December 19, 2008

Christmas "in the Glenn Miller style"

This album, entitled "Christmas Serenade", is a collection of Christmas standards done "in the Glenn Miller style", featuring the original Glenn Miller singers, The Modernaires.

Not much to say about this one, but it's upbeat and fun, and it just might remind you of being at your grandparents' place during the Christmas season when you were a kid (or last week)!

Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas!

December 16, 2008

Party like it's Christmas 1977!

I guess it makes sense that a company like K-Tel would have released this album back in 1977, at the height of the disco craze.

"Christmas Disco Party" is an album of disco-themed medleys of Christmas tunes. Although the cover says "25 Non-Stop Disco Hits", it's actually divided into 6 medleys, running about 6 minutes apiece, including a New Year's Eve medley to complete the holiday season (trust me, you will have had enough of this album LONG before New Year's Eve).

I'm not kidding, folks - this is pretty terrible stuff, listening to it now three decades later. As we know, the passage of time has not been kind to the general perception of disco music, and this certainly is not exempt from that. If you're anything like me, you might get a small initial giggle from this, but then get bored of it very quickly.

This is a Christmas disco party that would have me making excuses as to why I had to leave early. I post this on my blog as a musical artifact from Christmas past.

December 11, 2008

Christmas in Tijuana!

The swingin' new sound of fun for listening and dancing!

This is an album of "Tijuana-ized" versions of your favourite Christmas songs. It's perfect for your next Christmas party, since it not only features songs appropriate for the season, but does so in a way that will help you think of sunny days and not the kind of nasty cold weather we expect during these months, at least for those of us from "the north". The best of both worlds!

December 3, 2008

Sesame Street Fever! Catch it!

Released in 1978, a year after the super-smash hit film (and soundtrack) Saturday Night Fever, this is a great parody-slash-children's album featuring the Sesame Street gang, as well as an appearance from middle "Bee Gee" Robin Gibb.

The best part of this album is the cover and gatefold, a dead-on remake of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that sold so many copies the year before. The four-panel "Grover and his disco moves" section in the middle of the gatefold is priceless.

The album features six songs, including disco-fied versions of Sesame Street classics such as "Rubber Ducky" and "C is For Cookie". The funniest one in my opinion is "Doin' the Pigeon", in which the always-grumpy Bert has "no intention of getting [Sesame Street Fever] ... everybody's dancing all over the place ... it's silly!" Eventually, though, Ernie convinces Bert to "get down", and soon enough, everyone is "Doin' the Pigeon".

Here is an image of the gatefold: