Saturday, January 08, 2022

2022 at 78 RPM-Week 2

Time for the second installment of what I hope is a series that will last all year long! It's a collection of Christmas 78's, all sourced from The Internet Archive and lightly processed by me for slightly better sound. My goal is to highlight the stuff that's available over there in their Great 78 collection, and to provide you with some listenable music that you've probably not heard before. Their collection is great, both deep and wide, and every month they add to it, so there's always something new to be found. I'm concentrating on the Christmas side of it, but there is all sorts of music there to be discovered. There's no rhyme or reason to what I'm putting out here in this collection, it's just a random selection of the 78s that I've collected and tagged most recently. You'll have to look at the beautiful selection of labels to see what's in the pile, I'm not going to type it all out for you. So without further ado, here's the link, and I'll see you next week!


Edit-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist for searching.

1. Bill Cook-A Letter To Santa
2. Amalia Mendoza Con Mariachi-Amarga Navidad
3. Jim McCahey-I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas
4. Ross Bagdasarian With Orchestra Conducted By Nelson Riddle-Let's Have A Merry, Merry Christmas
5. Skip Farrell And Jack Fulton-The Two Mr. F's-Mrs. Santa Claus
6. Jeff Stoughton And His Lake Placid Club Orchestra-Vocal By Larry Murphy-North Pole Town
7. Jimmy Durante-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
8. Al Dexter-Vocal By Al Dexter With String Band-Santa Is On His Way
9. Anne Shelton With Orchestral Accompaniment Directed By Camarata-Spring In December
10. The Mariners-Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly

Friday, January 07, 2022

More Than A Feeling

This is the last post of the 2021 Christmas sharity season, I promise. There's nothing else in the pile that I'm really wanting to put out there. Keep in mind, however, that I'm going to try to post part two of the 2022 series of Christmas 78s tomorrow and every Saturday thereafter for the rest of the year. That's the plan at least. So you're not going to have to go completely cold turkey on the Christmas music for the foreseeable future. And today is another very special post that's well outside my usual milieu as it's 100% rock music, about as far removed as you could get from the usual 50s & 60s pop and EZ listening that this blog usually explores. (At least before rap music came along. Rap and hip-hop seem to have changed everything, much as Elvis changed music in the 50s and The Beatles changed it again in the 60s. But I digress...) I found a copy of this record at a store in NYC a couple years ago when I happened to find myself there close to Christmas. I must have hit fifteen different stores over about three days before I got sick and spent the last couple days in bed. I still managed to spend a small fortune during my stay and had a healthy sized carry on that really confused the TSA at the airport. I have yet to share a lot of stuff from that collection, but maybe someday. This is a local Boston-area comp that only contains five songs, but what great songs they are. This is the sort of music that you buy local comps for, but so rarely find. If you've never heard this record, you need to download it and listen to it right now. If you've heard of it, then you've probably already tracked down a copy because you knew how badly you needed it. This is A Boston Rock Christmas (Boston Rock 12" 45 RPM BR-001, Stereo, 1983).

1. Sonny Columbus & His Del Fuegos-That Punchbowl Full Of Joy
2. Native Tongue-Do You Hear What I Hear?
3. SSD-Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
4. Jeff & Jane-Jingle Bells
5. Christmas-O Holy Night


Thursday, January 06, 2022

Susie's Back

Something made me think of this old share today, and I realized that it hadn't seen the light of day in over nine years now. I checked, and I still had the original WAV files on my computer, so I re-encoded it in a better bitrate than I did when I first shared this in 2012. If you want to hear the Christmas musings of a couple of puppets, and featuring the voice of Tammy Faye Baker, then this share is for you! Please be brave and download Susie & Allie-Christmas With Susie & Allie (PTL Club PTL-LP-1848, Stereo, 1984).

