Saturday, August 08, 2020

Chanukkah In August

 And here's the inevitable Chanukkah post for the season.  Not too many songs this year, I'm afraid, only nine, and many of those are repeats from previous years. But it's still a better selection than you'll find elsewhere, since you're unlikely to find a selection anywhere else.  That's one of the reasons I started to do this sort of Christmas in July celebration. No one else was doing it, and I thought it was a worthwhile contribution. I hope you agree. Anyhow, here's a link to the Chanukkah portion of the season.  Enjoy!


Friday, August 07, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-45

 Last full part for Christmas in July.  Just a couple of clean-up posts after this, and I'll be done for the season. It's been a blast ya'll. This moving hasn't left much time for posting, so I'm sorry if the quality of the posts has gone downhill in recent days. I don't think the quality of the music has changed, however. I've made it a point of spacing out my favorite tracks throughout the season, and I think there are a couple of my favorites here in the last batch. Since I'm late anyway, let me go ahead and detail out for you what's in tonight's share.

1. Ave Maria by Notre Dame Glee Club-Professor Daniel H. Pedtke, Conductor from The Notre Dame Glee Club (MGM E3212, Mono, 1956). A glee club recording on a major label, we haven't seen too much of that this month.

2. Greensleeves by Charlie Fox And The Ring Of Sound from All (Current 474, Mono).  The ring of sound? I'm not quite sure what's going on here. A little Herb Alpert, a little, umm, something else.

3. Christmas by The Metro Strings (AKA MGM Studio Orchestra) from The Perfect Background Music For Your Home Movies (MGM PM-4, Mono). If memory serves, one band name was on the front cover, the other was on the label.  Good stuff, if you have a home movie to score.

4. Ave Maria (again, sorry) by Chet Atkins from Class Guitar (RCA Victor LSP-3885, Stereo, 1967). We've heard from him a few times already this month, and it's always a pleasure.

5. Jingle Bells by The Sportsmen from Sing Along With The Sportsmen (Sutton SSU 213, Stereo). I don't think this is the same Sportsmen who recorded for Capitol in the late forties and early fifties, but it's a budget label, so anything is possible.

6. Hallelujah Chorus by Regina High School Chorus-Ms. Marianne Antonich, Director from Christmas & Spring Concerts 1977-1978 (Melody Recording KM 2623, Stereo, 1978). Can't go a day without some high school kids singing for you.

7. Commentary By The Composers-Part 2 (Excerpt) by Merrill Bradshaw & Reid Nibley from Music For Worship-Piano Preludes For LDS Worship Services (Sonos SMR 3051, Stereo, 1972). This is a little bit of spoken word commentary that I should have shared out with the track it discusses. (That track was shared two days ago...)

8. Winter Wonderland by Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-Glee Club And Orchestra from The Best Of Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4008, Mono). A request from years and years ago.  Not a familiar version from one of his many Christmas albums, but a lost side from 78 that seemed to disappear for a long time. Good stuff.

9. Communio by The Slovakaires, Organ Accompaniment By Sr. M. Eugene Prolop, O.S.F. from Christmas With The Slovakaires (Pav Records PAV 666, Stereo). Last track from these folks, I promise.

10. Jingle, Bells (SIC) (again, sorry, again) by Don Wilson from Christmas Ain't Over Yet! (Or, Yes, Virginia, There Is A Don Wilson!) (No Label RC 108/RC 107, Mono). Last track by this guy, also.

And there you have it, the last full share of the season.  Good stuff, and a great finale. Hope you enjoy it.


Thursday, August 06, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-44

Another day, another stack of boxes moved. I'm starting to see some progress, so that's good.  And we're almost to the end of Christmas in July! I guess that's a sad thing, but all good things must come to an end eventually.  There are only 10 files in the share tonight, but they are good ones, trust me.  Here's the link, see you again tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-43

Another day, another three carloads to the storage facility. I can certainly get more in a van and make fewer trips, but then I exert myself so much between trips that I question whether or not it's worth it. I'm starting to see a little bit of progress, but I've still got a long way to go. Do yourself a favor, and never buy more records than you can fit in a box. They aren't worth it kids. Pretty sure the records used for Christmas In July this year filled five boxes!  So there's that.  Anyhow, here are fifteen more random tracks for you.  Hope there's something enjoyable in there. I think there is, but I have horrible taste.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-42

42! The answer to life, the universe and everything! It's taken more than a month, but we made it to 42.  Still not done though, the pot has more music in it.  And I'm still busy moving boxes of records, so no tracklist for you again today. Plenty of good stuff in there though, I promise.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 03, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-41

I had really hoped to be done with the season by now, but I guess I wasn't giving enough stuff out everyday during the month of July. So now that August is here and I'm spending all my free time moving these heavy records, I don't have the time to make snide remarks about all the great songs in the share. I know that makes for a less interesting post, and I apologize.  But I'll be to the end soon enough, and then I can get on with carrying box after box after box down the stairs and not have to worry about a daily post.  But while there is still stuff in the folder, I'm right here with you.  Here's today's share, enjoy!

Nutcracker In August 3

I think this is the last batch of songs from The Nutcracker I have for you.  There are lots of versions of Waltz Of The Flowers in here, as well as a couple of versions that just run the whole thing into a single quick medley.  Good stuff, I promise. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-40

Wow, forty posts! That's just crazy! And I still can't see the bottom of the bowl.  Still moving records today, so I'm tired enough to sleep right here at the computer. Just trust me when I say there's plenty of good stuff in the download tonight. And I don't think I put any demo recordings in there, so there's that.

Nutcracker In August 2

Time once again for songs from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, as performed by a whole pile of different artists. You'll have to download the collection to see what's in there, but I'm sure you'll find something worth listening to.  Enjoy!