Saturday, August 12, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 43

And it's time for the Saturday Night edition of Christmas in July.  Certainly not the only Saturday night edition, but the one that comes today.  And I know that doesn't make any sense, but it's late and I want to go to bed.  But I've made it this far, I have to keep going.  Maybe about a week left.  I don't want to keep stretching it out, but I keep discovering so much good stuff, I want to get it all out there.  I'm well past any other year at this point, I think I'm going to wind up past any other two years added together!  That's a lot of music.  I'm going to need a new needle for the record player, and maybe a new tonearm, too, I've been putting a lot of up and down on it in the past month and a half.  But you don't care about my problems, you care about the music, so let's get after it!

1. White Christmas, a very short, medley-extracted version by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians from the very big album The Lombardo Years-Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians Play The Best-Loved Lombardo Medleys (Capitol 4xLP STDL-2181, Stereo, 1964).  There are 160 tracks included in the medleys spread across these 8 sides.  I've brought you two of them.

2. Toyland by Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians from the boxset Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians Sing America's Favorite Songs (Reader's Digest 8xLP RDA-238, Stereo, 1981).  Fred and his bands recorded a lot of Christmas music over the years.  I can name about eight albums right off the top of my head for three different labels.  That's a lot of music, but a small fraction of his total discography.

3. Three Kings by Oratorio Chorus Of The Guelph Light Opera Company-Charles M. Wilson, Mus. Doc., Director, from Songs For All Seasons (Guelph Light Opera Company GLOC 1968, Stereo).  I was pleasantly surprised by the songs I pulled from this one.  Sometimes you cringe at the noise coming out of the hi-fi, but not this time.

4. Sound Of Music Medley (a) The Sound Of Music (b) My Favorite Things (c) Do Re Mi (d) Climb Every Mountain, some slightly exotic versions of some familiar tracks, this time by Arthur Lyman from The Shadow Of Your Smile (Hifi Records Life Series SL 1033, Stereo, 1966).  You may not think it's Christmas music, but it sure is a change from the normal interpretations.

5. Snow Fall by Enoch Light And The Light Brigade-Piano: Dick Hyman, from Sounds Of The Big Bands (EMI-Columbia (UK) TWO 351 (A Recording Of Project 3 Records, New York, U.S.A.), Stereo, 1970).  Once again I wound up with a foreign copy of a fairly common American record.  And there's Dick Hyman again, though it's no surprise to see him on something with Enoch Light's name on it.

6. Let There Be Peace On Earth, tonight's obligatory track from Monnajean McIlwain and her album Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  This isn't really a Christmas song, but it's become associated with the season over the years.  And if you ever get asked by a genie for a wish, don't forget about world peace.  And not a piece of world music.  You gotta be real specific with genies.

7. The Last Day Of Fall by Hal McKusick Septet from the LP Cross Section-Saxes (Decca DL 79209, Stereo, 1958).  This should probably be a fall track, but since the last day of fall comes just a few days before Christmas, I thought I'd be OK throwing it in here.

8. I Remember Yule, another great poem by Ogden Nash from the album Ogden Nash Reads Ogden Nash (Caedmon TC 1015, Stereo, 1953).  I don't for one second believe this album came out in 1953, but that was the date I found associated with this LP in a couple different places.  I'm guessing mid to late 60's, but I'm not sure why.

9. Holiday For Strings by The Mighty Accordion Band from They Said It Couldn't Be Done! (Capitol ST 1212, Stereo, 1959).  Sometimes I pick up an album and really, really want to find something on it I can share.  This one was like that, and I figured I could throw in another version of this David Rose track without too much fuss.  The cover of this LP features a gorilla playing the accordion, by the way.  You can see why I'd be attracted to such a thing.

10. Heart Of Winter by The George Shearing Trio from Jazz Moments (Capitol ST 1827, Stereo, 1962).  I wish George Shearing had done a full-on Christmas LP back in the day.  That could have been something.

11.  Fum, Fum, Fum by Alan Mills from the LP Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  I think I'm about done with all the kiddie music.  Not sure if that's a good thing or not, there's some good music in there.

12. Doll Dance by Lou Busch, His Piano And Orchestra, from Lazy Rhapsody (Capitol ST1072, Stereo, 1958).  Did you know he was married to Margaret Whiting for a while?  I thought it was Peggy Lee he married, glad I looked that up before I posted.

13. The Crooked Christmas Star, '73 by Dory Previn from her self-titled LP (Warner Bros BS 2811, Stereo, 1974).  This was a bit of a surprise.  Not sure how I even noticed it.  This LP looks more like an inner sleeve than an album cover.  I almost passed right by it, but my Christmas sense started tingling, and there it was!  Oh, it occurs to me you might not know that Dory Previn was once married to Andre Previn.  She left him when he got Mia Farrow pregnant.  And that leads me into all sort of  Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen stories, but I have to get to bed some day...

14. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Hymn Of Christmas) by Dorothy Maynor, Soprano, With Unaccompanied Male Choir, from Dorothy Maynor Sings Spiritual And Sacred Songs (RCA Camden CAL-344, Mono, 1957).  I believe this is a reissue of a track originally released on shellac in the early forties.  Good stuff.  Again, I touched the LP and my Christmas sense made me look.  Of course, it makes me look at hundreds of records that have nothing to do with the holidays, too.  It's not perfect.

15. Morning In Winter, read by the author Harry Behn from the LP Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  Another short bit of good comp filler.

16. The Night Before Christmas by Rev R. B. Thieme, Jr. from the LP Great Chapters Of The Bible (Publications And Tape Department Berachah Church, Houston, TX, 12" 16-2/3 RPM HEC 017, Mono).  Couple things to note here.  This is not the poem by Clement Moore, it is a sermon along the lines of the true meaning of Christmas.  This is probably the longest track I have ever shared with you.  And it's recorded at 16-2/3 RPM, which I guess was fairly common for long spoken word recordings for a short while.  I had to record it while it still sounded like chipmunks preaching at you, then slow it back down in post production.  Even after I slowed it down, I thought he was still talking too fast, but I'm pretty sure I did it right.  You'll listen to it for a couple minutes then put it in the trash, but I can't resist such things.

And there you have it, a pretty good night.  Some cool stuff, I think.  Now let me see if it will all fit in one download.  That sermon is a big file...  Nope, all fits into one handy download.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 42

Another good stack of stuff for you tonight, but you're going to have to wait until tomorrow for me to give you a track-by-track synopsis.  But trust me, you don't want to miss a day this far into the season!


OK, next day, I've got some time to type all these titles in.  You guys must not like it when I don't post the contents since I didn't get any comments at all on this post.  I'll expect lots of them once I put these titles up here.  I'd hoped to get to this earlier today, but I've been out all day hunting for more Christmas in July records.  And boy, did I find some!  You'll probably see some of them later on tonight.  Anyhow, let's get to it.

1.  Winter And Spring ("Love's Labour Lost"; Act V, Scene 2) by Maxine Sullivan, another track from her LP Sullivan, Shakespeare, Hyman-Maxine Sullivan Sings The Songs Of William Shakespeare As Set To Music By Dick Hyman (Monmouth Evergreen MES/7038, Stereo, 1971).  Dick Hyman is one of those artists I try to pay a little attention to when I see him.  He played on a ton of stuff, and some of it is very good.  I think he lives around here somewhere, too, but I've never met him.  I went to the grand opening of an art exhibit a few years ago that his wife was in, but neither she nor he showed up.

2. White Christmas from Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians Sing America's Favorite Songs (Reader's Digest 8xLP RDA-238 "Courtesy Of Capitol Records Inc.", Stereo, 1981).  This is the first of a long series of tracks I probably shouldn't have started so late in the season, but here we go.  There was a whole side of Christmas music in this eight record set, and a couple of stray tracks as well.  There is a credit given to Capitol Records, so I'm thinking maybe these are just versions from his Capitol LPs, but it's also possible they're new recordings by an artist signed to the Capitol label.  I need to dig up the Capitol Christmas records to compare.

3. Toy Trumpet March-Christmas Morning-Angel's Return by Dimitri Tiomkin Conducting The Warner Bros. Orchestra from the soundtrack to the movie Giant (Capitol DW-773, Duophonic, 1963).  Wasn't this James Dean's last movie?  Or was it just one of the few he made during his short lifetime?  The year on this one is for the re-released Duophonic version.  I believe the soundtrack was originally released in 1957.  I don't think I've ever seen the movie, but I really enjoy this little bit of the music.

4. That Man Over There (Is Santa Claus) by Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra, another great version from Meredith Willson's Here's Love (London PS 330, Stereo, 1963).  This record actually showed the Santa Claus subtitle, something I don't think I've seen elsewhere.  Someone had to tell me a few years ago that this was a Christmas song, I had never listened to a version with the lyrics.

5. Snowfall by LeRoy Holmes And His Orchestra, Piano Solo By Dick Hyman, from the LP Theme Songs Of The Great Swing Bands In Hi-Fi (MGM SE3708, Stereo, 1958).  There's Dick Hyman again!  That was quick, and entirely unplanned.

6. Snow (In German) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from Recorded "Live" The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall-Choral Music Of The Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  Yep, I'm back to this one again.  Hope you're enjoying their kiddie voices.

