Monday, July 22, 2019

Christmas In July 2019-Part 58

Good evening, welcome to the final installment for the day.  Hopefully you've already downloaded twenty other Christmas songs today, and here are the final ten.  I know it's a lot to listen to, but the rewards for such wonderful music are great.

1. Madison Senior Choir-Mr. David Alan Ayers, Director-And The Glory Of The Lord from The Joy Of Christmas And Greats From America Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Mark Custom Records MC 2868 (on Sleeve) UMC 2868 (on Label), Stereo).  Not my favorite track from this group, but then they can't all be favorites.

2. 101 Strings, Conducted By Richard Müller-Lampertz, Koto Solos By Shinichi Yuize-Fuyu No Yoru (Winters Night) from Songs of The Seasons In Japan (Alshire S-5019, Stereo, 1964).  Some seasonal music from way over in Japan.  Or at least an American approximation there-of.

3. Sistine Choir (Coro Cantori Romani Di Musica Sacra-Capella Sistina C Basiliche Maggiori)-Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today, Christ Is Born) from Selections From The Sound Tracks Of The Motion Pictures Christ Is Born And Christ Is Risen (Counterpoint/Esoteric (Everest) CPST-5600, Stereo, 1972).  From The Vatican to your ear.

4. George Shearing-My Favorite Things from More Grand Piano (Concord CJ-318, Stereo, 1987).  Some really, really late George Shearing.

5. 101 Strings Conducted By Rudolf Friml-Puppets On Parade from The Sugar And Spice Of Rudolf Friml (Somerset SF-6900, Stereo, 1959).  Uh-oh, did I just duplicate an artist in a playlist?  I think I did.  Oh well, accidents happen.  Pretty unlikely to really be the same artists here, anyway.

6. Children's Chorus-Sleigh Bells-Russia from Children's Songs Around The World (Educational Activities AR 56, Stereo, 1989).  You have to dig through a lot of children's records to find all the holiday stuff.

7. Hugo Winterhalter-Snowfall from A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ST 90168 (ABC Records, Mfd. By Capitol Records), Stereo, 1963).  Thought I was done with this album, but apparently not.  I won't make any predictions about it again, because I'll probably be wrong.

8. Conducted By Michael Sweeney-Traditions Of Christmas from Hal Leonard Concert Band 1989-1990 (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation 2xLP 85060087, Stereo, 1989).  The writer on this demo track is credited as Chip Davis, so there's a small Mannheim Steamroller connection there for you.  But if you don't like them, maybe consider it a connection to C.W. McCall.  He did a great song called Sing Silent night that I shared out some time back.

9. Hap Palmer-We Wish You A Merry Christmas-Instrumental from Holiday Songs And Rhythms (Activity Records AR-538, Stereo, 1980).  I don't know if the instrumental is an improvement on the vocal version, but now you have both.

10. Wonderland Chorus, Stephen Sutherland & Gordon Limburg-Directors-Winter Wonderland from Wonderland Chorus Live (Mark MC-1393, Stereo).  I guess when your group is called Wonderland Chorus and you're looking for a Christmas song to record, Winter Wonderland is pretty high on the list.

Here's the download link for all these great songs.  Thanks for stopping by.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you're favorite track was.


Buster said...

Without listening, I would say it would have to be the Hugo Winterhalter side. Hugo has a whole section of my basement to himself. Or his records do. Hugo's corpse isn't down there, as far as I know.

Didn't C.W. McCall have a hit with a peculiar record called Convoy, that was entirely in CB-radio lingo? I liked that record even less than The Unicorn or Gordon's Buster.

barba said...

well, it’s fuyu no yoru all right. and the 101 strings are all accounted for. but that don’t sound like no japanese koto solo to me. sounds more like a farfisa organ played with one finger. a koto goes “doink, doink-doink doink”. this don’t do that. you’re trying to sneak in extra organ music. i want my money back.

Ernie said...

Doink doink doink doink...