Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas In Tijuana

And now for something a little bit different.  I've seen a lot of different Christmas LPs that claim to have that Tijuana sound, but I'd never seen this one before.  I didn't see it shared out anywhere, either, although I think I found the same tunes with a different cover, so it's not entirely new, but it's close.  What better place to get your Tijuana Christmas tunes than from the Canadian Arc label, the same folks who brought you last year's great Christmas record set in a pub?  I don't think this one is that good, but it makes for a nice change-up on the old iPod.  This is Tijuana Style-Christmas Carols (Arc AC 34, Stereo).  I have no idea who actually is performing here, but since they put "Christmas Carols" in quotes on the label below, and not Tijuana Style, I'm thinking they're telling me that's the band name.  Sound good?  Better than nothing, I guess.  Go get it!

1. The Holly And The Ivy
2. Silent Night
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. While Shepherds Watched
5. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
8. Away In A Manger
9. The First Nowell
10. Christians Awake
11. Once In Royal David's City
12. O Come All Ye Faithful



Rebecca said...


Can you re load the Arthur Godrey's All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth album. I have been searching for it for about 20 years. It would be nice to surprise my parents when they arrive this weekend for our christmas for them to hear these songs. I grew up with the LP and I wish I never sold them. I will be more appreciative of great music and will instill that respect to my kids as they grow older.

Ernie said...

Did you look here?

rebecca said...

Thanks! I was finally able to download it. but it was a little difficult because it wasn't where it should have been, I had to dig deep into the blog comments to get it to pull up.

Ernie said...

Huh? The share in the comments is Red Skelton, not Arthur Godfrey. You just need to click the word MediaFire near the bottom of the post. I just checked and the link is working fine. Not sure what's going on...

PTIHCN said...

The output here is consistently outstanding. I come here every year. I've been making my own mixes for a couple years now. Please check them out if you have time. I just gave you and other fellow xmas bloggers a mention. Let me know Thanks for the music and happy holidays.


r. maccready

Ernie said...

Ahhh, I found the other Arc Records Tijuana Christmas record, and it doesn't appear to be the same as this one. Or at least it has different tracks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the excellent share.
The Border Brass Tijuana Christmas is one of my favorites.
And this is one will match up with it nicely.
I like these TJB copy cats budget releases .


Anonymous said...

Hi Ernie,
I must thank you for all the superb music you have posted over the years. I came upon your site a couple of years ago and it has really kicked our family christmas into life with all you choice cuts of Christmas Musical Joy.(Your almost as famous as Santa in our house.)

Anyway onto your "Christmas In Tijuana". Its something I only happened upon yesterday, but this album seems to have at least 3different lives. I first came across it a few years back, it was via a British Music Library called KPM. KPM have been doing music since the 50's and not only are known for alot of British TV Themes and incidental music but also for doing the music to the orginal Spiderman Cartoon. Its from here that alot of people in the US seem to have heard of KPM.(They also seem to be well up in the Rap/Hip Hop arena as well. I can only think because of the funky rift based nature of some of the stuff). Anyway the original album was called KPM 1052 Christmas Party. All the tracks were credited to Alan Moorhouse(A star of the easy listening set) but on the back of the album it does state that the Sounds Of Brass are the band.

All the tracks have different funky names based on the original titles as well.

Then yesterday I happened upon an album called "Torero Band -Tijuana Christmas Sound of Brass". After downloading this album I discovered that this was all the same songs as the KPM 1052 but with the original song titles.

Then today as I looked on your site and checked out the "Christmas In Tijuana" album, the track listing seemed very familiar. Low and behold the same album again.

Anyway I thought I'd drop you a line and give you the longwinded back story. Hope I didn't bore you too much.

All the best and have a good Christmas.


Ernie said...

That's quite the piece of detective work there, thanks for sharing. Should have known it wasn't anything original.

Anonymous said...

This LP was also released in the UK as:
Tijuana Christmas – Dance To Your Favourite Carols With The Wonderful ‘Sound of Brass’
Label: Music For Pleasure MFP 1266
First Released: 1968

Exact same track listing.

Anonymous said...

Just listened to this for the first time on vinyl today, and glad to have a digital copy - thanks ! Some pretty nice arrangements.