Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Another Christmas With the Blue Ridge Quartet
An excellent offering from the excellent Southern gospel singers, the Blue Ridge Quartet. I'm sad to discover from the Wikipedia page that the group is no more. This looks '70s--maybe 1977-ish. Traditional hymns and carols mixed with four pop titles, one of which--All I Want for Christmas Is You--is obviously not the Mariah Carey song. I can live without hearing Mariah's recording. I don't mind looking at the gorgeous Mariah, but listening to her is another issue entirely.
Christmas Island was written by Lyle Moraine and was a 1946 hit for the Andrews Sisters, backed by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. Ernest Tubb recorded it in 1950. Now you know.
Meanwhile, Little Toy Train is better known as Little Toy Trains, and it was written in 1967 by Roger Miller under the title Old Toy Trains. Every time I hear a Miller song that's new to me, I'm reminded how brilliant that guy was. Extraordinary wordsmith.
Sound is nice. It was recorded at Jewel Recording Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and manufactured by Queen City Album, Inc., also in Cincinnati. I see tons of Queen City Album LPs in the local thrifts. "This recording will never become obsolete," says the back jacket, a claim that showed up on many a vinyl album cover. And it's true--so long as you have a turntable and the LP hasn't been tossed around or otherwise rendered unplayable.
My two-word review: great singing.
Click here to hear: Another Christmas with the Blue Ridge Quartet
The Christmas Story (Recitation)
Oh Little Town of Bethelehem
The First Noel
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
We Three Kings
I'll Be Home for Christmas
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Christmas Island (Inst.)
Little Toy Train
Oh Come All Ye Faithful