Wonderful interior photo from a Japanese 60's Xmas LP! Presents!
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / Dancing Christmas" by Nobuo Hara and his Sharps & Flats (CBS/Sony SONP 50125-J) cover detail
Home Christmas Deluxe (Nippon Columbia XS-150-N) dig the obi!
12-14-09 Xmas Music
It’s the 14th and, believe it or not, I am not sick of Christmas music yet! How can this possibly be? Well, I changed offices at the end of August, and at my new office, they do not play any music in the communal area – a few people may have it playing in their offices – but nobody out where I sit is blasting mass-market KBIG / Xmas music!
So, without the “Xmas Music O.D.”, I am actually thinking of making a new Xmas CD-R this year! Last summer, on a visit to
ROYAL GUARDSMEN – IT KINDA LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS, LAURIE US 7”
These two were what really got me thinking about Xmas records! The Bobby Goldsboro sounds like his attempt at a Dylan-like Xmas song; The Royal Guardsmen were, of course, the novelty group who made the “Snoopy & The Red Baron” records. Hmmm.
Another cool Xmas CD that we found was the Alan Lomax / Various Artist CD “Sing Christmas and Turn The New Year” (or thereabouts) – a BBC (England) Christmas day 1957 radio broadcast! I must dig out my Alan Lomax book and take another look at it.
A few years ago, I found a very cool book from
Being a record collector, I know that there is still a lot to learn about Christmas records – some other amazing old Japanese 60’s/70’s LP’s I got were:
HARA, NOBUO / SHARPS & FLATS – SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN, CBS/SONY JPN LP
TWIS WOOD-WINDS QUINTET / AMATI STRING – HOME CHRISTMAS DELUXE,
V.A. – CHRISTMAS DELUXE, CBS JPN LP
Do you have a favorite oddball Christmas record? A co-worker told me that the first Oak Ridge Boys Christmas CD is pretty good, and not even very C&W. OK, I am willing to check it out!
I am sure KBIG is still flogging the same old chestnuts; I still hear a bit of background Xmas music when I’m out in shops, restaurants, businesses…never the stuff I actually want to hear – some of it is rather inoffensive, I guess. But tightly playlisted radio stations do wreck some otherwise cool Xmas stuff – as you well know.