7. Mary's Little Boy Child by Monnajean McIlwain from he album Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  I tried to look up Monnajean to find a date for this album and was surprised to find a mention of here in a local newspaper.  The album itself made mention of Ohio, so I didn't expect her to run up locally, but that would explain why I've found more than one copy of the LP around.

8. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming by Oratorio Chorus Of The Guelph Light Opera Company-Charles M. Wilson, Mus. Doc., Director, from Songs For All Seasons (Guelph Light Opera Company GLOC 1968, Recorded in St. James The Apostle Anglican Church, Guelph, Ontario, Stereo).  And that's the Canadian content for the night, in case you're keeping track.  I don't think this blog would be totally legal to play on the air in Canada, but we're trying.

9. Holiday In Poland-Polka (Swieto W Polsce) by Connecticut Twins Orchestra from the album Holiday In Poland (Stella S-LP 926, Stereo).  And there's our Poland track, by way of Connecticut.

10. Christmas-Little Star Beam by Betty S. Beem Smith from Birthdayland's Sing-A-Long Songs For Children (And Their Family) (United Sound V42116, Stereo).  A song for all the kids who's birthday falls on Christmas.

11. When Christ Was Born Of Mary Free by The Children's Choir Of The Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pa. With Eleanor Newman, Soprano & W. Lawrence Curry, Accompanist, from Let's Sing Hymns For Junior Worship (The Geneva Press 69-0032, Mono).  This seems like a bit much for a bunch of kids, but maybe I'm underestimating the kids of yesteryear.

12. Waltz Of The Flowers (From "The Nutcracker Suite") by The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra-Carmen Dragon, Conductor, from This Is The Hollywood Bowl! (Capitol 2xLP ABO 8496, Mono, 1960).  This is a nice double album with a short bound-in book all about the Hollywood Bowl.  I had two copies and both were in mono, but I think a stereo version exists somewhere out there.  I mostly ripped it so that I could get those two thick records out of the stack of stuff to do. As for this actual track, I've shared it out before in stereo from a side-long version of the whole suite.  I'm sure I'll find it again some day.

13. Still, Still, Still (Austria), a great lost track by The Norman Luboff Choir from the double LP Songs Of The World (Columbia 2xLP C2L 13, Mono, 1958).  I believe this was the only Christmas track left off of a recent collection of all Luboff's Christmas recordings for Columbia Records.  I guess it got lost in the shuffle, which is a shame because it's a great track.  I think this is also the third record from this series of double LPs I've brought to you this year.  Odd coincidence...

14. The Snows Of Kilimanjaro by Earl Grant from Yes Sirree! (Decca DL 4405, Mono, 1963).  Not through with the Earl Grant yet, I think I still have one more song to rip and share.

15. Do Rabbits Have Christmas?, another short poem by Aileen Fisher from the album Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  Still got a lot of these little bits left in the stack.

16. Ave Maria by Mario Lanza Avec Orgue from Extraits De La Bande Sonore Du Film "Warner-Bros" "Serenade" (RCA (France) 530 210, Mono, 1956).  Not sure how I stumbled across a copy from France, but here it is.  And they did love their double quotes on this album cover.

Is that is?  Yes, I think it is.  Now I have to go finish up recording a few things before I share new stuff tonight.  We'll see how long that takes.  :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 41

I fell like I got my third wind today!  I found a whole new stack of Christmas in July records that will take me at least another four or five days.  I'm sure you're getting tired of it, but I'm trying to get these records cleared out.  As long as I have good stuff to share, I'm full steam ahead.  So tell me if there's anything good in the share pile for tonight.

1. In The City Of David performed by Chorus And Orchestra Conducted By Earl Sheldon from the LP The Life Of Christ (In Songs And Narration) (Manor Records ST 91328 aka MR S201, Stereo, 1968).  Good place to start the evening.

2. Cold, Cold Heart, a decidedly non-Christmas song in it's original version by Hank Williams, but this is an instrumental by Marty Gold And His Orchestra from A Tribute To The Musical Soul Of Hank Williams (RCA Victor LSP-3516, Stereo, 1966).  Brrrr!  This must not have sold very well, I've only ever seen this one copy.  Wonder why, everyone loves orchestrated Hank Williams tunes.

3. Cherry Tree Carol by Oratorio Chorus Of The Guelph Light Opera Company-Charles M. Wilson, Mus. Doc., Director, from the LP Songs For All Seasons (Guelph Light Opera Company GLOC 1968, Stereo).  Another one that I just found tonight that's got a whole side of great songs on it, so you'll be hearing about this one over and over again!

