Thursday, December 14, 2017

More Spurrlow

You know me, I'm always trying to complete the set.  And to help you complete your Thurlow Spurr collection, here's an LP he made with someone called Terry Winch.  I'm not the biggest fan of this style of music, but some of you may like it.  I liked his other one much, much better, though that one isn't for everyone, either.  Give it a try, you never know.  This is Thurlow Spurr And Terry Winch-Christmas Is (Melody Music 28 LPS 0246, Stereo, 1981). Recorded this one two years ago, but never got around to finishing it until tonight.  I wanted to make sure I got it out with his other Christmas LP for you.  Pretty sure he has more Christmas music as well, but I don't have any of it.

1. Celebrate Christmas In Your Heart
2. Silent Night
3. Joy To The World/O Come All Ye Faithful
4. The Birthday Of A King/O Holy Night
5. Jesus Is The Prince Of Peace
6. Remember
7. The Star Carol
8. Heaven Our Home
9. Fairest Lord Jesus
10. Medley Of Christmas Carols


Hunting High And Spurrlow

Let me start over.  I wrote all of this out, then things changed.  I first shared this record with you in 2005, then again in 2006 & 2009.  I then re-recorded it in 2012, but never shared it.  I went to reshare it tonight, but I couldn't find the record to scan the artwork.  Some digging in the archives turned up some raw scans that never got finished, so I did my thing to get you new-ish artwork.  And then I found the original rip from 2012 on the hard drive and re-encoded it to full bitrate, except it's still in stereo and I think the record was in mono. On top of all that, I've always had a hard time with the shares of this particular LP staying up for very long, so if you want it, grab it quick!  This is Christmas; Time For Song Featuring Thurlow Spurr And The Spurrlows Singing 12 Seasonal Favorites! (Chrysler Motors Corporation C-5079 "Not For Resale", Stereo/Mono?, 1963).  Pretty sure this one was a promo deal for The Chrysler Corp back in the day, later released on the Word label with both this cover and another one.  Sorry if all that is clear as mud.  Just download it and give it a listen, it's a fun record.

1. Joy To The World
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Away In A Manger
4. The First Noel
5. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
6. Silent Night, Holy Night
7. Jingle Bells
8. White Christmas
9. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
10. The Little Drummer Boy
11. Winter Wonderland
12. The Christmas Song


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Montana The New

Here's a little something to go with my last post, though I don't think the two sound much the same.  This is another Christmas record headlined by Vincent Montana, Jr., this time in a much less disco much more smooth jazz vein.  There's certainly some good stuff on here, but it's very different from much of the stuff I share around here.  I'd never seen or heard of this one before, but I happened to stumble across two copies at a little antique mall in Ellicott City, Maryland, this summer.  This one came back with me in my carry-on, as frequently happens with me.  If you like the sound of vibes, I think you'll enjoy this one.  And it's quite long, too, for vinyl.  This is Montana Sextet-Christmas Time Is Here (Philly Sound Works PSW-LP004, Stereo, 1987).  That's much later than I usually like to share, but this it's still thirty years ago...

1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2. The Christmas Song
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Christmas Time Is Here (Harp)
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
6. Snowfall
7. Little Drummer Boy Jam
8. Christmas Time Is Here (Vibes)


Montana The Old

I don't think I've given you any disco this year, mostly because I don't think I've found anything new, but here's something from the archives that should scratch that itch.  You may not know the name Vincent Montana, Jr., but you've heard his music.  He was a bigwig involved with the original Philly Sound & a founding member of MFSB, then he went on to found the Salsoul label where he spearheaded Christmas Jollies, the most famous Christmas disco record of all time. Later on he started up a couple other labels, recording this gem along the way.  I first shared this out in 2007, so the sound may be a little rough, but I'm sure there's something here worth listening to.  Please enjoy Montana Orchestra-Merry Christmas (MJS Records MJS 3302, Stereo, 1981) . This may have been a little past the heyday of disco the first time around, but nobody told Montana that disco had died.

1. Montana Christmas Medley
2. Get Down New Year's Eve
3. New Year's Eve One More Time (Reprise)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Return Of The King (Sorta) Part 2

Another Elvis-related post from the archives, also first shared in 2011, but this time a full Christmas LP from someone calling themselves Elvis Jr. A name like that carries a lot of weight, and I'm not sure he carried it with dignity and grace here.  But it's still Christmas, and you know how I love Christmas music!  This is Christmas Blessings From Elvis Jr (Son Records BS 003, Stereo, 1986).

