It May Be Winter Outside…

Granted it’s a bit of a stretch, but let’s run with a Winter-themed tune today.  It’s cold, it’s snowing…so why not? This is a track originally recorded by Felice Taylor in 1967 called “It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart, It’s Spring).”  The group Love Unlimited redid the tune in 1973.  From the long song title, you may have guessed the tune’s composer–Barry White.  White had recorded a handful of albums for A&M back in the day, and Love Unlimited was his “girl group” that he also produced for, backed by the Love Unlimited Orchestra (which would have a Billboard #1 instrumental hit with “Love’s Theme”). White of course had plenty of hits on his own.

Captain Sensible’s “One Christmas Catalogue”

Formerly of IRS Records’ The Damned, here is Captain Sensible’s “One Christmas Catalogue” as today’s holiday feature.

Rare Amy Grant “Let The Season Take Wing” cassette single

Offered as a bonus cassette through Target stores with her A&M Home For Christmas album, “Let The Season Take Wing” is today’s A&M rarity. Thanks to our good pal Harry for the digital transfer!

Sting’s “I Saw Three Ships”

From the third A Very Special Christmas CD comes Sting’s take on the traditional “I Saw Three Ships.”

The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride

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Today’s wall of (holiday) sound is “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes. This comes from an album assembled and produced by Phil Spector called A Christmas Gift for You, which also features other popular groups that Spector produced. With the early A&M albums sharing an engineer (Larry Levine) and studio (Gold Star), it’s a natural that this familiar soundscape fits right in!  Fortunately this is readily available on CD, and can also be downloaded in a high-res version from HD Tracks!

A little holiday Squeeze on “Christmas Day”

Hot off of the success of Squeeze’s three charting A&M singles “Slap and Tickle,” “Up The Junction” and “Cool for Cats” (from their same-titled second album) came this non-LP holiday track from 1979, “Christmas Day.”  This classic lineup features eventual co-leaders Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford (guitars and vocals), along with Jools Holland (of “Later with…” fame) on keyboards, Harry Kakoulli (bass) and Gilson Lavis (drums).  All are seen hamming it up in this forgotten video.