4. Bobsled by Clebanoff And His Orchestra from Strings Afire (Mercury SR 60871, Stereo, 1962).  This is a longtime favorite of mine, pretty sure I shared it out way back in my first year of Christmas In July.

5. Angels We Have Heard On High, the obligatory daily track from Monnajean McIlwain and her LP Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  I like to bring you a little bit of everything, and this is certainly something.

6. Wintertime Of Love (From Republic's "Thunderbirds") by Richard Hayman And His Orchestra from the LP Great Motion Picture Themes Of Victor Young (Mercury MG 20369, Mono, 1958).  Richard Hayman went on to do some great things in stereo.  Love the harmonica!

7. White Christmas by Reg Owen And His Orchestra from The Best Of Irving Berlin-30 Songs (RCA Victor LPM-1542, Mono, 1957).  Always gotta check those Irving Berlin tributes for this song and I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.

8. Silent Night by Singing Children Under The Direction Of Mabel Stewart Boyter from the album Singing Children (Word W-3130-LP, Mono, 1961).  Nice little find here.  I always try to flip over albums from this label in hopes of finding something good. (I kept wanting to type Sleeping Children, it must be time for bed...)

9. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by The Louis Castellucci Military Band from Here Comes The Band!-Stirring Marches (Capitol 10" 33 RPM H-150, Mono, 1949).  I think I shared this before from the box of 45's, but now I have the small LP.

10. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by The Children's Choir Of The Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pa. With Lyle Richardson, Baritone & W. Lawrence Curry, Accompanist, from Let's Sing Hymns For Junior Worship (The Geneva Press 69-0032, Mono).  Another surprising find.

11. Nut Rocker by B. Bumble & The Stingers from Golden Oldies Vol. 2 (International Award Series AK 222, Mono).  Not sure how this great single wound up on a cheap label, but here it is.  I believe this is your only Nutcracker track of the night, so enjoy it!

12. Kris Kringle by Jiminy Cricket from the LP Happy Birthday And Songs For Every Holiday (D*sneyland DQ-1214, Mono, 1964).  What a great song this!  I think it should be better known and covered by She & Him.

13. It's Now Winter's Day by Tommy Roe from his album of the same name (Sparton/ABC-Paramount (Canada) ABC-594, Mono, 1967).  Nice little tune here.

14. Greensleeves by Skitch Henderson And His Orchestra from Music From Around The World (Decca DL 38076, Especially Prepared For Colonial Stores, Mono, 1957).  Pretty sure I've seen this same LP pressed up for different outlets, and maybe with a different title.  It's a various artists thing, but I've never found this Skitch track anywhere else.

15. The Big Snow by Aileen Fisher from Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  Just the one short track from this one today.  Mostly because I forgot to grab any more...

16. Fanfare For Christmas Day by The University Of Delaware Concert Choir Directed By Ivan Trusler-Carolyn Brown, Accompanist, from the LP The University Of Delaware Symphonic Band And Concert Choir (Recorded Publications 32M-28781/28782, Mono, 1957).  For homemade music, I thought this one was pretty good.

17. Autumn In New York by Clifford Brown All Stars, from their self-titled album (EmArcy (Mercury) MG 36102, Mono, 1956).  Apparently recorded two years earlier, and only released after Clifford's death.  I don't normally include all the Autumn tracks here, but I thought this one was a nice little gift for you.

Is that it?  Yeah, just seventeen tonight.  I may go back up to twenty after this weekend, we'll see what I can get done.  In the meantime, download it and see what you think.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 40

Wow!  Day 40!  I can't believe it.  I didn't even plan on doing a Christmas in July this year, and here it's the biggest and longest one I've done yet.  But does it have the best music?  I'll leave that to you folks to decide.  Here's some more music for you.

1. Sleigh Ride by Marco Rizo, His Piano & Orchestra, from the album Leroy Anderson In Latin America (Forum SF 9039 (Reissue of Tico LP 1061), Stereo, 1960).  I remember sharing this out way back in one of my very first Christmas in July celebrations.  Little did I know where that was going to lead.

2. Satin Doll by Joe Carlo At The Lowrey Organ from Dedicated To You (RCA Camden (Canada) CAS-2178, Stereo).  No, I don't really think this Duke Ellington tune is very Christmassy, but I like to include doll and toy songs.

3. Ring The Bells by Monnajean McIlwain from Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  Should have recorded this one much earlier in the season, but I didn't find it until recently.  Still lots of tracks to go.

4. Precious Little Baby by Len Mink from the LP That The World May Know-Good News! Volume 4 (Omega Advertising/Full Gospel Men's Fellowship International No Number, Stereo).  This LP was tied to some TV show, I think, and is a various artists affair.  The only name on there I recognized was Pat Boone, but I was still happy to spot a Christmas tune!

