Saturday, July 09, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Part 28

This post is probably getting lost in all the Christmas in July hullabaloo around here, but this is part 28 in a series that's been on-going since the beginning of the year. Perhaps you're just now joining us, and if so, please work your way back to the beginning so you get all 28 installments. These are Christmas songs ripped from 78 RPM shellac records by The Internet Archive and their Great 78 collection. People donate 78s to them (usually as part of a large collection, but not necessarily). They have them professionally cleaned, recorded and photographed by a company called George Blood LP, then I download them, clean up the audio a little bit, crop the photos down to size, put the whole package together as an MP3 file, and share them with you a playlist at a time. Week 28 consists of 28 different songs, 28 different artists, recordings that span 40-50 years of history. It's an eclectic selection of Christmas music, most of which has been forgotten by history. Some of the songs are likely familiar, but I can pretty much guarantee that there are things in every download that you've never heard. Even if you're an experienced collector of such things, there's still such a wide variety in here that I doubt if you'll be familiar with each and every recording. Don't believe me? Download and give a listen to these tracks. Lemme know what's new and different to you, or if it's all the same old boring songs you hear on the radio at Christmas. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

MEGA

And on a personal note, today is the six month anniversary of my little heart attack. Things seem to be going well, as far as I can tell. After a quick flurry of follow-up appointments at the time, my next round a check-ups is next month. We'll see what they tell me. I'm eating well still, but probably not exercising like they would like to see. One step at a time, right?





























The Second Best From Christmas In July Past-Part 3

Here's another blast from the past, a nice selection of songs from old Christmas in July celebrations that haven't been included in any of our earlier best-of collections. If I didn't tell you these were the second-best songs, I don't think you'd know it. There's plenty of good stuff in here. Enjoy!

1. Jimmy Jenson-Yingle Bells
2. LeRoy Holmes-Joy To The World
3. Mission Valley Chapter Of The Sweet Adelines-Why Doesn't Santa Claus Go Next Door?
4. Harrell C. Lucky-Toyland
5. The McGuire Sisters-The Cactus Christmas Tree
6. Marco Rizo-Sleigh Ride
7. The Merrill Staton Voices-Pine Cones And Holly Berries
8. Lesley Gore-The Things We Did Last Summer
9. The Melachrino Strings-Greenwillow Christmas
10. Lucille Ball And Cast-We Need A Little Christmas
11. Machito-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
12. Marni Nixon-Christmas Tree Angel
13. Karla Kuskin-Snow
14. Malcolm Lockyer-Snowfall
15. The Mitchell Trio-Cherry Tree Carol
16. Mary Martin-My Favorite Things-Edit
17. The Murk Family-Silver Bells
18. The US Air Force Band-Brass Choir-We Three Kings
19. The Malcolm Dodds Singers-Go Tell It On The Mountain
20. Jeffery Staton-The Christmas Song
21. Kaye Ballard-Park Avenue Christmas
22. Leonard Pennario-Troika En Traineaux
23. Little Johnny Everything And His Sister Judy-The Holiday Train
24. The Modern Folk Quartet-The Bells
25. The Mennonite Hour A Cappella Choir-Away In A Manger
26. Odetta-What Month Was Jesus Born In
27. The Modern Jazz Quartet-England's Carol
28. Mabel Mercer-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
29. Nat King Cole-Happy New Year

Oh, this is the shortest of the second-best collections because I found a track on here at the last minute that I had used elsewhere. I had to delete it and re-number everything. I was too lazy to try and go find a replacement track, that would have been even more work. Hopefully I've got the track tags correct.

MEGA

Friday, July 08, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 6

 Part six, coming right up!

1. The Sun Valley Trio perform It Happened In Sun Valley from their EP The Sun Valley Trio (Diversion 7" 45 RPM DX-1-56, Mono, 1956). Another rare selection from a small record with a big hole.

2. The Meddiebempsters perform Winter Wonderland from The Meddies (A Bowdoin-On-The Air Recording 10" 33 RPM F8-OL-8457/8458, Mono, 1958). A not quite so rare selection from a 10" slab of vinyl.

3. Jane Morgan-Arranged And Conducted By Charles Albertine, performing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from the not-quite soundtrack LP Jane Morgan Serenades The Victors (Colpix SCP 460, Stereo, 1963). A rerun, but I finally found it in stereo. This is the sort of thing that got me into collecting these Christmas songs from non-Christmas records. Who's ever heard this in the past 50 years?

4. An unknown artist performs Jingle Bells from Song Favorites (Classroom Materials Company CM 1148, Mono). Interesting duet version with a banjo!

5. The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn, Alexander J. Turco-Organist And Director, perform Carol Of The Advent from Carols And Anthems (No Label H-1496/1497, Mono, 1967). Another selection for you from this one.

And now for the production music section, which seems to get bigger every day...

6. Deck The Halls (Logo) B from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (Willaim B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo).

7. Christmas Mellow from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo).

8. Mid-Winter Sale-Intro from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo).

9. Pre-Holiday Sale-Intro from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3425 (William B. Tanner Company 3425, Stereo).

10. Gifts Of Love From Far And Near-Instrumental from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984).

And that's it. Hope you can find something you like. I dunno about you, but I love these little bits of production music. But then I love everything, so that's not saying much. Enjoy!

MEGA

Back In 2021

Just a quick pointer to bring your attention to the fact that my old Christmas in July shares from last year are still available for download. Just go here, then you can walk through them by using the Newer text down at the bottom of the post. There weren't too many last year, but if you want 'em, they're still there for you. That link takes you to the middle of the month, when I started sharing out new stuff. Looks like I went a ways into August for some reason, so be sure you keep going until you reach the end. Earlier in the month (hit the Older text), I shared out some old best-of collections for you. But I'm re-doing a lot of those this year, so you probably don't need to revisit many of those old shares.

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Christmas In July 2008-Redux

Another installment in the updated Christmas In July Best-Of series. We're up to 2008 already, so this is going pretty quickly. In case you missed the others, this is a re-release of the same compilation I've been sharing since 2009, though it contains tracks from the 2008 season. I just went through to see if I'd shared out better versions of some of the tracks, and in many cases, I was able to drop in a better rip than what I originally shared. (There's a text file in the download that details exactly what I updated.) So if you enjoyed it the first time around, it sounds a little better now. And if it's new to you, then get to downloading because there's some good music in here. This is The Best From Ernie (Not Bert)'s Christmas In July 2008-Because It's Hot Our There. Enjoy!

01. Sauter-Finegan & Their Orchestra-Sleighride
02. Homer & Jethro With June Carter-Baby, It’s Cold Outside
03. Ted Heath & His Music-Alpine Boogie
04. The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra-Blue Christmas
05. The Real Thing Steel Band-Hallelujah Chorus
06. Brass Of The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra-Deck The Hall
07. Ray Conniff & The Singers-I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing
08. The San Sebastian Strings With Rod McKuen & Anita Kerr-And Everyday Was Christmas
09. Erwin Halletz & His Orchestra-Hungarian Sleigh Ride
10. Greg & Steve-Jingle Bell Rock
11. Pearl Bailey-Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha
12. Joe Cain & His Orchestra-I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Cha Cha Cha
13. Ken Griffin-Kringle’s Jingle
14. David Whitehall & His Orchestra-Holiday Parade
15. The Sun Tones-The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
16. The Four Rascals-I’ll Be Home For Christmas
17. The Pipes And Drums Of The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards-The Little Drummer Boy
18. John Graas-Land Of Broken Toys
19. Jack Fina-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
20. Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra-The Skater’s Waltz
21. The Johnny Mann Singers-Snow
22. The Gene Lowell Chorus-Winter Song
23. Ahmad Jamal-Snow Fall
24. Georgia Gibbs-Looks Like A Cold Cold Winter
25. Joe “Fingers” Carr-Snow Deer Rag
26. Walter Carlos-Three Dances From Nutcracker Suite
27. Tomita-Snowflakes Are Dancing
28. The Modern Jazz Quartet-Variations On A Christmas Theme
29. The Chad Mitchell Trio-The Virgin Mary
30. Jack Conner-What Child Is This
31. Dennis Farnon & His Orchestra-Winter Wonderland
32. Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra-Auld Lang Syne

MEGA

Christmas In July 2022-Part 5

 Ready for another batch of fun Christmas music? Me too!

