Good day all, here on the 23rd of December. Today I have my final share of the season. This year and last, the vinyl sharing has diminished in numbers, for several reasons. First is the omnipresent battle against time to do sharing right. I should start preparing in about July, but that never happens. Second is the availability of vinyl. The thrift stores in these parts don't seem to produce the gems that other sharers find, so supply is limited. Last, and related to the second factor, is that more and more Christmas records from the past are now available as commercially re-released CDs or downloads. Which is really a good thing - we all love it when a classic record is re-mastered and re-released. Good for us, good for the artists (or copyright holders), and good for Christmas music.
But, I'll still keep looking and sharing as I can. Which brings us to today's share, "Christmas Hymns and Carols" by Bob Ralston. This is an organ/chimes/chorus record, of which there are many, but this is a very good one. The record consists of 10 medleys of Christmas songs, mostly very familiar tunes, but there are a couple lesser known gems added into the medley mix, such as "Little Stranger in the Manger" and "Ding-a-Ling, Ding-a-Ling". The arrangements are lively and pleasing. I've labeled the tracks simply "Track 1", "Track 2", etc, instead of listing out the medley components on each one.
I love the album cover too - nothing like a Christmas morning to get up, put on a shirt, tie and sweater if you're Dad, and a smart dress with Christmas tree brooch if you're Mom, and then running down to the Christmas tree!
Please enjoy the last share of 2015 - Bob Ralston's "Christmas Hymns and Carols".