Sunday, January 06, 2019

Candy At The End

OK, it's Epiphany, and as near as I can tell, that's the end of the Christmas season.  It's been a tremendous Christmas season for me, and I hope I've made it a little bit better one for all of you.  This year, I've recorded over 150 albums, shared out about 100 with you guys, run over 1000 scans on my little scanner, the list goes on.  With all the re-shares and re-encodes, I've been able to post something at the blog every four hours from Thanksgiving night to Epiphany morning.  Well, sometimes less than four hours, but at least every four hours, except for the first day or two...  I think I averaged just a hair over 50 posts a week, though some of those didn't have any music involved, they were just notes or pointers or something.  Anyhow, it's been a great season, and I'm looking forward to getting to bed on time now and not having to wonder about what I'm posting tomorrow.  Thanks for all the comments and shares and what-not.  Hopefully I'll be back in July with some great Christmas In July music. And there are already 50 new records in the pile to try and rip for next year.  It's really never ending! As a last little parting gift, I finally found my hard copies of Eddie Dunstedter's best Christmas album.  I picked out the best looking one, pulled it out of the plastic and scanned it for you.  The music from it has been a secret share for a while now (What?  You didn't know there were secret shares?  Maybe you should leave a comment more often, you might find something interesting in there...) and now I can share it with you as a complete package.  The final share of the 2018 Christmas season is Eddie Dunstedter At The Console With The Jingle Bells Orchestra-Christmas Candy (Capitol ST 2395, Stereo, 1965).  The other two Eddie's are here if you missed 'em.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

1. Greensleeves
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3. White Christmas
4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. Christmas Candy
6. Silver Bells
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas
8. Winter Wonderland
9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
10. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
11. Jingle Bells Bossa Nova


Robert The Third

I didn't think I'd get this one done for you this year, but here's the third entry in my Robert Rheims discography so far. This is another organ & chime set, so it's most similar to Merry Christmas Carols (either the 10" or the 12", they're different!), but not as good as the choral one, We Wish You A Merry Christmas.  It's still pretty good, and a welcome addition to the set.  The cover was gold foil with a bit of a greenish tinge to it, and the scan made it look horrid.  I worked on it for days and days.  I sought out help from my buddy Inkydog and he helped me come up with something that's at least presentable, but really doesn't look much like the cover I had.  I have, however, seen reissues with plain cardboard sleeves, and they look a lot like what I've done here, so there is that.  Also, my copy was on plain black vinyl, so I need to hunt around and see if this one exists on the red or green of all the others.  Having said all that, it's late and I want to go to bed.  This is Robert Rheims, Organ And Chimes-For The Whole Family At Christmas (Rheims Records ST-7710, Stereo).

1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
2. Winter Wonderland
3. The Christmas Song
4. White Christmas
5. Medley: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day; Silver Bells
6. Medley: Carol Of The Drum; Jingle Bells
7. Medley: The Night Before Christmas Song; Up On The House Top; Too Fat For The Chimney
8. Medley: I'll Be Home For Christmas; (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
9. Medley: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town; Jolly Old St. Nicholas; When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
10. Medley: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Frosty The Snowman
11. Close: We Wish You A Merry Christmas