Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Day 23

Everybody on board?  Good, then let's go!

1. White Christmas by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians, a small slice of a huge medley from Berlin By Lombardo (Capitol ST1019, Stereo, 1958).  If it sounds a little funny at the beginning and end, that's just me fading in and out of the medley.

2. Sunflakes Fall, Snowrays Call by Janis Ian from her album ...For All The Seasons Of Your Mind (Verve Forecast FTS-3024, Stereo, 1967).  Very hippy.

3. Snowfall-Cha-Cha by Billy May from his LP Cha Cha Billy May (Capitol ST1329, Stereo, 1960).  Yes, you've heard it before, but here it is again.

4. Sleighride by Sauter-Finegan And Their Orchestra, a remake from their later stereo LP for United Artists, The Return Of The Doodletown Fifers (United Artists Ultra Audio WWS 8511, Stereo, 1960).  This is also known as Midnight Sleighride, one of my favorite non-traditional Christmas songs.

5. Santa Claus, a short comedy bit from The Smothers Brothers and their album Mom Always Liked You Best! (Mercury SR 61051, Stereo, 1965).  I first shared this out many years ago, but it's time for a revisit!

6. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers gets the full-on percussion treatment in Stereo Action courtesy of Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra and the LP Holiday For Percussion (RCA Victor "Stereo Action" LSA-2485, Stereo, 1962).  I'm sure I've shared this out before, but like so many things this year, I'm bringing it back, sounding better than ever.

7. Nativity From "King Of Kings" by The Metropolitan Pop Orchestra-Conducted By Miklos Rozsa from the LP Music From The Motion Picture The Bible-The Ten Commandments-The Greatest Story Ever Told-King Of Kings-Ben Hur (MGM SE-4417, Stereo, 1966).  Very soundtracky, which it is.

8. My Favorite Things by Julie Budd from her album Wild And Wonderful (MGM SE-4607, 1969).  Hmmm...different.

9. March Of The Toys by Johnny Kemm from The Invisible Brass Band-Johnny Kemm Brings It To Life With The Revolutionary Lowrey Brass Symphonizer (Concert Recording CR-E112, Stereo).  This appears to be something I shared out for the first time last year, which I didn't realize until it was too late.  I try not to reshare stuff so soon...

10.  Lonely Winter by Ralph Marterie And His Marlboro Men from the LP Marvelous Marterie (Mercury Wing SRW 12511, Stereo, 1958).  Another rerun, there seem to be an awful lot of them tonight for some reason.  I certainly didn't plan it that way.

11. June In January by Billy Vaughn from Ode To Billy Joe (Dot DLP 25828, Stereo, 1967).

12. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Starring Warren Covington from The Swingin' Era (Decca DL 78914, Stereo, 1959).  Nothing really to do with Tommy Dorsey whatsoever, they just used his name.

13. Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown? by Nina-Arranged & Conducted By John Barry from the soundtrack album On Her Majesty's Secret Service (United Artists UAS 5204, Stereo, 1969).  Yes, that's Bond, James Bond music.  I've known about this track for a while now, but never had the chance to share it previously.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

14. Shepherds Come A-Running, an obligatory track from The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor, and the LP The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).  This is the only mono track of the evening.  How did that happen?

And that's all for tonight.  Short, but sweet.  There's some good stuff in the pile this evening, both new and rerun.  Have at it!



Sally June said...

Have a very Bond Christmas ... hmmm, I need to think about that one. That Julie Budd, she's enthusiastic. I mean, she really, really likes that schnitzel with noodle.

Ernie, only you could call 14 tracks a little offering. Thanks for the joy.

Buster said...

If I had to choose between "Sunflakes Fall, Snowrays Call" and "Snowfall Cha-Cha," I go with the Billy May every time.

Brendony said...

OK I have to step in and say that "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown" is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever. I love Julie Budd's "My Favortie Things" and "Sunflakes Fall, Snowrays Call" is very groovy, indeed. I just really dig that late-60's sound. Thanks Ernie, nice to be back at the blog!