Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Chanukah In August 2021-Part 1

 OK, I've only got one track for Chanukah this year, but it's a pretty good one, very traditional.

1. Chanuke, O Chanuke! by Martha Schlamme With Orchestra Conducted By Robert DeCormier from Martha Schlamme Sings Jewish Folk Songs (Vanguard VRS-9011, Mono, 1957).

Don't know much about Martha, but Robert DeCormier worked with Harry Belafonte for a few years, including his Christmas LP the year after this one. I think he was originally credited as Bob Corman, but that was fixed once people realized his name wasn't offensive to anyone.

MEGA

Monday, August 09, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 14 (In August)

 And so we come to the end. It's not been a very long season, but I hope it was good. I haven't been able to dig up as many records as in years' past, due to both the Covid and my girlfriend moving in with me. But thanks to Discogs, I was able to grab some stuff I've been wanting for a while, and find some new things that I didn't know existed.  For instance, I just found out yesterday there's a Christmas track on the Irma La Douce soundtrack. Too late for this year, but something to seek out for next year. It seems to be an unending quest. So what's in the pile tonight?

1. Jingle Bells Samba by The New York Percussion Trio-Murry Solomon, Guest Bass-Ray Wright, Conductor & Arranger from Holidays For Percussion (Vox ST-VX 25.740, Stereo, 1958). The final track from this great record, and maybe the best track. This is something that should be better known if you ask me.

2. In Bethlehem (Narrative) by Johnny Cash from the LP The Holy Land (Columbia KCS 9726, Stereo, 1969). A rerun, but you don't pass up an album with a lenticular cover when you find it.

3. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by Mike Douglas-Featuring The Joe Massimino Orchestra With The Sweet Tones from Singing A Happy Song (Wonderland WLP-5002, Stereo, 1979). An album from a children's label from Mike Douglas? I guess you never know what you'll find. I think Merry Clayton was listed as one of the Sweet Tones, so it has that going for it.

4. Christmas Time (Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree/Jingle Bells) by an unknown artist from Popular Photography's Sound For A Picture Evening (Ziff-Davis Publishing/Capitol Custom SRB 567/568, Stereo, 1965). An LP of music for your slideshows, and our second version of Jingle Bells this evening.

5. Christmas In Tennessee by Luke Gordon from Country & Western (Mount Vernon Music MVS 156 ("Electronic Process Of Stereo Reproduction"), 1963). A surprise when I turned over an LP I hadn't seen before. Sometimes I take the time to turn over every LP that doesn't look familiar, and sometimes I get lucky. Most of the time, I do not.

6. Jingle Bells by Artie Barsamian And His Orchestra from Minute Man Goes East (Virgo HP 1801, Mono, 1963). One of those faux-Middle Eastern records, but this one held a nice little surprise. And it's the third version of Jingle Bells tonight. I'm nothing if not consistent.

There you have it, the last night of Christmas In July for the season. Hope you enjoyed it, I know I did.

MEGA

Sunday, August 08, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 13 (In August)

 Another great selection of tunes for you today, so I'm just gonna jump right in.

1. Cuban Christmas by American Percussion Society, Paul Price-Conductor from Breaking The Sound Barrier, Vol. 1-Percussion (Urania UX 106, Mono, 1956). Now this one should be better known!

2. Danse Arabe by Ralph Marterie And His Orchestra from Swing Baby (Mercury MG 20124, Mono, 1955). Just found this record yesterday, if you can believe it. Looks like I shared a version from a 10" 78 last Christmas, via the Internet Archive, but I don't think it's the same version.

3. The Shepherds Song by The Adult Choir Of The Congregational Church Of Manhasset, New York, Ministry Of Music-Robley And Jean Lawson from Sacred Music (No Label, G8-OP-8168/8169, Mono, 1956). This may be the only dud in the bunch today.

4. When The Snow Is On The Roses by Roy Drusky from Jody And The Kid (Mercury SR 61173, Stereo, 1968). Well, OK, this one probably isn't going on your Christmas mix either.

5. The Skater's Waltz by Eric Vaughn-The Medallian Strings And Percussion from Wine, Women And Waltzes-The Sound Of The Blue Danube (Medallion (Kapp) MS-7519, Stereo, 1961). Another stereo spectacular!

