Monday, July 13, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-20

How about that, 2020-20, that's a lot of 20's.  But I've still only got 15 tracks for you tonight. I didn't think far enough ahead to try and do that.  I did briefly think about sharing 1 track on day one, 2 tracks on day two, etc, etc, but I quickly did the math and it didn't work out right. But enough blather, let's see what's in the share tonight.

1. Two Carols (From Midnight Mass For Christmas), by an unknown artist from the LP New Vistas For Concert Band Vol. VII (Jenson Publications 2xLP JP-1100, Stereo, 1980).  A demo track.

2. Young King, by a presumably different unknown artist, this time from Jenson Publications' Choral Celebration Vol. 5 (Jenson Publications JP-4000 w/ Book, Stereo, 1983).  I had to double up on the demo recordings because I've forgotten to include them a few days now.  I may have to dump even more of them before the month is over, there are a lot of them.

3. Slumber Song Of The Infant Jesus by The Frankford High School A Cappella Choir-Robert G. Hamilton, Director from The Frankford High School A Cappella Choir Sings '61-'62 (Acoustic Arts Recording Studios LP 126 (Philadelphia, PA), Mono, 1962). This song is probably better known as O Come, O Come Emmanuel. At least that's the title I'd give it if I couldn't see the sleeve.

4. Toy Symphony-Allegro by Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart-Rolf Reinhardt, Conductor from A Musical Joke; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Toy Symphony (Vox PL 9780, Mono, 1956).  The first part of this symphony which doesn't have much to do with Christmas, but it has a toy theme.

5. Christmas Festival: Deck The Halls; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Good King Wenceslas; Hark The Herald Angels Sing by United States Air Force Academy Band from Seasons Greetings From The Men & Women Of The United States Air Force (No Label 2xLP No Number (Side 2-Christmas From The Air Force Academy), Stereo). This is a good one, as you might expect. Almost all of the military band records I've found have been excellent.

6. A Boy Was Born by Capital University Chapel Choir-Craig S. Arnold, Director from Serenade (No Label 1985-87, Stereo). Could that catalog number be a hint as to the date? I'm not sure.

7. Moonlight In Vermont by Tony Mottola And The Quad Guitars from Tony Mottola And The Quad Guitars (Project 3 PR5078 SD, Stereo, 1973).  From the universe of Enoch Light.

8. Introitus by The Slovakaires, Organ Accompaniment By Sr. M. Eugene Prolop, O.S.F. from Christmas With The Slovakaires (Pav Records PAV 666, Stereo). Yes, it's more Christmas music from Slovakia!

9. Troika by Jo Basile, His Accordion And Orchestra from Moscow With Love (Audio Fidelity AFSD 5940, Stereo, 1960). You were looking for some accordion Christmas music?  Well, here you go.

10. Button Up Your Overcoat by Connie Francis from Connie & Clyde (MGM SE-4573, Stereo, 1968). I think it was only a day or two after I had recorded this that I realized the name of the LP was Connie & Clyde, not Bonnie & Clyde.  Sometimes you have to learn to read again.

11. My Snowman by an unknown group from the LP Sing The Happy Romper Room Songs (Peter Pan 8121, Stereo).  No idea who this might be, though I have vague memories of watching Romper Room when I was little.  Very vague.

12. Jolly Old St. Nicholas by Don Wilson from Christmas Ain't Over Yet! (Or, Yes, Virginia, There Is A Don Wilson!) (No Label RC 108/RC 107 (Side 1 subtitled "Don Wilson's Christmas Record"), Mono).  No, I don't know who Don Wilson is either.

13. Greensleeves by Norman Roye On The Electronic Wurlitzer Organ from Midnight Moods (Design DLP 70, Mono, 1957).  Some budget label filler for your enjoyment.

14. Must Be Santa by Raffi With Ken Whiteley from Singable Songs For The Very Young (Shoreline/Rounder 8051, Stereo, 1976).  Mitch Miller, Lorne Greene, Bob Dylan and now Raffi!

15. Out In The Cold Again by Rusty Warren, Arranged & Conducted By Jack Pleis from Rusty Warren Sings Portrait On Life (Jubilee JGM 5025, Mono, 1964).  Yes, you read that right. The Rusty Warren, well-known sex-X-ponent, from an album of straight singing.  Must not have sold very well because this is the only copy I've ever seen.  So excited to find something on there I could share with you.

And that's fifteen in the pile.  Good stuff in there today, I hope you agree.  Here's the download, see you again tomorrow with more.


Buster said...

I wonder how many records of "Moonlight in Vermont" did Tony Mottola make? It seems to be on all his LPs, or am I imagining that?

I am hoping that the "Clyde" on the "Connie & Clyde" record is Clyde "Sugar Blues" McCoy and his trumpet.

I also was hoping that the Don Wilson on that record was the Don Wilson who was Jack Benny's announcer. Doesn't seem to be the case, though.

Rusty Warren made a non-risque album? I did not know that!

Ernie said...

The question is, are all the versions of MiV the same recording, or did he re-record it that many times?

Clyde Barrow, noted vocalist with a deadly instrument...

Could be the same Don, you never know. He looks a little creepy on the sleeve.

I didn't either, this one was quite the surprise! I guess she sang some risque stuff on her party albums, but this is all straight songs.

Buster said...

My only observation about Bonnie and Clyde is that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were much better looking than the Barrows.

I think I have seen every Rusty Warren (and Belle Barth and Pearl Williams) record in creation multiple times, but never this one. Next you will turn up B.S. Pully singing "Here Comes Suzy Snowflake."

Ernie said...

A trip around the world is not a cruise...

Patrick said...

Great Air Force medley (although it seems to cut off abruptly - was this a demo!? just kidding).

My Snowman is quite cute and there is a certain appeal to its charm.

Must Be Santa by Raffi is a lot of fun (goes well with the My Snowman track). I discoverd Bryan Adams version last Christmas season and listened to it a few times back-to-back. Very energetic - check it out on YouTube -

Well, I had to look up Rusty Warren as I had no clue who she was! Anyway, her contribution to this post was enjoyable.

Well, I'm now up-to-date on this year's posts. Glad that I was able to catch up and start building my "best of" folder for 2020. Looking forward to the second half of July!

Ernie said...

I suspect the AF song was cut from something much longer, it wasn't something I did when I ripped it.