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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Happy Holidays!!! Stick This in Your Ear!!!


Keep pokin' it in there until it hurts. It probably won't take too long.

You're probably safe through the first half of this post. The first half consists of album entitled "A Christmas Festival" by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducted by Eugene Ormandy, along with the Temple University Concert Choir and the St. Francis de Sales Boychoir.

This is a Really Great Christmas Album!

Monophonic recording from 1964 -


  1. O Tannenbaum
  2. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  3. Little Drummer Boy
  4. I Wonder as I Wander
  5. For Unto Us a Child Is Born
  6. Here We Go A-Caroling
  7. Good King Wenceslas
  8. Away in a Manger
  9. Jingle Bells
  10. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  11. Hallelujah Chorus
  12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The second half is much less interesting. It's called "Christmas at Ye Olde Fireplace with Charlie Spivak".

Charlie Spivak, a trumpeter and bandleader best known for his big band in the 1940s, sounds like he's barely awake throughout the entire recording.

Ye Olde Fireplace was a Steakhouse in Greenville, SC in the 60s and 70s. Spivak was the resident band leader for much of that time.

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  2.  The Christmas Song
  3. Silver Bells
  4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  5. Greensleeves
  6. Silent Night
  7. Home for the Holidays
  8. Medley: Santa Claus is Coming to Town /
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  9. Winter Wonderland
  10. Blue Christmas
  11. White Christmas
  12. Adeste Fideles
  13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Hope this helps you get your Holiday Season off to a good start!

3 comments:

Carl Howard said...

I believe I remember seeing that Eugene Ormandy around quite a bit, way back when.
I can't imagine what they imagined for it in terms orf sales projections, but judging from all the copies around, they must have massively over-inflated it.

Traitor Vic said...

I have to agree, Carl. I hadn't really thought of it before (I was 3 Years Old when it was released, after all), but many of the articles that I've seen that make reference to it also "compare" it to an earlier Christmas release from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Great Advertising, really.

Eugene Ormandy did a lot of good for Philadelphia and a lot of good for The Philadelphia Orchestra while he was there. Let's all keep in mind, though, that the entity for which Eugene Ormandy did the most good while Conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra was, in fact, Eugene Ormandy.

mathue said...

Bummer, looks like the link to the album has vanished!