Editor's note: thus starts the Christmas 45 record season (Even though I'm recording this in late September!). Maybe it's too early for some and most likely too late for others but here you go. A blues classic singing a Christmas non-traditional original.
SHAKE ME I RATTLE OH COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL THE FIRST NOEL GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN WHAT CHILD IS THIS UPON THE HOUSE TOP IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR OLD CHRISTMAS CARD O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SINGS
Editor's note: no notes. I'm in Nashville right now while you're in Christ-masville whirling and twirling through the crystal pyramids of the snowflake mind of the almighty God-head. I'll see you when I get home, kids.
MARCH OF THE TOYS 1:28 O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM 2:25 HAIL TO THE LORD'S ANNOINTED 1:34 MARCH OF THE KINGS/O COME LITTLE CHILDREN 1:54 WE THREE KINGS 1:38 AWAY IN A MANGER 1:22 GOOD KING WENCESLAS 1:05 VON HIMMEL HOCH 1:23 THE GLOUSTESHIRE WASSAIL SONG/IL EST NE 1:30 O COME EMMANUEL 3:05 DANCE OF THE REED PIPES 1:55
MARCH-OVERTURE 3:07 CONVENTRY CAROL 2:37 O TANNENBAUM 1:13 INFANT HOLY 1:45 BREAK FORTH O BEAUTEOUS LIGHT :58 IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR 1:32 GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN 1:27 THE FIRST NOEL 2:00 WHITE CHRISTMAS 1:15 O SANCTISSIMUS 2:04 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 1:21
with the Marcus Osterdahls Choir, Orchestra & Solists
PETERS INTERNATIONAL PLD 2024 1973 STEREO
SANCTA LUCIA (SANCTA LUCIA) DET STAR ETT LJUS I OSTERLAND (A STAR SHINES IN THE EAST) ETT BARN AR FOTT (A CHILD IS BORN) STILLA NATT (SILENT NIGHT) VAR HALSAD SKONA MORGONSTUND (ALL HAIL, THOU RADIANT MORNING STAR) NAR JULDAGSMORGON GLIMMAR (WHEN CHRISTMAS MORNING DAWNS)
NU AR DET JULIGEN (IT'S CHRISTMAS AGAIN) HEJ TOMTEGUBBAR (HEY, TOMTE ELVES) VI SKA STALLA TILL EN ROLIGER DANS (LET'S START A JOLLY DANCE) VI ARO MUSIKANTER (WE ARE MUSCIANS) JUNGFRUN HON GAR I DANSEN (THE YOUNG MAIDEN JOINS THE DANCE) POTPOURRI (MEDLEY)
Editor's note: the recording sounds a little warped to me. Literally and not because of the odd umlauts above some letters. The sound appears to slow in spots or it could just be my eggnog hangover. There...I did some surgery on the center hole and that seems to have alleviated the slowing issue. Anyhow, lots of Christmas tunes that I've never heard before in English or Swedish.
Editor's note: a pastiche of disco, jazz and easy listening music which with its faults still isn't Perry Como's Xmas. Thank God! You've all heard the classics by the mega stars so it's time to put out the lights on the famous and usher in the lesser knowns for this Yuletide season. With a name like High-On Christmas you'd expect something more heavy and hazy but it just didn't materialize. Maybe I'll re-record it at 45 RPM and we can all pretend it's the Chipmunks.
Editor's note: so starts the holiday season and the biggest drinking night of the year outside of New Year's Eve. Just don't let anybody with a phonograph record player and this album within 50 yards of you during this night before Thanksgiving or the day after as well. There is absolutely no raucous in this caucus of dilly-dally frat-boy songs. But it would definitely serve as a good post-drunk plot against your buddies to make them listen to this with a massive hangover. Of course they'll stab you to death with a turkey leg after they stumble off the couch but that's the chance you take at a good old 50 year old college prank.
CHANNEL BALANCE AND PHASING LEFT CHANNEL ELECTRIC ORGAN LEFT CHANNEL PIANO LEFT CHANNEL ACCORDION LEFT CHANNEL HARPSICHORD RIGHT CHANNEL ELECTRIC ORGAN RIGHT CHANNEL PIANO RIGHT CHANNEL ACCORDION RIGHT CHANNEL HARPSICHORD
Editor's note: while the B-Side gets most of the notoriety from record buffs for it's accentuated fuzz guitar and garage sound, "So Hard To Find" isn't exactly mincemeat surprise. That's coming from a fan of The Zombies who thinks that this song is very reminiscent of some of their lesser known songs though this guy ain't exactly Colin Blunstone. That's fine by me too. Good stuff here.
Editor's note: I'm pressing this private presser to my groin and making love to it right now. All records should be so local. Book your gig, record it live and then press the bitch to wax. Even if it's fairly uninspired as this one is. I would say it's lethargic but maybe these people were so used to the Hawaiian way of life that nothing gets them up or down.
Editor's note: for a guy who's cool enough to have his mugshot on the label you might expect him to be a little more well known than his cult following but that's just how we like them here. Now that you're getting your fill of organ fare and classic tunes how about you have some jokes for dessert straight from the man himself!
Editor's note: now this is fucking brilliant! An actual amalgamation of swing classics with a disco flare to them. Long live the geniuses who thought this one up and bring them back for the vinyl revolution!
Editor's note: when I found this record in a 50 cent bin I didn't know that Ms. E. G. was an actress and character voice of several cartoons. Not that knowing would have changed my mind about this sappy, soppy pop album but it might change yours. Either way she's not exactly a wild child.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!