Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Just in time for Christmas, I'd like to offer all the friends of Scratchy Attic this little collection of yuletide country classics first issued on Decca's subsidiary Vocalion in 1967. The ten selections are culled from the label's catalog of seasonal singles and albums, and range from the maudlin (Elton Britt's "Christmas In November") to the ridiculous (Lonzo And Oscar's "Jangle Bells"). While several of the selection are available elsewhere, a few are hard to find, such as Webb Pierce's 1965 single "Christmas At Home", and The Maddox Brothers And Rose's original 1949 version of "Silent Night". The original Maddox single paired the hymn with their spirited version of "Jingle Bells", and while that more upbeat selection has found its way onto some reissue CDs (you can download an mp3 of it here) as far as I know, "Silent Night" has never appeared before in digital form.
Includes jacket and label scans.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the followers of Scratchy Attic, and to all my fellow bloggers!
1. Jimmie Davis-It's Christmas Time Again
2. Loretta Lynn-Silver Bells
3. Elton Britt & The Pinetoppers-Christmas In November
4. Kitty Wells-Away In The Manger
5. The Maddox Brothers And Rose-Silent Night
6. Ernest Tubb-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
7. Webb Pierce-Christmas At Home
8. Red Foley And The Little Foleys-Frosty The Snowman
9. Bobby Helms-Jingle Bell Rock
10. Lonzo And Oscar-Jangle Bells