Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's Like Candy

The requests keep coming in, and I keep trying to fill them with old rips.  This is a stereo version of an LP I first shared in mono way, way back in 2005, my first year in the blogging and sharity businesses.  Please enjoy Pete Fountain-Candy Clarinet (Coral CRL 757487, Stereo, 1966).

1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
2. Santa Claus Medley: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town; Jingle Bells
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
5. Blue Christmas
6. Candy Clarinet
7. Jingle Bell Rock
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. The Little Drummer Boy
10. Silver Bells
11. White Christmas
12. Christmas Is A-Comin' (May God Bless You)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Stone Christmas

Another request here, a couple records that haven't seen time on the blog in many years. This first one is by Herbie Koch, and features the carillon currently located at Stone Mountain, Georgia.  I had the chance to visit Stone Mountain a couple of years ago, and walked out to visit the carillon.  It's on a little spit of land that extends out into a lake, so it's very picturesque.  It could stand with a little refurb work, though. I guess the current generation (well, the past few generations...) just don't appreciate the sort of music these big bells can create.  Anyhow, here's a rerun from back in 2006, Herbie Koch-Christmas Bells Of Stone Mountain (Stone Mountain 777S-8037).

1.  Joy To The World
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
4. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
7. O Holy Night
8. Deck The Halls
9. What Child Is This?
10. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
11. The Little Drummer Boy
12. O, Come All Ye Faithful
13. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
14. Silent Night


Also in 2006, I shared out this other LP played on the carillon at Stone Mountain, only this time it's played by the slightly more well-known John Klein.  So if this looks more like what you're after, please download John Klein-Noel Bells (Stone Mountain SM-201, Stereo).

1. Angels We Have Heard On High
2. O, Holy Night
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. Good Christian Men Rejoice
5. As Lately We Watched
6. The First Noel
7. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
8. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
9. Joy To The World
10. Away In A Manger
11. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
12. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. Good King Wenceslas
14. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
15. O, Come All Ye Faithful
16. Silent Night

I said two, but there was a third one from 2006.  I didn't notice in time, but this seems to be all the same music as the John Klein one shown above, just in a different cover and with the order shuffled around.  So maybe this is the one you had back in the day.  If so, please be my guest and download John Klein-The Bells Of Christmas (Americana AR-6, Stereo).

1. Angels We Have Heard On High
2. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. The First Noel
5. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. As Lately We Watched
8. O, Come All Ye Faithful
9. O Holy Night
10. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly
11. Away In A Manger
12. Good Christian Men Rejoice
13. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
14. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
15. Silent Night
16. Joy To The World


PS-When I was at Stone Mountain, I stuck my head in the main gift shop, but I didn't see any records (or CDs) of music from the carillon.  Oh, well...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merrily We Roll Along

Here's another request fulfilled, something I first posted in 2012, and if memory serves, The Cap't posted earlier than that. But you want it back, you got it back, if only for a little while.  For those of you who don't have a player piano handy, this is The Piano Rolls And Voices-All Time Christmas Hits (RCA Victor LSP-4000 (Vocal Arrangements By Dick Hyman), Stereo, 1968).

1. Winter Wonderland
2. Silver Bells
3. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
4. Sleighride
5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
8. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
9. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
10. Frosty The Snow Man
11. White Christmas


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas In The City

Well, today I'm going to take a little tour around the US, hitting up a few cities and sharing out some of the local Christmas music.  I thought once about trying to find and share a Christmas LP from each state, but I don't think I'd be able to do it, at least not in a reasonable amount of time.  Here in Florida, we get a lot of people moving in from other states, so there's a nice steady stream of local Christmas music from other places to select from, but finding a specific state would be rough.  Anyhow, here are five that I've shared out in the past, starting with Cleveland, Ohio.  From 2006, this is Christmas In Cleveland (Delta Records Of Ohio, Processed and Pressed by Columbia, XCTV-84680/1, Mono).

1. Bay High School Choir-Joyous Christmas Song
2. Bedford High School A Cappella Choir-Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
3. Berea High School Choir-Hallelujah (The Mount Of Olives)
4. Cathedral Latin High School Glee Club-Carol Of The Drum
5. Cleveland Heights High School Choir-O Holy Night
6. East High School Choral Club-Traditional Medley-The First Noel-Silent Night
7. Glenville High School Choral Club-16th Century Church Music-Gloria Parti-Palestrina
8. Holy Name High School Choir-Ring Christmas Bells
9. John Marshall High School Choir-Christmas Was Meant For Children
10. Lakewood High School Choir-Now Is The Carolling Season
11. Lutheran High School West Choir-Jesous Ahatonhia
12. Magnificat High School Senior Choir-Adeste Fidelis
13. Notre Dame Academy Choral Club-To The Manger
14. Our Lady Of Lourdes High School A Cappella Choir-The Sleigh (a la Russe)
15. Parma Senior High School Concert Choir-Away In A Manger
16. West High School Choral Club-Heavenly Light


And if Cleveland isn't your home, there's always Detroit.  This one hails from a period when Detroit was much more robust than it is today.  The auto industry has left the city in pretty poor shape these days.  But from back in the day, this is Christmas In Detroit-A Collection Of Seasonal Music By Outstanding Detroit Choral Groups (Dedicated To The Tuberculosis And Health Society, Produced By Special Recordings, Inc., Pressed By Columbia Records, Mono, 1962). From 2010, a popular year, as you'll soon see.

