Originally recorded as a premium for a planned December '05 pledge drive this bonus yulecast is instead being released as a limited edition gift to our listeners - but once Christmas is over the file will go away, so grab it now while you can!
Why Fidelity Bonus Christmas Podcast Playlist:
Distinctly Jamaican Sounds has compiled the complete '07 DJS Christmas Mix!
Thanks, as always, to the generous members of the yuletide sharity community for many of the songs featured in today's show!
Plus bonus tracks from Knight Rider, The Hoff, Brady Bunch and Hardrock, Coco and Joe.
Christmas Critters (45min., 40MB zip)
Some yule tunes at chromewaves.
thanks to Karloff3 at The Fa' for these...
Merry Christmas from our Galaxy to Yours...Sci-Fi Santa (32mb zip)
Festive frivolity from Morcambe & Wise, Dick Emery, The Goons, The Goodies, Neil Innes, and Are You Being Served...
Updated throughout the day...
Ernie (not Bert) has the usual sleighful of goodies.
Renowned Christmas musicologist and DJ Andy Cirzan has releases his annual Christmas Mix - The Santa Set!
Can't find anything on Google about this album (cassette tape actually). It's not my rip but I'm guessing it came from a bargain bin somewhere. The music is low rent Mannheim Steamroller but pleasant enough as synthy background music.
The Sounds of Tomorrow
Fantasy Christmas (45mb)
1. The Snow Lay On The Ground (3:10)
2. Joy To The World (2:46)
3. Angels We Have Heard On High (3:34)
4. Here We Come A Wassailing (2:11)
5. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of (2:22)
6. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (2:09)
7. Hark The Herald Angels Sing (3:03)
8. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (2:08)
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2:52)
10. The First Noel (3:08)
11. O Holy Night (2:22)
12. Good King Wenceslas (2:25)
01 - the Enchanters _ Mambo Santa Mambo
02 - The Merry Macs - The Christmas Cha Cha
03 - Arnold Dover - Santa Claus Is Doing The Monkey
04 - Santo and Johnny - Twistin Bells
Dance Santa Dance 2 (22mb zip)
The Island of Misfit Christmas Shows Compilation
(Audio captures taken from various public domain/out of print/seldom aired Christmas themed cartoons, films and TV shows. The sources used tended to be of fairly low quality to begin with so be prepared for a certain amount of sonic dirt and grime. The tracks were originally meant for a podcast where they would have been cross-faded together - as a result some of songs begin or end more abruptly than I would have liked - easy to hide with a cross-fade but fairly evident here. There's also the occasional snatch of dialog or sound effect on a few of the tracks.)
Features songs from:
A selection of screen captures from some of the programs can be found here.
You never know just what you'll find on people's Christmas Lists...
While sorting through my Christmas CDs I came across the long lost 2005 SWO Christmas archive disc. So, here's the first in a series of re-posts of stuff I shared in '05 and then lost between the end of rapidshare.de and losing the back-up. (As with everything else I'm sharing these disappear next week.)
Sometimes the holidays can be a little bit scary...a very little bit:
Not my rip and has since been shared out in a few places but if you haven't heard it yet...
1. Dorothy Collins-Produced Under The Direction Of Raymond Scott - Deck The Halls (1:35)
2. Nat King Cole - The Happiest Christmas Tree (1:50)
3. The King Family - Not A Creature Was Stirring (2:33)
4. Brenda Lee - Christy Christmas (2:19)
5. Midnight String Quartet - The Christmas Song (2:53)
6. Agnes Chan - Mr. Mistletoe (2:34)
7. Andre Kostelanetz - Silver Bells / Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry) (2:21)
8. Blossom Dearie & Mike Rienzi - It's Christmas (3:20)
9. The Lancers - The Night Before Christmas (2:44)
10. Gabe Drake - Sing a Kris Kringle Jingle (1:41)
11. The Golddiggers - And The Bells Rang (2:21)
12. Dinah Shore - Jingle Bells (2:12)
13. Percy Faith & the Shillelagh Singes - Christmas in Killarney (2:30)
14. Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers - Winter Wonderland (2:54)
15. The Soulful Strings - The Little Drummer Boy (5:04)
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For those who missesd Allee's original post at her blog The Children's Bible Hour - A Christmas Carousel is now part of the 365 Days project at WFMU.