In and out, wiki wiki today.  Download and enjoy!

MEGA

Saturday, August 07, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 12 (In August)

 Found a couple more records today with Christmas tracks on them, so the barrel isn't quite as empty as it was. Here are five more tracks for the collection this year.

1. Boxing Day by Ronnie Gilbert from Alone With Ronnie Gilbert (Mercury MG 20917 For Broadcast Only Not For Sale, Mono, 1964). This is the second track from this LP, and after I shared it, Buster pointed out that Ronnie was a member of The Weavers. I think I need to research my shares a little better, I had no idea who she was.

2. Jingle Bells Imitations by Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker-Orchestra Conducted By Dave Appell from Bobby Rydell/Chubby Checker (Cameo C 1013, Mono, 1960). This is the third and last holiday-related track from this album, and I think it's my favorite. They really have a good time with it.

3. The Great Snow Man by Bobby Bare And The Hillsiders from The English Country Side (RCA Victor LSP-3896, Stereo, 1967). I saw this record yesterday and thought it was a stereo upgrade of something I had shared before. Turns out my share of a couple years ago was also in stereo, so this is pretty much useless. Enjoy!

4. Baby, It's Cold Outside by The John Parker Orchestra from Conversations In Music (Medallion (Kapp) MS-7504, Stereo, 1960). From one of those super stereo demonstration LPs that were popular at the time.

5. Sleighride by Pete King And His Orchestra from Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies Of 1967-31st Edition (Dot SLP 25757, Stereo, 1967). Again, the third, final and probably best song from the LP.

And that's it for tonight. More tomorrow, I promise.

MEGA

Friday, August 06, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 11 (In August)

 Another day, another small handful of tracks. Getting down to the real nitty gritty here, but there's still some good stuff left in the pile.

1. Christmas Assembly by Sarasota High School; Judy Hennessey And Mark Frankel-Narrators from Sailor Sounds 1963-64 (Century Custom V-18455, Mono, 1964). A great little bit of found sound from an album made for the local high school.

2. Brotherhood Medley: We Need A Little Xmas (Excerpt) by Wayne & Marin Foster from To-Get-It Together (Happynest SLP-007, Stereo). Not sure why they decided to through a bit of Christmas into an otherwise non-Christmas medley, so I snipped the important bit out and spared you the rest. You're welcome.

3. Cold December by Mike Auldridge & 'Old Dog' from Mike Auldridge & 'Old Dog' (Flying Fish FF 054, Stereo, 1978). Nice little folky track for you.

4. Christmas Long Ago by Donna Sanders & Steve Roland-William Roy And Carl Norman At The Plural Pianos from Seven Come Eleven-A Gaming Gambol (Columbia Masterworks (Columbia Record Productions) 55477/55478 "Julius Monk's Upstairs At The Downstairs Presents...", Mono, 1961). Some more stuff from Julius Monk.

5. Danse Of The Mirlitons by Flute Trio-Directed By Frederick Wilkins from Flutists' Showcase (Golden Crest CR 4020, Mono). I guess I should have been surprised to find this track on a flute-centric album, but I was pretty stoked to see it on there.

And that's it for tonight. More good stuff tomorrow, I promise.

MEGA

Thursday, August 05, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 10 (In August)

Real quick, here's a share for tonight. No time to go into any detail, download it or not, it's nothing spectacular. More tomorrow.

MEGA

OK, I've got a few minutes on my hands, here's the tracklist for yesterday's share.

 1. The Birth by Mary Macgregor, Steve Brainard And The Children-Arranged And Conducted By David Karr from He Lived The Good Life.

2. The Bells Of St. Mary's by Perry Bechtel from Banjo-The Greatest Of The All.

3. Angels We Have Heard On Nigh by Jack Conner from Christian Faith Anthology Vol. 3 (AKA Christian Faith Concert).

4. Hallalujah (SIC) Chorus by The Adult Choir Of The Congregational Church Of Manhasset, New York, Ministry Of Music-Robley And Jean Lawson from Sacred Music.

5. Silent Night by The Bell Singers from Let There Be Music.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 9 (In August)

Time for another installment of Christmas In July! Are you excited? I hope so!

1. Silent Night by The Adult Choir Of The Congregational Church Of Manhasset, New York, Ministry Of Music-Robley And Jean Lawson from Sacred Music (No Label, G8-OP-8168/8169, Mono, 1956). Not the best place to start the day, but it gets better.

