Friday, July 05, 2019

Christmas In July 2019-Part 10

Hello! And welcome to Christmas In July Part 10!  As has been my way for the past few years, the tenth day (or part in this case) is dedicated to music ripped from 10" albums.  They're a format that was somewhat popular in the early days of the LP, but eventually faded away as the fifties progressed.  However, I'm got one from much later on that's kinda rare to share from tonight, so that's cool.  Let's get into it.

1. Unknown Artist-Mickey's Christmas Carol-Excerpts from Hal Leonard Presents Expressive Arts 1984-85 (Hal Leonard Publishing 10" Flexidisc 840822, Stereo, 1984). This is a flexidisc, something you don't see very often, and a 10" one at that.  So it's pretty rare.  And it's a demo track of a Disney Christmas musical you could perform at your school. How cool is that? I found this record tucked inside one of the usual larger demo records of similar music.  Reading the fine print on some of these records, it appears to be a common thing for them to distribute additional samples this way, maybe things that were newer and couldn't make it onto the full-length album.

2. Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra-Satan Takes A Holiday from Dates With Ralph Flanagan At Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook And The Hollywood Palladium (RCA Victor 10" 33 RPM LPM 3171, Mono, 1953).  From a fake live LP, it's a fake Christmas song about the Devil.  Got it?

3. Frankie Carle And His Orchestra-Carle Meets Tchaikovsky from Frankie Carle Meets The Masters (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 6085, Mono, 1949).  I thought this was going to be something out of The Nutcracker, but it turns out to be from a piece Tchaikovsky did celebrating the different months of the year.  And the month he chose was June, so not really anything to do with Christmas.  But I had it ripped before I found all that out, so you get the share anyway.

4. Risë Stevens, Mezzo-Soprano, RCA Victor Orchestra And Chorus, Frank Black-Conductor-Toyland from Victor Herbert Favorites (RCA Victor Red Seal 10" 33 RPM LM 79, Mono, 1950).  You can't have a Victor Herbert album without this track.  I think there's a law on the books stating that.

5. Pleasure Ridge Park High School Choir-Solo By Barbara Fielder-Directed By Ernestine Hicks-Bonnie Poole, Pianist-Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire from Pleasure Ridge Park High School Choir-1962 (AVCA 10" 33 RPM RP-109, Mono, 1962).  Yes, a school choir on a ten inch record.  Will wonders never cease.

6. Les Compagnons De La Chanson-Ave Maria from Les Compagnons De La Chanson (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 6208, Mono, 1952).  Supposedly, this Ave Maria was written just for these guys.

7. George Feyer, Piano And Harpsichord, With Rhythm Accompaniment-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers from Echoes Of Childhood-For Children Six To Sixty-Six (Vox 10" 33 RPM VX 710, Mono, 1954).  A short excerpt from the side-long medley that Feyer is know for.  I had this one on 10" and 12", both of which I found within a week of each other after never seeing a copy of the title before.  Weird things seem to happen like that when you're hunting vinyl in the wild.

8. Kenny Baker-Christmas Morn-Hymn 23 from Hymns-Mary Baker Eddy-Sung By Kenny Baker (Shelley Products 10" 33 RPM TV 15580/15581, Mono).  Not sure of the year on this issue, but the original recording on shellac came out in 1938.

9. The Shawnee Choir-Earl Willhoite, Director-Richard Lindroth, Organist-Three Christmas Scenes from Sing And Rejoice (Shawnee Press 10" 33 RPM TV 25117/25118, Mono).  This appears to be another demo recording, but geared more towards church choirs and such, not school bands.

10. Dolf Van Der Linden Und Sein Metropol-Orchester-Holiday In Hollywood, my favorite of the day, from Streicher-Serenade (Philips 10" 33 RPM (Holland) P 10013 R, Mono).  I love those crazy strings!

And that's it for the day, another ten songs down.  And if you like your music from 10" records, don't hesitate to visit my buddy Buster's blog, he's got all sorts of records in that size.  No Christmas in July from him yet, but maybe if we all ask nicely, he'll dig something up. (At least one of my shares above is a track from a record he's shared out in it's entirety.)  Here's the download for the day, see you soon.

And if my mouse doesn't start working, I'm throwing it out the window.  Every click become a double click. Drag and drop is a joke.  It takes three tries to highlight some text.  Everything I do is just taking too long.  I've replaced drivers, installed software, I'm running out of ideas.  Maybe it's time for a new one.  :(


Buster said...

Thanks for the plug, buddy. I did share that Ralph Flanagan record, and I have the Kenny Baker and the Rise Stevens, I think, but not the others. I really like Dolf van der Linden so special thanks for that one!

Ernie said...

I was surprised to notice I had shared out another Dolf Van Der Linden song in years past!