Monday, July 06, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-11

Happy Monday!  Unlike most of the world, our day off for the 4th is today instead of last Friday.  So I've got one more day to stay at home and do nothing.  Hooray!  And one more day where I can bring a bumper crop of Christmas to you, so you'd better be enjoying it.

1. Jeffrey Lams And John Andrew Schreiner-O Come All Ye Faithful from Pallette-A Colours Sampler (Colours SPCN-7-100-16582-2, Stereo, 1986).  Very new age, almost like something from the Bladerunner soundtrack.

2. Frederick Fennell Conducting The Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra-China Doll from The Music of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2 (Mercury SR90043, Stereo, 1958). More Leroy Anderson goodness.

3. The Medical Mission Sisters, Sr. Clement Lallo-Soloist-A Virgin from I Know The Secret (Avante Garde AVS 105, Stereo, 1966).  Another one of those records that has been in the pile for years and years. You'd think I'd try to do a better job of cleaning out the pile each year, but you'd be wrong.

4. Junior Choir-Judith Jarve, Director-Mildred Karpinen, Organ-The Snow Lay On The Ground from Grace (No Label NR8513 (Calumet, Michigan), Stereo, 1977). Snow?  Not sure what that even is.  We don't get anything like that here in Florida.

5. The English Chamber Orchestra And Choir; Raymond Leppard, Conductor-Hallelujah Chorus, From The Messiah from Excerpts From The Music Book (Holt, Rinehart And Winston P16966 Demonstration Record-Not For Sale, Stereo, 1983).  Sort of a demo track, I think, but not the same as the others I've been sharing around here. Weird narration warning.

6. The Eroica Three-Disc Symphonion Music Box-Skater's Waltz from Old Music Box Melodies (Bornand Music Box Co RCB-7, Stereo, 1981).  More music from a music box.

7. Les Brown And His Orchestra-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm from The Uncollected Les Brown And His Orchestra 1944-1946 (Hindsight HSR-103, Mono, 1976).  Rescued from an old radio transcription disc for this collection, I believe.

8. Frances Lai-Skating In Central Park from Love Story (Paramount PAS 6002, Stereo, 1970). I was surprised earlier this year when I discovered a few Christmas tracks hidden away on this ubiquitous soundtrack. Of course, once I found that out, then I couldn't seem to find a copy.  Took me a few months, but I got a copy to share with you.  More tracks to come from this one.

9. Yehudi Menuhin With The Bath Festival Orchestra-The Four Seasons "The Winter" 2nd Movt. Largo from Schenker's Sound Of The Classics (EMI (Germany) SF 1030, Stereo, 1988).  A weird record, but then it's from Germany, so what did you expect.  I'm sure this isn't the original source for this track, but that's where I discovered it.

10. Marcel Pagnoul And His Orchestra-The Skaters Waltz from Viennese Waltzes (Time Records S/2069, Stereo, 1963).  The second version of this song today.  Sorry about that.

11. The Stockholm Concert Orchestra-Conducted By Hugh Ross-Hansel And Gretel-The Children's Prayer from The Majesty Of Sacred Music (Word W-4027-LP, Mono, 1966).  Not really Christmas music, but I see it pop up in Christmas collections now and then.

12. Al Melgard-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers from Al Melgard At The Chicago Stadium Organ-World's Largest Theatre Pipe Organ (Audio Fidelity AFSD 5886, Stereo, 1958).  Anything on the Audio Fidelity label is worth a listen or two.

13. African Noel by an unnamed artist from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966). An album for use in the classroom for music appreciation. Hope you appreciate it.

14. Merry Christmas March, another track from an unknown artist, this time from Marching Band '88 Vol. 2-Feel The Heat (Jenson Publications MB02A-88, Stereo, 1988).  A straightforward demo recording this time. No surprises here.

15. Alexei Cherkassov, Piano-December-Christmas from Tchaikovsky-The Seasons (Columbia Masterworks/Melodiya 2xLP MG 35184, Stereo, 1978).  Music by Tchaikovsky, but it's not from The Nutcracker.

And that's it for now, more to come later.  Hope you're enjoying the ride so far.

6 comments:

groovylounge said...

July Greetings,

May I suggest that this concept would work better as a podcast? I appreciate your work, but many single tracks don't appeal to me. I'd like to have the entire albums! Many single random tracks rather clutter up my music player.

All the best!
-jdw

Ernie said...

Thanks for the comment. I do full albums at Christmastime, so I feel like I'd be repeating myself if I did the same thing this time of the year. And I'm finally at the point where I feel like I'm sharing enough tracks at a pop to make a full album, if that matters. I imagine these tracks being used by other folks in their Christmas mixes, if they do such a thing. And the whole podcasting thing never appealed to me much, I really prefer to have the single tracks instead of a big radio show in my own collection. But that's just me, your mileage may vary. :)

JustaJeepGuy said...


Wasn't there snow on the ground in all 50 states at the same time one day this past winter? Maybe not where you are right now, but somewhere in Florida there was snow. The real question is, was it there for Christmas?

Ernie said...

Maybe. Not sure if that was last year, though, or early this year even. And it would have most likely been later on in the winter. Christmas is so early in the year, there are plenty of places that don't get a white Christmas.

And yes, it does occasionally snow in Florida, especially in the panhandle up North. I don't think it ever sticks, but it does snow. Where I'm at, I've heard reports of imaginary flurries that melt before it hits the ground, but I've never seen any such thing.

Patrick said...

The December-Christmas track is the second one you've shared from this pianist, correct? Anyway, I really liked this one as well. Otherwise, this share had a few great instrumental tracks that were worth the listen. :)

Ernie said...

Yes, that album featured all twelve months, I just grabbed the ones I thought I could relate to Christmastime. :) Same double LP also features orchestral versions of the months, which I'm also sharing out in parallel.