1. Frosty The Snowman
2. White Christmas
3. Winter Wonderland
4. O Christmas Tree
5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
6. Jingle Bells
7. Away In The Manger
8. The Christmas Story
9. Joy To The World


Not Normal

A little something outside my comfort zone here today for Epiphany. I thought I was going to end up the shares yesterday at the end of the twelve days, but I had this and one more record left in the pile. I had recorded this for my own enjoyment, but I decided I'd go ahead and share it since it's kinda rare, and a little out there. It's much later than most of my other shares, much more rock-leaning, and even a little bit lascivious. (I even had to censor the cover just a bit to post here, but the original is in the download. Can't have naked breasts showing up around here, it's a family friendly kinda place. Just pretend those sheep aren't wearing lingerie though...) Anyhow, this is supposed to be a comedy album, but I didn't find it all that humorous. Your mileage may vary. This is The Scrooge Bros.-Commercial Christmasland (Enigma E1043, Stereo, 1983).

1. I Wish You Would Take Your Hat Off
2. Glory To The Store Displays
3. What Smell Is This
4. Jingleside
5. Deck Yourself
6. The First Greenback
7. Cylent Night (The end of this track is a locked groove. It would have played on forever if I'd let it, but I faded it out after a while.)


Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Slow Down, It's Christmas

A nice little gospel tinged single here from an unknown-to-me singer I got as part of an eBay lot last year. I love finding Christmas records from people I've never heard of before, and I think this is a good one. You'll like it if you give it a try. It's very slow and soulful, just the sort of thing for a quiet Christmas Eve by the tree. I know you'll have to wait almost twelve months for that to be the setting at this point, but put it in a special folder and don't forget to listen next season. This is Cassietta George-The Greatest Gift b/w Silent Night (Audio Arts! 7" 45 RPM 60,004, Mono, 1966). Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Bucky (Not Barnes)

I know it's getting later and later, but I've still got a few records in the pile that I want to share out. This is a single from The Bucky Pizzarelli Orchestra featuring a couple of different vocalists. The name Bucky Pizzarelli doesn't mean a whole lot to me, but I'm pretty sure I've heard of him somewhere. A few seconds of internet searching tells me that he's a noted jazz guitarist who passed away last year, no, two year ago now, at the ripe old age of 94. So he lived a good long life, hopefully making lots of music like this single that we can enjoy now that he's gone. If you're still celebrating Christmas (and I don't believe the twelve days are over just yet), or even if you just want it for next year, this is The Bucky Pizzarelli Orchestra featuring Bob Carroll and Lynn Roberts-Dreaming Of Christmas b/w I Want My Santa Claus (Ocean State 7" 45 RPM DMS-3, Stereo, 1982).


Monday, January 03, 2022


A grab bag of random singles for you today, eleven sides in all, each from a different small slab of vinyl. I didn't want to share these out one at a time, there's certainly no fun in that, so maybe you'll enjoy this random sampling of music. The flip side of each record is non-Christmas, so you aren't really missing anything, and I didn't record the other sides anyway. I'm sure there's something here for everyone. I'm also not going to type all these out, you'll just have to look at the labels to see what you're going to get. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 02, 2022

Post Christmas Joy

This is probably the very last record I recorded for the season, and it really wasn't meant to be. My buddy Der Bingle had shared out a mono version at his blog earlier in the season, and then I happened to stumble across a stereo copy in my archives. He'd had some trouble getting a good rip, so I figured I'd go ahead and do mine so he could hear the music at it's best. It's a gospel record, and it's probably not my favorite record of the year, but it's certainly not the worst. I know I'm not building it up very well, but it's late in the season and I figure if you're still around now, you'll listen to just about anything. This is Bob Parks And The Evangelaires Accompanied By Harold De Cou-Joy At Christmas (Diadem/Singcord (Zondervan) DLP 251, Stereo). Great cover though! I think that's what initially drew me to this record.

1. Joy At Christmas
2. Shepherd Song
3. Sleep Holy Child
4. Greatest Treasure
5. Silent Night
6. Go Tell It On The Mountain
7. O Holy Night
8. Mary's Boy Child
9. Would You Feel Lost In Bethlehem
10. Born To Die