Saturday, August 03, 2019

Christmas In July 2019-Part 78-Leftovers

OK, this is the end.  This is everything else that was recorded for Christmas in July 2019 but not shared out already.  There are a few unique tracks, some stereo versions of things I shared in mono earlier, some mono versions of things I shared in stereo, and a few songs that had some skips in them I couldn't fix.  Nothing here is too essential, but if you want a complete record of the month, this is the last piece of the puzzle.

1. & 2. Gloria Tibi Domine by Madison Junior Choir-Mr. David Alan Ayers, Director and Let There Be Peace On Earth by Madison Combined Junior & Senior Choir-Mr. David Alan Ayers, Director, both from The Joy Of Christmas And Greats From America Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Mark Custom Records MC 2868 (on Sleeve) UMC 2868 (on Label), Stereo).  Nothing at all wrong with these tracks, I was just unable to squeeze them into the rest of the month.

3. Ray Middleton-Choir & Music Under Direction Of Howard Barlow-Advent from Ten Catholic Holy Days (Candle Records CAN-110, Mono, 1957).  Another of those great awkward explanatory tracks, this one for Advent, so I wasn't sure where or when to share it out and kept putting it off until it was too late.

4. & 5. Roberta Sherwood With The Malcolm Dodds Singers And Orchestra-Children, Go Where I Send Thee & Go Tell It On The Mountain, both from Gone Gospel (aka Gospel Goes Pop) (ABC Paramount ABC-464, Mono, 1963).  Mono versions of a couple tracks I found in Stereo the next day after recording them.  I doubt if they're in any way different from the stereo versions, so they are superfluous.

6. & 7. Esquivel And His Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers & Sun Valley Ski Run from Strings Aflame (RCA Victor LSP-1988, Stereo, 1959).  These stereo tracks, which I found after sharing out and lamenting the mono versions, are pretty essential.  Esquivel was known for his use of spacious stereo effects, and these are good examples of that.  The tracks really open up in two channels.

8. Ed Begley-The Winter Of The Blue Snow from Paul Bunyan In Story And Song (Caedmon TC 1275, Stereo, 1969). I successfully got another track off of this record, but this track was too rough to salvage properly.  You might still enjoy it as the skips are slight.  Just depends on how close you are paying attention while listening.

9. & 10. The Choir Of Christ Episcopal Church-Dark The Night & As It Fell from 75 Men And Boys (No Label 2xLP BL 1500 (Side 4-Christmas Carol Service) (Bloomfield, Glen Ridge), Mono). The last two tracks from this side of Christmas music.  Both tracks had some serious needle digs from which I just couldn't recover. Pretty bad, too.  I'm just throwing them up here for you hard-core types.  Maybe someday I'll find a clean copy of this one, but I doubt it.

And that's it.  The folder is empty of unused tracks now.  Here's the download for the last set. A few statistics for the record books.  This is by far my most prolific version of Christmas in July with 821 total tracks (including Thanksgiving & Chanukah).  That breaks down to having pulled tracks from 445 different albums, and roughly 400 different artists.  It's a little surprising to me that so many albums had more than one Christmas song, but that seems to be the case. And plenty of albums had a whole side worth, so that really skews those numbers.

It's been a fun season.  Big props to everyone who stopped by and downloaded something.  And double thanks to anyone who took the time to leave a comment!  I get on a plane and head to NYC, then Italy and Switzerland next week, so I'll be far far away from the blog for a while. When I get back, it's time to start recording some Christmas music proper.  See you at Christmas time!

15 comments:

Badgercat said...

Thanks, Ernie. Truly, a remarkable Christmas in July.

Ernie said...

I like to think it was pretty good. :)

Buster said...

Congratulations on an incredible accomplishment! Now go pack. Have fun in Europe - I hope it isn't too hot.

MOQChoir said...

Ernie, you're a prince! Thank you SO VERY KINDLY for your impressive efforts. Even with this lot in the pipe, I'm still looking forward to the seasonal offerings you'll be posting later in the year.

Safe journey, my friend. Who knows what you'll find in the shops across the pond? We all await your news.

\R

clesher said...

Wow, my head is still spinning from July. It might take until Christmas to hear all these. ;) Thanks for all this hard work! It is much appreciated.

Patrick said...

I've been downloading your shares for a few years now, but I never really got around to listening to them. This year, I made an effort to take time in July to listen to what you're sharing. I'm sure glad I did. I've been copying my favourites to a seperate folder for future enjoyment. I have just over 60 tracks that really impressed me. Thanks so much for sharing and for putting so much time in doing so.

Ernie said...

Glad you found plenty of favorites. I think that's more than I put in my own best-of folder. :)

Puckwheat said...

Thank you as always for doing this every year...I always find something interesting or discover something new. Thank you for your time and commitment, I know it ain't easy!

David Federman said...

I think you have given Santa enough music to pipe into the workshop until deliveries must start. Thanks for this herculean effort.

Ralph said...

Ernie, thanks again. I feel like a large portion of my Christmas music was contributed by you. I appreciate all the work that you do. Cheers!

Rick R. said...

Amazing! 821 tracks! The music is great but the best thing you ever did was switch to MEGA. Made downloading the music so easy. Thanks so very much!!

Mistletoe and Holly said...

Thanks Ernie! I'm still working on working on all the tracks, but it's much appreciated. I look forward to Christmas!!

JT Griffith said...

Awesome thanks Ernie!

Plague said...

Can't wait for the next batch!
thanks much!

Kwork said...

Thank you Ernie for all those mammoth July/August offerings this year. A crazy year here, so now time to sit back and enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans.