Yes, that is Spock in the headphones. The year was 1979. These are some of my LPs, themed compilations, and the like.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

After-Yule Spying


Here are two albums oriented to cash in on the 1960s  James Bond craze.




When he released this LP in 1964, it was plain that Si Zentner wanted  you to get a BANG out of this record!


01 - The James Bond Theme
02 - Burke’s Law Theme
03 - Mr Lucky
04 - Dragnet
05 - The Third Man Theme
06 - Peter Gunn
07 - From Russia With Love
08 - M Squad Theme
09 - Charade
10 - Bond’s “007” Theme
11 - The Man With the Golden Arm
12 - The Fugitive Theme



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This 1965 release takes a big-band-type of approach to the James Bond.


01 - Thunderball (from the film “Thunderball”)
02 - The Knack (from the film “The Knack”)
03 - Theme from “The F.B.I.”
04 - A Man Alone (from the film “The Ipcress File”)
05 - Theme from “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
06 - Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (from the film “Thunderball”)
07 - Theme for “Honey West”
08 - I Spy (from the TV show “I Spy”)
09 - Theme from “Trials of O'Brien”
10 - The Young Set (from the film “The Young Set”)



I’m taking off next Thursday for New Year’s.  See you January 4th!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Jesse Crawford


This album must be from the 1960s, but not even Discogs knows when!

Turns out Jesse Crawford had a distinguished musical life, beginning with fame as an organist for silent movies.  He later became a name to conjure by, like "101 Strings" or "Ferrante and Teicher."

The arrangements, while masterful, will alternately make you cringe, or expect to hear a loudspeaker voice announce, "Couple skate!"

1)  Joy to the World
2)  Hark the Herald Angels Sing
3)  Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
4)  It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
5)  Deck the Halls
6)  Away in the Manger
7)  Good King Wenceslas
8)  Oh Holy Night
9)  Oh Come All Ye Faithful
10)  We Three Kings
11)  Jingle Bells
12)  What Child Is This
13)  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
14)  O Little Town of Bethlehem
15) Silent Night

Let's get Christmassy!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Children of the Day and Their Christmas Album

Somewhere Joyce bought the original album on cassette.  In a thrift store many years later I came across the Christmas LP.

Here's some info about Children of the Day.  It's not always good news.

 Perhaps in keeping with last Thursday's "wedding" theme, Joyce sang Track 4, "Russ's Song," to me at our wedding.


01. Under the Shadow (Of My Wings)
02. If You'll Take My Hand
03. You're a Gift
04. Russ's Song
05. Two Lives, One Moment
06. Be Ye Still
07. Where Went the Days
08. Just Pretending
09. The Crucifixion
10. Can I Show You


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This reproduction isn't really representative of the pretty shimmer created by the silver foil when light hits it, contrasted with the matte blue background.



01. Joy to the World (1:18)
02. What Child Is This (2:22)
03. Angels We Have Heard on High (1:37)
04. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (2:26)
05. Oh Come, Oh Come Immanuel (2:49)
06. O Little Town of Bethlehem (2:24)
07. For Unto Us a Child Is Born (4:54)
08. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (1:28)
09. Holy, Radiant Light (4:38)
10. He Is Born (1:31)
11. Deck the Halls (1:09)
12. Oh Come All Ye Faithful (1:54)
13. Silent Night / If That's Not Love / Oh Holy Night (6:56)


Children of the Day The Christmas Album


Here's another web summary about the group.

See you Monday!

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Funny and Fine

Yep, it does include an "official" version of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

1)  12 Redneck Days of Christmas – The Christmas Hillbillies
2)  Rudolph Drank The Moonshine – The Christmas Hillbillies
3)  Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer –Dr. Elmo
4)  Deck The Halls – The Christmas Hillbillies
5)  Oh Santa, Where Art Thou? – The Christmas Hillbillies
6)  Jingle Bells – The Christmas Hillbillies
7)  Christmas Spirits – The Christmas Hillbillies
8)  Christmas In Las Vegas – Dr. Elmo
9)  O Come All Ye Faithful – The Christmas Hillbillies
10)  Silent Night – The Christmas Hillbillies

A Redneck Christmas

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And a really fine conglomeration.

These are all "classical" arrangements with orchestra, choir, and lead tenor.

Beginning with Track 13 we have a stretch that sounds like a men's glee club.  My favorite is TRack 6's arrangement of "Joy to the World."

1)  The First Noel   
2)  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3)  Oh Holy Night   
4)  Jingle Bells
5)  Away In A Manger   
6)  Joy To The World
7)  Angels We Have Heard On High   
8)  Born On Earth The Divine Child
9)  I Saw Three Ships   
10)  O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11)  Little Drummer Boy   
12)  White Christmas
13)  Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming   
14)  O Tannenbaum
15)  Ave Maria   
16)  Fantasia On Greensleeves
17)  On Christmas Night   
18)  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
19)  O Come All Ye Faithful   
20)  Silent Night
21)  When A Child Is Born   
22)  How Brightly Shone The Morning Star
23)  Adeste Fideles   
24)  Hallelujah Chorus

Carols of Christmas



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Two Honeytree Releases




Nancy Henigbaum recorded under the English translation of her German-heritage last name.


