Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 21

Whew, finally made it to the weekend!  Now I've got some time to get some stuff recorded for the last few days of this month.  Shares are coming fast and furious now.  Everything in the pile tonight was actually recorded last year, but never shared.  That pile is almost to the end, so most everything else from here on out will be new rips from old records.  Here goes!

1. Winter Wonderland by Eddie Layton With Rhythm Section from Better Layton Than Ever (Mercury SR 60031, Stereo, 1959).  An oldie but a goodie.  I have to stop myself from buying this whenever I see it in a stack, I think I have enough copies of it now.  But it's so good!

2. Sleigh Ride by Glenn Derringer (no, not Rick Derringer, that's somebody else...) from Light 'N Easy (Ovation OVQD/1439, Quadraphonic, 1975).  Is this the first quad record I've ever shared?  I doubt if the quad effect comes through the MP3 file, but if anybody can decode this, perhaps I can send you a WAV file.  I sent it to a friend of mine last year who collects such things and he said it is spectacular.  I don't have the hardware to decode it or listen to it, unfortunately.

3. Make A Daft Noise For Xmas, another from those British comedy folks The Goodies, again from The Goodies Greatest (Bradley's Records (UK) BRADL 1012, Stereo, 1976).  I still think I should have saved up and done an all-comedy day.  Too late now.  Is this record disco?

4. June In January by Hugo Winterhalter from A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  Another record that just keeps on giving!

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by The Creed Taylor Orchestra from another stereo showcase LP Ping Pang Pong The Swinging Ball (ABC-Paramount ABCS-325, Stereo, 1960).  Some day I'll put together a Space Age Pop Christmas disc.  Someday...

6. Go Tell It On The Mountain, an excellent version by Brook Benton-Arranged And Conducted By Malcolm Dodds from If You Believe (Mercury SR 60619, Stereo, 1961).  Good stuff here.

7. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), one of a very few Christmas songs recorded by the one and only Sammy Davis, Jr., this one is from the LP The Nat King Cole Song Book (Reprise RS-6164, Stereo, 1965).  I think he first released the song on a Mel Torme tribute LP, but it showed up again on this Nat King Cole themed album.

8. Christmas Sing Along With Jose-Jingle Bells by Bill Dana as Jose Jimenez, the sort of ethnic humor that you don't really hear much of these days, for obvious reasons.  This is from Jose Jimenez In Orbit-Bill Dana On Earth (Kapp KS-3257, Stereo, 1962).  Whatever happened to Bill Dana?

9. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year by Eydie Gorme-Arranged And Produced By Don Costa from Love Is A Season (ABC-Paramount ABC-273, Mono, 1959).  This is from my lopsided pressing of the LP.  Side one is stereo, side two is mono.  This track was on side two, so you only get the single channel.

10. March Of The Toys By Billy May And His Orchestra from Billy May's Naughty Operetta (Capitol T487, Mono, 1954).  I believe this is the original source of this track.  I've shared it a few times from a later Pickwick reissue.

11. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by Jack Conner-Vibraharp & Marimba With Orchestra Directed By Ralph Carmichael from A Merry Heart (Chapel Records LP 5019, Mono).  Ralph Carmichael has gotten involved in some weird stuff over the years...

12. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Sacha Distel-Arranged And Conducted By Ray Ellis taken from the LP From Paris With Love (RCA Victor LPM-2611, Mono, 1962).  No info on the sleeve that might tell me who the female voice on this one is.  Odd, since you hear her first!

13. April-Snowdrop by Morton Gould At The Piano And Conducting His Orchestra, maybe the last track I grabbed from Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  Someday I'll find another copy of this LP and I'll rip the whole thing, promise!

And that's it, another lucky thirteen tracks.  Not too many days left here, so start thinking about your favorites.  I need to start dropping some tracks into the best-of folder, and I'm interested in hearing what you guys like the most.  Comments are always welcome!  Now, the share...


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 20

Day 20, that's almost 2/3 of the way through!  Making good time now.  Got plenty of stuff in the share folder, and I still have plenty of records in the to-be-ripped pile.  So I'm going to start trying to dump more tracks a day on you.  I started at five a day and tonight I've got lucky thirteen for you.  So it's like a whole various artists Christmas album for you.  Just sequence it and you're good to go.  Not sure how good these tracks sound together, but then sometimes you get an album that's just not right...  Anyhow, let's see what's in the pile for you tonight.

