WORLD RECORD AUSSIE CHRISTMAS

Friends of Vinyl Connection will know of the interest we have in the Australian World Record Club for its marvellous album cover designs of the sixties and early seventies.

I want to share with you one of my favourites, acquired recently from Mrs Helen Cameron of Keilor Park (via my local Op Shop). Picking up this 1961 LP made me unreasonably (but seasonally) happy. The combination of Christmas iconography and Aussie images is delightful. Hope you like it too.

Many thanks, Mrs Cameron.

When it comes to music, however, the all-time favourite around the Vinyl Connection Homestead is Don Burrows genial jazz LP from 1978. It featured in a post from a couple of Christmases ago, wherein the circumstances around my employment as a Father Christmas were revealed. Don, accompanied by George Golla and other notable Australian jazz musos, explores some classic seasonal songs with swinging aplomb. A very accessible and fun album.

Whatever your setting, social connections, spiritual schemes and sipping preferences, have a great day.

[There’s a seasonal post at Lonely Keyboards, too. Find it here]

26 comments

  1. Happy Holidays, Bruce! – Marty

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    1. Cheers Marty. Same to you! And thanks for your contributions to Vinyl Connection during the year.

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  2. Happy Days, I can’t bring myself to buy a Christmas record.

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    1. I can’t bring myself to buy a Happy Days record. 😉

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      1. the Fonz will be crushed

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  3. I’ll raise a glass to unreasonable, yet seasonal, happiness any day – cheers Bruce!

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  4. Season’s Greetings

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    1. Vielen Dank, und Sie auch.

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  5. Love, love, love that Australian carols jacket; there’s something so pleasing about good graphic art. And I love that the Burrows LP is on the Cherry Pie label!

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    1. Knew you would, JDB. One of my retirement dreams is to start (yet another) blog about the WRC album cover designs. Probably a very small audience, but still…

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  6. Wishing you even more seasonal happiness;
    your posts have delivered happiness throughout the year.

    As the year finishes and I reflect on the listening year, I find that my choice for best album is not one that delivered easy happiness but one that delivered satisfaction via persistence and concentration (‘Set the teeth and stretch the nostrils wide’). The apparently free jazz of Dimensions and Extensions by Sam Rivers (ignored after its recording and then later tacked onto an Andrew Hill album, I think) has wonderful texture, structure and inventiveness. And maybe even some musicality.
    Not bad for $10 at JB HiFi

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    1. Have a couple of Sam Rivers, though not that particular title. Perseverance is certainly required for much ‘free’ jazz – glad to hear that this one delivered on your suffering, sorry, commitment. Kula Se Mama was one I gave up on but should try stretching my teeth for. 🙂
      Thanks for your readership, DD.

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  7. I don’t listen to a lot of Xmas music on purpose except for jazz renditions. I could dig ‘Cool Yule’

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    1. It’s great fun, CB.

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  8. Merry Christmas Bruce! Try not to get sunburned (he said, jealously)

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    1. I always wear a hat and sunscreen, Joe.

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      1. Damn your nation and all your warmth!

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  9. Awesome! I’m not much of a one for Christmas music, but I can appreciate things of beauty like those two LPs. Way to go, Mrs. Cameron!

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    1. Don’t play the Christmas ones much either, Aaron! (Other than the Don Burrows, of course!)

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  10. These look exceptional, Bruce. Cool Yule. Amazing. No Christmas LPs here, I’m afraid… though I did stream one or two via internet. Anyhoo, I hope you and the family had a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks J. Likewise for you and the bairns.

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  11. My goal for next Christmas is to stroll around in a white outfit playing a flute.
    Cool Yule indeed.

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    1. Do it! Post photos! 🙂

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  12. Bruce:
    I’m unfamiliar with those songs on the Christmas album-are those still popular seasonal songs?

    That is a beautiful album cover!

    ted

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    1. Hi Ted. The songs were “newly composed” at the time, though to the best of my (limited) knowledge, few are still performed or even known. Still, as you say, beautiful album cover.
      Bruce

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