Saturday, December 27, 2008

In Time for New Years

In 1965, Johnny Douglas took a break from the Living Strings to issue Dance Party Discotheque on the RCA Camden label. The cuts are in 'strick dance beat tempo' as Arthur Murray would say. They're great to add to any New Years Eve gathering. There are some familiar melodies and some unique tunes as well. They are 'timeless' and rekindle dance from the past. Our favorites are the fox trots and Downtown in bossa nova style. For you fans of The Jackie Gleason Show, you'll recognize The Huckle Buck (featured in the Sample Box).
Now the personal note for the album. In the 70's, I picked-up this recording as a 'Double Play' 8-track. The other recording on the 'DP' was Music for Dancing by the Living Strings. I suppose the theme was Johnny Douglas. As I was perusing eBay one day, I came across our presented posting album and couldn't resist. I was lucky to find it in stereo.

The March of the Mods (Finnjenka)
Downtown (Bossa Nova)
The Loc0-Motion (Mashed Potato)
Call Me (Fox Trot)
The Huckle Buck (Huckle Buck)
Hawaii Tattoo (Merengue)
Popeye (Hitch-Hiker)
Somewhere in Your Heart (Fox Trot)
We Got a Good Thing Going (Pony)
Rock 'N' Roll Music (Twist)
Happy 2009 to all! 2008 was a great year and the start of EasyStackin'. Many thanks to all the favored notes we received that are so encouraging! We hope to recall many fond memories in 2009.
As always, ENJOY!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Billy Vaughn - Christmas Carols

Here's a long forgotten Christmas classic. Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra presents Christmas Carols. I'm uncertain where and when I found this album. With a few Billy Vaughn albums in the house, I know I couldn't go wrong with it. I'm also uncertain if the album was ever released in stereo. The last groove of the record that takes the needle to the label to eject and slap the next record on top doesn't stop at the label. It goes in/out, in/out, in/out like those old 78 recordings. So, I suspect this album was released somewhere about 1957 just before stereo sound hit the commercial market. In any case, here's Mr. Vaughn in his typical styling for Christmas. Enjoy!

O Little Town of Bethlehem
Jingle Bells
Faith of Our Fathers
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Oh Tannenbaum
Adest Fideles
Silent Night
The First Noel
Joy to the World
Deck the Halls
O Holy Night
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Thursday, December 18, 2008

More Choir for Christmas - Norman Luboff

Christmas with

The Norman Luboff Choir

First released on RCA records in 1964, Pickwick International re released it in 1977 as presented here. I believe I purchased the album (new) not only for the artist but, also for the album cover. I recall having those (vegetable) oil lamps in the 70's.

The arrangements are great and reminiscent of Luboff's 60's style. Favorite pick is Jingle Bells.


Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Do You Hear What I Hear
Silver Bells
The Little Drummer Boy
Jingle Bells
Silent Night
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Whence Comes this Rush of Wings; The First Noel
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Deck the Halls; Baloo Lammy; Here We Come A-Wassailing
Oh Holy Night
Joy to the World; Oh Little Town of Bethlehem; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shaw for Christmas


Choral, just CHORAL! The true meaning of Christmas is here for you to feel. This definitely warms the heart and takes us back in time. I recall this album from my childhood so very well, in mono. I came across this album just last year when a friend gave me grabs on a collection his neighbor was leaving behind. It's in pristine condition and made the digital conversion well. I found an interesting piece of information when quickly comparing the two albums. The mono version from my childhood is dated 1957. The stereo version is dated 1958. Now if that isn't interesting? I wonder if it was rerecorded for the 'new' HiFi Stereo Fidelity of the era? Enjoy the true meaning of Christmas with Robert Shaw Chorale, Christmas Hymns and Carols.

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
Wassail Song
Carol of the Bells
Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Shepherd's Carol
Coventry Carol
We Three Kings
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
I Wonder As I Wonder
My Dancing Day
Christmas Hymn
Angels We Have Heard on High
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Joy to the World
Silent Night
Away in a Manger
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Oh Com, O come Emanuel
The First Nowell
O Come, All Ye Faithful

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Toast from Bing Crosby

A Christmas Toast

Here's a special treat, I hope. There are two selections on this album that I remember very well listening to WEZN in Bridgeport, CT during the 70's and 80's. I Sing Noel and the Bells Rang literally ring in my mind every Christmas with fond memories trimming the tree or just relaxing by the fire. I found this album in the late 90's up in Cape Cod still sealed. I really wasn't sure what I was in for. It was the back cover that conjured up memories of watching the Bing Crosby Christmas show with his family. So, I thought it would bring back the memories of the show. Was I wrong in such a pleasant way. When I played the album, I screamed with joy the songs I found that I remember on the radio. The album was released in 1977, the year we lost Mr. Crosby physically. I believe it's a unforgotten album of Mr. Crosby. We often hear his recordings from the 40's on Decca records with the Andrews Sisters. Well, here is Mr. Crosby in one of his finest recording in full stereo with Les Brown arrangements and orchestration. Hope you enjoy it as much as I remember. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Magic - Fred Waring

Our friends at FaLaLaLaLaLa have posted the original album covers of this two record set that was released in the early 70's. The recording is not available here because of copyright. It's still available on CD. Our friends at FaLaLaLaLa have recommendations where to find the CD version. It's great choral work that makes the holiday.