Friday, September 03, 2010

Christmas In July (In September)-The Thirty-Second Day

Just in case you thought it was over, I'm back with more Christmas goodies for you.  As I often try to do, I like to share a little bit more with you on the thirty-second day, and it's mostly versions of things that I've already shared with you, but that may sound a little better, or may be in stereo instead of an earlier mono version I shared out, or even stuff that I just didn't want to share the rest of the month.  So today I've got 15 tracks for you, which should bring my total shared for the month to just over 200.  Hope you got the whole set.  Let's begin with a unique track that I just couldn't see much reason to share during the regular month.  It's Harry Nilsson singing Remember Christmas from the LP Son Of Dracula (Rapple ABL 1-0220, Stereo, 1974).  There's nothing in this song about Christmas that I can hear, and even the label only refers to it as Remember Christmas in one spot.  Elsewhere, it's called Remember.  So this may be a track you decide not to keep.  Track two is a much better sounding version of Bing Crosby singing The Secret Of Christmas, which I first shared here.  This is from the soundtrack to the movie Say One For Me (Columbia CL 1337, Mono, 1959).  I actually recorded a couple of other songs from this soundtrack that may show up some time in the future.  Turns out this LP is available in stereo, but it's really hard to find.  If you like, you can download it from iTunes, but I think that's cheating.  Next up is a version of Sleigh Ride from an LP called Leroy Anderson Favorites (Treasure Productions TLP807, Mono).  Turned out that it's the same as a version of Sleigh Ride I had shared from another budget release, but I can't find which one right at the moment.  That's what happens when you share out too many versions of the same song.  It's not any better this time around.  Next up are two stereo tracks by The Gene Lowell Chorus from Halls Of Ivy (Warner Bros WS 1244, Stereo, 1959) which I had previously given you in mono.  They are Auld Lang Syne and Winter Song, both worthy additions to their full-length Christmas album.  Another two tracks making their stereo re-debut are Auld Lang Syne and Snowfall, this time by the All-Star Orchestra Conducted By Bobby Byrne from The Great Themes Of America's Greatest Bands (Grand Award GA 225 SD, Stereo, 1959).  Good stuff.  Now how about a stereo copy of Blue Holiday by Andre Previn And David Rose?  This time around it's from Like Blue (MGM SE 2811, Stereo, 1960), while the mono version I shared was from a re-issue called The Previn Scene.  Odd...  Next up are a couple of Christmas tracks by Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians from a best-of LP that was available only at their concerts, A Very Special Hour With Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians (MCA Special Markets 2xLP DXS-511, Fake Stereo).  I thought these might be different versions than the ones on the Waring Christmas LPs, but they're just the same old The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) (Gordon Goodman is credited as soloist on this one) and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (this one co-credits The Teen Trio & Poley McClintock).  A really good track that I just didn't think I could get away with sharing during the month is a version of Holiday For Strings by Hal Mooney And His Orchestra from the LP I pulled two other tracks from, Woodwinds & Percussion (Mercury PPS 6013, Stereo, 1961).  Even though I shared a couple of version of this David Rose classic last year, I know it's not really a Christmas song.  But this is a great version!  How about a clean stereo version of the great Latin Snowfall by Henry Mancini And His Orchestra from the soundtrack to Charade (RCA Victor LSP-2755, Stereo, 1963)?  Don't know why it took me so long to find this in stereo, but it sure was worth the wait, I love this track!  Some times I don't pay attention to what I'm recording until it's too late.  So you get a copy of My Favorite Things as performed by The Trapp Family Singers And Chorus that's exactly the same as the one I shared before.  Actually, I think the reason I couldn't tell at first that I'd already recorded it was because I didn't enter the LP title and catalog info into that old post, so let me be sure to put it in here.  This is from The Sound Of Music (Warner Bros WS 1377, Stereo, 1960).  Another old fave that I found a stereo version of this year is The Ski Song (Slalom) by David Carroll And His Orchestra from the LP Contrasts (Mercury Wing SRW 12508, Stereo, 1959).  Another stereo newbie here is a medley called Skye Boat Song-Bonnie Dundee-Hundred Pipers-Auld Lang Syne by The Dagenham Girl Pipers from The World Famous Dagenham Girl Pipers (Capitol ST 10125, Stereo, 1958).  Pretty impressive, if you like bagpipes.  I was starting to think this list would never end, but that's the end of it.  Now I have to go back and add boldface and italic, then put in some hyperlinks to the original shares and any extraneous stuff that I mentioned, oh, and add the download link, almost forgot that.

1 comment:

Auntie Knickers said...

Thanks for the thirty-two (plus one more) days of Christmas! Now, not to seem ungrateful, but here is my Christmas wish: for the obsessive-compulsive among us, list the composers of unusual items. For example, I know who wrote Winter Wonderland, but those songs on the Hail Mary album by Ann Blyth? Couldn't locate any info. I certainly understand if you can't do it, as you obviously have a life outside Christmas music (great photography! not to mention earning a living) -- just a thought.