The first album, self-titled, is a 1973 Myrrh release.  I always wondered if she picked the cover photo to show humility.  It’s certainly not flattering.

01 - Only God 2:43
02 - Treasures        2:56
03 - Sweet Rain      2:00
04 - Hallelujah, Outasight       1:42
05 - Job's Song       1:58
06 - Resist The Devil       3:47
07 - So Much Man   2:05
08 - Clean Before My Lord      3:00
09 - I Don't Have To Worry     2:36
10 - Honeytree       4:57

So many songs are simple yet meaningful. A dear friend, Susan Talley Brinkman, sang track two, “Treasures,” to us at our wedding January 14, 1978.  Several other readers of this blog have commented that it was featured at their wedding, too.



The Way I Feel was her second album, released on Myrrh in 1974.

01 - Simple Song
02 - I've Got a Lot to Learn
03 - Precious Promises
04 - I Believe in Heaven
05 - Drinkin’      
06 - Honeytree
07 - Little Things
08 - You and Me
09 - Hummer, Bummer, Bashmobile
10 - Dove
11 - Heaven's Gonna Be a Blast

Not as many songs touch me as deeply here, compared to her first LP.  I think the first track on this album is the best.


See you Monday for more Christmas music.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Of Glad Tidings



I got this three-LP set from the Book-of-the-Month Club, around 1980.  After losing track of it, I was thrilled to come across another copy.  Hey, Sir Asnes, hey!

This is a classical treatment of Christmas.  With that in mind, I say that it’s a great conglomeration of musical styles, all in celebration of Christmas.

MEDIEVAL CAROLS:
01. Lux hodie - Orientis partibus - 13th century (2:41)
02. Resonemus laudibus - 14th century (1:15)
03. Verbum caro - In hoc anni circulo - 15th century (2:46)
04. Fines amouretes - 13th century (1:39)
05. Verbum patris hodie - 12th century (1:02)
06. Lullay, lullow - I saw a sweete seemly sight - 14th century (3:02)
07. Fulget hodie de l’éspine la flour - 14th century (1:54)
08. Now make we merthe - Now God almighty - 15th century (3:15)
09. Noe, noe, noe psallite noe - Jean Mouton (3:18)
10. Nowell - The borys hede - 15th century (4:39)
11. Pray for us - In this valey - 15th century (3:33)
12. Verbum patris humanatur - 12th century (1:27)
13. Conditor fut le non-pareil - 1520 - Anonymous (1:56)
14. Nova, nova - Gabriell off hye degre - 15th century (1:09)
15. Nowell - Dieus vous garde - 15th century - Richard Smert (3:40)
16. Riu, riu, chiu - El lobo rabioso - 1556 - Anonymous (3:28)
17. Verbum caro - Dies est laetitiae - 14th century (1:17)
BAROQUE CHRISTMAS MUSIC:
18. Joseph, lieber Joseph Mein - 1544 - Johann Walter (2:14)
19. Hodie Christus natus est - Schütz (5:52)
20. Behold, I bring you glad tidings - Purcell (10:03)
21. Soberana Maria - Anonymous (2:42)
22. Allelujah! Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle - Hammerschmidt (3:40)


 BAROQUE CHRISTMAS MUSIC:
01. Noé, Noé! Pastores, cantate Domino - Bouzignac (4:15)
02. O magnum mysterium   - Giovanni Gabrielli (4:31)
03. Ach Herr, du Schöpfer aller Ding - Schütz (5:18)
04. Christe, Redemptor omnium - Monteverdi (4:19)
05. Singt, ihr lieben Christen all - Praetorius (2:54)
CAROLS NEWLY COMPOSED AND ARRANGED:
06. Angelus ad pastores ait - Hassler (3:21)
07. I saw three ships come sailing in - Traditional (1:45)
08. The First Christmas - Fleming - Fricker (1:23)
09. Deck the hall - Traditional (1:20)
10. Dormi Jesu - Traditional (1:56)
11. Here we come a-wassailing - Traditional (2:59)
12. Our Lady’s song - Anonymous - Maw (2:50)
13. Unto us is born a Son - 1582 - Piae Cantiones (2:41)
14. There is no rose of such virtu - Medieval - Joubert (2:39)
15. We wish you a merry Christmas - Traditional (1:48)
16. Silent night - Rothery - Grüber (3:03)
17. The boar’s head carol - Traditional (2:06)
18. Balulalow - Wedderburn - Halsey (1:25)
19. Out of your sleep arise - 14th century - Milner (2:16)
20. Ecce Puer - Joyce - Naylor (1:18)
21. What cheer? - 16th century - Walton (1:13)
22. From Heaven winging - Traditional (1:57)
23. Welcome Yule! - Traditional - Joubert (1:56)
24. Ave Maria - Hail, blessed flower - Medieval - Davies (2:19)
25. The first nowell - Traditional (4:12)

Also included are complete scans of the insert booklet with lyrics and translations.

The Christmas story is simple:  We stink.  But God loves us anyway, and sent his son to show us how to get better.

Merry Christmas season!