Saturday, August 04, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 30

Happy Saturday!  Yes, I know it's August, but I'm still busy celebration Christmas In July, and I will be for maybe about another week or so.  Still lots of music in the pile, and I put new stuff in the pile today, so I've got the tunes.  It's just a matter of finding time to record stuff.  And since today was Saturday, I took the time to rip a big stack of records.  A big chunk of today's share is new stuff, or at least newly ripped, so let's take a look, shall we?

1. Ave Maria by Chet Atkins from Class Guitar (RCA Victor LPM-3885, Mono, 1967).  Chet Atkins had a long and varied career, so it's not surprise that new tracks like this pop up on my radar from time to time.  Now to track down the stereo versions.

2. March Of The Little Lead Soldiers by The Carnegie Pops Orchestra-Conducted By Walter Hendl from Pops In The Park (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7113, Mono, 1958).  If memory serves, I think I read that this was a reissue of material from about ten years earlier on Columbia Masterworks.

3. March Of The Toys by Ron Oliver And His Orchestra from A Treasury Of Victor Herbert In High Fidelity (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7117, Mono, 1958).  Ha! Two releases from the same label in the same year right in a row.  Couldn't have planned that if I tried!

4. Raindrop And The Snowflake by Nancy F. A. Woolnough from The Adventures Of Raindrop (Diadem DLP 142, Mono).  Weird religious stuff... Listen at your own risk.  But the part about going to the snowbank to witchdraw some money is kinda funny.

5. Santa Claus Blues by Turk Murphy And His Jazz Band from When The Saints Go Marching In (Columbia CL 546, Mono, 1954).  Nice jazzy stuff!

6. Skaters Waltz by the great yet forgotten Bob Kames from Golden Years In Hi-Fi-20 Organ Solos By Bob Kames (King 598, Mono, 1959).  I didn't remember this, but I appear to have shared it before, along with I think four full Christmas albums he recorded over the years.  And at least one non-LP single.  The man was prolific.

7. The Big Clown Balloons From "Here's Love" by Werner Müller And His Orchestra from Werner Müller On Broadway (London Phase 4 SP 44047, Stereo, 1964).  I should have saved this one, I've got a stack of Phase 4 LPs to record yet.  Could have made a theme post.

8. March by Dom Frontiere from Mr. Accordion-Dom Frontiere Plays Classical Favorites (Liberty LST 7008, Stereo, 1958).  Yes, it's Nutcracker music, but it's good.  Trust me.

9. Waltz Of The Flowers by Ernie Quelle, Armin Rusch, Walter Geiger Quartets from Swingin' The Classics (Tempo TS 1004 "An Alshire Production", Stereo).  That Alshire connection should tell you about all you need to know for this one.

10. Midnight Sun Schottische by Myron Floren from Myron Floren On The Accordion-Polkas, Schottisches, Waltzes (Brunswick BL 754053, Stereo, 1960).  I assume that they get plenty of midnight sun at the North Pole during Christmas in July.

And that's it.  Hope there's something in there you like.  If not, I'll try again tomorrow.


Friday, August 03, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 29

Good evening!  I'm back with a small pile of Christmas music for you.  Sorry to be dragging this out, but there just aren't enough hours in the day to get done all the things I want to do.  Or need to do, in the case of holding down an actual job and paying the bills.  But that's beside the point, let's get to the music!

1. Christmas by Ray Middleton-Choir & Music Under Direction Of Howard Barlow from the LP Ten Protestant Holy Days (Candle CAN-111, Mono, 1957).  This is, without doubt, the worst thing I have shared with you all season.  Maybe the worst over multiple seasons.  How did this get released?  And it's part of a series!  I have the Jewish one, too, and I don't remember it being this bad.  Listen at your own risk!

2. Greensleeves by The Melachrino Strings Conducted By George Melachrino from the 45 EP set Music For Reading (RCA Victor 2x7" 45 RPM EPB 1002, Mono, 1955).  This is the first of two selections tonight from 45 RPM 7 inch records.  I don't think these tracks are any different from the versions I've shared in the past from the full sized 12" albums, but you never know until you put the needle in the groove.

3. Winter Wonderland by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians-Vocal By Kenny Gardner from Guy Lombardo In Hi-Fi EP Part 2 (Capitol 7" 45 RPM EAP 2-728, Mono, 1956).  Again, a 45 release of a standard 12" record.  I don't hear a difference, and the timing is almost identical.  Nothing special.  Only 7" version I've discovered that was different from it's 12" release is Arthur Godfrey's Columbia Christmas album.  The 7" set has edits of the album tracks.

4. North Pole-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by David Seville And The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore) from the LP Around The World With The Chipmunks And David Seville (Liberty LRP 3170, Mono, 1960).  This one wasn't on cool red vinyl, but it did feature the original cartoon versions of The Chipmunks, not the later TV versions.

5. Snow by The Johnny Mann Singers from I'll Remember You (Liberty LRP-3436, Mono, 1966).  One of those winter songs you don't hear nearly enough.  And it's written by Randy Newman!

6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by The Airmen Of Note from Serenade In Blue-Series Eleven (Programs 131-143) (United States Air Force 7xLP Suggested Air Date: October-December 1969, Stereo, 1969).  Still one of my favorite finds this season!  I hope it's one of yours as well.

7. Holiday For Trombones by Trombones Unlimited Featuring Mike Barone & Frank Rosolino from Holiday For Trombones (Liberty LST-7527, Stereo, 1967).  The trombones feel the need to get in on the act.

