Saturday, July 18, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-25

Is this the 25th part? I think it is. I loose track of where I'm at most days. For the first time in months, I ripped some Christmas in July music for you today.  Everything I've been sharing has been in the books for months, but today I was finally able to shake off some doldrums and put some vinyl on the turntable.  And then on the fourth or fifth record I recorded, it turned out to be a 78 RPM and needed the fatter needle.  So I got that all sorted out, then the third side I wanted to rip had a big needle dig on it, and I've been trying to get that to play through for the past couple of hours. But after a lot of time and effort, and some backwards recording, I think I finally got the track to sound correct.  Of course, it's a Thanksgiving track, so you might not get to hear it until the end of the month. But I had to share the story of all my work with you, just in case this post goes up a little later.  We'll see.

1. I Will Carol In The Morning by an unknown artist from Music For The Choral Ensemble Vol. XV-Young Choir Edition (Jenson Publications 2xLP JP-3500, Stereo, 1983). Demo track number one. This was one of the tracks I finished up today for you. Pretty sure I ripped the vinyl a few months ago, but I just finished the work this afternoon. Hope it was worth the trouble.  It was a double album, and all the stuff was on the first LP. But it was too warped to record.  After messing with it for a while, I lost the will to mess with vinyl for a long, long while.

2. Winter Games (1988 Winter Olympic Theme), by who-knows-who, from Superior New Works For Concert Band-Advanced Edition-Volume 23 (Jenson Publications 2xLP CB23A88AD, Stereo, 1988). Demo track number two, but at least it's kind of interesting and Olympics related.

3. Ave Maria by The Eroica Three-Disc Symphonion Music Box from Old Music Box Melodies (Bornand Music Box Co RCB-7, Stereo, 1981).

4. I Saw Three Ships by yet another unknown artist from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  Not a demo recording, but not far from it.

5. Peace On Earth by Pinellas Park Senior High Chorus-William Renfroe, Director from Choral Sounds 1977-1979 Volume 1 (Suncoast Recording Service KM 3668, Stereo, 1979). I kinda liked this one.

6. Hansel And Gretel-Evening Prayer (Act II) by Christopher Lynch, Tenor, With Eugene Bossart, Piano, And With Orchestra Conducted By Paul Affelder from Bless This House-The Children's Hour (Columbia Entre RL 3016, Mono).  OK, so it's not Christmas, but it could be...

7. Moonlight In Vermont by Jr. Walker And The All Stars from Soul Session (Soul (Motown) SM 702, Mono, 1966). You can never go wrong with a little dose of Motown.

8. Winter Song by Maplewood Glee Club, Warren G. Schmoll-Director, Rosalind Dobie-Accompanist from Maplewood Glee Club 1965-Maplewood Community Recreation Service (HMR Productions RC-94 (AKA RC-134) Side 2-1965 Winter Concert, Mono, 1965). Still lovin' the local stuff.

9. Skaters Waltz by George Wright from Sweet And Low (HiFi Records Life Series L1011, Stereo, 1963). How many versions of this one have I shared in the last week? Pretty sure there are more to come, so I hope you're enjoying it.

10. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra from Academy Award Hit Songs-All 34 Winners 1934 to 1967 (London 2xLP CHA S-1, Stereo, 1969). Another song from the nice double album.

11. Chime Bells by Coleen & John from their self-titled album, Coleen & John (U.A. Recording UA-FSD-1190, Stereo). Not sure if this has anything to do with Christmas or not...

12. This Little Babe by Okemos High School Concert Choir from Sixth Annual Albion College Invitational Choral Festival (Delta DRS81-128, Stereo, 1981).  Still more to go from this LP.  The get-together must have been sometime near the Christmas season.

13. Shepherd's Pipe Carol by The Cantata Singers In Quakertown, Ifor Jones Conducting, Bonnie Fix Keller At The Organ from A Service Of Lessons And Carols (CS CSQ1001, Stereo, 1975). Another one with lots and lots of tracks.

14. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) by Children's Choirs Of First Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Director: L. Campbell Bunting, Organist: Jan Birtcil from Great Hymns For Children-Album 2 (Graded Press MPH-1299, Mono, 1963). Pretty sure I have other volumes of this one somewhere.

15. Maris Walks Among The Thorns by Regina High School Chorus-Ms. Marianne Antonich, Director from Christmas & Spring Concerts 1977-1978 (Melody Recording KM 2623, Stereo, 1978). I'm guessing this isn't the same Maris who used to be married to Frasier Crane's brother Niles.

And that's it.  I didn't think I was done because I mis-numbered one of the tracks above and my could kept coming out wrong. But I've got it all fixed now.  Here's the download, have a good night!


Badgercat said...

Motown...Jr. Walker & The All-Stars?! Nope, can't go wrong with that! Thank you, Ernie.

Buster said...

I wonder if Tony Mottola sat in with Jr. Walker on that cut.

"Maris Walks Among the Thorns" - I think that was the title of one of those Frasier episodes.

Ernie said...

I like the double-time section of the Vermont song!

I think it's supposed to be Maria, not Maris, but I don't know if I typo'd that or if it's that way on the sleeve. I'm not digging through all those boxes... :(

Patrick said...

Being from Canada, I couldn't help but look up more information about the Winter Games track. The 1988 Games were held in Calgary, Alberta and this track was written by none other than David Foster! Here is the "official video" from YouTube (or so it claims) -

Generally speaking, I really like the Shepherd's Pipe Carol, but this version seems like it has been purposefully slowed down. You just want to hit the "normal" playback speed option, but alas, it's a very very slow rendition.

Ernie said...

Was '88 the year the Russians boycotted? No, that was '84 because it was in the US, and we had boycotted the '80 games in Russia. Or something like that...