Friday, February 01, 2013

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas (Finally)

Yes, I'm fine.  Thanks for all the comments asking how I was.  I got this flu that's been going around, and I had it for almost three weeks.  Then when that was over, I had to catch up on all the stuff I hadn't done for a while, and I really wasn't in the mood to do anything Christmassy, but today I looked up and realized it was February.  So I don't imagine that there are too many people still around to download this, but hopefully, it'll still be here come Christmas in July, and then again next Christmas.  I'm proud to present to you my collection of all the best tracks from my Christmas In July celebration back in 2011.  2011 was a great year for Christmas songs from non-holiday albums, and because I found so many great songs, this best-of features 51 tracks!  I've sort of broken it up roughly into two CDs, but I numbered the tracks 1-51 in the tags, so if you want to leave it as MP3s, it'll play straight through, or you can burn it to two audio CDs, your choice.  There's some really great stuff on here, I'm quite proud of it.  I put the basic tracks together a long time ago, but I've come back and tweaked it many times in the interim.  I'm not very good at sequencing things, but I think this flows fairly well.  The only song I doubled up on was Jingle Bells, and I did that on purpose because I had two worthy versions.  I also cheated and dropped in a better version of an Arthur Godfrey track that I found in time for the 2012 season, mostly because I felt the 2011 version was the worst sounding thing on the whole collection.  But I could go on for hours.  Let me just throw this out there, and whoever is still around, I hope you enjoy it!

1. Lena Horne-Sleigh Ride In July
2. Count Basie-Summer Frost
3. The Sportsmen-Jingle Bells
4. Lew White-The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
5. Carolyn Hester-Virgin Mary
6. Red Nichols-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
7. Morgana King-'Twas The Night Before Christmas
8. The Carnegie Pops Orchestra-March Of The Little Lead Soldiers
9. Paul Anka-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10. Ira Ironstrings-Hot Toddy
11. Carmen McRae-Winter In May
12. Gerry Robichaud-Snowflake Breakdown
13. Jane Morgan-Toyland
14. Bent Fabric-The Drunken Penguin
15. Jackie Kannon-Santa Claus Calling
16. Ian Whitcomb-Reindeer-A Ragtime Two-Step
17. Grand Fantastic Strings-Troika
18. The Cuff Links-Put A Little Love In Your Heart
19. Laurence Naismith, Janis Paige & Fred Gwynne-Pine Cones And Holly Berries
20. Floyd Cramer-Our Winter Love
21. Sylvia De Sayles-Warm Winter
22. Living Brass-A Hazy Shade Of Winter
23. Pope John Paul II-On A December Night
24. The Wesleyan Ringers-Joy To The World
25. James Walker-Chipmunk Song
26. Charles Dorian-Dancing Snowflakes

1.Perry Como-My Favorite Things
2. Jacky Noguez-A Marshmallow World
3. The All Churches Children's Choir-Luther's Cradle Hymn       
4. Leroy Anderson-Clarinet Candy
5. Idlers-Brothers Lift Your Voices
6. Johnny Pecon-Snowflake Polka
7. Danny Kaye-Jingle Bells
8. Living Strings-Sleigh Ride
9. Tommy Roe-It's Now Winter's Day
10. 101 Strings-Fuyu Geshiki (Japanese Snowflakes)   
11. Joanie Sommers-Winter In New England
12. Pee Wee Hunt-The Iceman Cometh (Skater's Waltz)   
13. George Hamilton IV-Natividad (The Nativity)
14. Lawrence Welk-Holiday Waltz
15. Hap Palmer-Hanukkah
16. Los Admiradores-Greensleeves
17. Arthur Godfrey-The First Snow Of Winter
18. Russ Case-The Doll Dance
19. Ted Schumate-Dann Reno Jazz Quartet-Christmas Time Is Here   
20. Drexel Park Presbyterian Church Senior Choir-Carol Of The Bells   
21. Cicero Pig-December
22. Judy Collins-Christ Child Lullaby
23. Roger King Mozian-The Bells Of St. Mary's
24. Tinker Reason-The Christmas Song
25. Art Gilmore-New Year's Eve At Time's Square