Friday, January 04, 2013

On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas

For the eleventh night of Christmas, something you haven't seen around here before, a little lite reggae all the way from Jamaica. It's different, I know, but I enjoy all types of Christmas music and I think you do, too.  If you didn't enjoy crazy Christmas music, would you be here at the blog almost two weeks after the big day downloading old Christmas music?  So grab some of this and see what you think.  Side one is a loooooooooooong medley, so be prepared for that.  This is The Blues Busters-Merry Christmas (Weed Beat WB 132 (Jamaica)/Tower Records T-027 (New York), Stereo, 1983).

1. Jingle Bells; We Wish You A Merry Christmas; Deck The Halls; Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; The First Noel; Joy To The World; We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Chorus)
2. The Christmas Song
3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
4. Silent Night
5. Auld Lang Syne


Thursday, January 03, 2013

On The Tenth Day Of Christmas

We're really coming down to the wire here, only three days left in the Twelve Days of Christmas, and as far as I can tell, nobody else is even sharing stuff now that Christmas has past. Well, you can never have too much of a good thing, right? Maybe... Anyhow, tonight I've got a nice kiddie record for you with some interesting songs, some non-Christmas songs, and some of the same-old-thing.  I think I have three records from this same label with very similar covers and nearly identical catalog numbers.  Unfortunately, this is the only one I could get a rip of.  One of them had the wrong vinyl in the sleeve, one of the skipped horribly right at the beginning of the record no matter what I did, and then this one came out OK. Not great, but OK.  There're certainly things worth hearing on here, but I wish I was able to give you the whole set of records instead of just this one.  Maybe next year.  For now, please download The Audition Studio Orchestra And Chorus-Holiday Time For Children (Audition AUD 33-5947, Mono).

1. All Around The Christmas Tree
2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
3. March Of The Toys
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Santa Claus Is Flying Thru The Sky
6. Old MacDonald Had A Farm
7. Sleigh Ride
8. The Christmas Song
9. The Gingerbread Man
10. Toyland
11. Happy Days Are Here Again
12. Mulberry Bush


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

On The Ninth Day Of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, you get stories, lots of stories! Just what you need for your Christmas mix tapes!  Well, maybe for next year's Christmas mix tapes.  Just put these away in a safe place, and they'll be there waiting for you when you need them.  I was a little lazy when I was scanning this LP, as I didn't scan in the entire book that came with it, which you can sorta see in the picture above.  It opens up and has little miniature versions of all the books you see there on the cover.  You probably know all of these stories by heart, anyway, don't you?  Anyhow, this is Christmas Story Teller (Golden Records/Wonderland/A.A. Records GST-8, Stereo, 1972).  Oh, there's a little bit of a song on How Lovely Is Christmas that's performed by someone you might recognize.  He's not mentioned on the cover, but he's there.

1. How Lovely Is Christmas
2. Jingle Bells
3. The Night Before Christmas
4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
6. Frosty The Snowman


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

On The Eighth Day Of Christmas

Happy New Year! So this is what 2013 looks like.  Doesn't seem to be all that different from 2012 so far.  Today's Christmas music is a remaster of a title I first shared back in 2006, and it was one of the Christmas records I remember having as a kid.  Even with the wonky titles, I can sing along to each and every song on here as if I've heard it a thousand times, which, come to think of it, I probably have.  The cover you see above is new, I first shared it with the cover shown down at the bottom.  No idea which came first, but they both featured the same back cover and labels.  Still no idea who Slim Boyd is, but I'm 99% sure there was never such a person, especially since there seem to be more than one vocalist on this record, and more likely than not several different groups.  But it's still good music.  Oh, I think I've also seen some of this music listed as being by Tex Johnson And His Six Shooters.  So there you go.  For the purposes of my memory however, this is Slim Boyd And The Rangehands-Christmas Country Style (Premier XMS 11, Stereo).

