Sunday, December 1, 2013
Now these tracks all have some great stories to go with them. First, and foremost, I received an email about 1 1/2 years ago from the manager of Miss Carmen Quinn who is included in my "Memories of Childhood Christmases" CD. Her two tracks are "Santa's Coming" and "Story of the Magi". In the email Michael Lannon graciously thanked me for including the songs on this CD and also asked if I would like some copies of very old records that he has found. Of course I very excitedly accepted the offer. He sent me several songs, three of which I have included in Lost Christmas Treasures. The rarest is by Henry Burr, "Dear Old Santa" and was recorded in 1928. Henry Burr was a very popular artist in the Early Recording Days and you can hear some of his other Christmas songs here and also here. Being such an old record, it was very noisy. I worked very hard on remastering it so that it would be of good enough sound quality to put on my CD. It is still not better than Good sound quality but it is so entertaining that I know you will love it.
The second of the songs from Michael Lannon is by a group that is also on my CD "Presents on the Christmas Tree" with the song "Jingle Bells". The Hoosier Hot Shots were a comedy music group that used many kinds of jugband-type of instruments to make their songs very lively. As you can imagine, "Jingle Bells" is not your usual rendition. If you liked that one, you will love "The Man with the Whiskers".
Although not really so rare, I have included "An Old Christmas Card" by Mervin Shiner with Nelson King doing the voice recitation, just because it so beautiful. Also sent from Michael Lannon. Thanks again, Michael. Your free copy of the CD is waiting for you.
On to other tracks. There is one song on this CD that I really don't know the title for or the artist. I found it on my hard drive but unlike most of the other music I have collected, I did not include any info as to where I even found it. Since the primary lyrics are the only thing I can go by, I named it "On the Santa Claus Express". This is not the same song by this name that I have on "Hooray for St. Nick" by Dan Donovan and the Henry Hall Orchestra. But what else could I call it? It was also very noisy and took a lot of work, but I love it and wanted to include it so you can enjoy it too.
Gracie Fields was (is?) a British performer from the 1940-50s who has a very lovely high voice and also a sense of humor. Many of her songs are sure to elicit a chuckle. She is on several Vintage Music Room CDs. Just search for Gracie Fields in the search bar at the top of the Vintage Music Room home page (on the red bar) and you will find songs by her on 4 other CDs. "Winter Draws On" is a song that I like more every time I listen to it. You can hear a clip of it here.
"Jingle Bells" as done by Glenn Miller in 1941 shows why Glenn Miller was so popular. We get to hear about how Christmas was different in Mexico in this track. The only copy I could find of this original version was again very noisy, so was a challenge to clean up. Sounds pretty good though, and after all, who would not want to hear Glenn Miller?
How long has it been since you heard "Santa Meets the Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley? No problem. You can hear it now.
I have included 3 tracks by Elvis Presley that I haven't heard too often. Seemed like a good match for this CD. These were all on his 1971 album "Wonderful World of Christmas".
"Dear Little Stranger" was a song I remember singing at church as a child. I found it by George Beverly Shea. Really a great Christmas song that should be more popular than it is, I think.
"The Toymaker's Dream" is a great example of Vaughn De Leath's work. She was known as "The Original Radio Girl" and "First Lady of Radio" when she was recording in the 1920's. You can also hear her on "Hooray for St. Nick".
There are 29 tracks on my Lost Christmas Treasures CD so I don't want to make this page of my blog so long you can't stand to read it. I will leave the rest of the tracks to you to listen to and make your own assessments.
You may also want to check our my other new CDs of choral Christmas music, "A Choral Celebration of Christmas", "A Choral Jubilee of Christmas", and "The Angels Sang -Choral Christmas Music". "The Angels Sang" CD includes the entire very-much-requested album from University of Redlands Choir's "Choral Christmas" from 1958 with the track "Song of Mary". You will find them also my store website. Happy Christmas!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Christmas In a Music Box
This CD consists of 41 tracks that are recorded straight from antique music boxes. They had such a charming tinkling sound and seem to me to be perfect for Christmas music. The tracks have been collected from several sources, including some old LPs and also recordings from personally owned music boxes. I really like that there are so many familiar tunes.