1. African Noel by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  As good a place to start as any.  I've only ever heard one other version of this song, and I think it was about the same time period.  I need to research it a bit.

2. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery from Jimmy & Wes-The Dynamic Duo (Verve V6-8678, Stereo, 1967).  Very good, swinging version of this perennial favorite.

3. A Christmas Festival by Frederick Fennell from The Music of Leroy Anderson, Volume 3 (Mercury Living Presence MG50400, Mono, 1965).  Good stuff, wish I'd found it in stereo, though.  I'll keep digging, don't worry.

4. Out In The Cold Again by Don, Dick 'N Jimmy from Spring Fever (Modern LMP 1205 (aka Crown CLP 5005), Mono, 1957).  From a budget label before they really went downhill.  I had two copies, and one was on really poor looking vinyl.  The other seemed OK, though.

5. Hanover Winter Song by The Dartmouth College Glee Club-Paul R. Zeller, Director, from the LP Reflections On Dartmouth (Recording Made Especially For James Campion, Inc., Hanover N.H. OSS-2381, Mono, 1966).  For some reason, I seem to see a lot of copies of this LP.  I think it was sold in a store as a souvenir of the college, not as a concert remembrance, so that may have increased the audience somewhat.

6. The Bells Of Saint Mary's by Connie Francis, another track from her Kennedy tribute In The Summer Of His Years (MGM SE 4210, Stereo, 1963).  I think all the tracks on this LP came from earlier albums, but I didn't check too hard.

7. Christmas Cradle Hymn by the Christmas snowman himself Burl Ives With The Radio Kids Bible Club Children's Choir from the album Songs I Sang In Sunday School (Word WST-8130-LP, Stereo, 1963).  You can't go wrong with Burl at Christmas.

8. Dream Pantomime From Hansel And Gretel by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra-Julius Rudel, Musical Director from that bank promotional LP Christmas In Concert And More... (Allentown Record Co. For Buffalo Savings Bank, No Number, Stereo, 1979).  I certainly do seem to be sharing out a lot of classical stuff this year that I might not ordinarily touch.

9. Christmas Day by Bob Hope, a bit of standup from his themed album Holidays (Spear/Bell Records Spear 4700, Stereo, 1973).  I was going to do a whole day of little standup bits, but I couldn't find enough of them to fill a whole day.  Sorry.

10. Sleigh Ride by Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra from his last LP Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  Hope and Crosby, Crosby and Hope.  See what I did there?

11. June In January by Billy Vaughn from Ode To Billy Joe (Dot DLP 25828, Stereo, 1967).  Surprisingly good.  I don't know what I was expecting but I thought this was a pleasant surprise.

12. Medley: Silent Night, Holy Night; Little Town Of Bethlehem; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Organ Solo) by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Teo Macero And Marty Manning from the LP The Banjo Barons Play Music For Happy Times (Columbia CL 2089  "Radio Station Copy-Not For Sale", Mono, 1963).  I don't hear any banjos on this, do you?  Very odd...

13. Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life; Sweethearts Waltz; March Of The Toys; Toyland; Streets Of New York; Thine Alone by Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra from Music Of Victor Herbert (Columbia Masterworks ML 4094, Mono, 1949).  This was from the very first year of the LP.  Columbia had just started making these things.  Pretty cool that something like this survives, but I guess there are plenty of older recordings out there.

And that's it.  Too much typing for one night.  Hope you find something you like.  Lemme know!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 19

It's late, I'm tired, I just got off work, I'm going to bed.  Twelve tracks in tonight's share.  I'll detail them all later, they're all from the stuff I ripped last year but never shared.  Artists include Hugo Winterhalter, Della Reese, Morton Gould, The Don Baker Trio, Esquivel, Fats Waller, Joanie Sommers, really too much good stuff in one pile.  I should have spread it out a little better.  But you'll see.


OK, let me update this post from last night with the tracks I shared in it.  Thanks for your patience.

1. Winter Wonderland by Music Minus One (Tyree Glenn, Seldon Powell, George Duvivier, Ed Shaughnessy) from the album Fools Rush In (Music Minus One 4046, Stereo).  This is one of those albums that you're supposed to perform along with.  I don't remember off the top of my head which instrument in particular was left off of this one, but give it a listen and see if you can find what's missing.

2. White Christmas by Joan Morris And William Bolcom, Piano from The Girl On The Magazine Cover-Songs Of Irving Berlin (RCA Red Seal ARL1-3089, Stereo, 1979).  I think I must have stuck this file in the wrong folder.  I just ripped this the other day, yet it was in my folder of music recorded last year.  I need to pay more attention...

3. Sun Valley Ski Run by Esquivel And His Orchestra from Strings Aflame (RCA Victor LSP-1988, Stereo, 1959).  Good stuff here!

4. Sleigh Ride by The Don Baker Trio from Cocktail Hammond (Capitol ST1099, Stereo, 1959).  1959 seems to be a popular year around these parts.  I wonder why that is?

5. Sleigh Bell by Six Fat Dutchmen Under The Direction Of H. Loeffelmacher from Schottisches (RCA Victor LSP-1957, Stereo, 1959).  See, there's 1959 again!

6. A Marshmallow World, another track by Hugo Winterhalter from his LP A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  How many more tracks can I have from this one?

7. Greensleeves by Joe Wilder from The Pretty Sound (Columbia CS 8173 (Demonstration), Stereo, 1959).  Another one...

8. Baby, It's Cold Outside (From The MGM Film "Neptune's Daughter") by Joanie Sommers from Sommers' Seasons (Warner Bros WS1504, Stereo, 1963).  One that isn't from 1959.  Good.

9. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells-Vocal by Fats Waller from The Complete Fats Waller Volume IV (RCA 2xLP 5905-1-RB, Mono, 1987, Originally Recorded in Chicago, 29 November 1936).  I shared the much rarer instrumental version of this with you earlier this month.  But this one is good too.

10. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Helen Harbourt Zingg, Soprano; Julius C. Zingg. F.A.G.O., Organist And Director from Union Choir Sings (Mirrorsonic CM 7135, Mono).  Another from one of those local homemade records.

11. January-By The Hearth by Morton Gould At The Piano And Conducting His Orchestra from Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  I've gotten several comments about this album.  You never know what people are going to like, I guess.

12. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Della Reese With Orchestra Conducted By Sid Bass from And That Reminds Me (Jubilee JGM 1116, Mono, 1959).  And of course we end on 1959.

Thanks for your patience.  I was way too tired to type all this in last night.  Hope there's something in there you enjoyed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 18

Hello and welcome to another rushed weeknight edition of Christmas In July!  I never seem to allow myself enough time to post all this music and say pithy things about it on the weeknights.  I spend all my time after work trying to record my quota of new tracks for the day, then I spend the last half hour of the night trying to pick out some tracks and share them.  But you don't come here to read what I wrote, I suspect, you come for the music, and I don't intend to disappoint you!  Let's see what's in the pile tonight.

1. Snowfall by the great Earl Grant, taken from Fly Me To The Moon (Decca DL 74454, Stereo, 1963).  Earl Grant is all but forgotten today, but he left a large catalog of pretty good stuff.  He had a great Christmas LP, and one of my great finds during the Christmas season last year was a single of all-new Christmas songs he put out before the album.  And this track is not the last you'll hear from him this month.

2. Greensleeves by The Vic Schoen Orchestra from Great Songs From All Over The World (Kapp K-1097-S, Stereo, 1961).  Those of you who haven't been around during earlier Christmas In July celebrations may wonder what's up with all these versions of Greensleeves.  Well, play it and sing the words to What Child Is this.  See?  Same song!

3. Fuyu Geshiki (Japanese Snowflakes) by 101 Strings, Conducted By Richard Müller-Lampertz, Koto Solos By Shinichi Yuize, the last selection I have for you from Songs Of The Season In Japan (Alshire S-5019, Stereo, 1964).  It is not, however, the last selection I have for you from 101 Strings this year.

4. Christmas Oratorio-Schlafe Mein Liebster, a little bit of classical vocal fireworks for you by Marilyn Horne With The Vienna Cantata Orchestra Conducted By Henry Lewis from the LP Marilyn Horne Sings Back And Handel (London OS 26067, Stereo, 1969).  Honestly, I don't know where I come up with some of this stuff sometimes.

5. Blue Lonely Winter by Jimmy Newman from The Jimmy Newman Way (Decca DL 74960, Stereo, 1967).  And now we venture into something close to country.  Or countrypolitan, or whatever you want to call it.  Hard to assign genres sometimes.

6. Suite Of Carols (Excerpts) by Frederick Fennell from The Music Of Leroy Anderson, Volume 3 (Mercury Living Presence MG50400, Mono, 1965).  I think I know why they call this excerpts, but I need to do some comparisons.  Stay tuned...