2. Lazy Holiday by The New York Percussion Trio-Murry Solomon, Guest Bass-Ray Wright, Conductor & Arranger from Holidays For Percussion (Vox ST-VX 25.740, Stereo, 1958). Another great track from this great LP, though the connection to Christmas is tenuous at best.

3. December In Your Heart by Glenn Yarbrough from Let The World Go By (RCA Victor LSP-3983, Stereo, 1968). Kinda odd, in that I had never heard this song before, then I found two versions of it this season for Christmas in July, each under a different title. You never know what's going to happen when it comes to old records.

4. Fire And Ice by Robert Frost from Robert Frost Reads The Poems Of Robert Frost (Decca DL 9033, Mono, 1957). Short and sweet.

5. Polonaise From "Christmas Night" by The United States Navy Band-Lieutenant Commander Anthony A. Mitchell, USN, Leader from A Musical Salute To You-Zero Defect Presentation Record (Naval Air Systems Command (AIR-5024) For The Naval Material Command Zero Defects Program XSV 124950/124951, Stereo). One of my first rips for the season, and a good one.

6. Greensleeves by Korla Pandit from Korla Pandit At The Pipe Organ (Fantasy 3286 Translucent Red Vinyl, Mono, 1959). I was excited to find this because somehow Korla Pandit records have escaped me all these years. I don't even have his Christmas record. It must be a regional thing because they seem to be common in other areas, but I never see them here in Florida.

And that's it for today.  Download and enjoy!

MEGA

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 8 (In August)

What day is it? Oh, Tuesday, that's right. Time for another share. But first, a note in case you downloaded yesterday's share and haven't looked back at it. I had the wrong tag on the Sam Cooke file, I had it listed as Brook Benton. So if you downloaded the old version, go back and grab the correct one now before I create anymore confusion in your Christmas library. Now, on to today's music.

1. All Hail The Virgin's Son by The Adult Choir Of The Congregational Church Of Manhasset, New York, Ministry Of Music-Robley And Jean Lawson from Sacred Music (No Label, G8-OP-8168/8169, Mono, 1956). I wish this were recorded a little bit more clearly. It's not a bad song.

2. O Mary Dear Mother (Nigerian Carol) by The Yale Glee Club-Fenno Heath, Director-Tennor Soloists: Laz Ekwueme, Grad., Daniel G. Wright, '67 from The Yale Glee Club In Concert (No Label LP-321, Stereo, 1967). I was all excited when I found this record, only to discover that I'd shared it before. That's happening to me more and more. I guess I'm just getting old and forgetful.

3. Lovers On Christmas Eve by Joanna Gleason & James Naughton With Ken Bichel from I Love My Wife (Atlantic SD 19107, Stereo, 1977). An interesting soundtrack, and a track I wouldn't have found if it hadn't popped up at random in a Discogs search. The LP didn't really say who was doing what, but I think I pieced it together from some info out on the web somewhere.

4. Wagon Wheels; Please Help Me I'm Falling; Till I Waltz With You; Jingle Bell Rock by The Three Suns from Country Music Shindig (RCA Victor LPM-3354, Mono, 1965). A long medley from the very last Three Suns record ever recorded. I included an edit of just the Jingle Bell Rock bit, too, for easy comparison. It's not the Ding Dong Dandy version, that's for sure. I shared this one a few years ago, but I couldn't resist when I saw another copy of the album.

5. Overture-The Skaters Waltz by Pete King And His Orchestra from Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies Of 1967-31st Edition (Dot SLP 25757, Stereo, 1967). I shared another song from this album earlier this season, and I got several comments about it. I don't know if this track is as good, but it's still pretty good.

6. The Twelve Days Of Christmas by The Gentlemen's Agreement from Final Edition (The Gentlemen's Agreement GA 103, Stereo). A rerun, but one of my favorite barbershop quartet finds over the years.

7. Lo, How A Rose by The Bell Singers-Winifred Settle, Director-Janis Haiser, Accompanist from Let There Be Music (No Label FR-703 (Sponsored By Southern Bell Girls Club-Louisville, KY), Mono). Yawn.

And there you go, another great batch of songs Thanks for tuning in and listening, we'll see you again tomorrow.