1. Silent Night (With Robbie Le Moine)
2. Silver Bells
3. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
4. Blue Christmas
5. Jingle Bells
6. Rudolph The Red Nose (SIC) Reindeer
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8. Frosty The Snowman
9. Winter Wonderland
10. Amazing Grace
11. Peace In The Valley
12. White Christmas


The Return Of The King (Sorta)

OK, maybe not the return of The King, but at least a tribute to him, and in two different versions!  You can read all of the details about this song and it's dueling versions at the original post from 2011, though I'm afraid there's not much detail there.  Maybe someone will come along this time and tell us all about both of these versions and Ms. Cody.  Maybe...  This is Michelle Cody singing Merry Christmas Elvis (Jimbo 892, Stereo) and Merry Christmas Elvis b/w All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy (Safari SA 601, Stereo, 1978). Enjoy!

1. Michele Cody-Merry Christmas Elvis (Jimbo Version)
1. Michele Cody-Merry Christmas Elvis (Safari Version)
2. Michele Cody-All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy


Apollo II

Here's another entry in my quest to bring back all the old shares that never got any comments.  This time it's from 2011 and features the members of a singing social club from Minneapolis.  That's exactly what you're looking for when it comes to Christmas music, I'm sure, especially if you happened to know someone in the club!  At least it's on the somewhat famous Soma label!  This is Christmas With The Internationally Famous Apollo Club (Soma MG 1216, Mono).

1. Shepherds, Awake
2. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
3. Mary Had A Baby
4. Carol Of The Bells
5. Silent Night
6. The Innkeeper's Carol
7. As It Fell Upon The Night
8. O Bone Jesu
9. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
10. Luther's Cradle Hymn
11. Deck The Halls


Monday, December 11, 2017

Rhymes With Sperry Domo

For the first time this year, I had the artwork for a share done before I recorded a single note.  Mostly because I thought I had already ripped this 45, but I was mistaken.  So when I went to share it, I couldn't find it.  I just sat down and ripped it real quick so I could get something new up tonight.  The title 'Kissing Bridge' may not sound like a Christmas song, but it is. And if you listen closely to the middle of the song, you'll hear a special guest star who shall remain nameless, but he's pretty well-known, I think you'll be able to figure it out.  My copy of this record was in a generic sleeve when I found it, but if you hunt around the net, there is a picture sleeve that features the disembodied, floating, bisected head of said guest artist.  It's weird.  Anyhow, this is The Fontane Sisters With Hugo Winterhalter-Kissing Bridge b/w Silver Bells (RCA Victor 7" 45 RPM 47-5524, Mono, 1953).


Great Grant

Another of the small handful of shares that's remained up all year, this was also one of the items that got posted after Christmas last year, so I'm thinking it's doubly worthy of a reshare this season.  I was not aware of any Christmas music from Earl Grant other than his great Christmas album, and a stray track here and there, but then I discovered this Christmas single.  And upon listening to it, I decided it may very well be the greatest Christmas music he ever recorded.  Don't believe me?  Then you'd better download and listen to Earl Grant-Swingin' Christmas b/w Christmas Card (Decca 7" 45 RPM 9-31022, Mono, 1959) as soon as possible!.

1. Swingin' Christmas
2. Christmas Card


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Glen, Not Nelson

From the request lines, one that goes way, way back to 2007, with only a single reposting in 2008, then nothing until now.  Ten years ago really seems like the dark ages now, doesn't it?  This is pretty obscure but it's got a great cover and the nuns do a nice job on the singing.  This is from before ClickRepair, and I can't tell you exactly what bitrate it's at but it's low by today's standards.  But if you're looking for this, you ain't gonna find it too many other places.  This is The Glen Riddle Franciscans-Choral Group-Sisters Of St. Francis-We Sing Of Christmas (Private Pressing LPM-2, Mono).

