Saturday, July 02, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Part 27

Just in case you thought I wasn't going to keep going with the Christmas 78s during Christmas in July, you'd be mistaken. I'm gonna keep this series going just as long as I possibly can, and as long as the Internet Archive keeps posting these great old Christmas records. I think it's a really great selection this go-round, with a fine assortment of Christmas songs spanning half a decade of recorded music. There's some really great stuff in here, and some really old stuff. Maybe those two overlap for you, I dunno, but I hope you can appreciate nearly all the music shared around here. I try to throw a little bit of everything into the pile for you. And as usual, I hope you enjoy this download, and all the other fun stuff you'll get this month. If you're just visiting us for the July festivities, take a look back in time, I've been sharing out these collections of 78s since just after New Year's last year, and I hope to keep going until the end of 2022. It's gonna be quite the collection by the time it's done.  So here's 27 more selections for week 27, a trend I don't think I can keep up forever, but I'm trying. Enjoy!


Update-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist for searching.

1. Toni Harper With Eddie Beal And His Sextet-Candy Store Blues
2. Ukranian Bandurist's Chorus-Conductor: Volodynyr Boshyk-Soloists: H. Popow And F. Pohorily-Christmas Greetings
3. Dennis Day With The Mellowmen And Henri René And His Orchestra-Christmas In Killarney
4. Ray Bloch, His Choir & Orchestra-Deck The Hall
5. Martin Walker With Sammy Spear Orchestra-I Just Wrote To Santa
6. The Billy Mayo Quintet-I Want A Dog (For Christmas)
7. Jimmy Liggins And His Drops Of Joy-I Want My Baby For Christmas
8. Don Redman And His Orchestra-Vocal Refrain By Laurel Watson-Igloo (Choza Esquimal)
9. Hal Kemp And His Orchestra-Vocal Chorus By Skinny Ennis-It's Winter Again (Es Invierno De Nuevo)
10. Haydn Quartet-Silent Night, Hallowed Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht)
11. Victor Orchestra-Walter B. Rogers, Conductor-Silver Sleigh Bells March
12. Paul Whiteman's Swinging Strings-The Toy Trumpet
13. The Three Suns With Texas Jim Robertson-Uncle Mistletoe
14. Bill Samuels And The Cats 'N Jammer Three-Candy Store Jump
15. The McGuire Sisters With Chorus And Orchestra Directed By Dick Jacobs-Christmas Alphabet
16. Mel Blanc With Orchestra Conducted By Buddy Cole-I Tant Wait Till Quithmuth
17. Conway's Band-Captain Pat Conway, Conductor-Ragtime In A Toy Shop
18. Frank Messina And The Mavericks-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
19. Jerry Colonna With Orchestra Directed By Paul Sells-Sleigh Bells In The Sky
20. Frankie Carle And His Orchestra-Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year (From The Universal Film "Christmas Holiday")
21. Linsday Crosby With John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra-That's What I Want For Christmas
22. Art Mooney And His Orchestra-Vocal By Laura Leslie-The Candy Land Parade
23. Burl Ives-Percy Faith Orchestra And Chorus-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
24. Harry Babbitt With The Heartbeats-Orchestra Directed By George Cates-Thirty Two Feet Eight Little Tails (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen)
25. Phil Brito-Orchestra Conducted By Ted Dale-White Christmas (From The Paramount Film "Holiday Inn")
26. Chick Bullock-Winter Wonderland (From "The Ziegfeld Follies")
27. Richard Keys Biggs-Angels We Have Heard

Christmas In July 2006-Redux

I've been making these best-of collections just about every year I've been sharing out Christmas in July, and they've always proven to be popular with my visitors. But as the years have gone on, I've gotten better at my rips, I've found better copies of the songs, and I've saved my files in higher and higher bitrates. So I decided it was time to go back and revisit some of the old compilations and see if I could do a slightly better job. I updated this particular collection once before with improved recordings, but it was so much work I never went back and did any of the others because it was so much work. Well, as you'll see, I finally buckled down and updated many of my old collections and I'm going to share them with you this month, beginning with the original collection from 2006. (Note that I updated more of the tracks in this one above and beyond the work I did in 2015. In fact, there's a text file in the download that details which tracks got updated in both go-rounds.) Download it if you want to hear the improved recordings of some (though not all) of the tracks, or don't if you're happy with the old versions. But if you haven't heard it before, please download The Best Of Christmas In July 2006 From Ernie (Not Bert)!

1. Clebanoff-Bobsled
2. Ted Heath/Edmundo Ros-Baby It's Cold Outside
3. Lionel Hampton-Gin For Christmas
4. Marty Gold-High On A Windy Hill
5. Eastman-Rochester Pops-Brazilian Sleigh Bells
6. Dinah Washington-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
7. Henry Mancini-Latin Snowfall
8. Yuji Takizawa & His Blue Bones Orchestra-White X-mas
9. Will Glahé-The Skater's Waltz
10. Esquivel-Sun Valley Ski Run
11. Billy Vaughn-The Chipmunk Song
12. Percy Faith-Little Bells And Big Bells (Glocke Und Glockchen)
13. Lawrence Welk-The Merry Christmas Polka
14. Jerry Murad's Electronic Harmonicats-March Of The Toys
15. Richard Hayman & His Harmonica Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
16. Ian Fraser & His Orchestra-Sleigh Ride
17. Eddie Layton-Winter Wonderland
18. The Smothers Brothers-Swiss Christmas
19. David Rose-Christmas Tree
20. Eydie Gormé-Winter Night
21. Bernie Green With The Stereo Mad-Men-The Skater And His Dog
22. Enoch Light & The Brass Menagerie-My Favorite Things
23. The Four Freshmen-Santa Claus Is Flat Gonna Come To Town
24. David Carroll-The Ski Song (Slalom)
25. The Monterey Brass-We Need A Little Christmas
26. The Three Suns-Busy Holiday
27. Six Fat Dutchmen-Sleigh Bell
28. Billy May-Snowfall Cha-Cha
29. Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble-Holiday In A Hurry
30. Armengol-Ave Maria
31. The Crew-Cuts-Auld Lang Syne


