Saturday, January 23, 2021

66-The Dozenth Scoop

Time for scoop number twelve, so I put a dozen tracks into the share for today, just to keep things nice and even. More and more stuff just keeps flowing out of The Internet Archive, and I'm excited to bring it to you just as long as I can.  I was excited to discover that they've started their January new music dump today, so I'll be busy searching through that for the next few days to see if there are any new songs I can share with you before I call it quits. You never know what's going to show up during this time of the month, so it can get pretty exciting for a music nerd like me. All the stuff in the pile today is older things, some songs I downloaded months ago, some from more recently, but it's all good, so have a taste!


Friday, January 22, 2021

65-Bonus Tracks

So, what's the theme here? Well, it's a bunch of tracks that relate back to old shares here at the blog, some that you can still go and grab, some that got retired a long time ago. I grabbed a lotta 78s from The Internet Archive this year, seemingly at random, but frequently I'd recognize a name from an old record I remembered sharing. Most often, these were something new, not something that was on that old record, so I like to think of them as bonus tracks, something extra that fits into something you've already heard and are familiar with, but it's new.  For instance, the Alvino Rey track above, that could easily be a bonus track on his Warner Brothers-released pseudonymous LP, Ira Ironstrings Plays Santa Claus. (That one was put out on CD many years ago, so no share.)
Arthur Godfrey released a solo Christmas album at one point, as well as a group effort from his then-current TV show. Both of them have been shared before around these parts.
I've had an EP from Blue Barron around here for a while, and I found several more Christmas tracks from him this year.  Not enough for an album, but close.
Burl Ives released a number of Christmas albums in his day, but the most unknown one was shared around here some time ago.  There's a version of it I'm looking for, with explanatory bits on it, so if you happen to have a copy laying around, hit me up!
Dennis Day released a 10" Christmas album back in the day for RCA, but around here he showed up with Jack Benny on a budget label LP.
Don Cornell, lemme think... Oh, he had two tracks on a label sampler, both of which I think I shared out from 78 this season.
Eddie Dunstedter recorded three great Christmas albums, all of which should be available here. If you're not a completist, just grab the third one, you won't be disappointed.
Ethel Smith had an entire Christmas album, but it was more reverent than anything else, and not my favorite.
Hugo Winterhalter had a great Christmas album! And a few singles that didn't get on there, like this one.
Tom Glazer released a Christmas album later in his career, but I've never found a copy. But I did share out a single he recorded for Children's Record Guild.

Walter Schumann recorded the single most requested share in the history of this blog. But it was released on CD sometime back, and as far as I'm concerned, that means I can't share it any longer.  But this earlier single wasn't on there, so here it is!
And bringing up the rear is Wayne King, his 1963 Christmas record is a perennial favorite.

And that's it.  If you wanna add all these tracks to your own collection, just follow the link below and download 'em.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

64-Scoop Eleven

Another day, another scoop. I keep saying we're almost to the end around here, but then I find a couple more things and the season keeps going. But I can't do that indefinitely, so the end is coming. Not tomorrow or the day after that, but soon.  I've spent many a waking hour working on this stuff since Thanksgiving, and I'm going to need to step away from the computer and spend some quality time looking at something other than a computer screen for a while.  But it's fun while it lasts.  The selections today are, as always, downloaded from the Internet Archive and tweaked by me, and they're another batch of interesting stuff. If you've been here since the beginning of the season, it's just more of the same goodies from 78's. If you're new around here, it's kinda hard to explain, you'll need to go back to the beginning and start from there.  If that's too much work, just download it and listen.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

63-Little Bits Again

Most likely the last of the tiny song collections for the year, unless something drops from the sky magically in the next few days, and I'm not too tired to process it. I really dig these short songs and am thinking about making a whole collection of them at some point, but today it's just another Christmas sharity day. In the pile today is yet another track from Frank Luther (the man was prolific I tell you!), plenty more educational stuff, a version of Jingle Bells where they are just having way too much fun for a professional choral group, and even a spoken word track about snow. I think I have all the bases covered thanks to the fine collection of 78s at The Internet Archive. You know you need these to help complete your collection, so download away!