Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Christmas In July 2019-Part 18

I did some math and realized that I'm not sharing out enough stuff with you folks to get through my stash by the end of the month.  I've got so much stuff already recorded and another pile I hope to get to if I have time that I can't fit it all in at the pace I'm going.  So here's a special bonus post to get a little more caught up.  I shouldn't have to do this too often, but I think it all comes down to how much more stuff I get recorded over the next month.  There aren't enough hours in the day sometimes, you know?  Anyhow, here's your bonus tracks.

1. F.X. McDonald, Jr., Soloist-Ave Maria from Peace, My Friends (Angelus Records WR 5057, Stereo).  I did a non-scientific search, and I think Ave Maria may be the song I have recorded the most versions of this year.  They aren't all the same song though, but among the two most common variations, there may be 30 different ones.  So I've got to share them out a lot.

2. Axel Stordahl And Orchestra Featuring Laurindo Almeida, Lute-Greensleeves from Guitars Around The World (Decca DL74337, Stereo, 1962).  I seem to recall that this was one of the very first songs I recorded this year for Christmas In July.  That was a few months back, and the tracks came hard and heavy after that.  If you haven't heard Axel's full Christmas LP, look it up.  It's pretty good stuff.

3. Rod McKuen-Holidays from Desire Has No Special Time (Everest 3208, Stereo, 1968). Poetry as only Rod can.

4. Ted Heath And His Music-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm from My Very Good Friends The Bandleaders (London PS 174, Stereo, 1960).  I believe I've shared this one with you before, but in mono.  I was a little excited when I found this stereo copy recently.  I'm weird like that.

5. Brighton High School Marching Band-Carl Klopshinske, Director-Let There Be Peace-America The Beautiful from Brighton's Bicentennial Pride (Mountain Valley Recording Studio MVR 101, Stereo, 1976). I wanna say this one is from Michigan, but I didn't put anything in the notes like I usually try to do.  Pretty sure it had an outline of the state on the front cover, that was sort of a giveaway.

6. Hugo Winterhalter-A Marshmallow World from A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ST 90168 (ABC Records, Mfd. By Capitol Records), Stereo, 1963).  I know I've shared this one to death over the years, but here it is again.  And this one is from a special pressing for the Capitol Record Club!  How about that?

7. The Bowling Green State University Renaissance Ensemble-Oliver Chamberlain, Director-Riu, Riu, Chiu from Musical Portraits In Concert At The Toledo Museum Of Art (Mus-I-Col 101571/2, Stereo, 1973).  It's that Monkees Christmas song again...

8. Unknown Artist-Sing Noel, Noel from Choral Celebration Vol. VIII (Jensen Publications JP-6400, Stereo, 1985).  Today's obligatory demo track.

9. Hollywood Pops Orchestra-Ski Run (From "Spellbound") from Motion In Percussion (Sonic Workshop 0100, Stereo, 1960).  Fancy LP cover on this one, with a little bit of lenticular action under the word "Motion".  I think I have the original recording of this some coming up for you later in the season.

10. Tomita-Snowflakes Are Dancing (Children's Corner, No. 4) from Snowflakes Are Dancing-The Newest Sound Of Debussy (RCA Red Seal ARL1-0488, Stereo, 1974).  I seem to remember sharing this one out some years ago from a quadraphonic record.  This time it's in just plain old two channel stereo.  Hope that's OK.

And there you go, ten bonus tracks.  Here's the download link, enjoy the music.


Buster said...

I have that Axel Stordahl LP, but now that you mention it, I can't recall ever listening to it.

You keep posting Riu Riu Chiu but I have no recollection of ever hearing the song before. The Monkees, you say? I ignored them when they were popular because they appealed to people like my younger sister. Now I like them.

Speaking of snobbery, I hated Rod McKuen when he was popular because he appealed to people like my younger sister. I still hate him. Although I have a few of his early LPs when he was a crooner.

barba said...

tomita’s “snowflakes are dancing” album made an international splash in the mid 70s. i remember playing part of it for my mother who had endured years of piano lessons as a child and occasionally tried to polish up her old show pieces. one of those, debussy’s arabesque #1, was on tomita’s album. i can still hear her screaming “no, no! turn it off, turn it off!” as the moog started wiggling her favored melody all over the place. you can’t please everybody.

Ernie said...

Buster-The Monkee's version of Riu Riu Chiu was appended as a bonus track to some editions of their recent Christmas album. Give it a listen, it's good stuff.

Barba-It's pretty cool, I kinda like the Moog bits, but I have no idea why it was as big a deal as it was. Right place, right time, I guess.

Stubby said...

Here are the Monkees with Riu Riu Chiu from their Christmas episode (a mere minute and a half of your time):

Buster said...

Thanks, Stubby!

Patrick said...

This entry of your Christmas in July marathon contained quite a number of songs that I liked including I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, A Marshmellow World and Greensleeves. Much appreciated!