Just last week I was hit like a lightning bolt with the thought "Why haven't I shared Lorne Greene before?" Lorne Greene's "Have a Happy Holiday" was one of the four Christmas records we had when I was growing up, along with a Bing Crosby, Firestone Vol. 5, and a country music collection. I played Lorne Greene and Bing Crosby over and over.
I think there are two reasons why I haven't shared this yet. First, it has been shared before on other blogs, and I try not to duplicate efforts too often. So I just never moved it into the ripping queue.
Second, and maybe I knew this before and subsequently forgot, "A Christmas Cantata" on side 2 of the album has a significant scratch. A scratch that, despite my efforts, prevented me from ripping the whole album. Still, I wanted to share out my copy of this great record from 1965. So, I ripped all that I could (everything except "A Christmas Cantata"), cleaned the rips, removed the noise and prepped them to share. For the Cantata, I went to my archives and found the files I had downloaded a few years back, and included the Cantata from that share. So, thanks to the festive friend who shared this out previously. Although I don't recall the source, I want to give credit where credit is due.
So, it is with great pleasure that I bring you Lorne Greene's "Have a Happy Holiday". This is a terrific record. Lorne's strong baritone voice is perfect for the song selections and readings. His recital of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is especially good, and one of the reasons I loved this record in childhood. Lorne recites the poem with jingly cheer, much animation in his voice, and is accompanied by a Joe Reisman score.
I'm also very partial to "Christmas is A-Comin'", one of the four songs on the album (except for the ones that are part of the Cantata). It's a very nice rendition of a classic song, and once again Lorne shows his talent as an interpreter of the whimsical aspects of the piece.
This is one of my favorite a;bums. Please enjoy "Have a Happy Holiday", courtesy of Der Bingle and the unnamed contributor of "A Christmas Cantata", the final track on the record.
Sorry folks! This is available now on CD, so have to remove the link.