Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Volume 12-Ten (Eleven!) Years On

Well, I figured I should go ahead and throw this up before I forget about it again. This is the very last installment in the For Hi-Fi Living series I first shared with you back in 2007, and started resharing sometime last year. Sorry it's taken so long to get finished with it, but there always seems to be something better to do. I hope it was worth the wait. The earlier installment by Malcolm Lockyer is one of the less-downloaded volumes, but I'm not sure why.  This one is pretty similar to all the ones that have come before, except there are no interludes of any sort between songs.  Still not sure what those were all about after all this time. Anyhow, I'm very happy to finally bring this series to a close once again, because that means I can share other stuff without feeling bad.  After a great Christmas in July, I'm looking forward to turning my attention to a small stack of records that's built up that have nothing to do with Christmas.  And then, of course, I need to get really serious about the Christmas music.  But in the meantime, please download and enjoy Malcolm Lockyer And His Orchestra-We're Having A Party (RCA Custom RAL-1012, Mono, 1957).

1. I've Found A New Baby
2. Heartaches
3. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
4. Under Paris Skies (Sous Le Ciel De Paris)
5. Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)
6. Undecided
7. Little Girl
8. You Know (Tu Sais)
9. I'll Never Smile Again
10. The Petite Waltz
11. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
12. Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)

If none of this means anything to you, click through the links below to visit all the other albums in the series.  As of now, they're still all up and available to download.  They may never come around again, so get 'em while they're hot!


Monday, September 03, 2018

Christmas In July 2018-Day 58-Bonus Tracks!

It's Labor Day, so I've got a little present for you, a bonus day of Christmas in July!  I know you thought it was all over and done with, but I had a few more things that for whatever reason I didn't share with you during our extended month this year.  Things that I just couldn't fit in, or was holding back for some reason, or even a small handful of stuff that I found last Saturday and didn't want to wait until next year to use.  So enjoy it, and believe me when I say, this is it for a while!

1. Auld Lang Syne by Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra from Big Moments (Music For Special Occasions) (RCA Victor 10" 33 RPM LPM-3251, Mono, 1955).  One of the things that I just found Saturday, and I wish I'd had it to round out my Auld Lang Syne collections posted on the 31st.  This may be my favorite version, or maybe second favorite.  I really like that version from the Navy album, too.

2. A Dreamer's Holiday by Ernestine Holmes, Pipe Organ-With Chimes, Xylophone, Marimba, from Invitation To Dream (RCA Victor LPM-1259, Mono, 1957).  I think I gave you a vocal version of this one earlier in the season.

3. Hallelujah Chorus by the Senior Choir from Music Of The Easter Season (Eclipse-The Audio Recording And Manufacturing Company EC 4101 (61), Mono, 1961).  Just never got around to sharing this one.  Did you want more, I've probably got a few that I didn't record.

4. Holiday For Strings by Spike Jones And His City Slickers from Holiday For Strings (RCA Victor 10" 78 RPM 20-1733, Mono, 1945).  This one doesn't really fit the them of the month, as it's a single, not a sing from an album, but I didn't realize that when I ripped it.  I found it in an album of Jones material called Musical Depreciation, but some research told me that it was just a generic book that would be filled with a few different Spike Jones records depending on what was available.  That explains why there was no track listing on the package.  He recorded this one more than once, I have a couple different versions on a CD somewhere...

5. Mambo Holiday by Sonny Burke And His Orchestra from Let's Mambo (Decca DL 8090, Mono, 1954).  Reading the liner notes, I learned that Sonny was the first to bring the mambo to the US.  Now you know. And two tracks on the LP were written by Billy May, but he doesn't appear to have recorded them himself anywhere.  I need to do some more research about the connections.

6. Nutcracker Suite by Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra, Spoken By Peter Ustinov, from Nutcracker Suite-Between Birthdays-Verses By Ogden Nash (Columbia Masterworks ML 5664, Mono, 1961).  This is the uncut version of all the tracks I've shared with you earlier in the season.  Sometimes you just want to listen to the whole thing.

7. Toyland by Al Goodman And His Orchestra from Relax With Victor Herbert (RCA Victor LPM-1023, Mono, 1954).  Too many versions of this one to squeeze them all in, I guess.  At least one other take in today's share, I believe.