1. Go Tell It On The Mountain
2. On December 5 And 20
3. Wagon On Christmas
4. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
5. Jeanette Isabella
6. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
7. The Night Before Christmas
8. A Santa Claus Greeting
9. Have A Merry, Merry Christmas
10. Silent Night


Monday, December 31, 2012

On The Seventh Day Of Christmas

And with this album, I'm caught back up to the Twelve Days of Christmas! Hooray! Now if I can get five more shares together, I'll be doing good. This album is one of those things that really should already be in your collection, but I was so happy to finally find myself a nice copy of it, I had to rip it, and since it's just sitting there on my hard drive taking up space, I may as well post it and sing it's virtues. Trust me, it's good.  There's some classic tracks on here, especially the stuff that was written especially for this album and was never recorded elsewhere.  Are any of you with cover bands listening?  Cover a few of these songs for me, I'll buy your record!  OK, enough, this is Al Caiola And Riz Ortolani-Sound Of Christmas (United Artists UAS 6617, Stereo, 1967).  By the way, Happy New Year!

1. Sleigh Ride
2. I'll Be Home For Christmas
3. Buon Natale
4. Silver Bells
5. One Bright Star
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. Holiday On Skis
8. White Christmas
9. Christmas Card
10. Bossa Nova Noel
11. Santo Natale
12. The Christmas Song

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On The Sixth Day Of Christmas

Almost caught up to the actual day of Christmas now! Well, close. Hopefully I can get there today, but we'll see. I had thought this was a remaster of something I'd already shared, but turns out that it's a completely different album.  So if you've still got that old share laying around, now you've got two Christmas records from Owen Bradley!  Lucky you!  This is Owen Bradley & His Quintet-Joyous Bells Of Christmas (Decca DL 8652, Mono, 1957).  Enjoy!

1. White Christmas
2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Here Come Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
5. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
6. Jingle Bells
7. Adeste Fidelis
8. Silent Night
9. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
10. The First Noel
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. Joy To The World; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Away In A Manger


Sunday, December 30, 2012

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas

I know, I know, it's not really the fifth day of Christmas, but I'm battling back from a hard drive loss that basically meant I needed to rebuild my PC from the OS up. So cut me a little slack. I think there's still enough music in my sack to finish the twelve days, but after that I'm about tapped out. Well, until next year, that is. I've been very lucky these past few weeks in finding some great Christmas records, some of which I hope I get to share with you next year. But first, I need to make it to the end of this year, and there's only a few days left. This time I've got a little family Christmas for you, courtesy of The Murk Family.  No, I've never heard of them either, but they created this Christmas record that looked interesting enough to catch my attention, so I recorded it and now I'm sharing it with you.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  This is Christmas With The Murk Family (Toya T-MFM-2007, Stereo).  Anybody with some more info about these folks, do share.

1. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
2. The Christmas Song
3. Baby Brother
4. The Only Thing I Want For Christmas
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. White Christmas
7. Russian Carol
8. Poem: Another Christmas
9. Love Came Down At Christmas
10. Adeste Fidelis
11. Carol Of The Italian Pipers
12. Poem: The Christmas Story
13. Carol Medley: There's A Song In The Air; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; Silent Night; Joy To The World


On The Fourth Day Of Christmas

I've heard some complaints that I haven't shared enough organ stuff, so here's a great organ Christmas LP that'll really get you goin'. I sorta feel bad about sharing this one after Christmas, but there just aren't enough days in the year to share out all the great stuff I want to put out there.  So download this and save it for next year, it's worth the wait!  This is Earl Grant-Winter Wonderland (Decca DL 74677, Stereo, 1965).

1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
2. Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep
3. Silver Bells
4. Carol Of The Drum
5. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
6. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
7. Winter Wonderland
8. Silent Night
9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10. White Christmas
11. Jingle Bells
12. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear


On The Third Day Of Christmas

Another record that falls into the category of "I can't believe it's never been out on CD", this is a really nice collection of instrumental Christmas music.  It's the second Christmas album from George Melachrino, the first one being from the days of mono, and it's on CD, oddly enough.  I see where you can get this one on iTunes if you live in the UK, though, so you folks can't download it, sorry.  This is George Melachrino And His Orchestra-Christmas Joy (RCA Victor LSP-2044, Stereo, 1959).

1. Winter Wonderland
2. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
4. Fairy On The Christmas Tree
5. Sleigh Ride
6. Silent Night
7. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. Jingle Bells
10. The First Noel
11. White Christmas
12. Good King Wenceslas
13. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
14. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
15. Christmas Alphabet
16. Joy To The World