So, I'm browsing through the record bins at a local thrift store, and a green metallic cover catches my eye. "Wishing You a Merry Christmas" the title beckons. The cover is a retro-chic shiny object. I am compelled to pick it up and look further.
Whoa! Look at this! It's a red vinyl album inside the shiny green sleeve! I love colored vinyl. I even have a blue vinyl version of Elvis' "Moody Blue" framed and hanging on the wall in my Elvis room (yes indeed - an Elvis room). So, what could be better than a bright red vinyl record of Christmas music. The artist is Johnny Cole and his Chorus. Ok - I'll pay the 99 cents and give it a new home.
Now we come to rip-to-vinyl time. Hey - I think I've heard this before. Like last year (or was it the year before?) when I shared out Johnny Kay. I think there's a thread out on a Christmas blog somewhere about Johnny Cole/Johnny Kay and his releases through the years.
There are at least five songs on Johnny Cole's album that weren't on Johnny Kay's. And, on the songs in common, even though Johnny's vocal tracks are very similar, the arrangements and instrumentation is different. So, as it turns out, it is a different record than the Johnny Kay share. And, best of all, the music is really pretty good.
So, here you go - Johnny Cole and his Chorus - "Wishing You a Merry Christmas"
New link location as a Google Doc. Please comment and let me know if you are able to access and download: