Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Jan August - Christmas Favorites


I found this album at Beverly Records in Chicago back in March of 2006. Upon examination, I saw some deep scratches that thought would give me fits.

When I played it on the turntable, the scratches soon gave way to craters. Several tracks needed assistance and despite all my efforts, I couldn't get clean recordings of them. I featured one of the tracks ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town") for my 2007 Yuleblog Sampler and I thought that was that.

However, eBay came to the rescue and I picked up a replacement copy there. This one was in excellent condition and I was able to get side one recorded (at long last!).

I've come to really like this album - it's just a plain piano playing Christmas tunes and August does a fine job. Here's a Liberace album for those who didn't want to be seen purchasing Liberace albums!


Jan August - Christmas Favorites


Happy listening...


Capt

8 comments:

Tim said...

Ahhh..Beverly Records: "If we don't have it, it hasn't been printed!" My wife repeatedly threatens me with divorce if I even so much as breathe the name of that store.

The last time I was there, I spent $25 for Danny Kaye's first album on 78. Gold..pure gold.

Hit Parade said...

Captain

The Mercury Album Discography dates this album: "MG 20160 - Christmas Favorites - Jan August [1956] Issued in monaural only."

Jan August had two top 10 hits:
"Miserlou" (7-December 1946) and
"Bewitched" (8-July 1950).

Hit Parade

Anonymous said...

i love your blog...what a find!!!
il mooking for the will downing christmas love and you cd...can u help please!

merry xmas!!!!!
t-

CaptainOT said...

Tim - You should see their WALL of Christmas albums - I spent nearly two hours going from A to Z.

Hit Parade - You came through again with another year! Thanks so much!

T - The Will Downing CD is available everywhere online and at your local retail stores. Happy hunting!


Capt

Tim said...

Cap'n.. you shouldn't oughta told me that!

HONEY...where's the checkbook?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this upload. I have an original vinyl album - Canadian release. I bought it around 1958. It's a great album and every year, at Christmas time,it's one of the first LPs I listen to. Although my vinyl copy is still in good condition, now, thanks to you and your Blog, I'll have it on CD.
Merry Christmas!
A Canadian with lots or records

CaptainOT said...

Anon - Thanks for checking in from the Great White North! Stay tuned... I just found an alternate cover that I'm gonna try to post before December 25!


Capt

Anonymous said...

My dad used to play this album each year when we decorated our tree. My mom still has the original album, and my sister picked it up at a records dealer some years ago but I never found a copy. It has unmeasurable sentimental value to me, so I was ecstatic to find this on your blog. Thank you!