Author: Rudy

“¡Something Festive!” for the Holidays!

A perennial favorite of A&M Records fans and collectors, ¡Something Festive! drew upon the 60s A&M catalog for ten unique takes on Christmas and winter holiday classics.  For our followers, fans,  forum members and friends around the world, we are offering the full album here for your holiday streaming pleasure!  This is our “expanded edition” which features twelve additional A&M tracks pulled from numerous sources.  Our “extras” include tracks by Shawn Phillips, Wes Montgomery, Miguel Rios, J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, and Carpenters, along with a bonus single-only release by Claudine Longet. Tracks are captioned with song and artist information. Enjoy, and have a happy holiday season…whichever way you celebrate it!

 

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.

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!