1. Alleluia, Sing With New Psalms by University Of Miami Concert Choir Under The Direction Of Donald Oglesby, Ricky Hardy-Organist, Pianist, Soloist-Skip Sanders, from the LP Alleluia-Sing With New Songs (World Library Publications 7912 (Side 2: Christmas), Stereo, 1981). You might notice the credits are odd on this one. I listed the writer as the album artist. I wouldn't normally do something like that, but his name was the big one on the cover. I think the concert choir were just hired guns to perform the pieces.

2. Winter Wonderland by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians-Vocal By Kenny Gardner from Guy Lombardo In Hi-Fi (Capitol (Canada) W738, Mono, 1956). A rerun, but a good 'un!

3. Nuit De Decembre by Ensemble Gerard Hever from the little record Paddock Rag Vol. 2 7" 45 RPM (Le Kiosque d'Orphée (France) 7" 45 RPM KO/08.0708, Stereo, 1978). A rare appearance from a 7" 45 around here at Christmas in July.

4. Christmas Time-Edit by Redd Foxx from Laff Of The Party-Volume 2 (Dooto DTL-219, Mono, 1956). I've picked up a lot of Redd Foxx albums looking for Christmas content, and I finally found this!

5. Go Tell It On The Mountain by The Weavers from The Weavers On Tour (Vanguard VSD-6537, Electronically Re-Recorded To Simulate Stereo, 1969). Shame that these guys were blackballed for all those years.

6. We Three Kings (Logo) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (William B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo). The first bit of production music for the day.

7. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (The First Noel) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo). The second bit.

8. Snowfall Magic from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo). Third bit.

9. Mid-Winter Sale-Donut from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo). Fourth Bit.

10. We're The Center Of Everything This Christmas-Instrumental from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984). Fifth and final bit.

There you have it, another drop in the bucket towards the complete collection. Enjoy!

MEGA

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 4

Good afternoon, and welcome to the latest installment of Christmas In July, where I share out Christmas music from non-Christmas albums, or something like that. You'll figure it out. Here's a list of what I've got for you today.

1. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (From "The Nutcracker") by Hal Mooney And His Orchestra from Ballet With A Beat (Mercury Perfect Presence Sound Series PPS 6017, Stereo, 1961). And oldie but a goodie. When I went to create my Second-Best comps this year, I was surprised to find that I had never ripped the tracks from this LP to a full bitrate, so I went back and did them. You'll find those new rips have already been incorporated in the my collections, I hope that's not cheating.

2. November-Troika (Sleigh-Ride) by Morton Gould At The Piano And Conducting His Orchestra from Tchaikovsky's The Months (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1951). Yes, another rerun, but a rare find.

3. Silent Night (Logo), production music from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (Willaim B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo). I've got a lot of this stuff, so I suspect there will be days with nothing bu production music. Prepare yourself.

4. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (Deck The Halls), more production music from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo). I like to try to listen to the shares as I'm typing all this info in, but these production bits are so small I'm going to run out of music before I'm done.

5. Mid-Winter Sale-Instrumental 1, another bit of production music, this time from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo). You'll note that all of these are from different albums. That's not always going to be the case, I'm pretty sure I have more tracks from some of the LPs than I have sharing days left.

6. Pre-Holiday Sale-Instrumental Version 2, yet more, from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3425 (William B. Tanner Company 3425, Stereo). I almost did nothing but production music this month, but there was too much other stuff in the pile to ignore.

7. We're Gonna Shine At Christmas Time-Vocal, production music yet again, from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984). More and more and more...

8. Winter Song by The Saint Joseph's College Glee Club-Rev. Lawrence Heiman, C.PP.S., Director-David Tetrault, Accompanist, from the album Voices Of The Twin Towers-Saint Joseph's College Glee Club 1961 (No Label 812J-6505, Mono, 1961). Not production music!

9. Looking Great/Christmas, the last of the production music for today, from The Production Garden-Volume 1-Bright & Cheerful (The Production Garden Volume 1 "Not For Broadcast In The State Of Texas", Stereo).