8. Auld Lang Syne by Van Alexander And His Orchestra from Let's Dance The Last Dance (Capitol ST1457, Stereo, 1959).  Another one I just found.  I shared out a mono version sometime during previous years, so I'm happy to get the stereo this time.

9. The Bells Of St. Mary's by Jerry Burke from Golden Organ Hits (Dot DLP 25541, Stereo, 1963).  Another member of Lawrence Welk's musical army.

10. I'd better not say anything about this one...

11. Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed To John Prine) by Kris Kristofferson from the album of the same name (Monument KZ 31909, Stereo, 1972).  I mentioned this track in passing the other day, then when I spotted the vinyl I figured I'd go ahead and throw it in.  It will fit nicely onto the comp I want to make someday with lots of hippy Jesus songs from the seventies.  You know, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me, Spirit In The Sky, that sort of thing.  Someday...

12. Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let It Begin With Me) by The Norman Luboff Choir from This Is Norman Luboff! (RCA Victor LSP-2342, Stereo, 1961).  Another one that I've shared in mono in years past.  Good to get the stereo out there.

13. March Of The Toys And Toyland by 101 Strings from The Sparkle And Romance Of Victor Herbert (Somerset SF-15400, Stereo).  Budget label, but still pretty good.

14. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set by Bent Fabric from The Happy Puppy (Atco 33-155, Stereo, 1962).  That's how Santa is able to get all his toys made during the summer, the sun never sets, so the elves can work longer hours!

15. My Favorite Things by Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra from The Sound Of Music In Latin Tempos For Dancing (London PS-198, Stereo, 1960).  Nice version.  The label said this one was titled The Ros Sound Of Music, but that wasn't mentioned anywhere on the sleeve.

16. Narration by Faythe M. Newsome from Spirituals Of The Sanctuary-85th Anniversary Album Of The Antioch Sanctuary Choir (Century Advent Recording ANT-6-789, Stereo).  Something for your mixtapes.

Whew, lots of tracks in there.  Good end to the season.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you occasionally between now and Thanksgiving, but I'll certainly be back then!


Sunday, September 02, 2018

Chanukah In September-Day 2

Yep, I have a few more Chanukah songs for you this year, though not nearly as many as last year.  I looked back in time and saw that I had 21 Chanukah songs that I shared with you over two days!  And they weren't all explanatory songs, there were some actual pop songs in there.  Well, I think there were.  My memory is a little fuzzy, and I didn't listen to any of them, but maybe.

1. Holidays by Mickey Katz And His Orchestra from The Most Mishige (Capitol T1102, Mono, 1959).  How excited I was to find something I could share by Mickey Katz.  Unfortunately, I don't think Chanukah is one of the Jewish holidays me mentions in the song.  Oh well, I'm still sharing it out.

2. Shir Nokdim (Shepherd's Song) by The Dudaim-Israel's Most Popular Singers from Songs Of Israel (Columbia "Adventures In Sound" WL 165, Mono, 1960).  Again, not strictly Chanukah, I might even have been able to squeeze this one into Christmas.  But I needed more in here to share with you for Chanukah in September, so here it is.  I had at least two more for Chanukah in the pile up until recently, but they didn't work out.  One album had volume 1 in the sleeve, but volume 2 was the one that had a version of Dreidel on it.  The other record had a scratch so bad I couldn't get a rip of it to save me.  Spent over an hour trying, but it was just to bad.

3. Candles Of Hanukkah by The Merrill Staton Children's Voices from Reaching The Special Learner Through Music-Record 1 (Silver Burdett P12 14993, Stereo, 1979).  Those obviously aren't children's voices on there, but it was the only credit I could find on the record.

4. Chanukah by Steve Clayton & Gail Contini from Holidays To Sing About (UltraSound ULT 3420, Stereo, 1979).  '79 must have been a banner year for Chanukah music! Is that a disco beat, or just a cheesy drum machine?

5. Mo'oz Tsur by The Heritage Orchestra And Chorus from The Jewish Holiday Album (Epic BN 26172, Stereo, 1965).  You got a track from this one yesterday as well.

And that's it.  All the Chanukah I was able to dig up this year.  Hope there's something in there you like.  Have a good Sunday!