Thursday, December 06, 2007
Our last yuleblog entry showed off an various artists album with many of the artists on the Decca label during the year of 1957. We stay in that year with an entire album by one of those artists - Owen Bradley.
Bradley was a successful country music producer and one of the pioneers of the "Countrypolitan" sound that emerged from Nashville in the late 1950s and early 1960s - lush strings, background vocals, and smooth crooning (i.e. Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, and some select Patsy Cline).
With Owen taking the lead on the organ and his quintet backing him up, these songs are simple, straightforward, but with some distinct style and pizzazz all their own. This is a cut above your average run-of-the-mill Christmas organ music albums!
Note: This album was recorded last year (not the best clean up job - some scratches and fuzz remain) and was scheduled to be shared out - it had a chance of being a "featured album" at FaLaLaLaLa.com.
However, our friend PDMan posted his own copy (which sounds much better than my copy) at FLLLL and I decided to pull the album from its original schedule slot. The only reason it's here now is because I'm rapidly running out of albums that I can share and time in which I can post them.
Decca the halls part 2:
Owen Bradley & His Quintet - Joyous Bells Of Christmas