Tuesday, December 04, 2018
A Sears, Roebuck and Company Christmas!
When I found this Silver Seal LP, I thought I'd really found something. Alas, despite its lack of artist credits, it's just an edition of this Johnny Kay LP (image swiped from discogs):
Darn. Oh, well. Perry Como-soundalike Kay had a nice voice, and these under-rehearsed arrangements are adequate enough (the background singers get lost at times), but there's so little change in tone and feel throughout the album, things get a bit monotonous. To my ears, anyway. Plus, to me, Kay sounds like the winner in a Perry Como Sound-Alike contest, with an astonishingly similar voice but without Como's soulfulness. Como was very laid-back, of course--that was his brand--but I think he sang more smoothly and with more warmth. Of course, many find Perry too bland, but I'm right and they're wrong. A famous blues singer--I'm almost sure it was B.B. King--named Como and Tony Bennett as two of his favorite artists. The interviewer wasn't sure he'd heard correctly, but he had. It's always funny when a big-name blues or R&B artist ends up liking someone we wouldn't expect him to, but we're all allowed to like whatever and whomever we choose. Blues singers, too. It's in the Constitution.
Here I am, presenting a Johnny Kay LP that Sears didn't bother to attribute to him, and I'm talking B.B. King, Perry Como, and Tony Bennett. But I really did enjoy this, because I've read a lot about Johnny Kay (he has his fans), and I have him on some Prom/Promenade sound-alike tracks, so this is a chance to hear him twelve times. (Once per track.) And the sound is mostly excellent, for which I have to thank VinylStudio's amazing declicker. After VS declicked the LP, I exported it to MAGIX, where I did some more work and placed track markers, etc., but most of the cleaning was VS's. If you could hear what this sounded like when I set the needle down vs. the final result--well, pretty amazing. I wasn't sure I could save it. Merry Christmas from VinylStudio.
Christmas Carols--Johnny Kay (Silver Seal 1000)
The Wassail Song
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Away in a Manger
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
I Wonder As I Wander
We Three Kings
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Come All Ye Faithful