5. Polish Doll-Rhinelaendler (Polska Lalka), another doll-titled track, this time from Connecticut Twins Orchestra and their LP Holiday In Poland (Stella S-LP 926, Stereo).  I almost called it a polka, but I guess it's really a rhinelaendler, whatever that is.

6. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Jack Fina from Kitten On The Keys (Dot DLP 25268, Stereo, 1960).  More piano.

7. Oh, There Was A Little Baby by Alan Mills from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  Lots of kiddie music this year.  I guess that's a genre of music I pay attention to since I know the odds of finding a track are good.

8. In The Winter by Sheena Easton from Madness, Money And Music (EMI America (Capitol) ST-17080, Stereo, 1982).  You never know what you'll find until you look.  I believe this is a cover of a Janis Ian song.

9. An Improvisation On "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" (From "Nutcracker Suite") by Ray Conniff, His Orchestra And Chorus, from Concert In Rhythm-Volume II (Columbia CS 8212, Stereo, 1960).  Very creative version, longtime favorite around here.

10. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, the Coca-Cola Christmas song, performed by Arthur Fiedler And The Boston Pops from their album Evening At Pops (Polydor PD5032, Stereo, 1972).  This is the album with Julia Childs on the other side.

11. I Don't Remember Christmas by George Lee Andrews from the Broadway soundtrack Starting Here, Starting Now (RCA Red Seal ABL1-2360, Stereo, 1977).  Odd song...

12. Holiday For Percussion by Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra from Holiday For Percussion (RCA Victor LSA-2485, Stereo, 1962).  Love it when I can squeeze in some Dick Schory goodness.

13. His Name Would Be Called Jesus by Chorus And Orchestra Conducted By Earl Sheldon from The Life Of Christ (In Songs And Narration) (Manor Records ST 91328 aka MR S201, Stereo, 1968).  This is a weird LP.  More to come from it.

14. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Moms Mabley from her album Live at Sing Sing (Mercury SR-61263, Stereo, 1970).  Yep, a Christmas song from Moms.  I guess she visited prisons around the holiday season fro a while, and this was a recording of one such visit.

15. Exotic Night By Martin Denny from Exotica Classica-For Those In Love (Liberty LST-7513, Stereo, 1967).  It's just his retitled version of Greensleeves, but he's given it his patented exotic twist.

16. Chestnuts Roasting by Little Sparrow from the album Steel Pan Hit Songs (G.B.I. Recording Co GBI-116, Stereo, 1980).  Another retitled song, this time it's The Christmas Song, and it sounds pretty exotic on the steel drums, but not the same as if Denny had done it.

17. Blow, Winds, Blow by Sing & Learn from Seasonal Songs (Macmillan Educational Company 09015, Stereo, 1989).  Yet more kiddie music.

18. Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod) by The Robert Shaw Chorale With Symphony Orchestra And Organ-Organist: Clyde Holloway, from Songs Of Faith And Inspiration (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2760, Stereo, 1964).  Pretty majestic.

And that's it for the night, I'm going to cut it a little short.  I've only got a few more days of stuff to share so I'm going to wind it down a little bit rather than run full steam ahead all the way to the end.  Anyhow, here's the link, enjoy the music!


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 39

Another day, another 20 tracks closer to completing your Christmas music collection!

1. O Come All Ye Faithful by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington, from Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  I think I've run out of things to say about this one.

2. Coaching Song (Finale From "The Little Sweep") (In English) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from Recorded "Live" The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall-Choral Music Of The Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  Same with this one.  I've shared so many tracks from it, I feel as if I've said all I can say.

3. The Christmas Wine by John Barry With The Voices Of The Accademia Monteverdiana from the soundtrack album The Lion In Winter (Columbia OS 3250, Stereo, 1968).  This one grows on me a little bit each time I hear it.

4. The Birthday Of A King by Monnajean McIlwain from the LP Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  Got a lot of tracks to go on this one, probably going to have to start doubling up on them.  But not tonight.

5. Adeste Fideles March, another great new track by Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra from his version of the musical Meredith Willson's Here's Love (London PS 330, Stereo, 1963).  This was my favorite new track from this version.

6. The Winter Of My Discontent by Jackie And Roy from The Glory Of Love (ABC-Paramount ABC 120, Mono, 1956).  Well, it does have Winter in the title...

7. What Child Is This? (Tune Of "Greensleeves") by Robert Owen, Organ Of The Rochester First Baptist Church & Robert Locksmith, Stromberg-Caarlson Flemish Master Carillon, from the sampler LP Westminster Pop Sampler-Complete And Unabridged Selections From Popular Releases (Westminster WP S-1, Mono, 1956).  Pretty sure I've shared out the full LP from which this track is drawn.