Check out the Ginger Cookie Disco Christmas Mix 1007!
Black Balloon offers Black Christmas 2007 Mix.
Homercat presents: The Best Christmas CD Ever!
Beat Street Records' free Christmas Mix.
Over at Falalalala.com the 2007 ADVENTure in Carols continues plus The King shares The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas by Frank DeVol & the Rainbow Strings.
WFMU has posted 365 Days #352 - I've Got Christmas On My Fingers! featuring album shares from Korla Pandit and one of my new favorite Christmas records from The Going Thing - originally shared back in November by Ernie (not Bert).
NPR offers A Holiday Mix from All Songs Considered.
updated throughout the day...
The Vintage Place offers a bunch of goodies including the original soundtrack of Scrooge.
Ernie (not Bert) offers a squadron of Armed Forces related Christmas stuff.
Why Fidelity 58: I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You
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Why Fidelity 59: Pour Some More Eggnog on the Fruitcake
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stubbysfears at Falalalala.com forums points us to a very cool, very limited time, free Christmas Compilation download from Nettwerk Music and The Vancouver Sun
Santas Working Overtime has another great Stocking Stuffer podcast from last year - Sleigh With Me 'til Dawn.
Keep the Coffee Coming has plenty of Christmas cheer to share.
Late Afternoon Update
Christmas keeps getting closer so I'm going to be releasing the final few WhyFi's over the next few days so everyone has time to listen to them while it's still the holiday season. Here's 106...
Why Fidelity 106:Bingle Bells
1. The Original Glenn Miller Singers - We Wish You The Merriest (2:21)
2. Al Caiola and Riz Ortolani - Sleigh Ride (2:44)
3. Paul Mauriat - Jingle bells (Vive le vent) (2:51)
4. Catherine McKinnon - Marshmallow World (2:32)
5. Morecambe & Wise - Bingle Bells (2:43)
6. Living Strings & Living Voices - A Merry Christmas Song (1:50)
7. Cricketones - I've Got 18 Cents (2:16)
8. The Ames Brothers - Sing A Song Of Santa Claus (3:47)
9. Vaughn Monroe and the Moon Maids - The Jolly Old Man in the Bright Red Suit (2:22)
10. Phil Kelsall - Christmas Dream (3:35)
11. The Pete King Chorale w/Beth Adlam - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (3:38)
A neat early Christmas present for SWO today in the form of an article (two actually) in the Press Enterprise. I'd done an email interview with the article's author Todd Van Der Werff a few days back but had no idea how much, if any, of what I said/wrote would make the final cut. I was pleasantly surprised with the finished product - and my kids think I'm a star! Thanks very much to Mr. Van Der Werff for covering the web sharity community and hopefully exposing more nearly forgotten Christmas music to a wider audience.
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Philadelphia's City Paper presents the 2007 Local Support Holiday Spectacular! Featuring Christmas songs by a wide array of Philadelphia-area acts.
Somehow I managed to skip from WhyFi 103 to 105. I blame it on the eggnog... so creamy... anyway here's episode 104!
1. The Williams Brothers - The Holiday Season (2:10)
2. Piero Piccioni - North Pole Penguin - Piero Piccioni - North Pole Penguin (1:45)
3. Marty Gold Children's Chorus - The Kitty Ate The Tinsel On The Christmas Tree (2:47)
4. Up With People - Jingle Bell Beat (2:19)
5. Maurice Larcange - Sweet Gingerbread Man (3:10)
6. The Going Thing - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (2:44)
7. Pearl Bailey - Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha (2:20)
8. Ronnie Aldrich - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (2:37)
9. Living Strings & Living Voices - My Favorite Things (2:46)
10. Peggy Lee - The Tree (1:44)
11. Gals & Pals - Sleigh Ride (2:33)
12. Bernie Green With The Stereo Mad-Men - The Skater And His Dog (2:08)
13. Al Caiola and Riz Ortolani - One Bright Star (2:53)
14. The Don Les Harmonicats - White Christmas (2:57)
15. Red Skelton & chorus - Xmas Comes But Once a Year (2:28)
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Sanity Clause re-opens his sharity shanty and offers Christmas Favorites From Oral Roberts and Andy the Accordion.
