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Advent calendar: December 11: The Skip-Jacks with Esquivel and His Orchestra, “Here Comes Santa Claus”

The Skip-Jacks with Esquivel and His Orchestra, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1959)
from The Merriest of Christmas Pops
RCA Victor LSP-2032

Esquivel tests the concentration of the Skip-Jacks with his ADD arrangement of the Gene Autry classic. I’m not sure how his theological positions (“Santa Claus knows we’re all Gods children”; “So lets give thanks to the lord above / That Santa Claus comes tonight!”) hold up to scrutiny: that’s a message as mixed as Esquivel’s sonic palette.

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Advent calendar—December 9: “Lullay, Lullow: A Saw a Sweete Seemly Sight”

Stephen Borton and Paul Copcutt, “Lullay, Lullow: A Saw a Sweete Seemly Sight” (14th century; 1976)
Osian Ellis, harp
from Of Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas Music across the Years, vol. 1: Medieval Carols
Argo 90-5732

“A maydin moder, meek and mild,
in credil keep a knave child
that softly slepe; she sat and sang:

Lulay, lullow, lully…”

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Advent calendar—December 8: Memphis Sounds Orchestra, “Sleigh Ride”

Memphis Sounds Orchestra, “Sleigh Ride” (1976)
12-inch single
RSO PRO 014

“Disco,” yes— but I’m sure how “special” this is, yet not even the Memphis Sounds Orchestra can stomp the life out of the Leroy Anderson classic. I especially like the line of boogie-ing Santas on the cover—no doubt carrying sacks full of Qiana and double knit.

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