Christmas Greats - The Three Suns
The Three Suns were tremendously talented and each of the three members of the group played mulitple instruments. But most unique thing about them is the unusual blend of instruments. Once you hear them, you will know what I mean. They also have a very playful sound in their arrangements. For purely instrumental Christmas music, The Three Suns is my favorite group. I put songs that have this unique blend on this CD. Jump over to http://www.vintagemusicroom.com/ and listen to the clips. Bet you will agree that they are great!
Christmas Carols by Mount Holyoke Glee Club 1948
I found this 4 record album that was recorded in 1948 and fell in love with the choral music. Mostly these are NOT the common Christmas carols you hear everywhere. Because of the fact that most of us do not already know these songs, I have included an insert of the lyrics for all of the tracks. Choral directors and churches will really enjoy this CD which includes all 11 tracks from the 78 rpm records.
Hope to see you at www.VintageMusicRoom.com. Come on over.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I have a new website professionally designed by Amy Bianco Web Design at http://www.vintagemusicroom.com/. Just got it going October 2011 and it is so nice. I have all my music that was available on this blog there with tracks that I had not shared for free here, plus new music just added for the 2011 Christmas season. You will notice that they are all collected on CDs and the website is searchable too. If you are looking for a particular song or artist, now it will be easy to find it. Also most of my tracks have 30 second clips so you can hear part of the song right on the website. You can also listen to all of the clips in the Music Room. Great ways to find the songs you love, also.
I have not been able to keep the free downloads on this blog due to the cost of the server for storing the files. Instead I have invested that money into the new website with the hope of making a little Christmas shopping money while still giving my e-friends great old-time Christmas music fun. You will notice that for your $12.99 per CD, each CD is packed with music. Most of them have so many tracks that I could not put another track on it. Organizing the music into CDs was sometimes a challenge because I would have more tracks that would have gone on the CD but had to be put somewhere else because the CD was so full. Well, my point is that, even though you have to pay for the CDs, you sure get your money's worth.
Thought I would let you know about some of the newest Vintage Christmas Music CDs that I just released this year. I am really excited about them.
Brenda Lee 1950's Christmas
Everyone remembers Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock". Got them both on this CD plus every other B.L. Christmas song that she did in the 50's, at least I think so. I really love "Gonna Lasso Santa Claus" and "Papa Noel".
Complete Christmas with Patti Page
Patti Page in the 1950's had such a lovely smooth voice and she was a big hit. All the Christmas songs that she did in the 1950's are on this CD. My favs are "Christmas Choir", "Pretty Snowflakes", "Little Donkey", and "Happy Birthday, Jesus". Also included, because they seem to fit in so well, are "The Mama Doll Song" and "I Wanna Go Skating with Willie". As a kid, my sisters and I had records with many of Patti Pages songs done just for children, so I remember her voice fondly.
Complete Peggy Lee Christmas
If you love Patti Page, you probably also love Peggy Lee. I wouldn't be able to choose which one has the greatest voice and both have such memorable music. From this CD, you can hear the very popular "I Like a Sleighride" and "Ring Those Christmas Bells". Also other premier tracks are "The Christmas Spell", "The Christmas Riddle", and "Don't Forget to Feed the Reindeer". She also did radio performances on Bing Crosby's show. I found the track "Manana (Christmas version)" there. She sings it with Bing Crosby and it is so funny, you will be singing it all season, I'll bet. These tracks are hard to find elsewhere, so jump over to http://www.vintagemusicroom.com/ and listen to the clips right now. You will want to take the CD home with you.
Dinah Shore and Judy Garland Christmas
I love both of these ladies' music and they both were performing heavily in the 1940's. These tracks span into the 1960's with about half of them by Dinah and half by Judy. Dinah Shore sings "I'll Walk Alone (Through Every Christmas)" which was popular in WWII. Also another one I love is "You Meet the Nicest People". "The Merry Christmas Polka" is lots of fun, too. Now Judy, with her sultry voice, has "Merry Christmas" and "Star of the East" on this collection. Don't you just love them?