1. Varsity Glee Club-Wayne State University-Deck The Halls
2. Varsity Glee Club-Wayne State University-Good King Wenceslas
3. Duns Scotus College Choir-Jesu Redemptor
4. Duns Scotus College Choir-Viva Viva
5. Duns Scotus College Choir-Sleep Well
6. University Of Detroit Chorus-Gloria Patri
7. The Ford Chorus-Ford Motor Company-Silver Bells
8. The Ford Chorus-Ford Motor Company-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
9. Civic Center Chorus-The Star Carol
10. Civic Center Chorus-Ave Maria
11. St. Paul's Cathedral's Choir-Silent Night
12. Anonymous Announcer-Thank You
13. Lutheran Choralaires-Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
14. Lutheran Choralaires-Oh Emanuel
15. The ACappels-We Three Kings
16. Edison Glee Club-The Detroit Edison Company-I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas
17. Edison Glee Club-The Detroit Edison Company-Carol Of The Bells
18. Orpheus Club Of Detroit-Go Tell It On The Mountain
19. General Motors Chorus-General Motors Corporation-Jingle Bells
20. General Motors Chorus-General Motors Corporation-Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
21. Shamrock Chorus-Catholic Central High School-Mary Had A Baby
22. Shamrock Chorus-Catholic Central High School-Silent Night

From the north to the south, how's about a little bit of stuff from Houston, TX?  Things are bigger in Texas, you better believe it.  But is the Christmas music any better?  Probably, but I'll let you be the judge.  Give a listen to Crash's Christmas Album To Benefit University Children's Hospital At Hermann (CCA Records 1-1986  (Houston, TX), Stereo, 1986). Oh, I shared this one out back in 2010.

1. Crash-The Christmas Song
2. Dave Ward-I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus
3. Sir Shaun Rabb-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. The Concert Chorale Of Houston-Carol Of The Bells
5. Paul Christy-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
6. Jim Westmoreland-Frosty The Snowman
7. Milo Hamilton-A Visit From St Nicholas
8. Dave Ward, Pat Hunt & Tommy Lee Bradley-O' Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. Matt Alan-Jingle Bell Rock
10. Kevin Bass-O' Come All Ye Faithful
11. Marvin Zindler And The Miracle Minstrels-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
12. The Concert Chorale Of Houston-Coventry Carol
13 George Grenias-Silver Bells
14. The Concert Chorale Of Houston-Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
15. Crash-White Christmas


OK, not technically from a city, but certainly an icon from Cincinnati, Ohio, this is Bob Braun, longtime sidekick to Ruth Lyons, an even bigger icon from back in the day.  This one first saw the blog light of day back in 2008, please have a gander at Bob Braun, Orchestra Conducted By Leroy Holmes-Christmas In Your Heart (United Artists UAS 6664, Stereo, 1968).

1. Christmas In Your Heart
2. Everywhere The Bells Are Ringing
3. Do You Hear What I Hear
4. A Marshmallow World
5. A Child's First Christmas
6. Let's Light The Christmas Tree
7. Christmas Lullaby
8. Winter Wonderland
9. That's What Christmas Means To Me
10. I'll Be Home For Christmas
11. Christmas Medley


And that brings us back to Chicagoland, with this little 10" sampler from the local bank.  If memory serves, this is the second record from these folks, the first one looking very similar.  I never shared it out (my copy is cracked), but my good friend Inkydog shared it once at his now-deleted blog, A Cheerful Earful.  Good old Inkydog, we miss his blog.  Anyhow, this is Songs Of The Season 1960 (First Federal Savings And Loan Association Of East Chicago, Indiana  10" 4628/4629, Mono, 1960). This is another reshare from back in 2010. It was a very good year, as they say.

1. Standard Oil Torchlighters-Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light
2. St. Luke's Lutheran Adult Choir-The First Noel
3. St. Luke's Lutheran Adult Choir-Silent Night
4. St. Stanislaus Boys' Choir-Wesola Nowine Brachia Sluchajcie (Polish Carol)
5. St. Stanislaus Boys' Choir-Tryumfy Krola Niebieskiego (Polish Carol)
6. Rabbi Ulrich Steur, Narrator-Mrs. Walter Hathaway, Organist-Richard Lewke, Soloist-Hanukkah Explanation-Jewish Traditional Selection-Rock Of Ages
7. St. Thomas More Girls Choir-O Come, O Come Immanuel
8. St. Thomas More Girls Choir-Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
9. St. Thomas More Adult Choir-Gloria From The Midnight Mass
10. Purdue University (Cal. Ext.) Mixed Choir-Oh Holy Night
11. Purdue University (Cal. Ext.) Mixed Choir-Carol Of The Bells
12. First Christian Reformed Church Choir Of Munster-Good Christian Men Rejoice
13. Standard Oil Torchlighters-Angels We Have Heard On High


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

It's A Sunshine Day!

