Sunday, July 21, 2019

Christmas In July 2019-Part 55

Welcome to part 55!  Did I make it to 55 parts last year? Yes, but it was at the end of August, and it was very close to the end of the whole season. We're not even close to the end yet this year, but I've got a ton more stuff I want to share before the end. So here are another ten tracks to add to the pile of great Christmas music.

1. Madison Senior Choir-Mr. David Alan Ayers, Director-Accompanists, Katherine Sutch, Janis Black-King Of Kings Theme from The Joys Of Christmas And The Sounds Of Today (United Sound USR-4976, Stereo).  More great music from this interesting high school group.

2. Julie Budd, Produced, Arranged & Conducted By Herb Bernstein-Little Toy Store from Child Of Plenty (MGM SE-4545, Stereo, 1968).  Toy themed, but kinda Christmas adjacent.

3. The All Churches Children's Choir-Luther's Cradle Hymn from Sunday School Songs (Pickwick (Camden, RCA) CAS-1201, Stereo, 1975).  A budget label reissue of a budget label release?  Interesting...

4. Unknown Artist-The Merriest Of All Days from Hal Leonard Presents Choral Spectrum 1990-Senior Edition (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation 2xLP HLP-60, Stereo, 1990).  The demo recording comes early in the playlist today.

5. Robert Shaw, Members Of The Cleveland Orchestra, Chorus Of 200 Voices-Messiah-Hallelujah Chorus from Hallelujah! And Other Great Sacred Choruses (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2591, Stereo, 1962).  This is, to me, what the Hallelujah Chorus is supposed to sound like.

6. Dionne Warwick, Arranged & Conducted By Burt Bacharach-My Favorite Things from On Stage And In The Movies (Scepter SPS 559, Stereo, 1968).  Any excuse to slip some Burt Bacharach into the playlist.  And I remember the credits for this song on the sleeve were for someone completely wrong.  The label had the correct ones, so I went with those.  I see that a lot more often than you might expect.

7. William Flanders-Second Guitar, Dave Parker-Sing Then, Noel! from Fishers Of Men (No Label CSM 410, Stereo, 1969).  A little home brew Christmas goodness.

8. William Harrison, Pianist-Toyland from Familiar Themes And Easy Classics-Music Minus One Flute (Music Minus One MMO 7035-39, Stereo). Submit your version with added flute in the comments, please.

9. Bells Of Grace-Robert L. Neumann, Director-Mrs. Fred Wilson, Organist-We Three Kings Of Orient Are from Bells Of Grace (Lane Recording 25779/25780, Stereo, 1969).  Hooray, another bell track!

10. The All-Philadelphia Boys Choir And The Men's Chorale With The Philadelphia Symphonic Strings-Robert G. Hamilton, Director-Winter Night from Songs Of Inspiration (Philius Productions PH 1-774, Stereo, 1974). Good local stuff here.

And that's it for today.  Now I get to go work on shares for tomorrow.  Getting close to the point where I can quit doing three a day, but not quite yet.  Turning into a great July, methinks.  Here's the download link, see you manana!


Buster said...

I don't think I've heard that Dionne Warwick record, so thanks!

MOQChoir said...

RE #5, Mr. Shaw, Cleveland, Hallelujah Chorus: I had the honor of, over many years, singing for a music director who herself sang for Robert Shaw for over 30 years. (I got to sing for him myself for part of a season a really long time ago, but that's another story.)

Anyway, I'm convinced that all the many years I sang the Hallelujah Chorus for Linda, I got the benefit of Mr. Shaw's direction, most recently for the MOQ Choir, don't you know.

It's a piece of music that has been in my brain for over 30 years and will be for the rest of my days. Ernie, dude, thank you for sharing this 1962 recording. I'll be sharing it with Linda. Thanks, again.


Ernie said...

Thanks for the comments! Glad you found something to enjoy!