Friday, July 01, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 1

Good morning! I wanted to get an early start on the month, but after getting stuck in NYC for an extra two nights, I kinda ran out of time. So I'm going to try and get my posts up a little earlier in the day to make up for it. Maybe by the time you get up and have your second cup of coffee, there'll be some new music for you download and listen to. Those of you who've been joining me this time of year since 2006 know what's up, but for the rest of you, here's the deal. I collect Christmas, holiday, winter and adjacent songs during the year from albums that aren't seasonal. Then I share them out in downloadable form. You'd be surprised how many times you'll run into a Christmas song right in the middle of an otherwise non-holiday album.  I decided a long time ago to start collecting those up for myself, and somewhat more recently I started sharing them with you here at the blog during the month of July.  If this sounds interesting, stay tuned. (And if I'm not sharing enough with you, check the archives. I think the past three or four years are still live. Download them all and build a collection!) Got a couple surprises in store for you this year, so let's dive right in and see what we can find. Oh, one more thing. Unlike my Christmas shares, there's no artwork with the Christmas in July stuff. Too many albums to scan and to many pictures to stitch together. These days, you'll be able to find most of the records at Discogs, but not all of 'em. I pride myself on finding things that you aren't going to see anywhere else.

First up, I've got Meiko Miyazawa with Good-Bye To Winter from Suzuki Piano School, Volumes 1 & 2 (Summy-Birchard Music/The Suzuki Method P 1-279, Stereo, sometime after 1972). A rather interesting record that demonstrates how great you can play piano by learning the Suzuki Method. The odd date is because I appear to have a later edition of the record that swaps or adds a few songs. The original came out in 1972, but I have no idea when this one came out.

Next up is Morton Gould playing April-Snowdrop from Tchaikovsky's The Months (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1951). Shared this one with you before, but it was a long time ago and I was excited to find another copy of the LP. All my old LPs are locked up in storage and I'd never be able to find anything specific in there. So I just buy another copy for a dollar when I see it. I'm funny that way.

Thirdly is a song called Toy Time A from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (Willaim B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13a, Stereo). I stumbled across a double handful of old radio production records this year, and some of them were only partially Christmas-related. That means I can share those songs here with you during the month, and this is the first of those. There will be plenty more, I promise. They're all short and sweet.

Fourth is December: The First Snow Of Winter by old friend Arthur Godfrey from Arthur Godfrey's TV Calendar Show (Columbia GL 521, Mono, 1953). Another rerun, but a great record!

Fifth is Christmas Day by Edward Winter, Kay Oslin, Rita O'Conner, Julane Stites & Neil Jones from Promises, Promises-Original Broadway Cast Album (United Artists UAS 9902, Stereo, 1968). Original cast albums are often a good source of Christmas music, that's something I've learned over the years. Pretty sure I've shared this one with you before though, but I promise I've got new stuff in the stack.

Number six is more production music. Christmas Street Scene from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3623 (William B. Tanner Company 3623, Stereo). No idea who the artist is on most of these records, so you'll find I usually just put the name of the company that made them in there as the artist. No idea who the original William B. Tanner was.

Lucky number seven is We Wish You A Merry Christmas-Instrumental from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984). Not the air force you're thinking of, but a series of records for airplay. I seem to remember thinking they came out of Canada, but I may be imagining that. Perhaps one of my radio readers can fill us in.

Eighth up is Away In A Manger by The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn, Alexander J. Turco-Organist And Director from the LP Carols And Anthems (No Label H-1496/1497, Mono, 1967). I thought this was something new I'd found, but when I was tagging the files, the software seemed to know who it was already.

Number nine, number nine, number nine is Away In A Manger, again (crap! And on the very first day...), by The Calvin Handbell Ringers-Robert Ivey, Director, from their album Joyful Bells (Omnisound N-1014 (from The First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank, New Jersey), Stereo, 1977). You know how I love those handbells! I just wish I hadn't duplicated a song so early in the season.

And bringing up the rear, track ten is Sweet Li'l Jesus Boy by Hugh Downs Accompanied By Mundell Lowe And His Friends from An Evening With Hugh Downs (Epic BN 541, Stereo, 1959). Yes, from an entire LP by the famous newscaster Hugh Downs, who appears to have had a singing career before he became a newsman. I found a stereo copy of this LP thinking I had shared it out in mono before, but I can find no record of the share. I know I had a mono copy of the LP, but I must have forgotten to put it in the Christmas in July pile after I found it. My record collection is a mess, it's a wonder I can find anything at all.

Anyhow, that's it for the first day. Hope there's something in there you'll enjoy. Give it a listen and leave me a comment telling me what you think. And come back again tomorrow for more goodies!