Friday, July 06, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 6

I'm a little late tonight, but I've been busy recording more music to share with you guys.  Tonight you get fourteen tracks because I was able to record 14 tracks!  Not the same fourteen, though, only one of them is something I recorded tonight, but you'll get the other 13 eventually.  Let's dive into this pile head first, shall we?  (Oh, and it's theme night!  The theme is "mono".  How's that for adding a little spice?)

1. Angelus Ad Pastores (The Angel To The Shepherds) by The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor from the compilation album The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).  OK, so this is what I recorded tonight, over a dozen Christmas carols from the family of the real-life Baron Von Trapp.  I'll sprinkle them into the mix as the month goes on, I think you'll be impressed by some of them.

2. Baby It's Cold Outside Cha Cha by Enoch Light And The Light Brigade from Happy Cha Cha's-Volume 2 (Grand Award GA 33-191, Mono, 1959).  I thought I'd shared this before, but I can't find it in the archives.  Now I need to find the stereo version...

3. A Child's Christmas by Emlyn Williams from A Boy Growing Up (Argo RG 547, Mono, 1968).  Yep, it's a cover of the Dylan Thomas poem.  Is a recitation of someone else's poem considered a cover?  Hmm...

4. Doll Dance by The Triads from the LP Sunrise Serenade (Waldorf Music Hall MHK 33-1229, Mono, 1958).  Not bad...very reminiscent of what The Harmonicats or even The Three Suns were doing at the time, which is probably the whole point of the thing.

5. Giddi-Up by Children's Choir Under The Direction Of Mabel Stewart Boyter and the album A Joyful Sound-Songs For Children (Word W-3137-LP, Mono, 1961).  I'd never heard the song before, and I like it!

6. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by The Salvation Army New York Staff Band & Male Chorus from Classics In Brass (Triumphonic LP-7, Mono).  Do all recordings of Salvation Army bands sound like this?  Don't they rehearse?

7. June In January, a rerun from Don, Dick 'N Jimmy from the LP Spring Fever (Crown CLP 5005, Mono, 1957).  Yes, at one time the notorious budget label Crown actually recorded and released original stuff.  Hard to believe, but true.

8. Our Winter Love by Robert Maxwell, His Harp And Orchestra from A Song For All Seasons (Decca DL 4609, Mono, 1965).  Pretty sure this is a rerun.

9. Silent Night from Mahalia Jackson and her album Just As I Am (Kenwood/Nashboro LP 479 (Reissue of Apollo LP from 1958), Mono, 1964).  You can't go wrong with just about anything Mahalia ever released.

10. The Snow Queen by Ireene Wicker, The Singing Lady, Accompanied By Samuel Sanders from the LP Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales (Simon Says M-38, produced By Record Guild Of America, Distributed By ABC-Paramount, Mono).  Yep, same Ireene Wicker we highlighted during Christmas, and the second long spoken-word track of the night.

11. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year by The Four Lads With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra from The Four Lads Sing Frank Loesser (Columbia CL 1045, Mono, 1957).  Another rerun, hopefully sounding a bit better this time around.

12. That's What I Want For Christmas as performed by it's author, Irving Caesar, from the LP And Then I Wrote... (Coral CRL 57083, Mono, 1956).  This album appears to be part of a series featuring popular songwriters where they tell stories and perform their well-known songs.  I know there's at least one more in the set that features an artist known for his Christmas repertoire, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for it.  I found this one in a small antique mall with one booth of records.  I payed too much money for it, but I knew it would be a great addition to Christmas In July, and you guys are worth it.

13. Wedding Of The Painted Doll by Leon Berry, from an album released before his Audio Fidelity heyday, Glockenspiels, Trap And Plenty Of Pipes With leon Berry At The Hub Rink Chicago-Volume 1 (Replica 33x2501, Mono).  I'm not sure exactly when this came out, but I know it's early.  I think he recorded this song again later, too.

14. White Christmas by the General Electric Transcription Orchestra from Ronald Reagan Recommends Award Winning Music From Hollywood (General Electric GE-1001, Mono, 1957).  Yep, there's a big picture of then-actor, later Governor, later President Ronald Reagan on the cover of this one.  I think this may have been a giveaway with some GE appliance, but I don't know that for a fact.  I had a copy of this many years ago before I shared Christmas stuff, but I haven't seen it in years.  I was excited when this one turned up recently in a thrift store, so I went ahead and bought another copy.

And that's it.  Another wide slice of Christmas music from all over the chart tonight, I hope you enjoy it.



Laurie said...

Outstanding! I am enjoying these so much, Ernie - thank you for all your hard work!

ronjosiah said...

Thank you so much for sharing your christmas music treasures. May I request "The second star from the right" by Hugo Winterhalter? Please. It is a favorite of my son's and mine. Thanks so much.

Buster said...

Thanks Ern - the Irving Caesar and Reagan LPs are very interesting.

JKP said...

Ernie, you're one in a million! Thanks for sharing these wonderful old tunes and all the work you put into this. :)

Ernie said...

Ron-The Hugo Winterhalter track you mention was on the 12" version of his Christmas album, but it was just filler to pad out the original 10" version. But if you download this really old share, you'll have a copy of the whole 12" LP.

ronjosiah said...

Thank you so much. I have the track and the whole album. My son Josiah likes this song so much that's why it is our christmas theme song. I can't download from a link that is not mediafire. Good thing you gave me the link. I know that this is a peterpan son but hugo made it so for me and my son. All the best for you Ernie.