Gene Autry - The Complete Santa Claus Collection
I absolutely LOVE Gene Autry's Christmas songs. He wrote "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", you will remember. He also wrote many, many other children's songs. He was known as the "Singing Cowboy" and has a very good grasp of what children enjoy in Christmas music. Although he did other Christmas music, I chose only the Santa Claus songs for children because the CD is full with just them. Just to mention a few of my favorites: "Santa's Comin' in a Whirly Bird" (that is a helicopter for those not in the know), "Thirty-two Feet and Eight Little Tails", "I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus", "If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas", and "The Night Before Christmas" with Rosemary Clooney. If you are an old kid or know one, or have a child, this is just the Christmas CD for you.
The Lennon Sisters 1950s - Thanks For Christmas
I took the title of the CD from one of the great tracks on the CD, "Thanks For Christmas". If you were alive in the 1950's, you probably saw "The Lawrence Welk Show" on TV. These 4 girls were one of the most popular performers the show had. They have such a smooth, close-harmony delivery and are a true pleasure to listen to. Many of these tracks were taken from recordings of the TV show and had unique noise that had to be removed because of that. But they turned out great! Just listen to "Christmas Island" and "Christmas Moon" to hear them at their best. And who could resist the littlest one, Janet? She sings "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" on this CD. You can also hear "Outer Space Santa" and "Peppy the Peppermint Bear" and I closed the CD with the beautiful "Merry Christmas From Our House to Your House". Think you will love it.
Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring "12 Songs of Christmas" (the entire LP album)
Boy did I look hard to find this LP. It was not ever reproduced on CD to my knowledge and did not sell well when it debuted. (Can't see any reason it didn't.) But it has some unique tracks. This LP was the only place where the track by Bing Crosby entitled "Christmas Candles" could be found (before now, of course). Also two duets with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra -- "Go Tell It On the Mountain" and "We Wish You the Merriest". Frank sings "An Old-Fashioned Christmas", "Little Drummer Boy", and "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". Great for Bing and Frank collectors. Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians was a very popular chorus and its inclusion gives this album a good choral mix.
Everything Bing Crosby For Christmas
Do you have any idea how many Christmas songs Bing recorded? It was so many that this is a 4 CD set! I researched and think I found every one of them. We ALL know and love Bing's great crooning voice. How much better could Christmas music be than when he is singing it?! This set is unique with so many tracks that are difficult to find or totally not available elsewhere.
· Frank Sinatra and Bing singing “The Snowman” which, even though not of the best sound quality, is fun and great to have in your Bing collection.
· One of the most popular Christmas songs, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, is sung by three different female singers -- Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Gloria Wood. Each version is quite different from the others and lots of fun to listen to.
· Another rare track is taken from a skit done on Bing Crosby’s Chesterfield Show in 1949 featuring the great Jimmy Stewart. He was reputed to have been very shy. Bing and Jimmy have fun acting out and singing Jimmy’s engagement speech to his new bride Gloria Hatrick. They end by singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. This may be the first CD collection that has the entire radio skit and I think you will love it.
· A lively version of “Jingle Bells” as aired on Bing’s 1946 Chesterfield Christmas show will get you tapping your toes.
· Peggy Lee had one of her first hits with the song “Manana”. On her December 1949 visit to Bing’s Chesterfield Show, she made up new Christmas lyrics for it, and sang it with Bing. Again this may be the first collection that includes this track.
· We also have included “Here Comes Santa Claus” with Peggy Lee from the 1949 show.
· From the 1968 Christmas TV special, the song “Christmas Glow Worm”, sung with Dorothy Collins, is here.
· A song that does not appear in any list of Bing’s Christmas songs that we could find is included. It was attributed to Bing Crosby and Perry Como and titled “Santa Claus (Is Here to Pay a Call)”. It certainly sounds like Bing Crosby but I cannot be positive about the other voice being that of Perry Como. (Sounds more like Danny Kaye to me.) You can hear it for yourself here and judge. It is a fun song and fits in nicely in this set.