1. Joy To The World-The First Noel
2. What Child Is This
3. Carol Of The Drum
4. Go Tell It On The Mountain
5. In Dulci Jubilo
6. Carol Of The Friendly Beasts
7. Silent Night
8. Ring Those Christmas Bells
9. Carols: Un Flambeau Jeanette Isabelle-Es Ist Ein' Ros' Entsprugen-Alegria Alegria!
10. I Sing Of A Maiden
11. Sleigh Ride
12. Carol Of The Shepherds
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful



Here's another record I was able to re-encode for you at a higher bitrate this year.  At this point I'm not sure when I recorded the vinyl, but the WAV files were still here on my PC and I just made new MP3's at the full-on bitrate.  They are mono, though, so don't expect 320. I first shared this with you in 2009, and here it is again, Elliot Lawrence And His Orchestra-Christmas Just A Minute! (Sesac PA 221/222, Mono).

1. Jingle Bells
2. Jumpin' At The Toy Shop
3. Toyland
4. Dancing Snowflake
5. Santa's Mambo
6. Ring-Around-The-Snowman
7. Deck The Halls
8. Auld Lang Syne
9. The Bell Carol
10. Silent Night
11. Joy To The World
12. We Three Kings
13. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
14. Adeste Fideles
15. The First Noel
16. We Wish You A Merry Christmas


Saturday, December 09, 2017

John, Not David

A very special selection for you today, at least as far as I'm concerned.  This is a record I'd been looking out for since some years ago when I first learned of it's existence.  This is a sister record to the Burgess Meredith record I've been sharing out for a while now, but it seems to be much rarer.  Both were put out by The E.F. MacDonald Company of Dayton, Ohio.  I'm thinking it was something they sold to other companies to use as a promotional item, the sort of thing your insurance company or favorite car salesman might give to you as a Christmas present.  This one must not have been very popular because it just doesn't turn up in the usual places.  In addition to the Meredith piece, this is the only one I know of that features custom-recorded music.  (There's also one that collects up some great Christmas hits on the Dot label, but nothing unique turns up on that one.)  So if you're interested in such things, and want to hear O. Henry's great Christmas story, The Gift Of The Magi, please download O. Henry's The Gift Of The Magi (The E.F. MacDonald Company EFMX62A\B, Stereo, 1962).

1. The Gift Of The Magi-John Carradine-Original Music Composed, Arranged And Conducted By Joe Reisman
2. Adeste Fidelis-101 Strings
3. O Holy Night-Les Djinns
4. Silent Night-101 Strings
5. Noel-101 Strings
6. He Is Born A Divine Child-Les Djinns
7. Hark The Herald Angels Sing-101 Strings

You may know who John Carradine is, you may not.  You may know his son David a little bit more.  And it turns out the Les Djinns featured in two songs on the back are the same as those featured on the great Christmas album 60 French Girls-Les Joyeaux Noel.  In fact, they're the same tracks, used through the magic of licensing! And I'm sure that fans of cheap Christmas music need no introduction to 101 Strings!

Friday, December 08, 2017

A Clown For Christmas

I wasn't going to post anything new tonight, but then I remembered that CaptOT was doing his radio show tonight! So I had to sit here at the computer to listen to him, and while I'm listening, I scanned this single in for you. I got this record for free many years ago because it had a hairline crack in it.  I was still able to get a pretty good recording of it, and I think you'll enjoy it.  Couldn't put a date on it, I'm afraid, but maybe some McDonald's expert will come around and tell us exactly when and where this gem came out.  Notice that it's not just from McDonald's, but McDonald's Drive-In Restaurants.  I'm sure that's an important clue to the origin of this record.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  This is Ronald McDonald-The Night Before Christmas (Compliments Of McDonald's Drive-In Restaurants, 7" 45 RPM, Mono).


A Wise Man

I was reminded of this old share from 2011 this morning when my friend Lee over at Music You (Possibly) Won't posted his annual collection of Line Material sides.  It's a great collection of stuff that you should head on over and download if you haven't already.  We spent a few years digging all those up, and I suspect his collection is as large and as good as anyone else, probably better.  Now if someone would just collect up all the paper ephemera that came with those records...  But I digress.  Lee attributes the high quality of those records to the participation of John McCarthy, who to the best of my knowledge released two Christmas records to the American market.  One of those was a unique offering for the RCA Record Club, which you can find at my post from last year, and this one. I won't pretend that this as good as the Line Material sides, but it's the same conductor, so it's at least related a bit. This is The Regency Choir-John McCarthy, Conductor-Three Wise Men (Columbia CS 9382, Stereo, 1966).

1. The Bells Of Christmas
2. Jesus Garcia
3. Silent Night
4. Pat-A-Pat-A-Pan
5. The Bells Of Bethlehem
6. Do You Hear What I Hear?
7. Three Wise Men, Wise Men Three
8. Heavenly Night
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
10. O Bambino (One Cold And Blessed Morning)
11. O Come, All Ye Faithful


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Christmas Olympics

Your selection of the day is this sorta-seasonal LP featuring a couple of holiday tunes, some wintery stuff, and some other stuff that really has nothing to do with anything, but it's all pretty well done.  The Omega label has always stood for cheap stuff as far as I ever knew, but then I saw this and thought I'd take a chance.  It's pretty good, but the tracklisting is quite odd.  Some of the tunes here just don't belong, but I think you'll enjoy them.  This is The Ralph Sutton Quartet-Jazz At The Olympics (Omega OSL-51, Stereo, 1961).  This appears to have been linked somehow to the 1960 Winter Olympics, but the date I found fit it is 1961, so maybe it didn't come out right away.  Or maybe my date is wrong, who knows? Oh, and it's live, but well recorded.

1. Winter Wonderland
2. Button Up Your Overcoat
3. I've Got Me Love To Keep Me Warm
4. I'll Follow You
5. Hot Buttered Rum
6. Let It Snow
7. I'm Shooting High
8. Winter Weather
9. I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
10. Squaw Valley Blues

I remember finding this record the very first week after Christmas last year, and thinking I was going to have something good to share this season!


Another little goody for you here, something that I first shared back in 2011, but tonight I found my old WAV files and decided to go ahead and encode it at a higher bitrate for you.  Same music, same rip, just hopefully a little better sounding.  I'm still looking for what I suspect is another version of this release that features a bit of narration about each song.  I forget exactly why I think there is such a version, something about the text on the back of this one, I think.  But if you have such a thing and want to share, please get in touch with me.  And if you'd like to take a look at a short want list from me, please click here.  Plenty of things out there I'd love to hear, cause I don't have it all...yet!  Please enjoy Burl Ives, Music Conducted By Tony Mottola-Christmas At The White House (Caedmon TC 9102, Stereo, 1972).

1. The Little Drummer Boy (Richard M/ Nixon)
2. Joy To The World (John Adams)
3. Adeste Fideles (Thomas Jefferson)
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Zachary Taylor)
5. While Shepherds Watch'd Their Flocks By Night (George Washington)
6. Silent Night (Lyndon B. Johnson)
7. Christmas On The Sea (Theodore Roosevelt)
8. We Three Kings Of Orient Are (Abraham Lincoln)
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Ulysses S. Grant)
10. Shout The Glad Tidings (Andrew Jackson)
11. Silver Bells (John F. Kennedy)
12. Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Laden (Franklin D. Roosevelt)


The End Of Last Year

I believe this was the very last thing I posted before Christmas last year, about the time folks quit thinking about Christmas music and turn their thoughts to the coming year.  It was also one of the very few shares that stayed live all through 2017 which means people kept downloading it all year long, at least once every thirty days.  That's pretty unique among all the music I share with you guys, and this is a unique record.  It's all original Christmas music, and it's all pretty interesting.  It sounds to my ears like the soundtrack to a TV special that never was, though I remember finding a mention somewhere online that it had been optioned for a TV special at one point that never happened.  I've been trying not to revisit too much of the stuff from last year just to give you fresh new stuff, but I figure this one is worth highlighting for those folks who may be new or missed it somehow.  (There's a ton of stuff from last year still available in the archives from last year. I went through and reloaded a bunch of it in the past few weeks, so be sure you scroll back through it, there are gems to be had!)  Here once again is The Chuck Bird Orchestra And Singers-The Spirit Of Christmas (Santa Records SC3131, Stereo, 1976).

1. A Holly Holly Holly Holly Day
2. Snow Flakes
3. Under The Mistletoe
4. A Christmas Lullaby
5. A Toy Train
6. How Much Longer
7. The North Pole Polka
8. A Perfect Christmas Tree
9. Merrily On His Way
10. The Echo Of Christmas
11. The Elf Parade
12. Merry Christmas


Wednesday, December 06, 2017


Back to the request lines, here's another oldie from my inaugural season, 2005, though I remastered it in 2011 for slightly better sound.  After the success of the soundtrack to The Third Man, zither music had a moment lasting a few years.  And few proponents were as prolific as Ruth Welcome.  She put out a dozen or more records in a span of maybe ten years, including this great Christmas LP.  You may not be familiar with the instrument, but you'll love the sound of Ruth Welcome-Christmas In Zitherland (Capitol ST 1782, Stereo, 1962).

1. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear/Lo, How A Rose Is Blooming/Angels And Shepherds
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem/What Child Is This?/O Come Little Children/Away In A Manger
3. O Holy Night/Coventry Carol/Angels From The Realms Of Glory/Silent Night
4. Jingle Bells/Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. Silver Bells
7. The Christmas Song
8. Winter Wonderland
9. White Christmas


Tuesday, December 05, 2017


You might remember me sharing out the record above some years back, featuring narration by none other than Bing Crosby.  We'll it turns out that they've recently reissued it on both CD and vinyl, so if you want to purchase a legit copy, head on over and get your self a copy! It's good stuff!  For the search engines, this is The Bonaventure Choir And Children's Chorus-Bing Crosby-Narrator-The Bible Story Of Christmas-The Traditional Carols In Gospel Sequence (World Library Productions WLP 8, Mono, 1957).  When they contacted me to tell me they were going to reissue this, they were nice enough to send me a picture of the original tape box below.  Pretty cool!

Apaka's Back

From way back in the dark ages of 2007, here's a Christmas EP from the shores of beautiful Hawaii.  The cover, unfortunately, is not as beautiful.  I think the manufacturing process did something to it that left it susceptible to some sort of nasty oxidation as you can see.  I've seen several of these over the years, and they've all succumbed to one degree or another. (Some Mercury label stuff of the same vintage exhibits a similar problem, though it's not all of them.)  Later on, I found the cover below which has the same catalog number and the same tracklist, though it's survived the years in much better shape.  I dropped it into the download, so if you want to change it, be my guest.  This is Christmas At The Hawaiian Village With Alfred Apaka And The Hawaiian Village Serenaders (Hawaiian Village HV-EP-2, Mono).

1. Winter Wonderland
2. Joy To The World (Hauoli Ka Honua)
3. Jingle Bells-Mele Kalikimaka
4. Silent Night (Po Hama 'U')


The Sound And The Color

At some point in the past few years, I found a stereo version of this one, but I haven't seen it lately and have no idea what I did with it.  So in the meantime, I'll reshare this mono version with you that I first shared out in 2012.  It'll have to do until I dig up my stereo copy.  This is The Sound & Color Of Christmas from Seeburg Background Music (Seeburg 700189, Mono).  This was a secret share at one point last year, for those folks who take the time to read and leave me comments!  So you may have seen it around here since that original post back in 2012.

1. Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas; Carol Of The Bells
2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
3. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
5. Good King Wenceslaus
6. Coventry Carol
7. Carol Of The Drum ("Little Drummer Boy")
8. Deck The Halls
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
10. Medley: Shepherd's Carol; Patapan
11. O Christmas Tree
12. Here We Come A-Caroling
13. The Christmas Waltz
14. God Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen (I swear, that's how it's punctuated!)


Crash, Bang, Boom

From the request lines, here's an oldie from 2010 that features local sounds from around Houston, Texas. This is another one of those records that got no comments the first time around, yet somehow people still stumble across it and want to give it a listen.  So it goes.  This is Crash's Christmas Album To Benefit University Children's Hospital At Hermann (CCA Records 1-1986 (Houston, TX), Stereo, 1986).

1. Crash-The Christmas Song
2. Dave Ward-I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus
3. Sir Shaun Rabb-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. The Concert Chorale Of Houston-Carol Of The Bells
5. Paul Christy-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
6. Jim Westmoreland-Frosty The Snowman
7. Milo Hamilton-A Visit From St Nicholas
8. Dave Ward, Pat Hunt & Tommy Lee Bradley-O' Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. Matt Alan-Jingle Bell Rock
10. Kevin Bass-O' Come All Ye Faithful
11. Marvin Zindler And The Miracle Minstrels-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
12. The Concert Chorale Of Houston-Coventry Carol
13 George Grenias-Silver Bells
14. The Concert Chorale Of Houston-Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
15. Crash-White Christmas