha beat.

9. The Snow Maiden: Dance Of The Buffoons by RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra-Robert Russell Bennett, Conductor, from It's Classic But It's Good (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2238, Stereo, 1958).  I saw Robert Russell Bennett and knew I had to try and find something on this one to share.

10. March Of The Lunatics by Leonard Pennario from The Two Pianos Of Leonard Pennario (Capitol SP 8517, Stereo, 1960).  I have no idea what's going on here.  Something about two different tracks in two different keys played by the left and right hands.  Someone smarter than I can figure it out, I'm sure.

And that's it, ten more tracks.  Is it Friday yet?

Zippyshare

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 36

And...I'm back!  Sorry about the little intermission there.  Had some intestinal issues that kept me close to a toilet for a few days.  Not pleasant, believe me.  Got an appointment with a specialist next week, hopefully they can do something to keep my insides on the inside where they belong. Still not 100%, but I'm a lot better than I was Saturday morning.  Still hoping to drag Christmas in July out a bit more, so thanks for sticking with me. I had big plans to spend the whole weekend recording more stuff and now here it is Wednesday and nothing for almost five days...

1. Seasons Reasons by Ann Richards from The Many Moods Of Ann Richards (Capitol T-1406, Mono, 1960).  The title certainly sounds like a good holiday title, but the lyrics are a little hard to follow.  What's going on here, can anyone tell?  I've got another Kenton alumni to share with you, I should have done them together... Not too late, I guess.

2. Love Turns Winter To Spring by June Christy-Orchestra Conducted By Pete Rugolo from Gone For The Day (Capitol T902, Mono, 1957). I like this one.  Listening to it, it sounds familiar, but I don't know why.  Doesn't look like I've ever shared the track out before. But good stuff.

3. Sugar Plum by Joe Harnell And His Trio from The Piano Inventions Of Joe Harnell And His Trio (Jubilee LP-1015, Mono, 1956).  A rerun, but I think it's a good one.

4. Ave Maria by The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Rev. John J. Bonzagni, Director-Soloist: Mrs. Jacqueline A. Abbott, from The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Lee, Massachusetts (Vogt Quality Recordings 2xLP CSRV 2754, Stereo). A little something for everyone on this sprawling set.

5. A Cold Wind Is Blowing by The Modern Jazz Quartet from Patterns (United Artists (Capitol Record Club) SW-90835, Stereo, 1960).  If I read the entry at Discogs correctly, this is a reissue of a soundtrack recording from the previous year.  Does that sound right?  My rip leaves a little to be desired, I know.  Sorry.

6. Go Tell It On The Mountain by The World Action Singers Of Oral Roberts University-Joyce Lampkin, Soloist-Arranged And Conducted By Ralph Carmichael from Oral Roberts Presents (Light LS-5520-LP, Stereo).  Another rerun, but I remember liking this one, and I saw the LP again, so here you go.  A new copy of the LP, I should mention.  All of these reruns are from copies of the albums I've found since I first shared them.  I don't just go and re-record my old copies of the albums.  The old copies are packed away in a box somewhere, probably never to see the light of day again.

7. Holiday For Strings by The Medallion Piano Quartet from The Sound Of 8 Hands On 4 Pianos (Medallion (Kapp) MS-7510, Stereo, 1960).  I've given you this song on all sorts of instruments this year, so why not pianos? And if you're gonna do pianos, why not four of them?

8. Jesu' Bambino by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist, from St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo).  Those kids...

9. Miniature Overture, another Nutcracker track from our friend Dom Frontiere and his LP Mr. Accordion-Dom Frontiere Plays Classical Favorites (Liberty LST 7008, Stereo, 1958).  Thought I'd shared everything I had from this one, but I guess not.  I really should plan these things out better, but I do it by the seat of my pants most days.

10. Satin Doll by Georgie Auld With Don Costa And His Orchestra from Manhattan With Strings (United Artists UAS 6068, Stereo, 1959).  This is very early for the United Artists label, you don't see too much of their stuff floating around from these early days.

That's a nice place to stop, some good stuff in there today.  I think I'm still a little sick.  Hard to concentrate.

Zippyshare

Friday, August 10, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 35

Wow, 35 days so far!  Not even close to a record, but still a long time.  I'm too tired to type it all up tonight, I'll try to get the titles and whatnot in there tomorrow for you, unless some kind soul posts it in the comments for me like happened last time.  And I get more downloads if I don't tell you what's in there, I wonder why that is?

