Friday, December 14, 2018

Chirp Chirp

For whatever reason, this LP is sitting at the top of a stack of Christmas records right at the top of my stairs so I see it pretty much every day and think that I need to share it out again.  So today I finally got my act together and here it is in a brand new re-encode. It's not all Christmas, but there are some good Christmas songs on here that I don't think you're going to find anywhere else.  This was something that I was excited to find and share with you back in 2012 and I'm bringing it back six years later.  This is Cricket On The Hearth (RCA Victor LSO-1140, Stereo, 1967). Anybody seen the special? Not one of the more familiar Rankin-Bass holiday specials, but they can't all be winners.

1. Danny Thomas-The First Christmas
2. Ed Ames-Don't Give Your Love Away
3. Abbe Lane-Fish 'N' Chips
4. Maury Laws Orchestra-A Waltz For Christmas
5. Danny Thomas-Through My Eyes
6. Marlo Thomas-That Was Yesterday
7. Danny Thomas & The Norman Luboff Choir-Cricket On The Hearth
8. Marlo Thomas-Smiles Go With Tears
9. Maury Laws Orchestra-Parade Of The Toys
10. Ed Ames-Through My Eyes
11. The Norman Luboff Choir-The First Christmas



Brad R-M said...

Just watched this special the other day. It's not the best of the Rankin/Bass, but there are some decent parts.

Diane said...

Wow, Ernie -- thanks! This LP never shows up at the thrifts.

Ernie said...

Sure it does, I'm sure that's where I got mine. :) It just didn't sell very well back in the day, I guess, so there aren't many copies out there.

Razzleberry Dressing said...

My brother remembers this as his second-favorite Christmas special, right behind Mr. Magoo. That said, I don't think he's seen it since he was five. They stopped playing it regularly before I was old enough to really remember it. I saw it a few years ago and it wasn't awful, but I'm sure he hasn't seen it recently so I figured I'd let him live with his fond memories of it. In a similar and very slightly related vein, I watched "It Happened One Christmas" the other night, the Mary Bailey-centered remake/reimagining of "It's a Wonderful Life" with Marlo Thomas, Wayne Rogers, Orson Welles and Cloris Leachman. I remembered liking it as a kid. I should have stuck with my memories because it's beyond horrible.

Joe said...

I'm a Rankin/Bass fiend, and watching their specials is a huge part of the Christmas season for me. CRICKET ON THE HEARTH is not one of their best offerings. That being said, it's still better than any that have been made in the past few decades. I'll probably listen to "Fish and Chips" first when I download this... A song sung by a burlesque cat in a bar while 2 seedy animals (a dog and a fox or something?) plan to get rid of that pesky Cricket from the hearth. lol

Kwork said...

Love it! Thank you.

John said...

I posted a photo of this LP on my FB page yesterday, and one of my FB friends shared this link:

Ernie said...

Cool! It's a small world after all!