Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 03

Three days in already?  Seems like only yesterday I was sitting on a beach somewhere thinking I needed to start preparing for Christmas in July...  Not really, I'm sure I was in a record store checking the flip side of all the records looking for Christmas music.  And it was today, not yesterday. :)  OK, what's in the pile for tonight?

1. Come, Go With Me To Bethlehem by The Winnipeg Mennonite Children's Choir-Helen Litz, Director, taken from their LP Singing The Seasons Of The Lord (Choristers Guild, DSC-1, Stereo, 1979).  Nice recording of some kids here, and there are several more tracks from this one to go, so I hope you like it.

2. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, the Coca-Cola Christmas song, given a country spin by Jan Howard from her album Love Is Like A Spinning Wheel (Decca DL7-5333, Stereo, 1972).  Interesting, very interesting.

3. Winter Blues Bossa Nova by Bent Fabric from Operation Lovebirds (Atco SD 33-202, Stereo, 1967).  Nice moody little piece.  Wouldn't be out of place on those Easy Christmas collections that came out a few years ago...

4. In Dulci Jubilo by Hector Olivera, more organ goodness from the LP Two Sides Of Hector (Eagle Associates Recordings EAR-10217, Stereo). I told you I had a million of these organ albums, and I wasn't kidding.  You haven't seen anything yet.  I've still got a stack of them to go through and record!

5. Winter Warm by The Bob Crewe Generation from Music To Watch Birds By (Dynovoice DY 31902, Stereo, 1967).  Similar to the bossa nova track above, just something designed to put you in a certain mood.

6. Hallelujah Chorus by The Lee College Choir from A.T. Humphries Presents The Lee College Touring Choir (Skylite (Blackwood-Statesmen Enterprises) SRLP-5987, Mono, 1961). Don't think I knew The Blackwood Brothers and The Statesmen had a record label together!  Not sure how long it lasted, but here it is.  I appear to have called this track Hallelujah Choir at some point, but I think it's fixed in the download.  Some times I'm just working on autopilot...

7. The First Noel by The USAF Strings from the radio show LP set Serenade In Blue-Series Eleven (Programs 131-143) (United States Air Force 7xLP Suggested Air Date: October-December 1969, Stereo, 1969).  This was one of my favorite finds this season.  A collection of records made for radio programming back in 1969, consisting of seven records, though I only found three of them.  But one of the ones I found was a bonus side of all Christmas music!  So I've got a few more from this one that I'll be sharing out through the month.  That gives you something to look forward to.  And did I mention that I found this in a thrift store in Brooklyn?  Or was it Queens?  Either way, I was a long way from home when I discovered it!

8. Sleigh Ride by The Don Baker Trio from the LP Cocktail Hammond (Capitol T1099, Mono, 1959).  A rerun, but something I have to grab whenever I see it.

9. Greensleeves, by Mantovani And His Orchestra from his album Mantovani Waltz Encores (Decca (England) SKL 4098, Stereo, 1958).  This had to be one of his earliest stereo recordings, and somehow I came away with a copy from his native England.

10. Winter's Sadness (From Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto), a Tchaikovsky song that isn't from his Nutcracker Suite, by The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin from Fantastic Strings Play Fantastic Themes (Liberty LSS-14021, Stereo, 1963).  No Nutcraker Suite at all in the share today, but I had to slip in something by Tchaikovsky.

And that's it.  Ten more tracks in a holiday vein for you.  Hope you're keeping up, you don't want to fall behind this early in the game!



Buster said...

Is that the first Hallelujah Chorus of the season? I suspect it won't be the last.

Buster said...

By the way, sometimes when I click the box to leave a comment, it wants me to identify road signs to prove I am not a robot. Apparently robots cannot identify road signs, which could be trouble for driverless cars.

Ernie said...

I gotta take my Christmas songs where I find them...and whichever ones I can find.

I hope the robots have better vision than the grainy low-res pics they show. :)

Kwork said...

Ernie: Thank you so much for doing Christmas in July this year. I had been storing past years of summer holiday cheer on an external, but that drive crashed this year, and took much music that I hadn't saved elsewhere yet. Unfortunately, that meant that all past July Christmas offerings are gone, and Zippy links seem to also be gone, so my collection was forced to reboot itself this year. Thank you for all this truly appreciated goodness.

Kwork said...

And, Buster: I'm just glad, as a totally blind screenreader user, that there is an audio option, and I rarely have to use that one, or the visual option, as I can just check the "I am not a robot" box as I'm usually signed into my Google account anyway. Your comment about the road signs made me laugh!