10. The Man With The Merry Ho-Ho-Ho by Kay Lande from Let's Have A Party With Kay Lande (Harmony (Columbia) HL 9546 Demonstration Not For Sale, Mono, 1964). I believe this was something that wasn't listed at Discogs, so I had to add it. That really slows me down when I'm trying to rip a bunch of music, but I like to get the data in there when I can.

And that's it for now. More soon, I promise. Hope you're enjoying the tunes!

MEGA

The Second Best From Christmas In July Past-Part 2

Time for another edition of the second best songs from around these parts in July. I get a fair number of requests to repost tracks from all the various Christmas In July days, and I don't want to do it. What's done is done, and if you missed it, sorry. But when I came up with the idea of sharing out some more of those songs in a different format, it seemed like a good idea. And I was surprised how many good songs I could include. There were plenty of things that didn't make the original best-of's for whatever reason, so I think they are strong collections. Download this latest one and let me know what you think. This is The Second Best Selections From Christmas In July At Ernie (Not Bert)-Part 2. Enjoy!

1. Julie London-Sleigh Ride In July
2. Jack Shaindlin-White Christmas
3. The Hi-Lo's-June In January
4. Joe "Fingers" Carr And Ira Ironstrings-Snow Deer
5. The Imperials-Let There Be Peace On Earth
6. Kenny Rogers And The First Edition-Joy (Jeso, Joy Of Man's Desiring)
7. Rolf Harris-Six White Boomers
8. The Longines Symphonette-Toyland
9. Lou Monte-Italian Jingle Bells
10. Frank Chacksfield-Dear Mister Santa Claus
11. John Klein-Toy Train
12. Claudine Longet-Snow
13. The Hollyridge Strings-The Christmas Song
14. John Jacob Niles-I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky
15. The Don Baker Trio-Sleigh Ride
16. Walter Raim-Virgin Mary
17. Hal Mooney-Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
18. Joanie Sommers-When Winter Comes
19. Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
20. Katie Lee-The Frozen Logger
21. The John Parker Orchestra-Baby, It's Cold Outside
22. Jimmy Jenson-Winter Wonderland
23. Buddy Cole-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
24. Little Marcy-C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
25. Mission Viejo Chapter-Sweet Adelines-Toy Soldiers On Parade
26. Little Johnny Everything And His Sister Judy-I Want To Meet Santa Claus
27. Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians-The Sleigh
28. The Banjo Barons-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Jingle Bells
29. Billy Pressman-Nuttin' For Christmas
30. Kathy Lecinski-The New Year Is Coming

MEGA

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Christmas In July 2007-Redux

If you're interested, here's an updated version of the 2007 version of The Best Of Christmas In July. I went through and dropped in any newer rips I may have had, as well as subbing in stereo for mono where possible. It's all about making the best sounding compilation I could put together. There's a text file in the download that specifies which files got changed, so have a look if you're curious. I kind of regret not saving things at full bitrate back in the day, but that's just the way it is, I can't change it now. I think things also just plain sound better as my skills and software have improved. ClickRepair made a huge difference in my music, and I don't think that came along until 2010 or 2011. Anyhow, if you're interested in hearing an updated version of this collection originally released in 2007, please download and give a listen to The Absolute Best Tracks From Ernie (Not Bert)'s Christmas In July 2007 Edition. Enjoy!

1. Nickelodeon-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. Ashtabula High School A Cappella Choir-Carol Of The Bells
3. Joanne Wheatley & Hal Kanner-Baby, It's Cold Outside
4. IBM 7090 Computer-Joy To The World
5. Ron Goodwin-Xmas It Ain't
6. Fred Sateriale's Big Band-Toyland Cha Cha Cha
7. Hugo Winterhalter-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Cha Cha
8. Earl Grant-Snowfall
9. Ferrante & Teicher-Happy Sleigh Ride
10. Bing Crosby-The Secret Of Christmas
11. Count Basie & The Mills Brothers-December
12. Connee Boswell-White Christmas
13. Andre Previn & David Rose-Blue Holiday
14. Waldorf "Punch & Judy" Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
15. University Singers-Go Where I Send Thee
16. Sunshine-The Very First Christmas Day
17. Stan Wolowic-Happy Holiday
18. Sarah Vaughn & Billy Eckstine-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
19. Al Melgard-Jolly Coppersmith
20. Alfred Apaka-It's Snowing In Hawaii
21. Lawrence Welk-Holiday
22. The Klokken Ringers-Silver Bells
23. Ray Conniff-An Improvisation On "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy"
24. The Robert de Cormier Folk Singers-The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy
25. The 'Promises, Promises' Cast-Christmas Day
26. Glenn Miller-It Happened In Sun Valley
27. Martin Denny-Snowflakes In Summer
28. Ruby Murray-Christmastime In Ireland
29. The Robin Hood Orchestra-Silent Night
30. John Gary-Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let It Begin With Me)
31. Gordon Jenkins-Happy New Year
 

