Thursday, July 05, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 05

Well, time to go back to work after the day off right in the middle of the week.  I told my guys they could come in late today since they will be up late watching the fireworks.  We'll see just how late they show up.  In the meantime, here's another set of great Christmas music for you!

1. Snowman by Tommy Roe from Beginnings (ABC ABCS 732, Stereo, 1971). If this doesn't cool you off, I don't know what will.

2. Cool Mambo by The George Shearing Quintet from A Shearing Caravan (MGM E3175. Mono, 1955).  OK, I stand corrected, this is the song that will cool you off!

3. Virgin Mary Had One Son by Joan Baez And Bob Gibson, accompanied by Bob Gibson on guitar, Bill Lee on bass, from Folk Festival At Newport Vol. 2 (Vanguard VRS-9063, Mono, 1959).  Always good Christmas music on these old folkie albums if you look hard enough.

4. Marche by Warwick Symphony Orchestra begins today's Nutcracker Suite block.  This track is from Nutcracker Suite/Carnival Of The Animals (Camden (RCA) CAL-100, Mono, 1954).  Seems to be a popular combo, The Nutcracker Suite with Carnival Of The Animals.

5. Arabian Dance by The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Felix Slatkin from Nutcracker Suite/A Midsummer Night's Dream (Capitol SP8404, Stereo, 1957).  Don't see these two suites paired up often.

6. Russian Dance by Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra-Andre Kostelanetz, Piano Soloist, from Nutcracker Suite-Between Birthdays-Verses By Ogden Nash (Columbia Masterworks ML 5664, Mono, 1961).  Wish I'd had a stereo one of this LP to rip for you...

7. Dance Of The Mirlitons by Antal Dorati Conducting The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra from the LP Britten: The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (Mercury MG 50055, Mono, 1955).  I just started pulling tracks from this one yesterday, but that one was spoken word.  This begins the actual music.

8. Waltz Of The Flowers by The Steel Bandits from The Steel Bandits Play (Decca DL4794, Mono, 1966). Yep, you guessed it, Tchaikovsky played on the steel drums!

9. Pas De Deux (No. 14a From The Complete Ballet, Op. 71) a ringer by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Sir Adrian Boult, taken from the album Sir Adrian Boult Conducts Suites From Tchaikovshy's Ballets The Nutcracker And Sleeping Beauty (Capitol SP 8690, Stereo, 1967).  Taken from the actual ballet, not the later orchestration, so it may not be as familiar to you.

10. Waltz Of The Trumpets by The Airmen Of Note, from the radio LP Serenade In Blue-Series Eleven (Programs 131-143) (United States Air Force 7xLP Suggested Air Date: October-December 1969, Stereo, 1969).  Not really a track from The Nutcracker, but sounds like it could be, right?

That's it, that's all you're getting today!  You'd better enjoy it or you won't get anymore!



barba said...

well, the cleverly named ‘steel bandits’ get my vote for top tune of the day. nothing better than pan-tonal tchaikovsky.

Buster said...

Strong on Tchaikovsky today, eh? The steel drums are a nice touch.

I do know that the Warwick Symphony is the Philadelphia Orchestra. Not sure about the conductor. I used to have a list of Camden classical pseudonyms, but can't find it.

Kwork said...

I'm particularly happy to see the Baez/Gibson track, and look forward to discovering the rest! Thank you!