Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cassettes: 7 ...and Now a Word From Our Sponsors

Welcome to the Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks 12 Days of Christmas celebration extravaganza!!! (Don't send me messages telling me that the 12 days of Christmas actually BEGIN on Christmas and end on January 6th, with the Epiphany. I know. But I'm not celebrating that way... so let us quickly move along.)

Today I'm featuring a couple of cassettes that jumped out at me for a couple of different reasons, not necessarily because of who performed them, or songs included... but mainly because of who was responsible for creating them

These are two Christmas music compilations that were sponsored by folks that I would not normally associate with Christmas... at least not initially. 

First up we have "Christmas with Courvoisier Cognac" performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. What we have here people, is a Christmas tape sponsored by a booze company.

The folks at Courvoisier keep it simple and instrumental here, because they know that once people get nice and boozed up they don't want a lot of confusing Christmas lyrics going on in the background to harsh their buzz.

-Side A- 
1. Deck the Halls
2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
3. Angels We Have Heard on High
4. Adoramus Te, Christe
5. Silent Night
6. Adeste Fidelis

-Side B- 
7. The First Noel
8. Gesu Bambino 
9. What Child Is This? 
10. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
11. Coventry Carol
12. Joy to the World

And finally, we have a cassette created by the folks at True Value hardware stores. 

I don't know... I guess I just thought it was funny that a chain of hardware stores put together a collection of Christmas songs. AND... this thing has "The Night Before Christmas" performed by WILLARD SCOTT!!!

This guy. 

Oh whoops! I meant:

This guy. Merry Christmas.

-Side A-
1. Willard Scott - "The Night Before Christmas"
2. Julie Andrews - Hark! The Herald Angles Sing
3. Bing Crosby - O Holy Night
4. Garth Brooks - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. The Lettermen - What Child is This
6. Wayne Newton - Silent Night
7. Air Supply - Winter Wonderland

-Side B-
8. Nat "King" Cole - The Christmas Song
9. The Beach Boys - Frosty the Snowman
10. Glen Campbell - I'll Be Home For Christmas
11. Dean Martin - White Christmas
12. Anne Murray - O Come All Ye Faithful 
13. Andy Williams - Joy to the World
14. Ella Fitzgerald - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

There's some genuinely great music in the mix here, with classics from the likes of Andy Williams, The Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and Julie Andrews. Garth Brooks makes a sort of anachronistic appearance, and let's not kid anybody about it... I bought this thing for Willard Scott. And because a hardware chain put it together. 

I'll be going right up through Christmas day itself posting, so be sure to join me back here tomorrow for more of the 12 Days of Christmas Cassettes celebration!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Hunting!

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