Saturday, July 05, 2008

Christmas In July 2008-Day 5

Day number 5. Are you ready for it? Well, here goes. Three versions of March of The Toys and two versions of Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers. I'm sure I'll dig up more versions of both before the end of the month, but I had to share out something tonight before it turns into tomorrow.

We start out with a version of The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers and a version of The March of The Toys, both from John Gart and both from the album Marches in Stereo (Kapp KS-3011). These are great organ-based versions from an LP I had previously shared the song Funeral March of a Marionette from. Actually, I found a stereo copy since I recorded that Halloween track, so this isn't exactly the same LP, but you get the idea.

The remaining version of Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers is from the LP The Sound Of Top Brass (Medallion (Kapp) ML-7500) by The Peter London Orchestra. As you might expect, it's big and brassy.

The second version of March Of The Toys is a great big band version from The Big 18 and their album Live Echoes Of The Swinging Bands (RCA Victor LPM-1921, 1959). I'm sure you'll like it.

And the last song, Babes In Toyland: March Of The Toys is from The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, the LP entitled Marches In Hi-Fi (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2229, 1958). I brought you the cover and doodle from this one some time back, as it features artwork by Mozelle Thompson. I think you'll hear another track from this LP later in the month.

And that's your selection for the evening. Here's the download link. Enjoy. As usual, don't forget to check out the shares from Christmas in July 2006 and 2007 on this date way back when. You'll find good stuff from Dick Schory, Alfred Apaka, Martin Denny and The Four Lads.

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