Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The Frost Report

This record has been in my collection for years, but I haven't paid much attention to it until I found another copy recently.  After I listened to it, I wished I'd ripped and shared it with you years ago.  It's really, really good.  I think most of the goodness is because of Billy Taylor, Frost's bandleader on his show at the time, The David Frost Show, on US network TV from 1969-1972. Taylor brings a great seal of jazz to the proceedings, though it's tinged with all sorts of unexpected touches from rock, blues, gospel, you name it, there's something in there.  One song even features a kiddie chorus, and it still sound good.  If you're looking for something to listen to that you haven't heard already this season, this is it.  Even the originals here, and there are several, are quite good and worth repeat listenings.  I just can't say enough about this one to get you to download it.  Give it a try, you won't regret it. Frost doesn't sing here, in case you're worried about that.  He introduces each song, and has one spoken-word piece that's actually quite nice. This is Billy Taylor & David Frost-From David Frost And Billy Taylor-Merry Christmas (Bell 6053, Stereo, 1970). Don't forget there's another David Frost piece in the archives.

1. Joy To The World
2. Rise Up Shepherd
3. We Need Peace & We Need Love
4. Wexford Carol
5. Bright Star In The East
6. Away In A Manger
7. Stable Down The Road
8. Merry Christmas
9. Christmas Song
10. Go Tell It On The Mountain
11. The House Of Christmas (Underscoring: Stable Down The Road)
12. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Reprise)



Buster said...

I'm downloading this one based on your enthusiastic recommendation.

MOQChoir said...

speaking for myself, I download 'em all 'cuz I'm a compulsive completist. Then again, that's just me.

Laura said...

I'm listening this evening and really enjoying this.

John said...

Thank you!

Kwork said...

Thank you Ernie. I'm looking forward to this one.

SM Soffa said...

I have a copy of this too. Was happily surprised with it!