8. Nativity Play by Joyce Grenfell from George-Don't Do That.....-Six Nursery School Sketches (Starline-EMI (UK) SRS 5199, Stereo, 1977).  A little sketch about the Christmas play.  It never goes anywhere, but it's nice filler.

9. Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance) by Duke Ellington And His Orchestra from Nutcracker Suite/Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 And 2 (Odyssey (Columbia) 32 16 0252 (Originally issued 1960), Stereo, 1980).  Nutcracker, but I only have a couple tonight, so I'll type up all the details.

10. Arab Dance by Dom Frontiere from Mr. Accordion-Dom Frontiere Plays Classical Favorites (Liberty LST 7008, Stereo, 1958).  Really enjoying the accordion versions from the LP.  And is this Liberty night or something?  Weird coincidence.

That's it, ten tracks, getting near the bottom of the pile, but still plenty to go, long as I can find time to record it.  Give 'em a listen and let me know what you think.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 28

Good evening, and welcome to day 28 on the 31st of July.  Normally I'd be winding things down about now, but I've had some issues this month and fallen way behind, not just on posting but on actual recording.  There's still a big pile of records I wanted to get to, but I just haven't been able to spend the time at the turntable that I would like.  So I may extend things a few days out this month, and hopefully I can find some time to get a few more things recorded before I call it a month.  We'll see.  Anyhow, I've got a full slate for you tonight, so let's dive in.

1. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) by David Seville And The Chipmunks, from their first LP on beautiful red vinyl Let's All Sing With The Chipmunks (Liberty LRP 3132, Mono, 1959).  You're probably more than familiar with this track, ut I just couldn't resist when I saw that beautiful transparent ruby red vinyl!

2. Holiday For Chords by Charles Magnante from Charles Magnante Plays The Accordion (Award Artist Series (Grand Award) AAS-707, Mono, 1958).  Another holiday track from this LP that's not really the Christmas sort of holiday at all, but we'll pretend otherwise.

3. Please Santa Claus, a Christmas music lament from Anna Russell With Jimmy Carroll And His Miserable Five, taken from her LP A Square Talk On Popular Music Or The Decline And Fall Of The Popular Song (Columbia Masterworks ML 5036, Mono, 1956).  I've shared this before and I'll share it again, I just dig it.  This copy was actually autographed on the cover by Ms. Russell!

4. Deck The Hall by Brass Of The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Conducted By Alfred Newman, from Hallelujah! (Capitol SP8529, Stereo, 1960).  I've tried to be very careful this year and save some actual Christmas music for later in the month.  Here you go!

5. Holiday Polka by Will Glahé And His Orchestra from The Big Polka Band Hits (London PS 344, Stereo, 1964).  More non-holiday holiday music.  But still good stuff. Is that a cow? Wait a second...

6. Tchaikovsky Medley by Victor Borge from his non-comedy LP Victor Borge Plays And Conducts Concert Favorites (Columbia CS 8113, Stereo, 1959).  There's some Nutcracker right at the beginning, but not as much as I had hoped for when I found this album.  You'll just have to suffer through the rest of the fifteen minutes.

7. Nutcracker by Kai Winding And His Septet Featuring Four Trombones from the album The Trombone Sound (Columbia CL 936, Mono, 1956).  Not the first track this month that tried to trick me into thinking it had something to do with Tchaikovsky, but then didn't.  Unless I'm missing something.  Does anyone hear something in there that I'm missing?

8.-10. More tracks from The Nutcracker Suite, including, for some unknown reason, two tracks from that new Dom Frontiere album I mentioned yesterday.  I don't know how or why I grabbed two tracks from the same LP, but I'm too tired to go back and fix it now.

That's it, another day full of fun!  Enjoy!


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 27

Whew, long day, and I haven't done a thing.  There are only a few days left in the month but I'm running out of songs to share.  I've got plenty of records still sitting here, I just haven't had time to record enough stuff.  Going to have to figure something out.  Anyhow, I've got another ten tracks for you here, so let's see what's what.

1. Holiday For Bass by Charles Magnante from Charles Magnante Plays The Accordion (Award Artist Series (Grand Award) AAS-707, Mono, 1958).  Probably not the type of holiday we celebrate around here, but beggars can't be choosers, right?

2. Jungle Holiday by Tito Puente from Tambó (RCA Victor LPM-2257, Mono, 1960).  Still the wrong holiday, but good stuff!

3. Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella by Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from the LP University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM 4471, Stereo, 1979). How many tracks are on this record?

4. Jingle Bells by Danny Kaye-Conducted By Leith Stevens from the soundtrack to the movie The Five Pennies (Dot DLP 29500, Stereo, 1959).  This is the story of Red Nichols, who's band was called The Five Pennies, but you probably knew that.

5. Joy To The World by First United Methodist Church, Cullman, Alabama-Sanctuary Choir, from A Celebration In Song (Prestige 80-157, Stereo, 1981). Another record with a million tracks...

6. Nutty by The Ventures from Where The Action Is (Dolton BST-8040, Stereo, 1965).  This is technically a Nutcracker track, but it's also The Ventures version of B. BUmble & The Stingers Nutrocker.  Good stuff!

7. Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Donna Rhodes from I See Love (Epic E 30136, Stereo, 1971).  This woman must have had connections, the liner notes were penned by Sam Phillips!

8.-10.  The rest is Nutcracker tracks proper.  However, there's a new series I started by Dominic Frontiere that's the whole suite done on accordion!  It's sweet!  Give it a listen!

Well, that's the list, but my internet seems to have just gone down.  Hopefully I can get this posted later on if it comes back up.  I can't even upload the tracks at the moment.  I told you it was a rough day...