Saturday, July 25, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-32

Part 32! We're really cooking now! Jumping right in...

1. Rudolph's Christmas Overture by an unknown artist from Warner Bros. Finest For Concert Band (Jenson Publications JP-3900, Stereo, 1983). I can almost see the end of these demo recordings. Of course, I can also see the end of the month...

2. Venite Adoramus by yet another unknown artist from Jenson Publications' Choral Celebration Vol. 5 (Jenson Publications JP-4000 w/ Book, Stereo, 1983). I said I could see the end, I didn't say I was at the end.

3. A Merry Christmas by Battle Creek A Cappella Choir from Sixth Annual Albion College Invitational Choral Festival (Delta DRS81-128, Stereo, 1981). Sure were a lot of Christmas songs performed at this festival.

4. A Bleak And Chill by Regina High School Chorus-Ms. Marianne Antonich, Director from Christmas & Spring Concerts 1977-1978 (Melody Recording KM 2623, Stereo, 1978). Writing credit for this one just said Burt. Is it an Alfred Burt carol?

5. White Christmas by The Frankford High School A Cappella Choir-Robert G. Hamilton, Director from The Frankford High School A Cappella Choir Sings '61-'62 (Acoustic Arts Recording Studios LP 126 (Philadelphia, PA), Mono, 1962). What's with all these high school choirs in a row?

6. Moonlight In Vermont by Polly Bergen With Frank DeVol And His Orchestra from Polly Bergen's Four Seasons Of Love (Columbia CL 1451, Mono, 1960). We'll, this one has nothing to do with high school.

7. Tortorella: Ave Maria by Franco Corelli-Orchestra And Chorus Conducted By Rafaele Mingardo from Franco Corelli Sings Great Religious Songs & Arias (Angel S 36208, Stereo, 1964). An unfamiliar Ave Maria.

8. Silent Night by The Handbell Choir Of St. James Methodist Church, Olney, Philadelphia-Eleanor C. Thompson, Director from Sacred And Secular Music (Magnetic Recorder And Reproducer Corp. MRR-397, Mono, 1963). It's about time I find some more handbell music with you. I haven't shared nearly enough this year.

9. Holiday For Strings by Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-Concert Orchestra And Voices from The Best Of Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4008, Mono). An oldie originally released on 10" shellac, but pulled here from a two record best-of collection.

10. Winter-Concerto No. 4 In F Minor-Second Movement-Largo by Societa Corelli-Vittorio Emanuele, Violin Solo from The Four Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2424, Mono, 1960). The second part of this suite.

11. Little Drummer Boy by United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale from Seasons Greetings From The Men & Women Of The United States Air Force (No Label 2xLP No Number (Side 2-Christmas From The Air Force Academy), Stereo). There sure are a lot of good songs in tonight's share.

12. St. Mark's Church Bells by St. Mark's Church from Christmas With The Slovakaires (Pav Records PAV 666, Stereo). Everybody loves the bells!

13. Greensleeves by Jo Basile's Accordion & Orchestra Featuring Massed Strings from Paris! (Audio Fidelity AFLP 1955, Mono, 1961). A mono album on Audio Fidelity. It happens, I guess.

14. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen by Don Wilson from Christmas Ain't Over Yet! (Or, Yes, Virginia, There Is A Don Wilson!) (No Label RC 108/RC 107, Mono). This is just a weird album, that's all I can say about it.

15. Winter Wonderland by Paul Anka from his LP Diana (ABC-Paramount ABC-420, Mono, 1962). This was a sort of best-of, and thus it included some tracks from his Christmas album.

And that's it. I'm a little late tonight because I got caught up in an episode of Emergency.  It was probably supposed to be the pilot of a new similar show that centered around a couple of animal control officers in LA instead of a couple of paramedics. One of the animal control guys was a very young Mark Harmon. They saved a baby goat with some help from the doctors at Rampart. Not a dry eye in the house.  Anyhow, here's the download for tonight. Enjoy!


Buster said...

There was a TV show about animal paramedics saving a goat?

Without checking, I suspect that carol you mentioned is Burt's "Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind."

ch51 said...

Only Ernie would find a track where the only writing credit was Burt. Pardon the spelling - artistic licence ;-)

Ernie said...

Buster-It was a sort of pilot, but it never took off. And the goat was only the main story. The intro story was a tiger in a butcher shop, and that led them to the roadside circus that didn't take care of it's animals! And then they got called to the fire in the hills that made some farm evacuate, and a little girl who lost her goat. Then the goat inhaled too much smoke and needed surgery, but the animal hospital was too far away. So Julie London (!) and Bobby Troup (!) had to shame the administrator of the hospital to help the goat.

ch51-Ha! I didn't even think of that. :)

Patrick said...

I did like Burt's carol from the high school choir. Nice song.

Another good version of Moonlight in Vermont. Added to my preliminary "best of" folder (I'll have to sort out the versions later!).

Nice version of Greensleeves on the accordion (not too obvious and mixes nicely with the strings).

Finally, another Paul Anka track, thanks! He lived in my hometown of Ottawa for some time and there is a Paul Anka Drive in one of our communities.

Ernie said...

The Paul Anka tracks are great, but his voice is just too nasally. The orchestration is great!

Patrick said...

I agree, but it's still nice to hear some tracks that offer a bit more polish and professionalism.