Monday, December 24, 2007

Used Music-Track Thirty

I know it's getting late, but I haven't packed it in just yet. I've been busy wrapping gifts and preparing some gifts that need a lot of preparation. But I want to squeeze in a few more posts tonight, and maybe I'll stay up late enough to be the first person to wish you a very merry Christmas. Maybe. Anyhow, my contribution to Used Music tonight is a version of Sleigh Ride by The New Christy Minstrels, inexplicably titled Anderson: Sleighride. Well, perhaps that will make sense when I tell you that the share tonight comes from a record put out by Ronco! Yes, the fine folks who brought you the pocket fisherman, spray-on hair and umpteen other things you really didn't need in the first place. This LP is A Christmas Present (Columbia Special Products For Ronco P 11772, 1973). But remember that Ron never sold you anything without throwing in something for free. This is a gatefold record, and when you open it up, this lovely Christmas scene pops out. Maybe this was something from Ronco that you needed after all!

Previous Tracks:
The Sanborn Singers-Jingle Bells
Les Baxter Orchestra And Chorus-Hang Your Wishes On The Tree
Sandler & Young-Mister Santa
Peggy Lee-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Danny Kaye-Deck The Halls (With Boughs Of Holly)
Debbie Reynolds-There's No Place Like Home
Claudine Longet-Snow
The Glad Singers-We Three Kings Of Orient Are
The Ed Sullivan Orchestra-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Mills Brothers-You Don't Have To Be A Santa Claus
Patti Page-'Twas The Night Before Christmas
George Melachrino-Fairy On The Christmas Tree
The Beneficial Singers-Joyous Christmas
Marlene Dietrich-Little Drummer Boy
Dorothy Collins-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Red Foley-Frosty The Snowman
Bing Crosby-Christmas Dinner Country Style
Fred Waring-White Christmas
Walter Carlos-Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Ed Kinney-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Les Brown-We Wish You The Merriest
Maurice Chevalier-Jolly Old St. Nicholas
The Ames Brothers-Good King Wenceslas
The Lennon Sisters-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Jerry Colonna-Too Fat For The Chimney
Tex Ritter-Ole Tex Kringle
Les Paul & Mary Ford-The Christmas Song
The New Sounds Of Christmas-We Three Kings
The Anita Kerr Singers-God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Hmmm, I just noticed I screwed up again this year. I've got We Three Kings on there twice. I've got to start planning this thing out better!


  1. I love this album and I can't find it anymore I wish I could remember whats on it. I tried to download the track but it did not work for me

    Been trying to track down all the songs that I could remember on there on other CD's with little luck

  2. What an awesome gatefold that is. Thanks for sharing. It reminds me a lot of the many paper Christmas decorations around our house in the 1960's. Thanks for sharing.


  3. The Anderson in the title is in reference to Leroy Anderson, who wrote "Sleigh Ride". There's also a piece called "Sleigh Ride" written by Mozart, so perhaps they were differentiating.


  4. Still seems odd to refer to it that way. Anderson wrote the music but someone else wrote the lyrics, and this is certainly a lyrical version. I think it's just poor quality control...

  5. This album is a collection of christmas songs taken from albums of different artist. Like Anderson's Sleigh Ride, one of them is Ave Maria by Peter Nero. But I cannot find this particular
    christmas album name which has "Ave Maria" performed by Peter Nero. This song it not available for download either.

    So do you know about this album?



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