The Discogs entry for this set is unusually well detailed (the cover and labels are filled with errors), but... alas, no identification of the singers. (Unless my eyes skipped that data.) And I have no idea who the vocalists are, either, though they are on a professional par with Johnny Mann's and Ray Charles'. I.e., the Ray Charles who is also known as "not THE Ray Charles." Forgive the short essay--I've got some kind of intestinal bug that has a respiratory component, but my body seems to be fighting it off with no problem. Still, winter weather is here, and this room is pretty cold as I speak/type. I need some insulation strips for the windows. As snugly as they shut, I still suspect outside is sneaking in.
This room dates back to 1850 or so. This house was originally a two-story farmhouse, with the upstairs accessible by an opening in the ceiling and a ladder. Bev maintained that this room (my Media Room, with a sloped ceiling that limits my storage space!) and the downstairs were the first rooms built, but our house painter, an expert on such things, studied the foundation and determined that the living room and the room above it were the first. That makes more sense, since they face the road. Two barns stood on this property long ago. One was still standing when John and Bev moved here in 1971 (the year of today's offering!), and they had to have it torn down, as people were holding parties in it, and they were afraid of a fire there. They were less concerned about the trespassing aspect, I guess.
None of which relates to this LP. All of the good ol' holiday favorites, and beautifully recorded and performed. Enjoy! And I'll attempt to feel less flu-ish. I figure this bug will hang around for a few more days. I hope it realizes that it's doomed.
DOWNLOAD: Shell's Wonderful World of Music Vol. 2 (1971)