Various Artists – Santa Swings The Windup – A Stocking Full Of Shellac Dust (Vinyl LP)


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Release Date:  2023

Label:  Bear Family


Track List

Side A

  1. What Will Santa Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’) – Louis Prima and his New Orleans Gang
  2. Blow Blow Thou Winter Winds – Bob Crosby and his Bob Cats
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – The Ramblers (vocal: Marcel Thielemans)
  4. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music – Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
  5. And The Angels Sing – Count Basie and his Orchestra (vocal: Helen Humes)
  6. Peace Sister Peace – Monette Moore with The Phil Moore Orchestra
  7. Jingle Bells (Intro spoken an sung by Glenn Miller and Paul Douglas) – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Side B

  1. Ring Dem Bells – Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra
  2. Christmas Night In Harlem – Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  3. Santa’s Secret – Johnny Guarnieri with Slam Stewart
  4. There’s Frost On The Moon – Chick Webb Orchestra (Vocal: Ella Fitzgerald)
  5. Snow Ball – Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra
  6. Santa Claus Came In The Spring – Putney Dandridge and his Orchestra
  7. Bells Of Auld Lang Syne – Joel Cowan and Thornel Swartz



Shellac instead of stardust: when Santa Claus takes off his boots and unpacks the gramophone after his work is done: Bear Family Recordsr delves deep into the shellac box! No intrusive bells, chumming ho-ho’s or strangely distorted reindeer voices: Every year around the same time the displays of the department stores are bending with hastily and often suspiciously similar compiled ‘swing’ samplers, since swing is coming back. Our journey through the depths of various shellac racks, however, brought to light quite a number of undiscovered treasures. Thus we could stand up for the true ‘Spirit of Swing’. Thrilling music of the ’30s and ’40s, highly danceable, elegant but cool, performed by expert jazz musicians, at the time pressed onto a mélange of shellac, slate flour, soot and cotton flakes, to be played with a steel needle (or optionally cactus spikes for lower volume) at an unbelievable 78 RPM and… extremely fragile. ‘Windup’, by the way, refers to the suitable playback device with a crank; from today’s point of view, very sustainable and environmentally friendly! Big names like Glenn Miller – with a very special Jingle Bells version, recorded live on Dec 24, 1941!!! – Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, Count Basie or Ella Fitzgerald as well as Putney Dandridge have expressed themselves in their own way on the subject of Christmas.

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