Sunday, August 09, 2020

Thanksgiving In August

Well, here it is, the last three tracks from the Christmas in July 2020 folder, and they just happen to be for Thanksgiving. Some things that I recorded since I shared out the first few Thanksgiving tracks back at the end of June, so I suppose it's fitting that we end at the same place we began. I had really hoped to bring you 1000 tracks this season, but I didn't get quite that far. I think we're just a little over 900, which is still a record, but not quite to my goal. And I figure it's as good a time as any to tell you that this is most likely going to be the last Christmas in July celebration for the foreseeable future, at least in this form. It's a huge investment of time and energy and money that I don't think I can continue.  I love going out and finding these records, but I've finally run out of space in the condo to store them all. And for every record I buy with a Christmas track or two, I usually buy ten more that just go into the stacks.  Being stuck at home during the pandemic has shown me how much money I was spending on these records, and it's no small amount. With my girlfriend moving in with me next month, I figure I can put my money and my space to much better use.  The records are going into storage, and that means I certainly don't need more of them.  I'll miss it, believe me, I already do.  But things have to change.  It's been fun, I hope for you as much as it's been for me. I'll be back at Christmas, but things aren't likely to be the same then, either. I have big plans, we'll see how that goes. And I owe you a best-of from last year and this year, at least one of which I am almost done with, so you'll see that someday.  So until next time I see you, thanks for all your support, and I'll see you around the thrift stores!


Saturday, August 08, 2020

Chanukkah In August

 And here's the inevitable Chanukkah post for the season.  Not too many songs this year, I'm afraid, only nine, and many of those are repeats from previous years. But it's still a better selection than you'll find elsewhere, since you're unlikely to find a selection anywhere else.  That's one of the reasons I started to do this sort of Christmas in July celebration. No one else was doing it, and I thought it was a worthwhile contribution. I hope you agree. Anyhow, here's a link to the Chanukkah portion of the season.  Enjoy!


Friday, August 07, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-45

 Last full part for Christmas in July.  Just a couple of clean-up posts after this, and I'll be done for the season. It's been a blast ya'll. This moving hasn't left much time for posting, so I'm sorry if the quality of the posts has gone downhill in recent days. I don't think the quality of the music has changed, however. I've made it a point of spacing out my favorite tracks throughout the season, and I think there are a couple of my favorites here in the last batch. Since I'm late anyway, let me go ahead and detail out for you what's in tonight's share.

1. Ave Maria by Notre Dame Glee Club-Professor Daniel H. Pedtke, Conductor from The Notre Dame Glee Club (MGM E3212, Mono, 1956). A glee club recording on a major label, we haven't seen too much of that this month.

2. Greensleeves by Charlie Fox And The Ring Of Sound from All (Current 474, Mono).  The ring of sound? I'm not quite sure what's going on here. A little Herb Alpert, a little, umm, something else.

3. Christmas by The Metro Strings (AKA MGM Studio Orchestra) from The Perfect Background Music For Your Home Movies (MGM PM-4, Mono). If memory serves, one band name was on the front cover, the other was on the label.  Good stuff, if you have a home movie to score.

4. Ave Maria (again, sorry) by Chet Atkins from Class Guitar (RCA Victor LSP-3885, Stereo, 1967). We've heard from him a few times already this month, and it's always a pleasure.

5. Jingle Bells by The Sportsmen from Sing Along With The Sportsmen (Sutton SSU 213, Stereo). I don't think this is the same Sportsmen who recorded for Capitol in the late forties and early fifties, but it's a budget label, so anything is possible.

6. Hallelujah Chorus by Regina High School Chorus-Ms. Marianne Antonich, Director from Christmas & Spring Concerts 1977-1978 (Melody Recording KM 2623, Stereo, 1978). Can't go a day without some high school kids singing for you.

7. Commentary By The Composers-Part 2 (Excerpt) by Merrill Bradshaw & Reid Nibley from Music For Worship-Piano Preludes For LDS Worship Services (Sonos SMR 3051, Stereo, 1972). This is a little bit of spoken word commentary that I should have shared out with the track it discusses. (That track was shared two days ago...)

8. Winter Wonderland by Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-Glee Club And Orchestra from The Best Of Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4008, Mono). A request from years and years ago.  Not a familiar version from one of his many Christmas albums, but a lost side from 78 that seemed to disappear for a long time. Good stuff.

