Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Day 3

Day the third!  14 more tracks to make you forget that it's over 100 outside.  I'm off shortly to shoot some fireworks on the night before the big night.  I always try to get it out of the way early whenever possible.  We'll see how it goes.  So I need to throw tonight's tracks up quickly here.

1. Some Winter On Nantucket Town by Abe King from his album Nantucket (Abe King WFH 1, Stereo, 1975).  Strictly instrumental, very 70's sounding, but not very Christmassy.

2. & 3.  The Tender Snowdrop (and it's introduction) by Anna Russell With Eugene Rankin from her LP Anna Russell's Guide To Concert Audiences (Columbia Masterworks ML 4928, Mono, 1954).  She's not very well known today, but in certain circles back in the mid-fifties, Anna Russell was the bomb.  Or so it appears from her records.

4. Ave Maria by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, another track from their LP The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861 (From Part 2 "Summer"), Stereo, 1966).  Not bad, not good.

5. Traineau (The Sleigh Ride) by The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra from the electronic LP The Electronic Spirit Of Erik Satie Featuring The Moog Synthesizer (Deram/London XDES 18066  (Excerpt from Sports & Divertissment), Stereo, 1972).  What a surprise this was!  You did see the word 'Moog' in there, didn't you?  Short, but sweet.

6. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Ethel Smith from Bright And Breezy (Decca DL 8799, Mono, 1958).  A rerun from back in the day, but still better than anything on her Christmas LP.

7. Frost Over London by George Martin And His Orchestra from his somewhat hard-to-find LP London By George (United Artists UAS 6647, Stereo, 1968).  I was a little disappointed to find that the frost of the title isn't on a field of pumpkins, but refers to David Frost.  I guess all of George Martin's LPs are hard to find, due to their Beatles connection.

8. White Christmas from Gordon Jenkins and his album Gordon Jenkins Conducts 26 Years Of Academy Award Winning Songs (CG CGS 3002, Stereo, 1959).  I don't know, some budget LP from somewhere or other.  I guess Gordon had a few down years in his career and got his name attached to a few shady deals.

9. Doll Dance by Gus Farney from Gus Farney At The Giant Five Manual Wurlitzer Pipe Organ (Warner Bros W 1409, Mono, 1961).  I loves me anything from the WB label in those early years!

10. The Toy Drum by The Harry Simeone Chorale from the double LP The Magic Of Their Singing (20th Century Fox 2xLP TCF 108-2S, Stereo, 1961).  These guys put out a ton of product, but no one has any memory of anything other than The Little Drummer Boy.  Shame, that.

11. Skating Princess (Eisprinzessin) by Helmut Zacharias And His Magic Violins from the album Magic Violins (Decca DL 8431, Mono, 1957).  Not bad, not bad.  I think I need to take a closer look at what I'm sharing out.  I don't seem to be putting up enough repeats.  If I don't spread things out a bit, it'll be 100% repeats at the end, and no one wants that.

12. The Frozen Logger by Jimmie Rodgers With Joe Reisman's Orchestra And Chorus from the LP At Home With Jimmie Rodgers-An Evening Of Folk Songs (Roulette SR 25128, Stereo, 1960).  This is the first of a few versions I've found this year of this tale of a very cold-tolerant logger.  Oddly enough, I think my collection is still missing a stereo copy of Jimmie full-length Christmas effort.  I've got a mono copy, and a cover-only for the stereo version, but no music.  And while I'm whining, I need a copy of the Bonnie Guitar LP, too.  :)

13. My Favorite Things by The New Group and their album What's New (Roulette R 25270, Mono, 1964).  Not the best possible group name they could have picked.  Who expects a second or third album from The New Group?

14. Masters In This Hall, a nice track by the 1978 Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor from the privately pressed LP University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM4471, Stereo, 1979).  I've got a bunch of tracks from this one, so I hope you like it.

Short but sweet tonight, I've got to go get ready to take some pictures.  Hope you have a great night, and don't forget to come back again tomorrow for more.



Laurie said...

You had me at moog.

Chris said...

I'm with you on the fireworks. Had a big backyard blowout last night, going to watch the pros tonight. Let's see if we can get July 3 declared National Amateur Fireworks Night.