Sunday, July 23, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 23

Have I mentioned that all of the records I've ripped tracks from this year are in a pile right in the doorway to the computer room?  And it's getting pretty tall and precarious.  I'm almost blocked in, and I'm afraid I'm going to knock it over every time I walk by.  I've got to find something to do with all these records...  Anyhow, welcome to Sunday night, day 23!  Lots of goodies for you tonight, so here goes.

1. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by The Zig Zags Quartet & Enoch Light & Orchestra from The Children's Hour (Grand Award G.A. 33-311, Mono, 1955).  Some of that stuff on Grand Award, it borders on budget label...

2. Yingle Bells by Yogi Yorgesson from The Great Comedy Hits Of Harry Stewart As Yogi Yorgesson And Harry Kari (Capitol Star Line T1620, Mono, 1961).  Another classic track from an echo-drenched reissue.  I think they're one Christmas single by Yogi that I still don't have.  Something like What's In The Box, I think.  Anyone know what I'm talking about?

3. The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy by Winifred Smith from Winifred Smith's Simple Gifts (Tennessee Squire TSA-61110, Stereo).  This isn't the first record of hers I've run across, and it was put out by The Tennessee Squires as well.  I should look them up and see what the deal is.

4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, a later, longer, stereo version by Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra from There I Sing/Swing It Again (RCA Victor LSP-1799, Stereo, 1958).  By my count, the second of three times he recorded one of his bigger hits.

5. (a) Las Posadas: Caminita-Procession (b) Las Posadas:  Hemosa Maria-Lovely Mary by Unknown Mexican Children from the LP Latin American Children Game Songs-Recorded In Puerto Rico And Mexico By Henrietta Yurchenco (Folkways FC 7851, Electronically Rechanneled To Simulate Stereo, 1968).  Shame that these kids never got the credit for this recording.

6. The Christmas Polka by The Shawnee Choir-Earl Willhoite, Director-Primo Piano: Marjorie Farmer from Both Sides, Now! (Shawnee Press Reference Recording M-297, Stereo).  Not the Lawrence Welk song, but something that they were trying to sell you their arrangement for.  This was a demo marketed to choral groups.

7. Children's Holiday by The McGuire Sisters With Orchestra Directed By Dick Jacobs from their classic early album Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).  There's some good stuff on here.

8. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Mahalia Jackson from Just As I Am (Apollo LP 479, Mono, 1958).  I'd shared this before, but from a reissue.  This time I found the original Apollo record.

9. Song Of The Bells by Leroy Anderson from Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music (Decca DL 78954, Stereo, 1960).  Pretty much everything this man ever did is worth a listen.

10. The March Of The Toys by John Gart At The Conn Electronic Organ With The Minute Men from Organ On The March (Kapp K-1119-S, Stereo, 1959).  This must have been reissued at some point with a different title because I show sharing out the same tracks by the same artist from a different LP on the same label.  I need to do some more research.  Such things are certainly not unheard of.

11. Sugar Plum by Joe Harnell And His Trio from the self-titled album, Joe Harnell And His Trio (Jubilee JGM 5020, Mono, 1963).  Nice little bit of Tchaikovsky here.

12. At Christmastime by Helena Bliss, Walter Kingsford, Ivy Scott And Chorus from the soundtrack LP Song Of Norway (Decca DL 9019, Mono, 1949).  I guess the movie in question was the life story of Edvard Greig.  Wait, was it a movie, or a play?  Not sure...

13. Adeste Fideles by an un-named music box, but Discogs tells me the artist on the sleeve is George And Madeline Brown.  The album is The Story Of The Music Box (Caedmon 10" 33 RPM w/ Book CB-2, Mono, 1952).  My copy is missing the sleeve, I think I found it in the sleeve for something else.  Pretty sure I shared this music out before from a similar package prepared for a different company.  I could spend days researching some of that I share.

14. Dance Of The Chinese Flutes by French National Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Roger D√©Sormiere from Nutcrackers Suite/Suite From The Swan Lake-Tchaikovsky (Capitol P-8140, Mono, 1954).  I think this was originally released on a 10" LP, as the cover for this one shows the covers for both 10" albums.  If you flip through a lot of old records, you'll know this was a common practice for Capitol at one time.  The original 10" releases are hard to find these days, I think I see more of the reissues by far than I see originals.

15. Children Go Where I Send Thee by the great Earl Grant With Chorus And Instrumental Accompaniment Directed By Thurston Frazier from the somewhat hard-to-find LP A Closer Walk With Thee (Decca DL 74811, Stereo, 1966).  I say hard to find because I had never seen a copy of it before last week, and I see a lot of Earl Grant records in the stores.  Well, the junk stores.  Not so much at the respectable places.

16. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Doris Day With Frank DeVol And His Orchestra from Hooray For Hollywood (Columbia 2xLP C2L-5, Mono, 1958).  This was a fancy double LP that must have been a big deal when it was released, but quickly forgotten because it was mono-only and it came out right at the beginning of the stereo era.

17. Christmas Night (Ukranian Carol) (Dobri Vetcher), some more Ukranian Christmas from Don Cossack Choir-Serge Jaroff, Conductor-Soloist: B. Morosoff from Russian Fair (Decca DL 710016, Stereo, 1959).  I think this came out at a time when Americans probably didn't know the difference between Russia and Ukraine.  Most of them probably still don't, which is how Russia likes it.

18. June In January by Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra from Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  I saw another late Crosby LP with this same orchestra today, but it didn't appear to have any holiday content on it.

19. Medley: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Jolly Old St. Nicholas; Jingle Bells by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Teo Macero And Marty Manning from The Banjo Barons Play Music For Happy Times (Columbia CL 2089 "Radio Station Copy-Not For Sale", Mono, 1963).  At least this one sounds like banjos.

20. Variations On A French Carol by The Arbutus United Methodist Church Chancel Ringers from their LP Listen! (DFH Recording Co. DFH 114, Stereo, 1978).  Just when I thought I wouldn't be able to bring you any handbells this July, I found this in the stacks.  Just goes to show you that you need to pick up all the records and look at them.  Maybe you know why it's there and what's on it, but maybe you don't!

And that's it for today.  It takes an awful long time to type all this in for twenty tracks, so be sure you read it all twice.  Thanks, and see you tomorrow.



Buster said...

You know, I think I have a Yogi Yorgesson Christmas EP. I wonder if it has that song you want. I'll see if I can find it.

Song of Norway was a musical play then much later a movie. From the folks who brought you Kismet (Wright and Forrest). They specialized in adapting classical themes into musical scores.

Didn't Hooray for Hollywood come out in stereo? I did not know that.

I read your sterling commentary twice. It's only fair that you read this comment twice as well.

Ernie said...

I think the Yogi EP had two singles on it, but not the one I need. Be Kind To The Street Corner Santa I think was the A side. That EP was the first of his records I remember having.

If Hooray For Hollywood came out in Stereo, I couldn't find it. I've got a Kostelanetz double LP from the same series that seems to have suffered the same fate. Couple of Nutcracker Suite tracks from that one still to come.

I read your comments at least three time to be certain I don't miss anything good!