Classic Crime Christmas from the Golden Age of Radio...
Broadway is My Beat
1951-12-22 - Broadway Is My Beat - Jeweled Scimitar
1949-12-24 - Broadway Is My Beat - Nick Norman, Santa Claus
Calling All Cars/Detectives
1933-12-20 - Calling All Cars - Human Bomb
1934-12-25 - Calling All Cars - Human Side of a Cop
Calling All Detectives 481224 Too Many Santa's
1938-12-18 - Shadow - Guest of death
1939-12-24 - The Shadow - The Stockings Were Hung
1943-12-19 - The Shadow - The Club Of Doom
1946-12-22 - The Shadow - The Fine Art Of Murder
1944-12-25 - The Whistler - Christmas Bonus
1949-12-25 - Whistler - Letter from Cynthia
Detectives Collection 1
1948-12-26 - Philip Marlowe - The 'Auld' Acquaintance
1949-12-19 - Candy Matson YU2-8209 - Jack Frost
1949-12-24 - Richard Diamond, Private Det. - A Contemporary Christmas Carol
1949-12-24 - Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - The Department Store Swindle Matter
Detectives Collection 2
1945-12-20 - Rogues Gallery - Fortune in Furs
1946-12-16 - Murder at Midnight - Murder Is a Lonely Business
1947-12-25 - Mystery Is My Hobby - Boston For Christmas
Boston Blackie 451222 Rings for Santa
Detectives Collection 3
Casey, Crime Photographer 471225 Santa Claus of Bums Blvd
Man Called X - 47-12-21 - From A Startlit Hill aka Thurston's Christmas Story
Suspense 481223 Holiday Story
Why Fidelity 105: Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling
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1. Tommy Christy - All Are Waiting For Christmas (1:56)
2. Wayne King and His Orchestra - Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling (2:11)
3. The Jimmy Joyce Singers - Christmas Hop (1:41)
4. Gene London - A Walking Talking Christmas Tree (2:01)
5. John Gary - Little Snow Girl (2:44)
6. Domenico Savino And His Orchestra - Winter Wonderland (2:19)
7. Nelson Riddle - June In January (2:13)
8. James Last - Greensleeves (3:21)
9. David Rose - The Christmas Tree (2:19)
10. Donald O'Connor & Debbie Reyonlds - Little Christmas Tree (2:28)
11. Midnight String Quartet - Sleigh Ride (2:09)
12. Dorothy Collins-Produced Under The Direction Of Raymond Scott - Jingle Bells (1:56)
13. The Melachrino Strings - The Angel on the Christmas Tree (1:43)
14. The Four Lads - The Stingiest Man in Town (2:34)
15. Johnny Desmond & Basil Rathbone - Humbug (2:02)
16. Basil Rathbone - The Christmas Spirit (1:34)
Updates throughout the day...
Ernie (not Bert) turns the sharity spotlight on Fred Waring!
Jack Benny 1938
1938-12-11_Christmas Shopping In NewYork
1938-12-25_Jack's Christmas Open House
Jack Benny 1942
1942-12-20 - Jack Benny Program - George Washington Slept Here
1942-12-27 - Jack Benny Program - New Years Eve Skit
Jack Benny 1943
1943-12-19 - Jack Benny Program - Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping
1943-12-26 - Jack Benny Program - Christmas at Jack's House
Jack Benny 1944
Jack Benny_1944-12-24_Trimming The Tree
Jack Benny - 44-01-02 Annual New Year's Show
Christmas in the Air / Monopoly Christmas
A Christmas Yuleblog offers a rare single from The Manhattans plus The Soulful Strings.
bongobells presents a proggy compilation of Christmas in Rock.
Dartman has Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass.
Falalalala rediscovers Fenwick - the little lost elf.
Ernie has five great Dick Leibert albums to share!
Why Fidelity 56 : Christmas Is...
Why Fidelity 57: Our Christmas Gift To You
12 - 24 - 1971 - Earliest Christmas Memory
12 - 06 - 1974 - Army Christmas Gift
Classic kids Christmas series from the golden age of radio...
