Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 26

26 days in a row!  A new record!  Hope you're enjoying all the music this month.  I'm also sharing out a record number of tracks, though many of them are newer recordings of tracks I've shared before.  Hopefully, I've saved enough interesting tracks to hold your interest through the entire month.  I think in the past, I've front loaded my shares with things I found more interesting, and the later weeks get more and more boring.  But hopefully that's not the case this year.  Enough blathering, on to the Christmas music!

1. The Nutcracker Suite by Les Brown And His Band Of Renown from the LP Concert Modern (Capitol ST959, Stereo, 1958).  Perhaps the swingingest version of this classic ever put to vinyl.  I've shared it before, but here it is again because you need to listen to it again!

2. In Bethlehem by Johnny Cash, not from any of his Christmas albums but from The Holy Land (Columbia KCS 9726, Stereo, 1969).  It's a album that mixes spoken word bits recorded in The Holy Land with gospel songs, including his hit Daddy Sang Bass.  In this track, he describes his visit to the site of Christ's birth.  Almost forgot to mention, my copy of this album has a lenticular panel in it, so Johnny appears in the holy land in 3D!

3. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Paul Anka, Conducted By Sid Feller, from the album Swings For Young Lovers (ABC Paramount ABCS-347, Stereo, 1960).  Pretty sure I shared a mono copy of this with you before, so here it is in glorious two channel.

4. A Ceremony Of Carols by The Robert Shaw Chorale-Robert Shaw, Conductor, from the album Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony Of Carols; Rejoice In The Lamb; Festival Te Deum (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2759, Stereo, 1964).  Very long, not particularly exciting...

5. White Christmas by Reg Owen And His Orchestra from The Best Of Irving Berlin-30 Songs (RCA Victor LPM-1542, Mono, 1957).

6. Wedding Of The Painted Doll by The Triads, a bunch of 3 Suns wanna-be's, from their LP Sunrise Serenade (Waldorf Music Hall MHK 33-1229, Mono, 1958).

7. Snowfall (Theme Song) by Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra from his album Dancing After Midnight (Columbia CL 709, Mono, 1955).  Is this the hit version?  I doubt it.  Claude re-recorded this song so many times over the years, I doubt if he remembered which one was the original.

8. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt-Orchestra Directed By Maurice Levine, a later re-recording from the LP Revisited (Kapp KL-1192, Mono, 1960).  I think this exists in Stereo, but I've never seen it.  I wish she'd recorded more Christmas music, but the four tracks left by that bad Eartha are pretty good.

9. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Joe "Fingers" Carr from Honky-Tonk Street Parade (Capitol T809, Mono, 1957).  This song is tailor made for this performance.

10. Little Jack Horner, one for the kiddies by Cynthia Gooding And Don Drake from the LP Mother Goose And Father Gander (RCA Camden CAL-1058, Mono, 1965).

11. Italian Jingle Bells by Lou Monte With Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra And Chorus, found on the album Lou Monte Sings Songs For Pizza Lovers (RCA Victor LPM-1877, Mono, 1958).  I wasn't aware that this appeared on one of Lou's LPs, I always thought it was a single-only track.  But there it was.

12. Hanover Winter Song, a rerun from Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-The Glee Men from the LP College Memories (Decca DL8222, Mono, 1956).

13. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Mahalia Jackson, pulled from the reissue LP Just As I Am (Kenwood/Nashboro LP 479 (Reissue of Apollo LP from 1958), Mono, 1964).

14. Bring Your Torches, Jeannette, Isabella, tonight's obligatory track from The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor and the album The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).

15. Ave Maria by Alfred Newman And His Hollywood Symphony Orchestra from the LP In Concert (Mercury MG 20070, Mono).  I didn't know he recorded any music for Mercury, but here's the proof.

OK, that's all for tonight.  I'm off to bed early.  Have a good evening, and leave me lots of comments!



Anonymous said...

Ernie, It has been a great month. Thanks especially this evening for "A Ceremony of Carols" - wow - 21:35 of beautiful music. Can't say thanks enough. Steve in Ohio

Anonymous said...

great stuff...well most of it....thank u!!!!

Mike said...

Thank you Ernie! A couple tracks from this year's Christmas in July may make my Christmas in December mix! I wish July was a few days longer.

Buster said...

The Johnny Cash lenticular cover is a particular favorite of mine. I wonder wby they decided to use that technique on this particular LP?

Ernie said...

Hey Buster-I don't know why they'd choose this release for such a fancy cover. It's not even that interesting of a picture. When they did it for the Rolling Stones, at least it sort of fit in with the whole psychedelic thing. Are there any other jackets that did this? I can't think of any off the top of my head.

H Peters said...

Bravo Ernie! Brilliant stuff as always!

Buster said...

Ernie - I know I have one other lenticular cover. I wish I had it at hand (it's packed away) but it was on a small label and included big band versions of the music from Prince Igor. Wait, that sounds odd; not sure what it was.