MEGA

Monday, July 04, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 3

July 4th already? Well, happy Independence Day to all my American visitors! And happy Monday to everyone else! Hope you're having a good one! Here's today's list...

1. Button Up Your Overcoat by Billy Rowland And His Thumbtack Piano from They Laughed When I Sat Down (RCA Victor LSP-1872, Stereo, 1959). Nice swinging version, and I seem to remember some weird liner notes on the back of this one.

2. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo). Short clip of production music.

3. Skater's Waltz by The Vienna State Opera Orchestra-Anton Paulik, Conductor from Immortal Waltzes (Sesac C 2205/06, Mono, 1962). The first song this season pulled from a batch of SESAC records I grabbed on Discogs. These albums were similar to the production records, but often featured longer songs that could be used for whatever needs arose. This one is over seven minutes, but that's not typical. Some of them featured a record full of one minute creations, I think those are my favorite. Plenty more of these to come, most of which have not been available since the early sixties.

4. Christmas Parade from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3623 (William B. Tanner Company 3623, Stereo). Wish I had good dates for these production records. Hard to pin down exactly when many of them came out.

5. Linksmų Kalėdų/Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noël by Montreal Lithuanian Choir from Kaledos (Vilnius MLC.01, Stereo, 1982). Interesting stuff!

6. December's Boudoir by Laura Nyro (Accompanying Herself On Piano) from Eli And The Thirteenth Confession (Columbia CS 9626, Stereo, 1968). She must have a thing for Christmas, I believe she had an entire LP called Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat, but it wasn't a holiday album.

7. We're The Center Of Everything This Christmas-Vocal from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984). Pretty sure I found this record at The Salvation Army store. Then I went looking for more like it on Discogs, and found a pile. I love it when a plan comes together.

8. The Marvelous Toy by Walt Brown With Bill Collins from The Walt Brown Show (Warner Bros W 1568, Mono, 1967). I guess this song was more popular at one time than I thought. There are plenty of versions of it out there.

9. Xmas In New Orleans (Vocal) by Dr. John from the LP Zu Zu Man (Trip TLP-9518, Stereo, 1973). Funny story, I found this LP in the wrong sleeve, but the sleeve was for something else I wanted to share for Christmas In July. So I bought it anyway.

10. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Peter Yorke And His Concert Orchestra from The Melody Lingers On-The Music Of Irving Berlin And Victor Herbert (Decca DL 8240, Mono, 1956). I was excited to find this, but disappointed when I found out I'd already shared it. I've been doing this for too long now.

That's it, enjoy!

MEGA

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 2

Ready for another installment of the Christmas in July tunes? I mean the actual shares, not all this bonus stuff I've been throwing at you. It's a small pile this year, and a short one since all this production music is 0:15 or 0:30 second clips. But it's good stuff, you'll dig it. Here's what's in the bag today.

1. O Come Now To Bethlehem (Ps. 96) by University Of Miami Concert Choir Under The Direction Of Donald Oglesby, Ricky Hardy-Organist, Pianist, Soloist-Skip Sanders from Alleluia-Sing With New Songs (World Library Publications 7912 (Side 2: Christmas), Stereo, 1981). New songs for the Christmas season, that pretty much describes Christmas in July, don't you think?

2. Ave Maria (From "Evening Service") by Don Cossack Chorus-Serge Jaroff, Conductor from Religious Music Sung By Don Cossack Chorus (Columbia Masterworks 10" 33 RPM ML 2163, Mono, 1950). One of the very few songs from 10" vinyl this season. It's just so hard to find. You'll have to make do with the 10" shellac from my other posts.