· “Christmas Candles” is a beautiful love song for the season and hard to find in other collections.
Taken from radio recordings, shellac and vinyl records, and television shows, this collection spans Bing’s entire career. If you are a Bing Crosby fan, or if you just want some lovely Christmas music to get you into the holiday mood, you will find this collection is something that you will want to play and keep for many years to come.
An American Christmas (from the Saturday Evening Post archives)
An American Christmas is a delightful collection of Americana that was originally a radio show and first aired in 1984. It was created on 33 rpm LP records to be used by the radio station. This set consisted of 12 LP records and would have aired over 12 or more hours. The last track of the series, containing the signoff and credits, was aired only once during the Christmas season and that was at 2:40 pm on Christmas day, according to a large hand-written note attached to the record set I own.
The writer of this huge project, Bob Shannon, wrote that he had to put this entire program together in four months and had difficulty deciding who he would interview for the personal recolletions. In the end, he picked the prefect subjects -- just plain folks that he found in malls, schools, even nursing homes.
“My goal was to capture voices of all ages. I met a woman who'd been in one of Bob Hope's overseas Christmas shows and a man from Australia, who told me about going to the beach on Christmas day. I heard the story of a soldier in the middle of the Mekong Delta whose most poignant memory was of a helicopter blaring "Jingle Bell Rock" through the fury of a Christmas Eve firefight. I collected memories.”
This set of 6 CDs contains almost 8 hours of music, personal interviews taken from the Saturday Evening Post archives, and other memorabilia such as presidential speeches and history of Christmas songs and traditions. It is narrated by Alex Burton.
Some of the artists include….
· The Beatles
· Elvis Presley
· John Denver
· Bing Crosby
· Frank Sinatra
· Dean Martin
· Wayne Newton
· Perry Como
· Andy Williams
· Johnny Mathis
· Robert Goulet
· Engelbert Humperdinck
· Will Greer (Grandpa Walton)
· Bill Cosby
· Lou Rawls
· The Carpenters
· Kenny Rogers
· Willie Nelson
· Glen Campbell
· The Beach Boys
· The Lettermen
· The Temptations
· Nat King Cole
· Barbra Streisand
· Roger Miller
· Bobby Vinton
· Merle Haggard
· Roger Whittaker
· Emmy Lou Harris
· Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
· Gladys Knight
· Nancy Wilson
· John Schneider
· Brenda Lee
· Henry Hadaway
· Ben E. King
· The Ronettes
· The Oak Ridge Boys
· The Glenn Miller Singers
· Bob B. Soxx and the Bluejeans
· The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
· The Do-Re-Mi Childrens Chorus
· Lorne Greene
· The Muppets
· Michael Jackson
· Jackson Five
· Burl Ives
· Elmo and Patsy
· The Eagles
The Saturday Evening Post, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1828, is a impressive source of the history of our American life. Even the CD cover artwork, by the popular artist Norman Rockwell, which was used as the cover for the December 21, 1935 edition of the Saturday Evening Post magazine has been incorporated into this wonderful snapshot of the American Christmas experience.
Hope you can visit me at http://www.vintagemusicroom.com/ this Christmas season.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Here is a lovely album of choral Christmas music titled "Billy Vaughn - Have Yourself a Merry, Merry Christmas". It was published in 1968 by Billy Vaughn and Bunny Robyn and has some very nice renditions of popular Christmas songs and also a few not-so-well-known Christmas songs.
I also love the album cover. It reminds me a lot of one that I posted under the title of Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra - Christmas Music LP. Do you think it was done by the same artist? They were recorded only 5 years apart, so it seems very possible.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Christmas Song
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Sleep Baby Mine (Carol of the Mother)
Deck the Halls
The First Noel
Click these links to download or listen:
Billy Vaughn - Have Yourself a Merry, Merry Christmas 1968 Side 1 FINAL.wav
Hope you enjoy this album.
To purchase my Christmas songs already on CDs, go to http://www.vintagemusicroom.com/. There are many songs that are not available on my Antique Christmas Music blog (here).
