Roger WIlliams – Christmas Time A great album from 1959 with piano and orchestra. The arrangements are more than just elevator music, and Roger’s piano playing is excellent as always. Check out comments 🙂
From the Sing-Along category, the John McCarthy Chorale gives us a selection of Christmas favorites. No Mitch Miller-type singing here, this is tasteful chorus with nice accompaniments, a little different from other chorus records. This was released by the RCA Music Club, and may have been released commercially too, not sure. Another incarnation is called ‘The Greatest Songs of Christmas’ with the wreath cover, but is the same music. [check comments for links]
A Nonesuch Christmas from the Baroque, Renaissance and Middle Ages
Here is a record I posted a few seasons ago, but finally got around to scanning the artwork.
From the 1960’s with backing vocals by the Anita Kerr Singers, a relaxing evening by the fire is all you need to go with this Chet Atkins album. Great guitar work as usual, best version now is coupled with Anita’s ‘On This Holy Night’ album. FYI – Spotify version may be from the 1976 re-release from Chet with new recordings of some tracks.
The start of a new survey of all of my Christmas LPs. Julie Andrews and Andre Previn recorded a Christmas LP for Firestone back in 1966, and later was released by RCA under ‘Julie Andrews Christmas Treasure’, and recycled on various other Christmas albums in following years. The album has been remastered in great sound and is currently available as ‘Greatest Christmas Songs’ along with some other holiday tracks by Julie.
Bing, Frank and Nat in radio broadcast recordings from the 40’s. While the songs are not the versions you may know, they are nonetheless great, a well worth a listen. The sound quality is fine for the age, most I am sure are sourced from 78 rpm transcription discs. BTW there is an almost identical release, but the 2 Nat tracks are replaced by Louis Armstrong tracks. The 2 releases seem to get mixed up occasionally, so be aware if…
From 1970, Avon wishes you a happy holiday with Nelson Riddle and Orchestra, playing your favorite seasonal music.