Friday, December 19, 2008

A Traditional Christmas From The Red Barn

Here's a share for you on a nice snowy morning. We've got 6+ inches of snow and expecting another 6+ before the storm moves out of the Milwaukee area.

I remember eating at a Red Barn with my family on a summer vacation as a kid. Seems like we were in the south somewhere.

The album is quite enjoyable - very nice easy listening Christmas.

Christmas Waltz
Away In A Manger
Good King Wenceslaus
Silent Night
White Christmas
Happy Holidays
The Wassail Song
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Christmas Sleighbells
Holly And The Ivy

Download Album with scans: A Traditional Christmas From Red Barn

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Sweet Voices Of Christmas

Here's one from the Longines-Symphonette Recording Society

The Sweet Voices of Christmas by the 'Massed Children's voices from the choirs of famous Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral.

I bought this one just for the picture in the center of the star. Notice there are only 4 children in the picture - someone spent some time with glue and paste making it look like a choir!

It's a nice collection of soothing Christmas favorites.

Give it a listen:

Angels We Have Heard On High
Beautiful Savior
Frosty The Snowman
Hark, The Herald Anges Sing
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
O Christmas Tree
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Oh Come, Little Children
Rudolph THe Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride

Download Album with scans: The Sweet Voices Of Christmas

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family Favorite Christmas Songs

Here's an album I need some help with. There isn't any information on the cover/album as to who this is singing. I suspect it's Johnny Cole (sure sounds like him), but for some reason they didn't include any info other than the listing of songs.

I've searched the Internet for any info on 'Silver Seal' records and can't find much. The record number is UT 1001 - could this be the first album they ever published??

If you can help me uncover who this is I'd appreciate it.

Download Album with scans: Family Favorite Christmas Songs

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Johnny Cole And The Robert Evans Chorus - Famous Christmas Carols

Here's an album I picked up last year - it was in pretty bad shape (both the cover and the record).

I'd gotten a few other of Johnny Cole's records and couldn't pass this one up.

There appear to be two versions of this on - one on Crown Records and the 'Custom' record version.

Even though I can't find much info on the record, it's interesting that this is labeled as 'CS-1'. First printing??

Download Album with scans: Famous Christmas Carols

Monday, November 24, 2008


Thanks for all the suggestions for additional versions of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'. The list is now up to 141 different versions.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Well here it finally is - my listing of all the versions (I think) that I've collected of the perennial 
favorite 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

I've sorted the songs by the first name of the woman (if known).

If you can add to the list please post a comment or send me an email.

Here's a link to Wikipedia's description of the song: Baby,It's Cold Outside

Please see the new listing above.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Carols - Father Sydney MacEwan

Here's my first sharity for all you collectors of the odd and unusual.

Picked this up at an antique mall - couldn't resist after seeing the cover.

The quality isn't the best (especially side 2), cleaned it up best I could without ruining the audio.

The record was produced in 1956.

Here's the description from the back of the cover:

Ever since he won a singing competition during a holiday in Argyll when he was ten, Father Sydney MacEwan has been enchanting the ears of audiences all over the world with his music. He was born in Glasgow in 1909, graduated from St. Aloysius Jesuit College, Glasgow, in 1927, and then won a scholarship that took him to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In his subsequent career of personal appearances and recordings he met with immediate and record-breaking success until he made his decision to retire to the priesthood. He was ordained in St. Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, in 1944.
But the world was not to be completely denied his talents and as a priest he received permission to continue making records and limited personal appearances.
What more fitting repertory could there be for this man than the twelve carols he presents on this record? And who could present them better than the interpreter of whom Sir Compton MacKenzie wrote: "Every song is sung with the grace of a natural artist who has had the patience and the humility to learn his job."

Hope you all enjoy -

Track Listing:

Adeste Fideles (In Latin) 5:08
Coventry Carol 2:38
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen 3:44
O Little Town Of Bethlehem 3:21
What Child Is This? 2:32
Midst Quiet Night 2:37
Silent Night 3:10
The Infant King 3:15
The First Nowell 4:10
Good King Wenceslas 3:24
The Three Mummers 3:32
The Twelve Days of Christmas 4:06

Download album: Christmas Carols

Download album covers: Front / Back

Friday, November 7, 2008


This is a new adventure for me. After finding there is an incredible community of people sharing old vinyl and out of print Christmas music, I've decided to join them.

I've been collecting Christmas music for quite a few years and with the help of my friends (big thanks to Danko) and family have a collection of over 12,000 songs. It ranges from traditional hits to very obscure songs. I collect everyone from ABBA to Zamfir.

My first project (with your help) is to create a database of all the different versions of my favorite Holiday hit - "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

I'll be posting a list of my versions in the next day or so, and hope others will be able to add to the list.

In the mean time here's a copy to get you in the mood. It's by Mae West and Rock Hudson during the 1958 Oscar ceremony.