Sunday, December 21, 2014

12 Days of Blogmass 2014 Day Six

As I finish up collecting all of the tire company Christmas albums I'm beginning to expand into the department store versions. Here's the 1974 eighth (and last) in the series from Grants. Many of our old friends from other collections appear here.

Unfortunately this disc has some outer edge physical damage that I could not eliminate.

Grants A Very Merry Christmas Volume Eight  (Capitol SL6954)

Do You Hear What I Hear (Bing Crosby)
The Christmas Waltz (Peggy Lee)
Sleigh Ride (Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
For Unto Us A Child Is Born from "The Messiah" (Charles Mackerras conducting The English Chamber Orchestra with the Abrosian Singers)
The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
Gesu Bambino (The Roger Wagner Chorale)
Blue Christmas (Glen Campbell)
Silent Night (Dinah Shore)
A Christmas Medley For Children: Toyland, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, O Christmas Tree, Toyland, March of the Toys, Jingle Bells, Up on the Housetop (The Hollywood Pops Orchestra)

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Days of Blogmass 2014 Day Five

 I wonder how many different organ and chimes Christmas records were produced? Is there a collector somewhere who is trying to acquire an example of each?

Regardless, this is another, not particularly better or worse than any other (though I've heard better-tuned chimes on other discs).

Great cover art on this edition, though. (Like all of these albums, it has been reissued with different art and track lists several times on different budget labels).

Note: this is not the same Fred Kirby who was first a country singer and then a Charlotte-area kids TV host.

Fred Kirby - Christmas Favorites

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Blogmass 2014 Day Four

Decca Hi-Fi (but not stereo) from 1959. I wonder if those are featured soloists Ted Detwiler and Tad Lyon down front?

Columbus Boychoir - Joy To The World 1959 Decca DL-78920

A1     O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)    
A2     Silent Night
A3     Joy To The World
A4     Lullaby Of The Christ Child    
A5     Here We Come A-Wassailing    
A6     Coventry Carol (Soloist – Ted Detwiler)
A7     The Holly And The Ivy    
A8     Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella  (Soloist – Ted Detwiler)
A9     Carol Of The Bells
A10     O Holy Night (Soloist – Tad Lyon)
B1     Angels We Have Heard On High    
B2     Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (Soloist – Tad Lyon)
B3     Deck The Hall    
B4     I Saw Three Ships (Soloist – Ellery Temple)
B5     Pat-A-Pan    
B6     Carol Of The Birds (Soloist – Tad Lyon)
B7     Jingle Bells    
B8     What Child Is This?
B9     Fum, Fum, Fum  (Soloist – Carl Jeschke)
B10    Good Christian Men Rejoice/Come, Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly/The First Noel    
B11    We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Blogmass 2014 Day Three

This is certainly not your peppy-shopping-mall Christmas music.
Don your finest 9th century clothing and settle in for some monophonic plainchant.
Personally, I find it rather soothing.

Choir of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle - Gregorian Chants For Christmas

1     Introduction: Die Geburt            1:41
2     Recitative: Es Bagab                3:16
3     Intermedium I: Fuerchtet euch nich        3:11
4     Recitative: Und alsbald            0:19
5     Intermedium II: Ehre sei Gott            2:36
6     Recitative: Und da die Engel            0:18
7     Intermedium III: Lasset uns nun gehen        1:40
8     Recitative: Und sie kamen            3:07
9     Intermedium IV: Wi ist der neugeborn        2:14
10     Recitative: Da das der koenig Herodes        0:39
11     Intermedium V: Zu Bethlehem            2:40
12     Recitative: Da berief Herodes            0:33
13     Intermedium VI: Ziehet hin            2:14
14     Recitative: Als sie nun den Koenig        2:33
15     Intermedium VII: Stehe auf, Joseph        2:01
16     Recitative: Und er stund auf            3:36
17     Intermedium VIII: Stehe auf , Joseph        1:57
18     Recitative: Und er stund auf            2:12
19     Conclusion: Dank sagen            2:45
20     Introit for the 1st Sunday in Advent        3:53
21     Introit for the 4th Sunday in Advent        3:19
22     Communion for the 3rd Sunday in Advent        1:12
23     Intriot for the 3rd Sunday in Advent        4:37
24     Offertory for the 4th sunday in Advent        2:36
25     Hymn for Christmas Vespers            2:28
26     Intriot for the 3rd Christmas Mass        3:32
27     Alleluia of the 3rd Christmas Mass        3:03
28     Communion for the Feast of St. Stephen        1:18
29     Gradual for the Feast of the Holy Confessor    3:41
30     Offertory for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany        4:01
31     Communion for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany    1:50

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Blogmass 2014 Day Two

C'mon, it's Chet (and look at that cover). Nothing that I can say will improve upon the experience of listening to this.

This has come out on CD, but the warm vinyl is still the best.

Chet Atkins - Christmas With

  1. "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joe Beal, Jim Boothe) – 1:51
  2. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 2:49
  3. "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" (Traditional) – 2:13
  4. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:20
  5. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson) – 2:53
  6. "Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont) – 1:50
  7. "Silver Bells" (Madden, Wenrich) – 2:09

  1. "The Little Drummer Boy" (Davis, Onorati, Simeone) – 2:29
  2. "Medley: The Coventry Carol/God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" (Traditional) – 3:25
  3. "The First Noel" (William B. Sandys) – 1:46
  4. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley) – 1:55
  5. "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Oakeley, John Francis Wade) – 2:19
  6. "Deck the Halls" (Traditional) – 1:11
  7. "Silent Night" (Josef Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber) – 2:01

Sunday, December 14, 2014

12 Days of Blogmass 2014 Day One

Pretty typical mellow choir recording with organ accompaniment. The stereo is pretty wide - the male voices are in one channel and the female voices in another, allowing for a "music-minus-one"-type experience for you singers at home.

This album has gone through several different printings, labels art, track listings, etc.

Canterbury Choir - Favorite Carols

A1 Silent Night
A2 Joy To The World
A3 O Come All Ye Faithful
A4 The First Noel
A5 Good King Wenceslas
A6 Rejoice The Night
A7 We Three Kings
B1 O Holy Night
B2 Hark The Herald Angels Sing
B3 Twelve Days Of Christmas
B4 Jingle Bells
B5 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
B6 Deck The Halls
B7 O Tannenbaum
B8 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sauter, Begin Again...

This 1954 album is one of those "show off your Hi-Fi" records that were so popular in the hip bachelor pads of the 50's. Sauter and Finegan had pedigrees as big band arrangers in the 40's before stiking out on their own with this augmented orchestra (things like exotic percussion, kazoos, toy trumpets, etc.).

The Sound of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra (RCA Victor LPM-1009)

A1     Child's Play    
A2     Horseplay    
A3     Time To Dream    
A4     The Honey Jump    
B1     Nina Never Knew    
B2     Love Is A Simple Thing    
B3     Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum    
B4     Stop Beatin' 'Round The Mulberry Bush    
B5     Now That I'm In Love    
B6     Yankee Doodletown