7. Lambeth Walk/Leaning On A Lamp-Post/I'm A Little Christmas Cracker/This'll Make You Whistle by Big Ben Banjo Band With The Mike Sammes Singers from the album Sing Along With Big Ben (Columbia/EMI (UK) 33SX 1757, Mono, 1965).  I love when I pick up some odd LP with just a neat cover, flip it over, and there some Christmas goodness hidden in the track listing.  And the Mike Sammes Singers to boot!

8. I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas by Yogi Yorgesson, a ringer taken from his reverb-drenched LP The Great Comedy Hits Of Harry Stewart As Yogi Yorgesson And Harry Kari (Capitol Star Line T1620, Mono, 1961).  Listening to this while I was recording it (I ripped the whole thing, just because), I was almost convinced it was a different recording than I was used to, then I realized they'd just added echo or reverb to it to make it sound a little fuller.  I guess they did that a lot in the early years of the stereo era with  mono recordings.  Probably better than fake stereo, but not much.

9. I Saw Three Ships by Silver Burdett Records (there was no artist listed, so I just named it after the label...) from the LP Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  I ripped a whole pile of Christmas and Chanukah music from this record tonight, so you'll be sick of it by the time I'm through sharing them all with you.  Even a few Thanksgiving tracks, you know, just in case...

10. Easter Parade; White Christmas by Jay Blackton Conducting His Chorus And Orchestra from the tribute album Let Me Sing And I'm Happy-The Best Of Irving Berlin (Epic LN 3408, Mono, 1957).  Two holidays in one!

11. Ave Maria by Joni James With Orchestra And Chorus Conducted By David Terry from Give Us This Day-Songs Of Inspiration (MGM E3528, Mono, 1957).  Why am I sharing eleven tracks?  I must have clicked on too many or lost count when I was selecting what to share.  Now I'll have to stay up even later and record more for you.

That's it.  Enjoy.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 17

Another day, another post.  I got nothing cute to say, sorry.

1. Skater's Waltz-Grande Valse by The Organ Masters from Music For Skaters (RCA Camden CAS-2363, Stereo, 1969).  I guess this was the organ equivalent of the Living series.  At least I don't think I've ever seen a Living Organ record.  It was even produced by Ethel Gabriel.

2. Little Drummer Boy, one of many tracks I have to share with you by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington from the LP Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  Not sure of the year on this, but I'm guessing 1967 or 1968.  What other blog is going to bring you music recorded by a chorus of people who were hard at work putting a man on the moon?

3. White Christmas By The Wurlitzer Company from their how-to guide, Organ Melodies From The Hobby-Lesson Course For Wurlitzer Organs (Rite Record Productions for The Wurlitzer Company 12183/12184, Mono, 1964). Short, but sweet.

4. Valse Finale by Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor from the early LP Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029 (Reissue of 78 RPM set DM-1164), Mono, 1946).  I think this is the last track I have to share from this one.  I could be wrong, though, and I'm too lazy to check.

5. My Favorite Things by The Pete Jolly Trio And Friends from Little Bird (Ava Records A-22, Mono, 1963).  My knowledge of Pete Jolly is pretty limited, but I know it was his music inside some of the best Jim Flora album covers of all time.  No one ever listens to the music on those, though, they just look at the artwork.

6. June In January by Don, Dick 'N Jimmy from their LP Spring Fever (Modern LMP 1205 (aka Crown CLP 5005), Mono, 1957).  At the time, I guess this wasn't a budget label, but things were headed downhill quick.

7. A Jazz Holiday by Ted Lewis And His Band-Vocal By Ted Lewis from Everybody's Happy! (Epic LN 3170, Mono, 1955, Originally Recorded 3 April 1928).  I think they're singing about a different kind of holiday...

8. Doll Dance by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians-Fred Kreitzer And Francis Vigneau At The Twin Pianos from The Twin Pianos (DDecca DL 8119, Mono, 1955).  I guess the duo piano thing isn't as novel as I once thought...

9. Deck The Halls by Jun & Merrill Ostrus, Dominic Cortese on Accordion from They Came Singing (Bowmar B-513, Mono).  I think this was another kiddie record, or maybe a sample record for music you could buy for your choral group.  Yeah, that sounds right.  Perhaps I've recorded too much if I can't even remember what I recorded last week.