3. Moonlight In Vermont by The Merimanders from the LP 8/7 Option (Recorded Publications Z-46071/46072 Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, Mono, 1965). Really great cover on this one, that's probably why I picked it up in the first place. Then I was excited that there was something on it I could share. And if you're wondering, the title refers to the number of members in the two groups that share the LP (eight guys or seven girls, your choice).

4. Winter Spell by The Sandals from The Last Of The Ski Bums (World Pacific WPS-21884, Stereo, 1969). An instrumental from an interesting soundtrack LP. More to come from this one.

5. Santa Claus Is Coming (It's Almost Day) by The Weavers from The Weavers On Tour (Vanguard VSD-6537, Electronically Re-Recorded To Simulate Stereo, 1969). A rerun, but a good one.

6. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by William Harrison from Easy Trumpet Solos (Music Minus One MMO 7025-29, Stereo). Still waiting for someone to add the proper instrument to one of these play-along records and send me the file...

7. Pre-Holiday Sale-Donut from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3425 (William B. Tanner Company 3425, Stereo). More production music. FYI-Donut refers to the music style with an instrumental hole in the middle of the song where you can add you own voice-over advertising copy.

8. One Solitary Life by Aladdin from Words Of Inspiration By Aladdin (Dot SLP 3570, Mono, 1964). A recitation by a member of the Lawrence Welk crew.

9. From The Nutcracker Suite "Waltz Of The Flowers" by Portsmouth Sinfonia-Conductor: John Farley from Portsmouth Sinfonia Plays The Popular Classics (Columbia KC 33049, Stereo, 1973). Wow, not sure how this made it to vinyl, but I suppose it was through the stewardship of Brian Eno.

10. Maria Walks Amid The Thorn by The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn, Alexander J. Turco-Organist And Director from Carols And Anthems (No Label H-1496/1497, Mono, 1967). More from this group from Michigan.

And that's it for group two. Hope you're finding something good in the piles. Enjoy your holiday, I'll be back soon with more!

MEGA

The Second Best From Christmas In July Past-Part 1

What else have I got for you up my sleeve this season? Well, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I could share that didn't involve such a huge investment of time, money and energy that comes with finding more Christmas music. What I found was that I've shared out thousands of tracks during Christmas in July, but only a few of them make the annual best-of collections. And because I try to limit myself to one version of each song, and only one track per artist, there's often a lot of tracks that I leave out that are still pretty good. So that's what this is, a collection of songs that got shared out years ago, but never made it onto a collection of the best tracks of the season. I guess that makes them the second best songs, and thus the name. Here's the first volume of The Second Best From Christmas In July At Ernie (Not Bert)-Part 1. Enjoy, and stay tuned, there are more volumes to come.

1. The Airmen Of Note-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Hugo Winterhalter-Sleigh Ride
3. Frank Chacksfield-Pine Cones And Holly Berries
4. David Rose-Waltz Of The Flowers
5. Jack Marshall-Baby, It's Cold Outside
6. Hollywood Sound Stage Orchestra-Snow Frolic
7. Jeri Southern-Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
8. Cliff Duphiney-Winter Wonderland
9. Jimmy Jenson-I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas
10. Dennis Farnon-Snowfall
11. Eddie Lawrence-That Holiday Spirit
12. J & K-Little Drummer Boy
13. Goldie Hill Smith-Blue Lonely Winter
14. George Wright-Brazilian Sleigh Bells
15. Count Floyd-Reggae Christmas Eve In Transylvania
16. Helen Westbrook-Twinkle Toes
17. The Highwaymen-Rise Up Shepherd
18. Henri Rene-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
19. Dennis Day-White Christmas
20. The Handbell Choir Of St. James Methodist Church-Joy To The World
21. Hap Palmer-We Wish You A Merry Christmas
22. Dom Frontiere-Russian Dance (Trepak)
23. Dory Previn-The Crooked Christmas Star, '73
24. The Ringing Bells-Carol Of The Bells
25. Peter Hnatiuk-Ukr. Jingle Bells
26. James W. Keane-We Three Kings
27. Hal Kemp-Christmas Night In Harlem
28. George Maharis-The Christmas Song
29. The World Vision Korean Orphan Choir-Silent Night
30. Charlie Weaver-Happy New Year, Happy New Year

MEGA