8. Waltz Of The Flowers by Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Herbert Williams from Westminster Classical Sampler-Complete And Unabridged Selections From Classical Releases (Westminster XWN S-1, Mono, 1956).  The sister LP of the one right above, and featuring a near-identical cover.  I found both of these at the same time and was pleasantly surprised when both featured a track I could share here.

9. Twelve Days, a Nazi-themed version of the holiday classic by The Chad Mitchell Trio from Singin' Our Minds (Mercury MG 20838, Mono, 1963).  It might make more sense when you listen to it.  Everybody wants a Telefunken H-bomb.

10. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (December) by Emory And Henry Concert Choir, taken from the next entry into that yearly series Hymn Of The Month-Album 7 (Graded Press PRP 12121/2, Mono, 1969).  I wonder if I'll ever be able to put this whole series together?  I saw a bunch of them on eBay but I'm not going to pay those sort of prices for them.

11. Midnight Bells by Alfred Newman And His Hollywood Symphony Orchestra from the very, very early LP Popular Classics (Mercury MG 20000, Mono, 1949).  I didn't even think Mercury was putting out LPs this early, but I found it in Billboard so you know it's true.

12. Lonely Winter by Earl Grant from the LP Yes Sirree! (Decca DL 4405, Mono, 1963).  I like Earl Grant, what can I say.

13. The Last Leaf by Harry Behn
14. The Frost Pane by David McCord
15. At Last It Came by Aileen Fisher, three more tracks from the double LP Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  These short tracks make nice filler or segues between other songs.  Nice to have.

16. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Joe Bushkin-His Piano And Orchestra, from the very long medley LP Bushkin Spotlights Berlin-Joe Bushkin Plays Fifty Irving Berlin Hit Tunes (Capitol T911, Mono, 1958).  Short and lush.

17. Hodie Christus Natus Est by The University Of Wisconsin A-Cappella Choir from Vision Of Peace (Soma MG 1217, Mono, 1959).  Odd that a college choir like this would be on a label like Soma.  But I guess they'd record and press anything, just about.

18. A Dreamer's Holiday, your random holiday track of the day, this time by Eileen Wilson And Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra from Dreamer's Holiday (Vocalion (Decca) VL 3615, Mono, 1958).  Pretty sure this is a collection of earlier sides all by Gordon Jenkins with and without various vocalists.

19. Doll Dance by Milt Herth Trio from Hi-Jinks On The Hammond (Capitol 10" 33 RPM H425, Mono, 1953).  You only thought I was done with all my 10" records earlier in the season.  Well, I had, but I found a couple more at the store the other day.

20. Christmas Song by Singing Children Under The Direction Of Mabel Stewart Boyter from the album Singing Children (Word W-3130-LP, Mono, 1961).  Not The Christmas Song, mind you.

And that's it.  Another healthy dose of Christmas tunes.  Gotta be something in there for everybody!


Monday, August 07, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 38

Good evening!  I've been in meetings for work all day, I really didn't expect to be able to share anything with you tonight, but here I am.  I didn't record anything today, but that's OK because I don't have too much left to record.  There's a big stack of stuff left, but it's all things that aren't very exciting and not really worth the time and effort.  But I've still got a big pot of Christmas gumbo to share from and I'm giving you a big heaping helping tonight, so here goes!

1. Winds Through The Olive Trees by The Concordia Choir-Paul J. Christiansen, Conductor-Soloist: Heidi Hagstrom, from O Crux (Concordia Records/Mark MC-14005, Stereo).  Something I had to read the lyrics for to know it's a Christmas song.

2. Waltz Of The Flowers by Ernie Quelle-Armin Rusch-Walter Geiger Quartets from Swingin' The Classics (Tempo (Alshire) TS 1004, Stereo).  A sister label to Alshire, one of the most prolific budget labels of the vinyl era.

3. Sleigh Ride by Royal Farnsworth Symphony "Pops" Orchestra, Conducted By Warren Edward Vincent, from The Music of Leroy Anderson (Design (Pickwick) DCF-1012, Stereo, 1959).  More budget label goodness.  I wouldn't be surprised to find I've shared out this same recording several times this season under different performer names.  The background noise on this one is just terrible.  And it comes and goes.  I tried cleaning the vinyl, no change.  And it's only on one side.  What gives?

4. Silent Night by Monnajean McIlwain from the LP Ten Thousand Angels-Christmas And Gospel Favorites (Mus-I-Col 103727/103728, Stereo).  Oh boy.  There are way too many Christmas tracks from this LP I want to share, I almost put it off for next year, but I'll try to get them all crammed in here.  Try to sit still during them, don't wander off, really try to concentrate on the song.  I know I've bought this LP in the past, but it doesn't look like I've ever shared any of the tracks from it.  I must have put it in the pile with the regular Christmas albums instead of the Christmas In July stuff.

