May 29, 2023
Welcome to episode 82 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be talking about the 1959 album, “Blue Christmas – Trumpet Mood Collection,” by Keiichiro Ebihara And The Lobsters.
I’ve had a lot of “most wanted” albums since I started collecting. This one spent nearly a year in my top three. Thankfully, it proved to be as good as it was elusive. Cleaning it up proved to be a struggle and you can still hear a lot of noise in my files. It took me about as long to digitize it as it did to finally get a copy. I’d work on it, not be happy with the results, then put it aside for several weeks and try it again, each time taking a different approach. I finally let it sit for a few months then came back and gave it one last shot. The results weren’t perfect, but I can live with them.
That said, I hope you enjoyed Keiichiro Ebihara and the Lobsters. I would have liked to have given more background on him, but the side I found when I first got the album is one of several I’ve used for research over the past few years that have disappeared when I went back to check them again. I believe I did a decent job stitching together a somewhat accurate picture of his life based on the liner notes and the few other sources I found.
Join me back here next month as I cover a pair of fun albums from the 1960s. Up first is the sonojournal Electric Guitar Christmas 10, featuring the music of Yoshiyas Ueda and Swing West. Then join me later in the month for “Golden Christmas Part,” which is a compilation from 1964 featuring music by the Blue Coats Orchestra, Yoji Yamashita and the Five Sons, and the Doshiro Quintet. From what I can tell, none of the music on either album has ever been rereleased, so you won’t find it anywhere else.
As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
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