Zippyshare

(The next day...)

OK, let's see what's in the pile.

1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by Mel Tormé from Gene Norman Presents Mel Tormé At The Crescendo (Coral CRL 57012, Mono, 1955).  Recorded live in 1954, I think this is Mel's first recording of his song written in 1945.  My copy of this LP is pretty beat, so I apologize for the sound quality here.

2. Epiphany by Ray Middleton-Choir & Music Under Direction Of Howard Barlow from the LP Ten Protestant Holy Days (Candle CAN-111, Mono, 1957).  Still not a big fan of this guy...

3. Holiday For Strings, a rare vocal version by The Voices Of Walter Schumann from The Voices Of Walter Schumann-Lyrical Music For Listening (Capitol-The Star Line T-297, Mono, 1962).  I believe this is a straight reissue of an earlier LP, only for Capitol's budget Starline series.

4. In The Bleak Mid-Winter by The Lycoming College Choir-Walter G. McIver, Director, from Let Us Break Bread Together (Lycoming Records LLP 500, Mono). These guys seem to be a step above most of these self-recorded groups.

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Alice Faye, from one of her early movies and released on Alice Faye In Hollywood (1934-1937) (Columbia CL 3068, Originally Recorded 1/24/37, Mono, 1969).  I've been hunting for Christmas music by Phil Harris, but haven't turned anything up yet.  All I've been able to find is this song from his wife.

6. Angels We Have Heard On High by The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Rev. John J. Bonzagni, Director, from The Choir Of The Church Of Saint Mary-Lee, Massachusetts (Vogt Quality Recordings 2xLP CSRV 2754, Stereo).  A rare double album from a church group.

7. Ave Maria by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist, from St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo).  One of the better kiddie groups I've featured around here, or at least one of the better recorded.

8. The Bells Of St. Mary's by Roger King Mozian And His Orchestra from Spectacular Is The Sound For It! (MGM SE3883, Stereo, 1960).  I'm thinking that I've shared this before, and maybe from the original LP, not from this label sampler.

9. A Child Is Born by Tony Rice from The New Acoustic Music Sampler (Rounder AN-02, Stereo, 1984).  This seems to have been written by Dave Grusin, so I'll need to see if I can track down a version by him.

10. Greensleeves by Dick Schory's Percussion And Brass Ensemble from Runnin' Wild (RCA Victor Stereo Action LSA-2306, Stereo, 1961).  Can't go wrong with anything from the Stereo Action series!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 34

Whoops, missed another day yesterday.  Laid down for a quick nap and didn't get up until the alarm went off the next morning.  So it goes, I guess I needed the sleep more than I needed the Christmas music.  But I've got ten more for you today, no worries.

1. The Blizzard by Billy Walker from The Gun, The Gold And The Girl/Cross The Brazos At Waco (Columbia CL 2331, Mono, 1965).  A rewrite of The Frozen Logger, if you're familiar with that one.  Not the sort of thing you hear everyday.

2. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, your Nutcracker track of the night, by The Michael Collins Strings from The Lonely Heart (Romantic Themes By Tchaikovsky) (Capitol T10236, Mono, 1959).  Part of the Capitol of the World series, but I really have a hard time putting music from England into that category.

3. England: Holiday In London by Norrie Paramor And His Concert Orchestra from Norrie Paramor's Jet Flight (Capitol T10190, Mono, 1958).  Another one from the Capitol of the World series, and again from England.  Didn't plan that, I swear!

4. Greenslees by Thumbs Carllile from the LP All Thumbs (Smash MGS 27085, Stereo, 1965).  I think Carllile was a discovery of Roger Miller who had a unique way of playing his guitar that involved his thumbs.  Not sure how he got his nickname though.

5. Holiday For Strings by Ray Rasch And The Pipers 10 from Flutes Front & Center!-The Persuasive Flutes (Warner Bros W 1454, Mono, 1962).  That's right, Holiday For Strings on the flute!  And for some strange reason, an organ...

6. Jingle Bells by The Coronet Children Chorus from Sing-Along For Children aka Children's Sing Along (Twinkle (Premier) TW 25, Mono).  That's right, budget label children singing. But kazoos!

7. O Come All Ye Faithful by The Lycoming College Choir-Walter G. McIver, Director, from the album Let Us Break Bread Together (Lycoming Records LLP 500, Mono).  Much better, non-budget label.