5. Prelude On Greensleeves by William Whitehead from The Newest Sound On Records (Cameo SS-2, Stereo, 1962).  From a sampler.

6. Nutcracker Suite by Boston Pops Orchestra from Admiral Dual Channel Stereophonic High Fidelity Demonstration Record (Admiral R322-17R (The Musical Selections On This Record Are From The RCA Victor Catalog), Stereo, 1958).  Another sampler.  And this certainly isn't the entire Nutcracker Suite at only about a minute long, but that's what they put on the jacket.

7. The Little Drummer Boy by Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra from the album Listen Too! The Fabulous Paul Mauriat Orchestra (Philips PHS 600-197, Stereo, 1965).  Great stuff from one of the great French band leaders.

8. Levantate, Bartolito by Alan Mills & Marilyn Powell from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  I don't remember exactly what's going on with this one.

9. Let There Be Peace On Earth by Voices Of St. Coletta Chorus,, Sr. Miriam Terese, OSF-Director, Sr. M. Julietta, OSF-Accompanist, from the album Voices Of St. Coletta Volume III (Delta No Number, Stereo).  This one came with a typewritten note taped to the front saying something about how a donation had been made in the recipient's name to some cause or another.

10. Holiday For Guitars by Buddy Merrill from the LP Guitars On Fire (Accent/GNP Crescendo for Capitol Record Club 2xLP SQBO 91997, Stereo, 1971).  I know there isn't a Capitol Record Club anymore, and I assume the Columbia Record Club is defunct as well.  Is there an MP3 of the month club out there?  They send you a bunch of MP3s you didn't order and then you have to pay for them?

11. Ching-A-Ring-Chaw (In English) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from that same album, Recorded "Live" The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall-Choral Music Of The Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  I didn't listen closely enough to this one to hear what made it seasonal, but it was on the Winter section of the album.

12. Ave Maria by Florida All-State High School Chorus-Mr. Vito Mason, Conductor, the second track pulled from Twenty-Second Annual Florida Music Educators Association Festival Concert (Century 2xLP 23205 (Curtis Hixon Hall, January 8, 1966, Tampa, Florida), Stereo, 1966).  I think I could have pulled hundreds more Christmas tracks from these locally produced LPs this year but I tried to keep it in check.

13. Winter Walk by Aileen Fisher
14. Winter Evening by Harry Behn
15. Snowman by David McCord
16. Snow by Karla Kuskin, all four tracks from the LP Poetry Parade-Poets Read Their Poetry For Children (Weston Woods Studios 2xLP ww703 & ww704, Mono).  I just found this double LP this weekend and pulled a dozen and a half short winter poems from it.  I've got to cram them in here quick before the season ends.  I thought some of them were pretty good, but nothing up there with Ogden Nash.

17. Skating by Gilbert Mack from Nothing To Do (The Children's Record Guild 10" 78 RPM (Microgroove) CRG-1012, Mono).  I don't know much about this record.  I only had the record, there was no sleeve with it.  I don't even think I had the artist's name, I had to find that via the internet.  And it's really short, but I wanted to squeeze it in here for you.

18. The Skaters by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  Gotta be getting close to the end of the shares from this one.

19. No. 4 (Winter)-1st Mov.: Allegro Non Molto; 2nd Mov.: Largo; 3rd Mov.: Allegro by The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Conducted By Karl M√ľnchinger-Violin Solo: Reinhold Barchet, from Vivaldi-The Four Seasons (Richmond (London) B 19056, Mono, 1969).  You wanted something classical, you got something classical.

20. Jingle Bells by George And Madeline Brown from The Story Of The Music Box (Caedmon 10" 33 RPM w/ Book CB-2, Mono, 1952).  I think this is the second version of Jingle Bells on this LP.

And that's it for tonight.  Once again, I hope you can find something great in this pile of songs.  I think there are lots of worthy candidates in there.  See you tomorrow!


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 37

These days just keep getting more and more, I'm finding it a bit hard to believe.  I'm usually out of music before the third week yet here I am at the end of, what, five weeks?  And I'm looking at about a week more in the pile.  I guess this stuff has just been building up for a while.  I've ripped a couple of records here recently with price tags dating back nine years!  Not sure they've really been sitting here that long, but maybe.  Anyhow, let's get to the music and I'll shut my word hole.

