Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sammy Kaye Day, Part Two

Remember, I said more to come, and here's some more. This is a set of four 7" 45 rpm singles in a little box, which I guess used to be a competing format for the 12" LP. Sounds like the same old competing technology war you thought was a modern invention. But that's beside the point. We're interested in the music. This recording takes us all the way back to 1951, which to tell you the truth is long, long before I was ever around. But I can still enjoy it. What I don't enjoy is the way there's an announcer on nearly every track telling you who's singing. It's all Sammy's orchestra, but he has different vocal groups, including the Three Kaydets & The Kaye Choir. Trust me, it gets old fast. But you'll have to download it and see for your self. Here are those jolly snowmen, Sammy Kaye-Christmas Serenade (Columbia B-285, 4-7", 1951).


  1. hey ernie!

    i don't know... i kind of have to disagree with you on this one... i find this album really fun! the arrangements are charming without being overbearing, and i think it's nice that somebody (isn't it sammy himself?) gives props to the hard singin', hard playin' folks here. i think this one is sweet!

  2. I've got a Columbia LP that has many of the same songs called "I Want To Wish You A Merry Christmas." Great music for trimming the tree!

  3. Annie-Once you've listened to it a few times, you already know who the hard working band members are. It starts to grate on you...

    PDMan-Yeah, this stuff has probably been issued over and over and over again through the years. I guess if they rename it, slap a new cover on it and claim it's in new Duophonic, people will buy the same old stuff again. And we will, just so we can feel like we have it all. What a sad lot we are.

  4. How 'bout that cover though? That's simply Christmas.


  5. There are 2 things I can't stand: announcer intros of Christmas songs (extra points if they try to sound syrupy sweet or be poetic) and deejays or announcers or anyone talking over the intro of a song. Extra points if they too try to be sweet, poetic or talk over the end of the song too.


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