MEGA

Monday, August 02, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 7 (In August)

Welcome to Monday, here's a new Christmas In July In August share for you!

1. Out In The Cold Again by Brook Benton Sam Cooke-Arranged And Conducted By Sammy Lowe from My Kind Of Blues (RCA Victor LSP-2392, Stereo, 1961). An exciting find just a week or so ago, and a fairly expensive one, too. I grabbed this record, and a couple others just to make enough to put it on my CC. When they rang it up, the total was way more than I expected at a thrift store. Sure enough, they were charging me $3 each for the dollar records. :( I haven't been back, and I may not go back anytime soon, that's just crazy. (Whoops, I somehow wrote Brook Benton everywhere when it's supposed to be Sam Cooke. It's still the right music, just tagged incorrectly. I updated the file if you want to download a correct copy. 3 Aug 21)

2. January In Bombay by Chet Atkins With Harihar Rao from It's A Guitar World (RCA Victor LSP-3728, Stereo, 1967). Certainly not Christmas, but the title seemed like a maybe. And any old excuse to include Chet Atkins. I had no idea he'd ever dabbled with a sitar, and I guess he's just duetting with one here, but it's pretty unexpected.

3. Snow Deer By Billy Gray from Western Swing In Hi-Fi (Decca DL 8730, Mono, 1958). Nice little instrumental.

4. Winter Moon by Carole Danell from Selections From The Haunted House And Other Spooky Poems And Tales 7" 33 RPM (Scholastic Records 7" 33 RPM CC 0688, Mono, 1970). Rare selection here from a 7" record. You remember these old Scholastic records, you used to listen to them in school. Some of them featured a book and maybe a filmstrip to go along with them.

5. Sleigh Ride by The New York Percussion Trio-Murry Solomon, Guest Bass-Ray Wright, Conductor & Arranger from Holidays For Percussion (Vox ST-VX 25.740, Stereo, 1958). I think I shared this song previously from a sampler, but it was mislabeled Sleigh Bells. After hearing it, I had to hunt down the original on Discogs. It was well worth the effort.

6. Another version of Out In The Cold Again, this time by Rusty Warren, Arranged & Conducted By Jack Pleis from Rusty Warren Sings Portrait On Life (Jubilee JGM 5025, Mono, 1964). A rerun, but I wanted to share it again after she passed away this year at the ripe old age of 91. Most of here albums were sex themed comedy, but this was a rare all-singing album. It didn't sell very well, so most people don't know about it.

MEGA

Sunday, August 01, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 6 (In August)

Here we are in August, and as usual, I've still got Christmas in July shares for you. I'm going to keep going just as long as I can, but I don't think it's going to be more than another week or so. Unless one of my avid fans sends me a whole box of records with Christmas in July tracks on them Anyone...anyone? I was afraid so.  We'll survive. Let's take a look at the selections for today.

1. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Nelson T. Huffman, John Barr-Organ Accompaniment from Life Of Jesus In Song (No Label LOJ, Stereo). I think this is the second and last track this season from this artist and record. Probably not going to make the annual Best-Of collection.

2. Children, Go Where I Send Thee by The Dry Branch Fire Squad (Ron Thomason-Lead, John Baker-Tenor, Mary Jo Dickman-High Baritone) from Spiritual Songs From Dry Branch (Rite Record Productions RT 001, Stereo, 1977). Nice homey acapella version.

3. Winter's Comin' On Again by Dick Curless from Hard, Hard Traveling Man (Capitol ST-552, Stereo, 1970). I was hoping for more truckin' content here, but it's not bad.

4. O Come, All Ye Faithful by The Bell Singers-Winifred Settle, Director-Janis Haiser, Accompanist from Let There Be Music (No Label FR-703 (Sponsored By Southern Bell Girls Club-Louisville, KY), Mono). With a name like The Bell Singers, I was hoping for some handbells in there, but no such luck.

5. Marvelous Toy by The Irish Brigade from Leprechauns And Unicorns (Release Records RRL 8015, Stereo, 1985). Not sure how this song by Tom Paxton became an Irish staple, but I see it on lots of albums by Irish groups. I guess once one popular group records it, it spreads like a fire through the whole community. Good song though.

And that's it, only five tracks today. Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

MEGA