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.



Buster said...

I don't remember asking for more steel drum, but thanks anyway!

I've never liked Britten's Ceremony of Carols. There's something about it that just seems... off.

Generally a splendid collection, though!

barba said...

that ‘ceremony of carols’ by the robert shaw chorale of women’s voices is a winner. my mother will like it. she likes all the robert shaw christmas music and i know she doesn’t have this. she objects to the tapes i make of christmas cha-chas and doo-wops and calypsos and slack guitar hawaiians and chinese singing ‘ludolph da led nose leindeel’. the shaw will be right up her alley. i’ve got to write it down or otherwise i’ll forget. if you’re a young person and you forget stuff, they make cool movies about you like ‘memento’. if you’re an old guy and you forget stuff, they try to hide you in the closet.

after listening repeatedly, i must give the nod to the real thing steel band’s version of the hallelujah chorus over that of the hell’s gate steel band. they just handeled it better.

i know. no shame.

JustaJeepGuy said...

Not bad, @barba, not bad! Been waiting long to use that line?

Kwork said...

An eclectic night. I think I'm looking forward to the steel drum piece the most. Thank you!