Saturday, July 28, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 26

Hello, and welcome to Boxing Day in July!  I missed another day yesterday, sorry.  Had to run after work and shoot pictures at a big show, and didn't get home until after midnight.  I don't think the temps dropped below 90 until after 9, and never got down to 80.  Humidity had to be close to 100% the whole time.  I drank three liters of Gatorade and still felt rough.  But a little Christmas music should make me feel nice and cool, let's see what I can find in the bin!

1. Contraponto Bestiale Alla Mente by 1977 Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from the album University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM 4471, Stereo, 1979).  I guess I did have more music from this one.  Can't be too much left...  Wait, are those animal noises? What's going on here?

2. Dance We All To Bethlehem by The Placentia Presbyterian Chancel Choir-Ruth White Miller, Director, from the LP Christmas Chimes 'N Other Times (Monarch Records DBP-226, Stereo, 1977).  Not as many chimes on this one as the name of the album might lead you to believe...

3. Greensleeves by De Wayne Fulton from his album An Evening With De Wayne Fulton, Harpist, Vol. 1 aka An Evening At The Warehouse (Safari Record SS-1001, Stereo).  I think this was a vanity label for Mr. Fulton.  He shows two or three other releases on it.

4. The Jesus Gift by First United Methodist Church, Cullman, Alabama-Sanctuary Choir, from A Celebration In Song (Prestige 80-157, Stereo, 1981).  Getting to the end of a lot of these full-side recordings here at the end of the month.  Finally, I hear some of you say...

5. Medley: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Jolly Old St. Nicholas; Jingle Bells, a big beautiful medley by the amazing The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Teo Macero And Marty Manning from the album The Banjo Barons Play Music For Happy Times (Columbia CS 8889, Stereo, 1963).  At least this selection features their namesake instrument instead of the organ.

6. Pink Ice by Music Minus One from For Drummers Only!-Jazz Band Music Minus One Drummer (Music Minus One MMO-4002, Stereo).  If it seems like the music is repetitive and dragging in parts, that because they left that space open for you to put in your own drum solo!

7-10. Some more selections from The Nutcracker Suite.

And that's it, ten more tracks for Boxing Day.  Hope you're enjoying them.  Keep cool out there!


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 25

Merry Christmas in July to you, and you, and you!  Today is a little bit different because I'm giving you a share full of things that I probably shouldn't share (and some Nutcracker tracks, naturally).  Newer stuff, major artists, big names, the sort of thing that some people wouldn't like shared, if you get my drift.  So I'm not going to tell you what you're getting.  And if one of these doesn't seem very much like a Christmas song, just listen to the end, when he starts talking to Santa. Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 24

Twas the night before Christmas In July, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even Ernie, who was tired after a long day of work.  So you'd better enjoy tonight's Christmas shares!

1. Look Around You, It's Christmas Time, one of the best Christmas songs I have shared with you this month, and it's by Bobby Goldsboro from his LP Autumn Of My Life (Sunset SUS-5315, Stereo, 1970).  He may have been a teen idol back in the day, but you've probably never heard this song.  It's good stuff!

2. Sing Softly, Angels by First United Methodist Church, Cullman, Alabama-Sanctuary Choir, from A Celebration In Song (Prestige 80-157, Stereo, 1981).  I thought I was done sharing songs from this one sometime back, but I guess not.

3. Sing We And Chant It by Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM 4471, Stereo, 1979).  Another one that seems to keep going and going...

4. Wedding Of The Painted Doll by Leon Berry from Leon Berry At The Giant Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Vol. 4 (Audio Fidelity AFSD 5845, Stereo, 1958).  I think Audio Fidelity was the first label to release stereo records to the general public back in 1958.  Some other, larger labels had plans to release some very soon, but Audio Fidelity jumped out in front of them all.

5-10. More Nutcracker.  These Nutcracker dumps are probably going to continue through the end of the month.  Hope you enjoy them!

And that's that.  Be sure you download the shares tonight for that Bobby Goldsboro track.  It's a winner!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 23

I hate being behind, I really do.  But I don't see any chance of getting caught up before the weekend, probably on Sunday.  Just so much stuff to do that doesn't leave much time for Christmas music.  But I'll catch up, don't you worry.

1. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Howard University Choir-Warner Lawson, Director, from Spirituals (RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2126, Mono, 1958).  You can't see it because I didn't scan it, but the cover on this one is by Mozelle Thompson!  And if memory serves, the tracks are divided up into 3 songs each, but I didn't think they were actually a medley, so I cut out just the bit I needed.  Sorry if that offends any purists out there.

2. Greensleeves by The Weavers from The Weavers At Carnegie Hall (Vanguard VRS 9010 (Metropolitan Music Library VG 9010), Mono, 1959).  There are a lot of good songs in the discography of The Weavers.  Shame about the whole blacklist thing, not one of our country's prouder moments. Kinda like, oh, I don't know, now.

3. Capricorn by Hal Mooney And His Orchestra from Any Time-Music For Every Month Of The Year (Mercury SR 60073, Stereo, 1959).  I believe this is a stereo remake and retitle of an earlier album from Mr. Mooney. Each track is named after a star sign, and Christmas falls in Capricorn, as Kris Kristofferson once told us.  I love these kind of theme albums in general, but I wasn't too excited about this one.  I need to hunt down the mono original and see if I like it any better.

4. Catch: Hodge Told Sue, yet another track by 1978 Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM 4471, Stereo, 1979).  One of you learned visitors want to clue me in about this one?  I have no idea.

5. Ice Castles (Looking Through The Eyes Of Love) by Hector Olivera from Page Won By Hector-Embassy Theatre, Ft. Wayne (Engle Associates Recording EAR-10313, Stereo).  I should have saved all my "Ice" titled tracks and shared them out together.  Didn't think about that until just now.

6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by The USAF Strings from Serenade In Blue-Series Eleven (Programs 131-143) (United States Air Force 7xLP Suggested Air Date: October-December 1969, Stereo, 1969).  Such a good collection of stuff on this one, wish I could finds dozens more like it.  And I assume that with some serious digging, I can find a few more. I would think they did it more than just this one year.

7. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Enoch Light And His Orchestra from his LP Enoch Light And His Orchestra At Carnegie Hall Play Irving Berlin (Command RS 840 SD, Stereo, 1962).  Enoch Light, you know what to expect.

8.-10. More filler from various Nutcracker Suites.  You know the drill.

That's it, another ten tracks.  Stay tuned, another week to go!


Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 22

I'm back!  Sorry I missed a couple of days.  Had some problems with my insides, but hopefully those are all ironed out for the time being.  It's tough being old.  Anyhow, let's see what's in the bin for tonight, err, I mean for two night ago!

1. Christmas Greetings from Johnny Otis With Little Esther Phillips and Mel Walker from The Complete Savoy Recordings With Johnny Otis (Savoy Jazz 2xLP SJL 2258 (Originally Released 1950), Mono, 1984).  I guess this was a promotional recording that went out to DJs with copies of their Christmas record, which I shared with you earlier this month.  Cool stuff.

2. Jingle Bells Mambo by Pete Rugolo And His Orchestra from Adventures In Rhythm (Phillips (Holland) B 07049 L, Mono, 1954).  Hippest Jingle Bells you'll hear on the internet today.  And from a Dutch pressing no less!

3. Away In A Manger/O Little Town Of Bethlehem by Willie Dittrich from The Singing Zither-Christmas Music & Old Time Hymns (Jim Loyd Presents 1002 (WMT Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Stereo).  Nice little medley on the zither for you.

4. Go Tell It On The Mountain by The Scotties Of Saint Andrew's School, Boca Raton, Florida, Under The Direction Of Mrs. Phyllis G. Gould, from Brothers, Sing On! (Mark Records UMC 2323, Stereo, 1970).  Nice local stuff.

5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM 4471, Stereo, 1979).  Am I done with this one yet?  Not sure...

6-10. More Nutcracker.  Think of them as bonus tracks!

I really gotta get busy and record a few more tracks to finish out the month.  I don't want to run out of shares.