Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Remastered Mummers

I stumbled across a new copy of this record recently and decided it was a good time to re-record and re-master it for you.  This is quite possibly the happiest Christmas music ever committed to vinyl, you'll be tapping your feet and clapping along in no time.  I first shared out a mono copy of this in 2010, with a stereo version following up in 2011, but this is the first time it's appeared in 320 mbps, so it sounds better than ever! Don't miss it this time around! This is Happy Holiday With The "Best Of The Mummers" (Sure SS-Vol. 13, Stereo, 1963).

1. Quaker City String Band-Happy Holiday And White Christmas
2. Quaker City String Band-Jingle Bells
3. Greater Kensington String Band-Silver Bells
4. Greater Kensington String Band-Winter Wonderland
5. Polish-American String Band-Christmas Bells
6. Polish-American String Band-Mistletoe Polka
7. Greater Kensington String Band-I'll Be Home For Christmas
8. Greater Kensington String Band-Silent Night
9. Polish-American String Band-Christmas Time
10. Polish-American String Band-Jingle Bells Polka
11. Quaker City String Band-Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Polish-American String Band-Happy New Year To You
13. Aqua String Band-Golden Slippers and Four Leaf Clover
14. Aqua String Band-Auld Lang Syne

MEGA

19 comments:

Moahaha said...

Thank you for your effort and all your unique shares! You deserve an award of some sort. It’s become tradition for me to download - try to listen to/pick and favorites from all your shares, but I’m never able to keep up with your pace. Anyway, I just posted my seventh volume of Xmas Delights and as usual it features a few tunes found at your blog…

https://www.dreamweapons.net/2018/12/20ft-radio-dream-weapons-present-xmas.html

Ernie said...

Thanks for the note! I'm glad you found a few things to your taste. Merry Christmas to you and thanks for the share!

Moahaha said...

Oh I've found loads more than just a few things to my taste here - much more than those I've included on my mixtapes over the years. My personal Xmas-playlists are full of gems originally discovered on your blog.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog the other day--it was shared as a resource: "This guy is obsessed with Christmas Music."

You are, and it is, and I'm grateful. - Stinky

Ernie said...

Yeah, you might say I'm a bit obsessed. And I'm really going overboard this year, so enjoy it while it lasts. I was very motivated and prepared, unlike many recent years where I didn't have a lot of stuff in the can beforehand. Hope you find plenty of stuff you haven't heard before.

Where did they mention us? It wasn't a porn site was it? I'm getting lots and lots of hits from two porn sites for some reason. I can't imagine the connection... :)

Buster said...

Do you suppose they actually wear the getup on the cover to play these tunes? I would refuse.

Ernie said...

Yes, that's part of the deal. You don't know about Mummers? They get all dressed up, the crazier the better, and march around playing this music. Big deal in Philly, and elsewhere, I'd assume. Social club thing, like the Kiwanas or the Masons.

Buster said...

I thought that was strictly an English thing, but I thought wrong.

Bill said...

Different Mummers, Buster. Their New Year's event in Philly is something to behold! Grown people marching down the street in costumes nearly 2-stories high isn't something to take lightly. Thanks Ernie.

Buster said...

I have never visited Philadelphia. See what I have missed!

barba said...

this was the album that inspired me to write (or co-write, i guess… i borrowed the melody) my own christmas song entitled “the little mummer boy”. i never finished. when i tried to describe the kid getting permission to play from the virgin mary, i couldn’t find anything that rhymed with saxophone, banjo, or even glockenspiel.

Kwork said...

Thank you. Love this record.
Seems, if I remember right, that the mono was a different mix. Is that still floating around somewhere to compare? Thanks.

Buster said...

barba - Don't these mummer people have tubas? That could work. Or kazoo.

Ernie said...

That reminds me, I found a tube Christmas record last Saturday. Not gonna show up this year, but it'll give you something to look forward to next year! :)

Ernie said...

Kwork, I don't think it's any different, but have a listen and give us a report back!

https://mega.nz/#!QIE2jCxL!d8QPIQNwfQFfl1Wp2MQ5SznsEbo226zRzDD0qoixoYY

Kwork said...

Ernie, thanks for the mono.
I think you're right. After listening to a few select tracks on each, it's the same thing. Faulty memory I guess. LOL! For me, the presentations are totally different. I'll explain.
I get two totally different images from each. The mono makes me feel like I'm watching them passing by, or during a performance, on an old television set, while relaxing with my family and enjoying the show. I love it.
The stereo makes me feel like I'm outside, and that they are parading down the street and passing right in front of me. I find myself being so happy to hear them that I just kind of join them for the rest of the performance. It matters not that I have no idea how to play the instruments. LOL! I love that too.
I love both images. Yes I know I'm strange. One of my favorite records you've ever shared. That's for sure. Thank you.

Yulinka said...

Thanks Ernie for sharing this again! :)
Buster - Channel 17 in Philadelphia has been livestreaming the Mummers Parade for the past few years. If you poke around their website (or YouTube for that matter), there's clips of this crazy spectacle of a tradition.

Buster said...

Yulinka - My Christmas tastes don't extend to anything more exotic than Miracle on 34th Street, but thanks for the tip!

Freddie Jaye said...

Just adding: Here's a clip of the mummers in action.

Now just imagine this kind of craziness going on for 6 or 8 hours...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhWyhueMb2o