1. We Won't Freeze by Glenn Yarbrough from We Survived The Madness (RCA Victor LSP-4047, Stereo, 1968).  Good place to start.  I couldn't remember where Mr. Yarbrough got his start, so I had to look it up.  He was in The Limelighters for many years before going solo.

2. Orange Ice by Joe Carlo At The Lowrey Organ from Dedicated To You (RCA Camden (Canada) CAS-2178, Stereo).  I had to go from a freezing song to an ice song.  And orange ice makes me think of summer popsicles.

3. Snow Is Falling (In Hungarian) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from Recorded "Live" The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall-Choral Music Of The Seasons (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  Still got a few shares left from this one.

4. The Seasons Of Peace by Friends Of Fiddler's Green (Bob & Evelyne Beers, Martha & Eric Nagler And The Boyer Family) from the LP The Seasons Of Peace-A Great Family Sings (Biograph BLP-12033, Stereo, 1971).  Ooh, the title track, I just noticed that.

5. Santa's Coming by Sing & Learn from Holiday Songs (Macmillan Educational Company, Stereo, 1987).  Listen to those sound effects!

6. Pine Cones And Holly Berries by Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra from the new-to-me album Meredith Willson's Here's Love (London PS 330, Stereo, 1963).  So excited to have discovered this LP.

7. Perhaps, The Joy Of Giving, a very, very short track by The Tokens from their LP It's A Happening World (Warner Bros WS 1685, Stereo, 1967).  Not sure what this is about, but I'm latching onto the Giving part.

8. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (La Chauve Souris) by Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Alfred Newman from the LP Marche! (Capitol SP8479, Stereo, 1959).  A rare request that I was actually able to fill.  I spotted this LP in a junk store less than three hours ago, and here I am sharing it.  How 'bout them apples!

9. Natividad (The Nativity) by George Hamilton IV from Down Home In The Country (RCA Victor LSP-4435, Stereo, 1970).  I've seen this one turn up on various Christmas comps from RCA, but I don't know if it showed up anywhere before this LP where I found it.

10. My Favorite Things by The Organ Masters from "My Favorite Things" And Other Hits (RCA Camden CAS-2312, Stereo, 1969).  I spotted another Organ Masters LP yesterday, but it didn't have anything I could pass off as a Christmas track.  Sorry.

11. Jegviragos Hideg Telvolt (The Winter Was Icy When I First Met You) by Lendvay Kalman And His Gypsy Band from Tears Of A Gypsy (Westminster WST 15004, Stereo, 1958).  Better the winter was icy than whoever he met!

12. Hallelujah (Messiah) by Virgil Fox At The Organ Of The Riverside Church, New York, from God Of Our Fathers (Capitol SP 8578, Stereo, 1962).  William Warfield features on most of this LP, but not on either of the two tracks I pulled.

13. The Four Seasons by Kay Lande, Alan Cole And The Carillon Singers-Music Direction By Jim Timmens, from Songs About: The Weather, The Four Seasons, What Time Is It?, The Days Of The Week, Holidays (Children's Records Of America CRA 20433, Stereo, 1974).  More music for the kiddos.

14. Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stocking) by The Happy Harts Singing Banjo Band from Best Of The Banjos (Kapp KS-3482, Stereo, 1966).  I think I was thinking of a different song when I spotted this one.  But it's something about a stocking with a hole...

15. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy by Arthur Fiedler And The Boston Pops from Evening At Pops (Polydor PD5032, Stereo, 1972).  Yawn.

16. Bugler's Holiday by Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra from the album Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 1 (Mercury Living Presence SR90009, Stereo, 1958).  There's some crazy bugle work going on in here.

17. We Three Kings (January) by The Birmingham-Southern College Choir from Hymn Of The Month-Album 6 (Graded Press No Number, Mono, 1968).  I think this was the only hymn of the month that I grabbed from a month other than December.

18. Snow Flakes by Soviet Army Chorus And Band, Colonel Boris Alexandrov-Chief Conductor, from Soviet Army Chorus And Band (Angel 35411, Mono, 1962).  Thought I had screwed up the name of the LP here, but I must be mixing it up with something else.  Look right according to Discogs.

19. Once For Us A Boy Was Born by The Children's Choir Of The Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pa. With Lyle Richardson, Baritone, & W. Lawrence Curry, Accompanist, from the LP Let's Sing Hymns For Junior Worship (The Geneva Press 69-0032, Mono).  A record designed to teach new songs to young parishioners.  Part of a series, I believe.

20. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, the original hit version by Les Brown And His Orchestra from Les Brown Dance Parade (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 6060, Mono, 1949).  Earlier this month I brought you a stereo re-recording on Capitol.

And that's it.  Finishing up a little early tonight, not dark outside yet.  Nice.  Here's the link, see you all tomorrow.