10. Bells Of St Mary's by The Wurlitzer Company from the LP Organ Melodies From The Hobby-Lesson Course For Wurlitzer Organs (Rite Record Productions for The Wurlitzer Company 12183/12184, Mono, 1964). Wait a minute, I just shared a track from this record up above.  Sigh.  I need more sleep.  Let me pull another one out of my hat for you.

11. My Favorite Things by Marilyn King Accompanied By The Alvino Rey Orchestra from The King Family Show! (Warner Bros. W1601, Mono, 1965).  And now I've shared the same song twice in one night.  Double-sigh.  Oh well.  Back in the old days of the blog, I used to share this track out as a bonus song for the King Family Christmas album.  I need to find a stereo copy though. 

There you have it, eleven tracks with way too many screw-ups.  I'm going to bed early.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 16

Woo Hoo!  Halfway through the month!  It's late, but I've got a ton of music for you today in honor of making it half the way through July.  So here goes...

1. Winter Medley: The First Snowfall Of The Winter; Winter Wonderland; Frosty The Snowman; Let It Snow; You Belong To Me; We've Got Our Love To Keep Us Warm, a big long holiday medley by The Murk Family With Accompanist-Arranger Betty Bowman from their LP Love For All Seasons (MFM Records MFM-7007, Stereo).  This was one of the first songs I recorded this year for Christmas in July.  These guys have four Christmas albums that I know of, so I wouldn't be surprised if this shows up on one of those, but maybe not.

2. Snowflakes by Sing & Learn from the album Seasonal Songs (Macmillan Educational Company 09015, Stereo, 1989).  I spent a big chunk of today recording songs from many, many kiddie educational LPs, and this is one of those.  Not the most exciting way to spend your Sunday, but it put a lot of new shares in the stack.

3. Snowfall, and old chestnut by The Singers Unlimited from their album Four Of Us (BASF MB 21852, Stereo, 1974).  Always nice when someone does something different with a familiar song.

4. On A Chris-I-Mus Morning by Alan Mills from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  This another one of those kiddie albums I was talking about.  Designed for teachers to educate the kiddies, I guess.

5. March Of The Toys by Marty Gold And His Orchestra from 24 Pieces Of Gold (RCA Victor 2xLP VPS-6012, Stereo, 1962).  Odd catalog number on this one, I wonder if it was a record club release?

6. June In January by Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra from the album The Joy Of Living (Capitol ST 1148, Stereo, 1959).  Can't go wrong with Nelson Riddle.  My friend Buster shared out a related EP some years ago that made me think of this record when he reshared a remastered version recently.

7. Greensleeves by The Stanley-Johnson Orchestra Featuring The Duo Harps Of Dorothy Remsen And Catherine Johnk, from the album with best cover and title of the day, Have Harp Can't Travel (Liberty LST 7118, Stereo, 1959).  If you've never laid eyes on this cover, head on over to Discogs and take a look.

8. Skatin' Waltz In Swingtime by Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music from Dance Party (Mercury MG 20092, Mono, 1956).  I'm always on the hunt for new Christmas songs by Larry, and this is a good one.

9.  Mary Had A Baby by Frank Boggs from the album Spirituals (Word W-3161-LP, Mono, 1963).  I think I shared out a 10" LP from this same guy last year, so this is a nice addition.

10. Greensleeves (Really, again?!?) by The Ray Bryant Trio from Little Susie (Columbia CL 1449, Mono, 1960).  Twice now I've put the same song in the same share on the same night.  I gotta pay more attention.

OK, so everything above is from this year, but I pulled some more from the stuff I recorded last year but never shared.  So let's keep going!

11. Winter In New England by Joanie Sommers, another track for you from Sommers' Seasons (Warner Bros WS1504, Stereo, 1963).  Good stuff.

12. The Things We Did Last Summer by The George Shearing Quintet With Nancy Wilson from their shared LP The Swingin's Mutual! (Captiol ST 1524, Stereo, 1961).  Well, I say shared.  If memory serves, Nancy is only on half the tracks.

13. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Esquivel And His Orchestra from his LP Strings Aflame (RCA Victor LSP-1988, Stereo, 1959).  Yes, a Christmas song that wasn't on his half of that super-rare Christmas LP he shared with Ray Martin.

14. Our Winter Love by Hugo Winterhalter from his mostly-holiday LP A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  At one time I had never seen or even heard of this LP, but I've got a few copies of it now.  Not nearly so common as his stuff on RCA.

15. Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me by The Goodies from The Goodies Greatest (Bradley's Records (UK) BRADL 1012, Stereo, 1976).  A rare appearance from a non-US LP.  I try to pick up anything odd that I see and look for Christmas.  This one stood out like a sore thumb.

16. Winter by The Dunster Dunces from Songs From All Corners ("Pressed but not recorded by Columbia Records" XTV 64384/64385, Mono, 1960).  Homemade stuff.

17. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, another great track from the The Mills Brothers, this one pulled from Memory Lane (Decca DL 8219, Mono, 1956).  I wish these guys had done more Christmas stuff back in their prime.  There are a few tracks, but their Christmas album proper came far too late in their career.

18. Hallelujah Chorus "Messiah" by Union Congregational Chorus; Julius C. Zingg. F.A.G.O., Organist And Director from Union Choir Sings (Mirrorsonic CM 7135, Mono).  More homemade stuff, this time by a church group.  Not bad...

19. December-Christmas, yet another track by the great Morton Gould from his LP Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  1950 was only the second year that LPs were being produced, so this one has really survived a long trip into the future.

20. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Pearl Bailey-Orchestra Under The Direction Of Mitchell Ayres from the small LP Pearl's Pearls (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 2604 House Party Series, Mono, 1956).  I think there are at least three records of hers with this same title.  They're probably on three different labels though.  Each one thought they were being cute and original, I bet.

And that's it.  Twenty tracks for your halfway point, over an hour of music!  Enjoy them, and there's still a lot to come.  Be sure to come back again tomorrow.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 15

Trying to get this done early today so I can go out and see Spiderman today.  I doubt it has any Christmas content in it, though, so this post is going to have to be it for the day.  Here's what you're getting for the almost halfway point.

1. Snowfall, a personal favorite version by George Shearing, String Choir Conducted By Billy May from the LP The Shearing Touch (Capitol ST1472, Stereo, 1960).  And Billy May makes anything better.

2. Glory To Him (Ukranian Carol) (Na Nebi Sirka) by Don Cossack Choir-Serge Jaroff, Conductor-Soloist: I. Seifert from Russian Fair (Decca Gold Label DL 710016, Stereo, 1959).  I'm sure neither Donald Trump nor any of his associates have ever listened to this song.

3. Fuyu No Yoru (Winters Night) by 101 Strings, Conducted By Richard Müller-Lampertz, Koto Solos By Shinichi Yuize, another track from Songs Of The Seasons In Japan (Alshire S-5019, Stereo, 1964).  If you'd told me 20 years ago that I'd be caring even slightly about 101 Strings, I'd have told you that you were crazy, yet here we are.

4. Doll Dance by Vincent Lopez, His Piano And Orchestra from Lopez Playing (Columbia Special Archive Series CSRP 8229, Stereo, 1960).  I thought I had already shared this one this year, but I guess not.  I know I've shared it in years past, though.

5. (a) Las Posadas: Pastorcita Virgen (b) Las Posadas: Virgen Shepherdess By Unknown Mexican Children from the LP Latin American Children Game Songs-Recorded In Puerto Rico And Mexico By Henrietta Yurchenco (Folkways FC 7851, "Electronically Rechanneled To Simulate Stereo", 1968).  I guess Henrietta Yurchenco was somewhat like Alan Lomax in that she went out and recorded folk music in it's natural environs.  Interesting stuff.  You'll get more of this later in the month.

6. The Troika by Alfred Newman Conducting The 20th Century-Fox Orchestra, which I just pulled this morning from Anastasia-Music From The Soundtrack (Decca DL 8460, Mono, 1956).  Doesn't sound very Christmassy, but the name...  It's all in the title.

7. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot by The Sun Tones, another great old favorite of mine from A Touch Of Gold (Sunrise Records LP 2309, Mono, 1961).  It's hard to go wrong with a barbershop Christmas song!

8. I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky, another song by John Jacob Niles, Mountaineer Tenor, With Dulcimer Accompaniment from his LP John Jacob Niles Sings American Folk Songs (RCA Camden CAL 245, Mono, 1956).  Again, someone who sought out old folk songs, only this time he recorded them himself instead of recording the original performers.

9.  Beautiful Candy By The Paul Smith Ensemble from Carnival! In Percussion (Verve V-4051, Mono, 1961).  I love the candy songs!

