Well readers, it's that time of the season where I share out a few vintage vinyl records for your holiday listening pleasure. First up this year is a great little record, "Drambuie Christmas Classics". This record has been shared out previously on other sites, but I found a copy in good shape, and I love Drambuie, so I got it and decided to rip and share.
This one of those product tie-in records that doesn't provide much information about the musicians. We have a producer, Paul Whitehead, and a trio of arrangers/conductors. We have Nashville as a recording location and we know where the lacquering was done (lacquering, not liquoring) and by whom. But no musicians. So, I've dubbed them The Drambuie Orchestra.
This is a tangy and sweet collection of a dozen Christmas standards. Nothing surprising in the selections, with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" leading off and "Joy to the World" as the closer. The arrangements and performances are very well done, making this a very enjoyable listening experience. Good while you're trimming the tree. Better if you're supervising the tree-trimming while having a little scotch and (ahem) Drambuie. Perfect! in fact, I'd say :-)
As a bonus for the sophisticated listener, there are Drambuie recipes on the back of the album cover. Rusty Nail. Oh yeah. Frosty Nail. Sounds intriguing. Maybe I'll have one of those while watching "Frosty the Snowman". Eggnog. Easy as pie.
This is a fine record to kick off sharing season. Please enjoy "Drambuie Christmas Classics".
Update: I've re-ripped side 2 to (I hope) remove some vibration/skipping. New zip is at the below link.