Featured Album: Big Beat X’mas by The New Adventures/You

Big Beat X'mas

The New Adventures/You
Big Beat X’mas
King Records SKK-823 (Japan)
1973

Side One

  1. Jingle Bells (02:50) – The New Adventures
  2. Santa Claus Is Commin‘ to Town (02:32) – The New Adventures
  3. O Tannenbaum (02:33) – The New Adventures
  4. So Lovely Night (03:47) – The New Adventures
  5. Ave Maria (03:00) – The New Adventures
  6. White Christmas (03:35) – The New Adventures
  7. Silent Night (02:07) – The New Adventures

Side Two

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (03:02) – You
  2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (02:37) – You
  3. No. 9 (from Beethoven Symphony No. 9) (02:35) – You
  4. Here Comes Santa Claus (02:54) – You
  5. Adam & Eve (02:26) – You
  6. Blue Christmas (03:31) – You
  7. Auld Lang Syne (02:52) – You

Liner Notes

(I do not read or understand Japanese and so can provide no insight into what it says here. If you can translate this for me, please get in touch so I can share what it says.)

From the King

I’ve been collecting Christmas records for many years, and I have a certain fondness for music that would have played during my youth in the late 1960s/early 1970s. So we’re talking what is often called “Now Sound”, which usually is a mash of psychedelic pop with elements of jazz and choir. There’s a broad range of this out there, but as a collector you get to a point where you feel like you’ve discovered it all. Once in a while somebody digs up something (Herman Apple, or Akira Ishikawa) that just makes you go, “Wow!” This is one of those moments.

One of the strategies I’ve come up with in recent years to hunt for undiscovered gems is to do searches in languages other than English. I’ve discovered some great stuff. This is one that came up in a search for Japanese Christmas albums. There was no information to be found but the cover obviously made me figure this had to be something wild. (The cover you see here on the blog has been altered by me to make it SFW. The original is full frontal.) I found a copy online and bought it without hearing a second of music. And you’ll be glad I did.

This is some funky, rock-soul from 1973 Japan. Each side is performed by a different band/artist. The New Adventures are all wawa guitars, B3 organ, and soul horns performing instrumental versions of Christmas favorites. It’s an even funkier version of what Soulful Strings were doing. They do some things to Ave Maria and Silent Night that in some ways just don’t make sense, but I’m glad they did them. The frenetic opening of Silent Night would give Barbra Streisand’s Jingle Bells whiplash…

The New Adventures – Santa Claus Is Commin’ to Town
Big Beat X'mas Gatefold
Inside Gatefold

On side two You (try Googling that band name…) get down for a bit more of a traditional rock feel. Rudolph and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa sound like fun rocking little numbers. Then, oh then, we hear the unmistakable opening guitar of The Stones’ Paint It Black which You mash into Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (hence the song title, No. 9). But then it gets even weirder, the chorus comes in–in Chipmunk voices! I slowed it down and couldn’t tell if it was the original German or Japanese (though I suspect the latter). The next tune also does a mashup, adding the riff from Cream’s classic Sunshine of Your Love to Here Comes Santa Claus. I don’t get the connection, but it’s fun.

You – Here Comes Santa Claus

This will be a fun album to toss on at your Christmas party to confuse and entertain your guests. I also suspect some of these songs to definitely show up on Christmas mix CDs in the coming years.

Enjoy!

The King of Jingaling

There are multiple scans of the cover, with and without the obi (the pink strip with the album info). Both downloads below include all the same files, but the SFW has the cover you see here embedded in the files. It’s not the way the obi actually fits on the cover, but I used it just to keep things clean for the blog. You can download either file and use whichever cover you want for your files.

Download album with SFW cover in the MP3 file tags.

Download here.

Download the album with NSFW cover in the MP3 file tags.

Download here.

UPDATE: If you downloaded these before Thursday, December 20, 2019, the stereo channels were reversed. These now link to the updated files with the correct stereo channels.

2 Comments

  1. Tim

    There’s a blog called LOST TURNTABLE and the guy who writes it is living in Japan teaching English as a second language. He seems like a nice guy, maybe if you approach him with scans he could help you out with translation.

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