Friday, January 29, 2010
I have had many people ask me what I do to my music files to make them sound so nice. First let me say that I remove all of the noise that I possibly can, without distorting the spirit of the original recording, because I like to hear them that way. I know some folks like the "natural" noise that comes from listening to old records and cylinders, but I like to think that removing the noise makes them more like they would have been when they were new. I also listen to my Christmas music files all through the Christmas season, and listening to them over and over with the noise in them is just plain irritating to my ear. So that's the WHY of the question.
Many of my music files come from records, especially 78 rpm records, that I own. Since mostly these records were made during the 1920s through the 1950s (with some being made both before and after that time frame), that makes them 50 to 90 years old. And some of the records were played many times over the years and not taken the best care of, so they can be really full of pops, scratches, and other noise. I also get files from free downloads on the internet. I do a lot of searching to find the oldest and rarest recordings for my collection. And since many of the files that I download in this way are in their "noisy" form, I also do my noise reduction on them.
Here are some samples of files (just short clips) in the "noisy" stage. You will hear several types of noise and some are really bad, others less so.
PLAYING THESE FILES:
1. Click on the link by the title and a message will pop up asking if you want to navigate away from this site. Click YES.
2. A new window will open. You can choose to download or play the file.
3. After either playing or downloading the file, click your browser's BACK button to come back to this page.
FILE SAMPLES WITHOUT NOISE REDUCTION
Trinity Male Choir - Christians, Awake, Salute the Happy Morn 1922 http://www.box.net/shared/oznxgida0j
Tascott - You Must Think I'm Santa Claus 1906 http://www.box.net/shared/og79gdx2bh
Prince's Orchestra - On a Christmas Morn 1911 http://www.box.net/shared/hle55sym8fDinah Shore - You Meet the Nicest People 1957 http://www.box.net/shared/75f0flgvs8
As you can tell when you play these clips, they could use a little TLC and noise reduction. So I put them through several steps of an audio application to remove impulse noises (pops and clicks) and then the other noises, including hum, buzz, SSSS, machine noise, and general hiss. Once that is complete, sometimes taking much longer than other times, I may do some enhancement to put back a little of the far ranges of sound that the first steps may have removed. I also clip the noise off of the start and end of the file. Then I make the sound level correct to match my other files.
FILE SAMPLES WITH NOISE REDUCTION
Here are the same songs as above, but AFTER all the necessary steps have been completed.
Trinity Male Choir - Christians, Awake, Salute the Happy Morn 1922 FINAL (fixed)
Tascott - You Must Think I'm Santa Claus 1906 FINAL (fixed)
Prince's Orchestra - On a Christmas Morn 1911 FINAL (fixed) http://www.box.net/shared/218kp1bds0
Dinah Shore - You Meet the Nicest People 1957 FINAL (fixed) http://www.box.net/shared/ln38f0l8du
Did you notice that not all noise has been removed? Listen to "Trinity Male Choir - Christians, Awake, Salute the Happy Morn 1922 FINAL (fixed)" to hear what I had to leave in order to keep the sound from getting distorted. Sometimes the noise and the music are so close together that one cannot be removed without affecting the other.
Also listen to "Tascott - You Must Think I'm Santa Claus 1906 FINAL (fixed)" and you will notice that there is still noise, but now you can tell what the music sounds like even so. In the original file, the noise was so bad that it hurt my ears to listen to it more than once. I think you will agree that the corrected file sounds much nicer and you could stand to listen to it over and over.
As you can see, I put a lot of work into each music file so that the result will be pleasant to hear, with the original sound kept true, and as homogenous as possible. It is a labor of love, as this is my hobby. I hope you enjoy my music also.
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Friday, January 1, 2010
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1.) I swear or affirm that the following statements are true.
2.) All of the albums, records, or songs that I have reviewed and offered for free download at this blog since inception have been my own purchases, gifts given to me by friends or family, or have been downloaded online from free download locations. None have been obtained from paid online downloads.
3.) To the best of my knowledge, none of the offered downloads are under current copyright protection.
4.) If requested by a person or entity reasonably assumed to own a copyright of the said song or songs, I will remove a download from the website.