Thursday, July 10, 2008

Christmas In July 2008-Day 9

Today is day 9 of Christmas in July, which is odd, given the fact that it's July the tenth. Well, I'm behind because I was sick for a couple of days. I should get caught up soon, so just bear with me. We're having a pretty good month so far, I hope you're enjoying all the music. Today, you're going to get six different versions of The Skater's Waltz by Emil Waldteufel. Seems that there is much disagreement over how exactly to spell the title of this track. Among the six tracks I'm sharing there are three different spellings, not counting the variations that include or omit the word 'the'. I guess apostrophes give everyone a little trouble. So let me quit with the grammar and get on with the sharing.

Version one is The Skaters Waltz, and it's by Michael Collins, His Strings And Orchestra from the LP Waltzing Through The Years (Capitol ST10254).

Version two is simply titled Skaters' Waltz, is by The 110 Strings Orchestra, and is from the yellow vinyl LP Waltz Favorites (Mayfair 9657S). I think most, if not all of the releases on this label are yellow or yellow marbled vinyl. They all look pretty neat. I don't even care that it's a low-quality budget label that used colored vinyl as a gimmick.

Version three is also titled Skaters' Waltz and is by blog favorite George Feyer from his album Golden Waltzes Everybody Knows (Decca DL 4455).

Version four changes the title slightly to The Skater's Waltz (which I think is correct) and is by Kurt Maier from Yes! It's Vienna (Rondo 105).

Where am I? Oh, version five. Same title, but the artist is Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra from the album Heading South...Of The Border (London Phase 4 SP 44153). Gotta love Edmundo Ros!

The sixth and final version changes the title again to Skater's Waltz, and is the only organ version here. The artist is Brad Swanson, and it's from his LP Skater's Waltz With The Whispering Organ Sound Of Brad Swanson (Thunderbird THS 9012). I think this is how many people today are familiar with the song, from the time they spent at roller rinks and ice rinks as kiddies, listening to the same old songs played on the same old organ.

There you go, six versions for the price of none. Here's the download link, now get skating. Couples only! For more Christmas in July goodness, check out today's shares from 2006 and 2007. (Ha, that's funny, I was a day behind on this day last year, too.) It's more fun than a roller rink, I promise.

Good News And Bad-I received an email from George Feyer's daughter-in-law last night, and she tells me that the family is in the process of making all his recordings available for legal download. That's the good news. The bad news is that I can't share it with you anymore, but I think the good outweighs the bad. So keep checking back and hopefully I'll have some information about when and where you can download some tasty George Feyer.


  1. Very funny your discussion about the spelling of "The Skater's Waltz". After all, the real title is "Valse des patineurs", Opus 183.
    Nice idea to share Christmas music at summer time, it is refreshing!

    Thank you,

    Victor Roy

  2. Is that the real title? I've found a couple more variations I want to try and get shared out before the end of the month, and none of them are called Valse des Patineurs. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one. Thanks for the comment!


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