Thursday, December 08, 2005

Suggestion Box

Anybody out there have any suggestions of what you'd like to hear for Christmas? I've got plenty of vintage vinyl laying around here (That's just the Christmas platters you're looking at below. Well, most of the Christmas platters...), and I'll never get to all of it. But if there's something specific you're looking for, please drop me a line, leave a comment, or stick a note on my windshield. I make no guarantees, but it never hurts to know what you folks are actually interested in.

If you'd like to say thanks for the tunes, you could find me a copy of Greetings From The McGuire Sisters. That's the LP I've been hunting for quite a while now. I don't know if it's actually any good, but I'd like to hear it someday. So if you have that one, please share!

22 comments:

Inkydog said...

Wow! That's quite a collection. My own Christmas past includes all of the W.T. Grants compilations and a bunch of stuff from the Grand Prix, Diplomat, and Pickwick labels, so anything like that would have me grinning.

Ernie said...

W.T. Grant must be a regional thing. I've got a couple, but they are pretty few and far between here in Florida. What was it, some sort of department store, like a Maas Brothers, or JC Penney? I'll see what I can find.

Inkydog said...

W.T. Grant was a five and dime, like Ben Franklin or Woolworth's. Grant's used to be big into Christmas. They had free Christmas comic books, all of the Christmas decorations (all their own brand) and these records. Great toy department, too. When I was a kid, you could get everything there.

Kevin said...

Ernie,

I'd like to know where you got that shelving for your vinyl.

Anonymous said...

Ernie,

I keep looking for this over at FaLaLaLaLa.com, but haven't seen it yet. Do you have Fred Waring's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas? I'm starting to think Fred Waring was a regional (NorthEast) thing.

Ernie said...

Kevin-Those shelves are fairly nice, aren't they? They also have big wheels under them so they roll around pretty easily. Problem is that only two of the little cubby holes have backs, but I suppose you could fix that pretty easy. I have three of them around here, and I wish I had found them earlier. They came from Staples, but I don't know if they still carry them or not.

Geoff-Funny, I dug that out the other night after a post over at FaLaLaLaLa mentioned it. I liked what I heard, so I may get it ripped soon. I need to check if it's on CD, though. I think I've seen it, but I'm not sure. I've got two or three other Waring Christmas LPs, too, and I know I've seen some even earlier singles and EPs. I'll have a look and see what I can do. Thanks for the suggestion.

Inky-I guess Walmart has made stores like that a thing of the past.

Anonymous said...

Ernie,
First off thanks for all your wonderful shares!
Id like to hear that Dennis Day album as well as some lesser known big band or swing if you have any.
dave from jersey

Anonymous said...

On Flickr, you show the cover of a Gisele MacKenzie Christmas album. If you're taking requests, that's mine (as well as the Soulful Strings' "Magic of Christmas"). By the way, the Yogi Yorgesson EP is missing what might be his greatest Christmas song, "Be Kind to Your Street Corner Santa Claus." Last, but a million miles from least, thanks for all your postings. The Ruth Welcome, Three Suns, and first of the two Ray Charles Singers albums are superb. I can't thank you enough for making these treasures available again.

Anonymous said...

Ernie,

Actually, that was me "Bumble" over on FaLaLaLaLa that mentioned it. If you find it on CD, please let me know. I've been looking for this for years. My mom has it on vinyl and my brother has an old cassette with the same cover artwork but different name (I think it is called "Jingle Bells") and missing a song or two. I know there are one or two Fred Waring Christmas albums on CD, but have never seen this one. This is the album I grew up with...pretty much the soundtrack for all my Christmases.

Thanks for all the great shares too. There's some stuff I haven't heard for a long time. Way back when I was young, an easy listening radio station in the Washington DC area used to play Christmas music from Thanksgiving through Christmas. My dad always had a radio on in each part of the house. Easy Listening Christmas music throughout my childhood. Ah...what great memories......

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Ernie said...

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll try to get to them all in time. I know everyone wants that Gisele MacKenzine, but my copy keeps skipping. I have found an EP with some of the same tracks, and I'm hoping maybe I can get a good dub from that. We'll see. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks.

Anonymous said...

Great postings; it seems we grew up listening to alot of the same sounds...

One album I haven't heard for ages that I'd like to hear again is the Waldo de los Rios one...

Ernie said...

Loungeblizzard-Never heard of that one. Tell me more, is it something I should try to find. I gotta tell you though, most of the musci I'm sharing is from way before my time...

Marcia said...

You have done some lovely things, and I do thank you. As for other recordings, I'm sure anything you choose would be great. If you've ever been to visit my blog, you'd know that I'm very into finding children's music and stories. Those seem to be the hardest to find since those records were traditionally the most listened to, and let's face it, abused. LOL I'm afraid my "collecting" is restricted to the internet or wheedling a friend into mp3ing a record if I find it. I have no technical expertise for doing the converting myself. I am so grateful for those of you who do know how to restore these old treasures.

Ernie said...

Thanks for the note, Marcia. I love the kiddie stuff, too, but as you mention, it's hard to find in decent condition. I trust you've spent plenty of time over st BasicHip's Kiddie Records Weekly? http://www.kiddierecords.com/

Marcia said...

:) One of my favorite haunts. Lee Hartsfeld often puts up some great kid tracks too. There's also a great kids book site www.chidrensbooksonline.org. I have people just send me things. LOL Has to be one of the greatest things to open your email and there's a little treasure sitting there. I've been doing the Cinnamon Bear on the blog for my little loyal group of kiddies, and a sweet friend sent me the official Cinnamon Bear coloring book. Didn't even know it existed! What a great item.

Martin Klasch said...

Hi Ernie!
Thanks for sharing all these great records! If you have it I'd really like it if you could share "The Soulful Strings - The Magic of Christmas" with us.

By the way, here is a Swedish xmas music blog: http://juligen.blogspot.com/

Fangirly Squeal said...

Since my own "Twas the Night Before Christmas featuring the Sugarplum Fairy" is in storage in California and I'm in Oregon this year, I would freak and DIE if you had that one in your stacks and could share it.

Anonymous said...

Ernie, the full title of the album I mentioned above was << Christmas With Waldo de los Rios >>. The disc had some very original arrangements, with lots of strings and unusual percussion choices (which apparently I'm a sucker for...). The lp was pressed by Hispavox in Spain, Polydor in Germany, and (I believe) Capitol in Canada. (Am not sure whether or not it was released in the US, so it may be difficult to find in Florida.) It came out in 1973, and I don't think it was ever reissued on cd.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your wonderful site. How about Lynn Anderson's Christmas recording with Ding-A-Ling- The Christmas Bell ?

Ernie said...

Oooh, Lynn Anderson is a good one. I'll have to check on that. I've got some Buck Owens lined up for sometime soon. It's a nearly forgotten LP of duets of all his best Christmas stuff with Susan Raye. The Lynn Anderson might make a nice complement to that.

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of requests:
Paul Mickelson "Christmas Bells"
"Christmas Holidays At Radio City Music Hall"
Jimmy Roselli "The Christmas Album"
Fred Waring "The Sounds Of Christmas"

P.S.-Thanks for posting the John Davidson!