And that's it!  Today is the day when I passed the symbolic 100 songs shared!  So you've got a pretty good selection going and there's plenty more where this came from.  I'm back on track with recording more than I'm sharing (which obviously can't keep going forever) so there's plenty in the pile for you.  Here's the link for you, and have a great day.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 14

Fourteen days in a row, I'm on fire!  No, really, I'm on fire, somebody come over and spray some water before all this vinyl starts melting and I drown!  OK, I'm obviously delirious from staying up too late recording music.  So I'm gonna share some Christmas music and hit the hay.  What have I got for you tonight?  Let's have a look...

1. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, another one by Leslie Uggams-Arranged And Conducted By Glenn Osser, from the album So In Love! (Columbia CL 2071, Mono, 1963).  Need to dig this one up in stereo.  And I need to dig up two Christmas singles that Leslie recorded for MGM back in the day under the name Leslie Crayne.  I believe they were also reissued as a single EP once she became a little better known.  Anybody care to hook me up with a hard copy?

2. Winter Moon by the legendary Hoagy Carmichael With The Pacific Jazzmen-Arranged And Conducted By Johnny Mandel from what I think was his last LP, Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pausa 9006 (reissue of Pacific Jazz PJ 1223, 1957), Mono, 1982).  Good stuff.  I only know of one true Christmas song by Hoagy, and it took me forever, but I eventually found a 45 of it as performed by The Mills Brothers.

3. Blue December by Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra from the album Gordon Jenkins' Almanac ("X" (on sleeve) Vik (on label) LXA-1026, Mono, 1955).  Interesting collection of songs, one for each month of the year.  Another one I may go back and revisit in it's entirety after the month is over.

4. March Of The Toys by Ethel Smith from Ethel Smith's Toy Parade (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5283, Mono, 1951).  I still need to go back through and compare these older versions to the newer ones to see if they are the same or re-recordings.  She re-released a lot of her stuff time and again, so much so that I don't know what's what.

5. Ave Maria by Connie Francis from her tribute to JFK, In The Summer Of His Years (MGM SE 4210, Stereo, 1963). Don't think I've had this one in stereo before, but I could be mistaken.

6. Skater's Cha Cha by the great Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra from his album Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra (Decca DL 78878, Stereo, 1958).  Yes, he did songs other than Snowfall.

7. Divertissement De Chocolat, another track from Tchaivoksky's Nutcracker Ballet performed by Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, pulled from the album Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029 (Reissue of 78 RPM set DM-1164), Mono, 1946).  Excellent stuff, as always from these folks.

8. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Bill Mann With The Concert Orchestra Of Stockholm, title track from the album Go Tell It On The Mountain (Word W-3321-LP, Mono, 1965).  Good stuff here.

9. Jesus Born In A Manger by Aunt Theresa Worman from Aunt Theresa's Stories (Super Recordings SR-2026, Mono).  Well, they can't all be good, can they?

And that's it.  I'm tired.  Good night.  See you again tomorrow, I hope.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 13

Lucky number 13!  I must be doing something right.  Let's jump right in, feet first. first time!

1. The Sound Of Christmas by 101 Strings, Recorded Under The Direction Of D.L. Miller, a rerun around here, but this time pulled from the album Themes And Songs Of American Holidays (Alshire S-5056, Stereo, 1967).  Pretty sure when I shared this with you last time, it was from a promo version sent to radio stations with a slightly different track list.  This track is still the same, though, and pretty good.

2. Toy Symphony, Hob. II, No. 27, a bit of classical goodness by Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn-Jörg Faerber, Conductor, from the LP Humour In Music-18th Century Style (Turnabout (Vox) TV 34134S, Stereo, 1967).  I don't know about the humour bit, but it's nice music.

3. Winter Time by Trio Shmeed-Orchestra Conducted By Don Costa, an excellent new find this year, and the second song I've shared with you from their LP Trio Schmeed (ABC-Paramount ABC-103, Mono, 1955).  There's some other nice stuff on this LP, probably one of the ones I'll go back and record when I have some free time and it's not July.

4. Les Patineurs-Waltz, OP. 183 performed by Robert Irving, Conducting Sinfonia Of London, and lifted from the LP Philharmonic Pops (Capitol SG 7178, Stereo, 1958).  If you don't recognize the title, it's The Skater's Waltz in French, I believe.  Someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

5. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers  (From "Chauve Souris") by Richard Hayman And His Harmonica Orchestra from his stereo spectacular Harmonica Holiday (Mercury PPS 6005, Stereo, 1961).  From another set of stereo show-off discs, this time the series put out on Mercury.

6. Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let It Begin With Me) by The Norman Luboff Choir from This Is Norman Luboff! (RCA Victor LSP-2342, Mono, 1961).  One of those albums I've seen a thousand times but never looked at the track list.  Monday I picked it up and there it was.  Now if I'd only done that with a nice clean stereo copy...

7. Ding Dong Merrily On High by The Dixie High School Madrigal Singers from The Dixie H.S. Concert Choir Of 1966-1967 (Dixie High School, Dayton, OH, 19165/19166, Mono, 1967).  I really haven't shared out very many of these home-baked high school musicals this year.  I have them in the pile, I've just been more interested in the other stuff I have to share.  But when I get to them, you'll know it!

8. Moonlight In Vermont by Brook Benton from Songs I Love To Sing (Mercury SR 60602, Stereo, 1960).  Not sure about the Christmas relevance of this song, but I've seen it pop up on plenty of winter-themed albums.  I guess there are a couple lines in there that could be winter...

9. Dream Of A Doll by Al Bollington, another track from his LP Organ Hues In Hi-Fi (Dot DLP 3110, Mono, 1958).  Not sure how I reached the point where any song with the word 'Doll' in the title is a possible Christmas song, but here we are.

And here we are at the end of a particularly long list of songs tonight.  Hope there's something in there that you find enjoyable.  Leave me a note and let me know what your favorite is.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 12

Whew, got off at a decent hour today so I was able to record a few tracks for the pile. I keep finding more and more records that I want to grab a track from, they seem to come out of the woodwork at times.  At some point I'm going to have to just stop and call it good enough, but not any time real soon since I'm on a bit of a roll.  So let's take a look at what I've got tonight for you.

1. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Thurlow Spurr And The Spurrlows from The Spurrlows Now (Word WST-8445-LP, Stereo, 1969).  A great little bit of Now Sound from a religious LP.  These guys were hired by Chrysler to go around and perform concerts back in the late Sixties.  They even released a Christmas LP during that period, and it's not too shabby.

2. Baby Doll (Theme From "Baby Doll") by Ted Heath And His Music from Showcase (London LL 1737, Mono, 1958).  Not quite as good as the other Ted Heath I shared with you recently, but no the worst thing I'll share out with you this month.

3. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, one of those songs I probably share too frequently this month, but you gotta take what you can get.  This one is performed by The Peter London Orchestra-Arranged And Conducted By Art Harris from the LP The Sound Of Top Brass (Kapp ML-7500, Mono, 1960).  If memory serves (and it usually doesn't these days), this is the second track I've brought to you this month from this LP.  And I think there's one more to go.

4. Skating In Central Park (From "Odds Against Tomorrow") by John Lewis from the various artists album Jazz From The Movies (Ascot AM 13012, Mono, 1964).  Pretty sure I shared out a track of the same name by The Modern Jazz Quartet some years ago, but it didn't ring any bells when I listened to it.  Must not be very memorable.

5. Lulle Lullay (The Coventry Carol) by John Jacob Niles, Mountaineer Tenor, With Dulcimer Accompaniment, one of the unsung early collectors of folk songs across America, taken from his album John Jacob Niles Sings American Folk Songs (RCA Camden CAL 245, Mono, 1956).  Nice, and there are a couple more where this one came from.

6. My Favorite Things by The Hi-Lo's With Orchestra Conducted By Warren Barker from Broadway Playbill (Columbia CS 8213, Stereo, 1960).  Everybody needs more of The Hi-Lo's in their life.  Honest!

7. Winter Wonderland by Cliff Duphiney With Vincent Marino, Percussionist from the interestingly titled LP Cliff Duphiney's Explosion Of The Tone Cabinets (Decora-Amphora DALP 2002, Mono, 1961).  I was disappointed to find out that I had shared this one before in Stereo.  I guess not every re-share is an improvement.

8. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year by the great Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra from the very last LP he recorded in his lifetime, Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  Such a great voice, and truly the father of almost all modern Christmas songs.  If he'd stopped after his first version of White Christmas, we'd still be talking about him today, but the rest of his Christmas catalog is right up there with the classics of Western civilization.

And that's it.  Another eight tracks, and I recorded 12 today, so I'm banking four.  That doesn't catch me up to yesterday, but I'm doing OK.  The weekend isn't too far away.  Hope you're finding something you like and thanks for stopping by!