9. Communio by The Slovakaires, Organ Accompaniment By Sr. M. Eugene Prolop, O.S.F. from Christmas With The Slovakaires (Pav Records PAV 666, Stereo). Last track from these folks, I promise.

10. Jingle, Bells (SIC) (again, sorry, again) by Don Wilson from Christmas Ain't Over Yet! (Or, Yes, Virginia, There Is A Don Wilson!) (No Label RC 108/RC 107, Mono). Last track by this guy, also.

And there you have it, the last full share of the season.  Good stuff, and a great finale. Hope you enjoy it.


Thursday, August 06, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-44

Another day, another stack of boxes moved. I'm starting to see some progress, so that's good.  And we're almost to the end of Christmas in July! I guess that's a sad thing, but all good things must come to an end eventually.  There are only 10 files in the share tonight, but they are good ones, trust me.  Here's the link, see you again tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-43

Another day, another three carloads to the storage facility. I can certainly get more in a van and make fewer trips, but then I exert myself so much between trips that I question whether or not it's worth it. I'm starting to see a little bit of progress, but I've still got a long way to go. Do yourself a favor, and never buy more records than you can fit in a box. They aren't worth it kids. Pretty sure the records used for Christmas In July this year filled five boxes!  So there's that.  Anyhow, here are fifteen more random tracks for you.  Hope there's something enjoyable in there. I think there is, but I have horrible taste.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-42

42! The answer to life, the universe and everything! It's taken more than a month, but we made it to 42.  Still not done though, the pot has more music in it.  And I'm still busy moving boxes of records, so no tracklist for you again today. Plenty of good stuff in there though, I promise.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 03, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-41

I had really hoped to be done with the season by now, but I guess I wasn't giving enough stuff out everyday during the month of July. So now that August is here and I'm spending all my free time moving these heavy records, I don't have the time to make snide remarks about all the great songs in the share. I know that makes for a less interesting post, and I apologize.  But I'll be to the end soon enough, and then I can get on with carrying box after box after box down the stairs and not have to worry about a daily post.  But while there is still stuff in the folder, I'm right here with you.  Here's today's share, enjoy!

Nutcracker In August 3

I think this is the last batch of songs from The Nutcracker I have for you.  There are lots of versions of Waltz Of The Flowers in here, as well as a couple of versions that just run the whole thing into a single quick medley.  Good stuff, I promise. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-40

Wow, forty posts! That's just crazy! And I still can't see the bottom of the bowl.  Still moving records today, so I'm tired enough to sleep right here at the computer. Just trust me when I say there's plenty of good stuff in the download tonight. And I don't think I put any demo recordings in there, so there's that.

Nutcracker In August 2

Time once again for songs from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, as performed by a whole pile of different artists. You'll have to download the collection to see what's in there, but I'm sure you'll find something worth listening to.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-39

Here's some more Christmas in July for you.  Too tired to talk. Put 8000 records into storage so far this weekend.  They're heavy. Haven't made a dent in the pile yet. :(

Nutcrackers In August 1

Something a little bit different now that it's August. You may have noticed that I didn't share out any single tracks from The Nutcracker Suite during Christmas in July. That's not because I didn't have any, but because I didn't want to give you too much Nutcracker goodness since I was doing daily posts of entire Suites. So for the first few days in August, I'm going to keep giving you Nutcracker shares, but groups of single tracks. I don't think they're going to add up to entire suites, I'm not that good. But there are some great versions in there.  I'm a little busy at the moment to post the tracklist, but trust me when I say there are some heavy hitters in here.  Here's a link, knock yourself out!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-38

Good evening, and welcome to share #38, which happens to fall on the last day of the month. And that means I've got a whole pile of New Year's songs for you, along with a handful of Christmas shares just to make it a full-size share. And I'm late with my posting for what I think is the first time this month. I've been putting records into storage ever since I got off work. It's a real pain in the backside, but I've got to do it.  They're everywhere, and I need some space. I think I moved about 3000 records today, and a whole lot more to go.  Wish me luck.  But you want some Christmas and New Year's music, so let's see what's in the share tonight.

1. An English Christmas Portrait by the fine, but unnamed artists at Jenson Publications, from the LP Superior New Works For Concert Band-Advanced Edition-Volume 23 (Jenson Publications 2xLP CB23A88AD, Stereo, 1988). Is there only this one demo recording tonight?

2. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S by Little Marcy, everyone's favorite Christian doll, from her album Marcy Favorites-20 Songs From Her Best Selling Albums (Corner Stone/Singcord SLP 473, Mono). Based on the album title, I'm guessing this is a track from another album, probably one of her multiple Christmas records. Pretty sure there are some of those in the archives if you want to take a look, I'm too lazy to search and post a link.

3. Gloria In Excelsis by John Klein At The Schulmerich "Carillon Americana" Bells from The Call Of The Carillon (RCA Victor LSP-2255, Stereo, 1961). It's Christmas on the carillon!

4. Co Je To Za Svit by The Slovakaires, Organ Accompaniment By Sr. M. Eugene Prolop, O.S.F. from Christmas With The Slovakaires (Pav Records PAV 666, Stereo). I have more tracks left to share from this record than any other. I guess I haven't been doing a very good job at parceling them out on a regular basis.

5. Empty Stocking Blues 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 probably the record with the second-most tracks remaining, in case you're keeping count.

6. Auld Lang Syne, the first of many versions tonight, this one by Vaughn Monroe from Racing With The Moon (Hamilton (Dot) HLP 137, Mono, 1965). This is a later re-recording of a song he did back in the day for RCA Victor.

7. Auld Lang Syne, again, by The Loch Chorus from Favorite Songs Of Scotland (London, International Series TW 91413, Mono, 1966). I assume these singers live near a lake, or maybe in a lake. Wouldn't that be something!

8. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen; While Strolling Through The Park One Day; Auld Lang Syne by The Krauts-German Bierstube Boys from Honky Tonk Piano With Rhythm (Rondo ST 588, Stereo). Budget label weirdness. People actually bought this stuff.

9. Auld Lang Syne by The Palace Of Varieties Chorus And Orchestra from Palace Of Varieties (London FFRR LLP 297, Mono). What was the Palace of Varieties? A music hall? TV show? Nothing in particular, just a name? I am too lazy to use Google.

10. Auld Lang Syne by Massed Children's Voices From Westminster Abbey And St. Paul's With The Longines Symphonette from Sweet Voices Of Inspiration (The Longines Symphonette Recording Society LWS 173, Stereo, 1966). There's the Longines Symphonette again...

11. Auld Lang Syne by Bob Johnson And The Lonesome Travelers from Twelve Shades Of Bluegrass (Parkway P-7017, Mono, 1962). Cool, bluegrass.  You don't find that every day!

12. Auld Lang Syne by Thumbs Tubby from 24 Honky Tonk Piano Selections  (Hudson 270, Mono). More budget label dreck.

13. Auld Lang Syne by George Hamilton IV, Arranged And Conducted By Don Costa from George Hamilton IV On Campus (ABC-Paramount ABC-220 "Promotion Copy Not For Sale", Mono, 1957). Finally, a real artist!

14. Violets; Tell Me Why; Auld Lang Syne by The Living Voices from Living Voices On The Campus (RCA Camden CAL-715, Mono, 1962). Budget from a major label.

15. New Year's Resolution by Jim Mandell With Mary Hylan & Debby James from Action Songs For Holidays And Special Days (Rhythms Productions/Tom Thumb T 312, Stereo, 1979). Finally a different New Year's song. A record for the kiddies, but still.

16. Auld Lang Syne by The Band Of Her Majesty's Royal Marines And Pipes & Drums Of The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Under The Direction Of Lieutenant Colonel Graham Hoskins MVO ACAM RM from 1985 North American Tour Highlights (ESI Records ESI 109, Stereo, 1985). Good gravy at all the initials. Oh well, I guess I didn't come with any really exciting New Year's stuff this year.

There you have it, sixteen more goodies for you.  I won't even pretend that this is the end.  Come back tomorrow to see what else is in the bin.

Nutcracker In July 31

Hello, and welcome to the last full episode of Nutcracker In July! It's the last day of the month, and thus our journey must come to an end. And while I didn't really save the best for last, let's call it second best. How'd you like to hear Dom Frontiere play the entire Nutcracker Suite on his accordion? This is from the LP Dom Frontiere Plays The Classics (Liberty LRP 3032, Mono, 1957), where I believe it took up the whole second side.  If, like me, you've been finding a lot of these versions sound the same, this one certainly doesn't sound anything like those others.  Enjoy!

And as a special bonus, because I can, here's a link to a stereo release of this same music that I shared out some years ago, on a track-by-track basis, during a previous Christmas In July. I believe it's the same recording, released on a retitled version of the LP a year or so later. Pretty cool, anyway you want to listen to it.