Guess what classic Christmas LP is now available for legal download here in the USofA?  Yep, it's The Three Suns 1959 opus, A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas!  No sign of a CD release, unfortunately, but you never know.  They released a huge batch of classic old Christmas records recently, from a handful of different labels, about half of which were things I'd shared out before.  One of them was completely new to me, though. John Facenda-The Nativity appears to be a big release from 1958 with a fancy gatefold and a bound-in book.  I want an original of that one! Anyone want to hook me up?  :)


Nobody asked for these LPs from The Randolph Singers to make a new appearance here at the blog, but I liked 'em and here they are again.  I believe that over the years I have found at least two different covers for each volume, but I've never seen the original 10" releases.  There's always something more out there to find.  Anyhow, these are good choral records recorded in the early 50's from the under-appreciated David Randolph.  Start with The Randolph Singers-David Randolph, Director-Christmas Carols Vol. 1 (Westminster WP 6022, 1951, Mono). I first shared this out back in 2010.

1. Silent Night
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
4. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
5. The First Noel
6. Bring A Torch, Jeanette
7. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
8. Angels We Have Heard On High
9. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
10. Let Carols Ring (Swedish)
11. Hush, Oh Heaven (Tyrolean)
12. Patapan (Burgundian)
13. Virgin's Cradle Hymn (English)
14. Carol Of The Bells (Ukranian)
15. Quid Petis, O Fili? (English)
16. Shepherds, Tell Me (French)
17. Quickly, My Friends (Provencal)
18. Lullay My Liking (English)
19. Saint Staffan (Swedish)

And here's the second volume, which I shared out much earlier than volume one because I couldn't find it for a long time.  This is The Randolph Singers, David Randolph, Director-Christmas Carols-Volume 2 (Westminster WL 5200, 1952, Mono).

1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
2. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
5. Away In A Manger
6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
7. The Coventry Carol
8. The Boar's Head Carol
9. Joy To The World
10. Cantique de Noel
11. Deck The Halls
12. Cradled In A Manger
13. Sing We Noel Once More
14. How Far Is It To Bethlehem
15. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
16. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
17. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
18. Fum! Fum! Fum!
19. I Wonder As I Wander
20. Wassail Song


And then there's this nifty little promo item I found and shared with you in 2010, again featuring Mr. Randolph, et. al. I do so love it when a theme develops!  Please give a listen to David Randolph Singers-1961-A Special Christmas Music Medley (Wallace Laboratories 7" 33 RPM 1961, 1961, Mono).


Monday, December 08, 2014

In A Fielding Of His Own

Another request fulfilled, this time with one of my favorite records of 2012 and something of a rarity.  This is one of those records that I've only ever seen once, and almost passed by without a second glance.  It's on a label that seems to border on budget, and when I first saw it in a stack, I blew past it without much thought.  But for some reason I flipped back to it and took a closer look.  I decided it might be something worth listening to, so I picked it up.  And wow, is it good!  If you like your Christmas sprinkled liberally with brass, then this is the record for you.  Have a good long listen to Jerry Fielding And His Brass Choir-Favorite Christmas Music (Signature SM 1028, Mono, 1959).

1. Joy To The World/Hark The Herald Angels Sing
2. Winter Wonderland/Jingle Bells
3. The First Noel
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/O Come All Ye Faithful
5. Oh Tannenbaum/Cantique De Noel
6. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
7. The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas
8. Auld Lang Syne/White Christmas
9. Silent Night
10. The Christmas Song/Let It Snow/Let It Snow, Let It Snow
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
12. Deck The Halls/Here We Come A-Caroling


Sunday, December 07, 2014

The Force Is Sorta OK WIth This One

With all the hubbub about the new Star Wars trailer, I figure I should get into the act as best I can.  This Christmas LP is by a singer named Kenny Baker, who I'm pretty sure has no connection what-so-ever with the Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 in all the movies.  But it's fun to imagine.  This is also pretty far from the Meco Star Wars Christmas album, so don't look for a connection there.  In fact, best I can remember, there's only one mention of a wookie anywhere on this record.  But if you're feeling up to it anyway, give a download to Kenny Baker-Carols For Christmas From Kenny Baker (International Records LP 5125 (AKA Christmas Carols From Kenny Baker-Kenart LP KA-6), Mono, 1958).  The LP pictured down at the bottom is another cover I found with the same music on the vinyl.  A re-issue, you might say, designed to fool the poor record buyer into buying the music all over again...  Oh, almost forgot, I first shared this with you in 2010.

1. O Holy Night
2. Joy To The World
3. Medley-It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
5. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
6. The First Noel
7. Good King Wenceslas
8. Silent Night
9. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
10. Medley-Away In A Manger and O Come All Ye Faithful
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
12. White Christmas
13. Deck The Halls and Carol Of The Shepherds
14. Jingle Bells