Monday, July 06, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-12

Good evening, and welcome back.  Well, this is the end of my time off for the Fourth, so after today there will probably be fewer posts per day.  I don't want to run out of music before the end of the month, but I wanted to be sure there were plenty of shares right here at the beginning. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of great music in the pile, it's just going to get shared out a little more slowly. Speaking of a pile, let's see what's in the pile for today.

1. Christmas Night In Harlem by Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra Starring Johnny Mercer And Jack Teagarden from Paul Whiteman 50th Anniversary (Grand Award GA 33-901, Mono, 1956).  Not the original, but a great hi-fi version recorded for Enoch Light in the mid-fifties.

2. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by Georgina Stewart from Children Of The World-Multicultural Rhythmic Activities (Kimbo Educational KIM 9123, Stereo, 1991).  An educational kiddie record featuring the Coca-Cola Christmas song.  Gotcha.

3. Ave Maria by David Hughes With Gilbert Vinter & His Orchestra, David Bell: Organ from Songs You Love (Music For Pleasure/EMI MFP 1262, Stereo, 1968). Maybe I'd know more about this one if I were from the UK, but I have no idea who this is.

4. Navided Nuestra-La Peregrinación (Huella Pampeana) by Los Fronterizos-Cantoria De La Basilica Del Socorro-Directed By Father R.P. Segade-Conducted By Ariel Ramirez from Misa Criolla-From The Argentine-A Folkloristic Expression Of Religious Emotions (Philips (Netherlands) 6527 136, originally released 1964, Stereo, 1980). More Christmas music from the Argentine.

5. O Come All Ye Faithful by St. Edward's Parish Choir-Conducted By Mark J. Sullivan from A Century Of Worship And Service (Saint Edwards Church, Newark, California 802-30, Stereo, 1979). I've shared a bunch of tracks from this one, and I've misspelled parish each and every time.  Sorry.

6. The Great Snow Man by Bobby Bare And The Hillsiders from The English Country Side (RCA Victor LSP-3896, Stereo, 1967).  A little explanation on this one.  You know Bobby Bare, I think, but The Hillsiders were some unknown British beat group.  Someone at RCA decided the thing they needed to release next was a joint record between a country artist and a Beatles rip-off. I guess maybe they saw where the early Beatles had recorded a couple of country songs, and they thought this was the next step. I'm not sure it worked.

7. Moonlight In Vermont by Billy Butterfield And His Orchestra from Dancing For Two In Love (Westminster WP 6006, Mono, 1956). Westminster is one of those labels I always take a look at.  I've found a bunch of good Christmas records on this label, from Ferrante & Teicher through Dick Leibert to Basil Rathbone reading the Gospel of St. Luke.  It's an eclectic label.

8. Little Elves by the nameless elves at Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record II (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 2, Mono, 1966).  I suppose music can be educational, but I don't know if this counts.

9. Bugler's Holiday by Rafael Mendez With Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Kurt Graunke from Trumpet Spectacular (Decca DL 74351, Stereo, 1963).  More Leroy Anderson goodness.

10. Mary Had A Baby by Pinellas Park Senior High Chorus-William Renfroe, Director from Choral Sounds 1977-1979 Volume 1 (Suncoast Recording Service KM 3668, Stereo, 1979).  Pinellas Park isn't too far away from me, and they have a good record store up there, so I try to make it up there often. Love the local stuff.

11. White Christmas Medley by The Bob Locklin Singers from Up For Grabs Happiness 1973 (No Label 2xLP No Number, Mono, 1973). I know nothing more than you do about this one.

12. Snowy Morning Blues by James P. Johnson from Jazz Piano-A Smithsonian Collection (The Smithsonian Collection Of Recordings/CBS 6xLP R 039 (Originally recorded 3/7/27), Mono, 1989). Love to find something I can share in these big collections of old stuff.

13. Alleluia From Brazilian Psalm by Wagner College Choir-Dr. Sigvart J. Steen, Conductor from Wagner College Choir (Recorded Publications Company Z-33971/33972 (Staten Island, New York), Mono).  Not sure if the college is on Staten Island, or just the company that made the record.  Hard to tell sometimes.

14. Winter's Sadness (From Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto) by The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin from Fantastic Strings Play Fantastic Themes (Liberty Premier Series LSS-14021, Stereo, 1963).  More Tchaikovsky that isn't The Nutcracker.

15. Winter Games (Can't You Feel It) by an unknown artist from Marching Band '88 Vol. 2-Feel The Heat (Jenson Publications MB02A-88, Stereo, 1988).  Tired of these demo tracks yet? I know I am.  But there are so many more of them...

That's enough for now.  Have a good night, but come back tomorrow for more.


Buster said...

I was not aware of that Bobby Bare record - what a strange idea.

Ernie said...

I was glad that it turned out to be one of the tracks they shared. Many of them were either/or, but not both. Must not have sold well, I've only ever seen this one copy.

Patrick said...

Couple of cool tracks from this share:

1. Christmas Night in Harlem - Love this one. Never heard it before, so I was quite pleased.
2. The Great Snow Man - Again, another surprise here, but well worth it. Love this combination. Can't say why, but it piqued my interest.
3. What!? Another Brazilian connection?!
4. I love the vibe on the demo tracks especially the ones from last summer, but this marching band stuff is pretty unique!

Thanks for another great share!

Ernie said...

The Harlem track is a remake of the original, you should seek it out.
Snow Man is also a remake, though the original escapes me at the moment...