"...In the early 1950s while at the height of his popularity, Liberace recorded several of these Christmas flexis in different years and sent them to fan club members in good standing.
This flexi was one of the very first items I won on eBay many moons ago (paid around $20). Since then, I've only seen one other Liberace Christmas flexi on eBay - a 1952 version that sold for nearly $70 back in 2004.
The recording is short - it clocks in around 1:13. You'll hear Liberace personally thank you for buying his records, attending his concerts, and coercing his brother George to actually speak (a very rare occurrence). You'll either get the warm fuzzies or feel mild nausea; two feelings closely associated with Christmas...."
"Whew! After a couple weeks of work I've finally completed the Distinctly Jamaican Sounds Christmas Mix! 25 tracks in all and a running time of close to an hour and a half I think it'll provide a nice sampling of decent Jamaican Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit! I stand by what I said last year that Holiday music from JA tends to be on the cheesy side but I tried my best to avoid going there with this offering. So without further ado, here we go... Part 1 of the Distinctly Jamaican Sounds Christmas Mix!"
"This album features a children's choir singing traditional carols in German backed by Will Glahe and His Orchestra. Glahe also gets his fair share of instrumentals as well.
Not much is known about Glahe. Google searches have pointed to a lot of his records across cyberspace as well as the usual sites that attach onto a musician's name and declare you can find "Will Glahe Ringtones" or "Will Glahe Lyrics".
How does one get lyrics off of instrumentals?
This album has tracks to accommodate anyone even if you're not feeling very Bavarian. Just to hear the kiddie chorus sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in Deutsch is worth the price of admission alone... wait, there IS no admission!"
"...this LP came out in 1959, and features the stars from then-current TV shows produced by Warner Brothers. The Warner Bros. record label was brand new at the time, and they were putting out all sorts of interesting stuff. (After you've downloaded it, look closely at the back label. They had so little product out at the time, they were recommending other companies records on their jackets!) Chances are, you've heard at least one of the tracks off this LP, although you don't know that this is where it came from. The hit from this record was Yulesville by Edward Byrnes, as he's credited here. You probably know him better as Ed "Kookie" Byrnes. He was the star of 77 Sunset Strip at the time. In the photo above, that's him in the Santa suit at the top of the tree. Other stars you might or might not recognize include Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Connie Stevens, Peter Brown, Ray Danton, Poncie Ponce, Eddie Cole, Bob Conrad, Dorothy Provine, Clint Walker, Roger Moore (yes, 007!) and Ty Hardin. If you don't find something in here to love, you may as well quit looking..."
"I just about fell out of my chair when I found out that "Holly Jolly Christmas" was not originally recorded by Burl Ives - after all, I don't know if I've ever heard it by anyone but Burl Ives!
Well, it turns out that the song, written by Johnny Marks (he also wrote "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"!), was first recorded by Lee, Bonnie, Chris, Elaine, Ren�e and Cindy Quinto, who became known as the Quinto Sisters.
"As I listened more closely to this record in preparing it for the site, I began to get a much stronger appreciation for its genius. It expertly melds Kostelanetz’s trademark sweet and lush string sound with some of the adventurousness of someone like Esquivel. But it doesn’t feel like he’s ripping off Esquivel because the bits of madness fit so well with the rest of what he’s doing. It all works."
"...This album was released at the very height of his popularity and it's a wonderful Christmas album. I never realized before what a melodious voice JD possessed - there are some tunes in here that are drop dead good! If you're looking for a change in pace, I would recommend this one..."
"The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas is square dancing, right? If so, you're going to love this version of Deck The Halls. Side one features Danny Robinson doing the calls and side two is just the music. But wait, there's more!"
Here’s one for the kiddies!! You “crown ups” can listen too. Side A is filled with Sounds of Christmas with “A Christmas Shopping Trip” and Santa’s Workshop” among others. Side B is dedicated to Christmas music ending with a music box version of “Auld Lang Syne.”
A Christmas Carol
From 1973 comes a Jabberwocky production of “A Christmas Carol by
Charles Dickens”. This 48 minute piece is “acted by a full cast with
music and special effects.”
Christmas in Mexico
Did you ever wonder what White Christmas, Sleigh Ride or Jingle Bells sounded like in Spanish?
Here’s your chance; from Mexico comes Hermanos Zavala to perform “Carols and Seasonal Favorites.”
This is classic late 60’s/early 70’s go-go boot pop music. This was a time when the uptight set was trying to understand that crazy new music the kids were listening to. It led to countless albums of Beatles covers by syrupy string orchestras (think Hollyridge Strings) and weird EZ orchestras. There was a coterie of the music biz who saw dollar signs in updating classic songs for "today’s kids" while they simultaneously watered down "today’s hits" for older folks. And so the liner hear can boast that this album gives a "fresh and exciting new" take on those stodgy old carols mum and dad made you sing in church.
First up is a good one. Although it mentions His Orchestra and CHORUS in the notes on the back cover, there's not a whole lot of singin' goin' on here. There is, though, a pretty good bit of people goin' "Oooooooohhhhhh" and "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh." The album is a collection of instrumental music. And Great Instrumental Music, too. Hard to believe that the guy who is, these days, most famous for playing a 'Rock 'n' Roll' hit called "Raunchy" could make such a Raunch-Free Christmas Album, but here it is!
The album of the moment is a pair of well-presented stories on the Cricket label. I think the Cricket label is a few steps above the usual kiddie record garbage that comes out on Pickwick or Premiere, even though it does appear to be a subsidiary of Pickwick. I really enjoyed the two stories on here. I'm afraid I have little info on the featured narrator, David Wayne, though.
The Archive of American Television can't help you in the kitchen, but we can entertain you with an interview with one of American's top television chefs! As you wait for your turkey to be done, take a look at legendary TV chef Julia's Child's Archive of American Television Interview.
We begin our season of good cheer and holiday fun with a little music to help pass the time as Thanksgiving seamlessly passes into the beginning of the Christmas season. Check back every few days for a new Christmas podcast through the end of the year.
Why Fidelity Podcast 53 : A Very Merry Why Fidelity