8. Away In A Manger by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist, from St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo).  Ah, even better non-budget label children singing.

9. Handel's Messiah by The Hell's Gate Steel Band from This Is Antigua With The Hell's Gate Steel Band-Volume 1-A Star Production (Star (Sound, Tapes And Records Limited, Jamaica) No Number, Stereo, 1969).  You wanted some steel drum, you got some steel drum!

10. A Ceremony Of Carols by The Robert Shaw Chorale Of Women's Voices-Robert Shaw, Conductor, from the LP Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony Of Carols; Rejoice In The Lamb; Festival Te Deum (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2759, Stereo, 1964).  Not my best rip of the year, but the longest by quite a ways.  Don't try to make it all the way through in one sitting.

And that's it.  A little something for everyone in this pile, I think.

Zippyshare

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 33

33 days in and it feels like I just started!  So many things I wanted to share this month and I don't think I'm going to get to even half of it.  I suppose that means more for next year, right?  But I've still got plenty of time, Christmas doesn't start until Thanksgiving, right?  OK, what's in the pile tonight?

1. The Reindeer Hunt by Riz Ortolani from the soundtrack LP Ecco (Warner Bros W 1600, Mono, 1965).  No, it's not Christmas, but with a name like that, how could I not throw it in here?  Remind you of anything?  Carmina Burana perhaps?  That's what I heard...

2. The Skaters--Waltz by The Carnegie Pops Orchestra-Conducted By David Broekman, from the album Pops In The Park (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7113, Mono, 1958).  As I mentioned before when I shared another track from this album, this is a reissue of an earlier Masterworks album.  At least this time it wasn't on big clunky 78s.

3. Skating In Central Park by The Modern Jazz Quartet from Patterns (United Artists (Capitol Record Club) SW-90835, Stereo, 1960).  I was a little confused by the catalog number on this one until I realized it was for Capitol's record club.  I actually had two copies of the LP in the pile, but when I pulled one of them from the sleeve, it was a mono copy in a stereo jacket.  And this was the other one.  Sound is a little rough, but you can still give it a listen.

4. Snowflakes by Skitch Henderson, His Piano And The Stereosonic Strings, from Autumn In New York (Mount Vernon Music MVM 107, Mono).  Hands down, my favorite track of the day!  Just imagine what this would sound like in Stereo!  Not sure where this music comes from or if it's really Skitch.  Looks like a budget label to me, but the tracks sounded OK.  And there was no fine print saying "And Toots McStitch" so that they could pass off the rest of the tracks.

5. Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy, today's Nutcracker installment by Dom Frontiere from Mr. Accordion-Dom Frontiere Plays Classical Favorites (Liberty LST 7008, Stereo, 1958).  I need to record some more Nutcracker stuff before the end of the month, just to get it out of the way.  Makes nice filler. :)

6. Deck The Halls by St. Albans Childrens Chorus-Lucille Burney, Director-Ruth Perkins, Accompanist, from St. Albans Childrens Chorus Sings (No Label SXB-600/-601, Stereo).  Pretty good for kids singing.

7. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by The Simon Sisters from The Simon Sisters Sing The Lobster Quadrille And Other Songs For Children (Columbia Children's Record Library CR 21525, Stereo, 1969).  I've shared this with you before from a later reissue that apparently had some additional instruments dubbed onto it.  This is the second issue, so it didn't come with a book, but it is the raw recordings.  And in case you don't know, one of the Simon sisters is named Carly.

8. Sleigh Ride by Marco Rizo, His Piano & Orchestra, from Leroy Anderson In Latin America (Forum SF 9039, Stereo, 1960).  Love this version, shared it quite a few times now.  Uh-oh, the right channel in my amp just started buzzing...  It's always something. I hope that's just in the playback and not in the recording.  Anybody heard anything odd in the downloads?

9. Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain from Mountain Live-The Road Goes Ever On (Windfall-Bell 5502, Stereo, 1972).  Not sure if it's Christmas but it sure is long!

10. Satin Doll by Onzy Matthews And His Orchestra from Blues With A Touch Of Elegance (Capitol ST 2099, Stereo, 1964).  I thought this was old when I bought it, so I was surprised to see the 1964 date.  Looks late fifties to go by the cover.  I guess they were trying to bring back the big bands in the face of The Beatles.

And that's it.  One more night in the can.  Enjoy!

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