Alleee of Mondo Diablo fame has a bunch of seasonal podcasts up (that I'm ashamed to be so late in linking to) - check them all out here
Lee has posted a wonderful collection of choral carols at MY(P)WHAE
Ernie (not Bert) has loads of new goodies up!
I know next to nothing about these albums - they sound like someone simply recorded them at their kid's school Christmas concert. Just a piano accompanying a few not particularly talented kids.Add your own polite applause and you've got the soundtrack to a virtual small town Christmas pageant, without the charm or the cute skits. Probably for hardcore Christmas collectors only.
A Most Excellent Christmas Children's Chorus Christmas
(Vol 1 and Vol 2, 85mb)
updated as necessary...
It's Bargain Bin Thursday at bongobells with Celtic Harp Christmas.
Keep the Coffee Coming has begun posting holiday tunes.
1. John Gary - The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting On An Open Fire) (2:20)
2. Marilyn King - My Favorite Things (2:17)
3. Catherine McKinnon - The Sounds Of Christmas (2:08)
4. The GrooveBarbers - O Christmas Tree (1:57)
5. Lawrence Welk Orchestra & Chorus - Ring Those Christmas Bells (2:18)
6. The New Christy Minstrels - Sing Along With Santa (2:09)
7. The Three Suns - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (1:34)
8. Jerry Colonna - He's Too Fat For The Chimney (2:05)
9. Mr. Reindeer (2:20)
10. Singer Orchestra & Chorale - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (2:21)
11. Bergen White - Beginning to Look Like Xmas (2:18)
12. Hanna-Barbera - Making a Big To-Do (1:12)
13. Marty Gold & His Orchestra - Hi Fi Fo Fum - March Of The Toys (2:26)
14. The Living Trio - Merry Christmas Merry Go Round / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (3:25)
15. Jimmy Dorsey & Dorseyland Orchestra - DixieLand Band From Santa Claus Land (2:44)
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Kiddie Records Weekly has lots of rare holiday singles for your nostalgic listening pleasure
The Tuna Melt has a vintage slice of fruitcake - Susie & Allie (Tammy Faye Bakker): Christmas with Susie & Allie
Some funny stuff for Christmas from some of radios most popular clowns...
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show 471221 Annual Christmas Show
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show 491225 Annual Christmas Show
1944-12-22 - Christmas Show
1947-12-24 - Christmas Show
William Bendix in The Life of Riley
1944-12-24 - Difficult Christmas Guest
1947.12.20 - Riley's First Christmas
1947-12-27 - Special Christmas Present
1948-12-24 - Christmas Bonuses from Mr Stevenson
1946-12-24 - Red Skelton - Christmas Stories
1945-12-25 - Raleigh Cigarette Program
Mel Blanc Christmas OTR 1946
46 12 10 Christmas Present
46 12 17 Christmas Shopping
Join beloved actor Brian Blessed and his family for a joyous, and occasionally poignant, celebration of Christmas - broadcast from the Blessed's home in Surrey!
Suburban Sprawl Music have released their annual Holiday compilation - 32 tracks of seasonal goodness!
Ernie has a pair from David Rose and a pair of pairs from George Wright!
The Vintage Place reposts a pair of favorite vintage compilations.
Jason Hare is eviscerating some of his least favorite holiday tunes in the return of the 12 Days of Mellowmass.
A Christmas Yuleblog has a rare and wonderful Decca compilation L.P. - Around The Christmas Tree - A Special Christmas Day Program
Fiery Santa Claus
The Man Who Murdered Santa
Kraft Music Hall w. Bing Crosby
1942-12-24 - Kraft Music Hall - Christmas Program
1944-12-14 - Kraft Music Hall - Holiday Inn Christmas Program w Jerry Colonna
1944-12-21 - Kraft Music Hall - Christmas Program
1950-12-20 - Kraft Music Hall - Christmas Special w/ Crosby Family
Christmas at the Movies
Here's a repost of last year's Chanukah podcast...
A Christmas Yuleblog offers us a vintage album of hymns from the Senior choir of the First Lutheran Church of Omaha, Nebraska and the Children's Choir of Concord Lutheran School of St. Louis County, Missouri.
bongobells has a compilation of 21 versions of Sleigh Ride