Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Alexander Goodrich - Christmas Organ And Chimes

Here is yet another Christmas organ music album for my collection. If you're keeping score at home, this is the FOURTEENTH album of the organ variety that I've added since last year.

Wurlitzers, Kimballs, and Lowerys... oh my!

If you've ever thumbed through a stack of Goodwill or Salvation Army albums in one of their stores, chances are you've seen this album. I have seen two different album covers for this one personally and wouldn't be surprised if there were others.

Released by Caroleer Records in 1964, this one features one Alexander Goodrich playing your favorite Christmas tunes.

I wish I could add more. Google searches lead nowhere on either Alexander Goodrich and Caroleer Records.

As for the music, this is about as straight as you can get without an ounce of soul or rhythm. Adding chimes only serve to awaken those who might fall asleep during the tracks. Every public domain song is captured here because chances are Caroleer Records couldn't afford the ASCAP licenses for other Christmas songs. You get a collection of Christmas music that your aunt Sophie could play better - even if she was schlossed with eggnog.

The cover is about the best thing for the entire album. When is the last time you saw a hunk of mistletoe that big hung anywhere? PhotoShop the words off and you've got a pretty fun looking Christmas couple.

This is still available to download over at BongoBells but do yourself a favor - get some of the other great albums he has to offer there. Bongo, you've taken a true vinyl bin staple and preserved it forever. I'm not sure if you ought to be congratulated or not but it's the effort that you put in that I salute. Keep up the great work!

On to the next new Christmas CD in my collection...


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