Dali Caldis - Sounds For A Swinging Christmas (1973)

Sounds For A Swinging Christmas
The Dali Caldis Ensemble
Windmill WMD 211


  1. Winter Wonderland – Jingle Bells (02:12)
  2. Little Drummer Boy – Frosty The Snowman (03:18)
  3. Hark The Herald Angels Sing – Once In Royal David’s City (02:39)
  4. Ding Dong Merrily On High – Midnight Sleigh Ride (02:30)
  5. Little Donkey – Mary’s Boy Child (02:24)
  6. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear – Xmas Alphabet (02:08)


  1. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas (02:58)
  2. While Shepherds Watched – Good King Wenceslas (02:27)
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – O Come All Ye Faithful (02:21)
  4. Away In A Manger – The Holly And The Ivy (02:16)
  5. We Three Kings Of Orient Are – I Saw Three Ships A-Sailing (02:49)

Liner Notes

Most of the favourite carols, hymns and ballads are all here! A glimpse at the contents list above shows that if any are missing then it’s because we just couldn’t include any more in the space available!! Christmas is a happy time. It is a time when family and friends get together. It is a time for jollity and fun. It is a time for parties. This is the ideal Christmas Party record. The good old ‘hardy annuals’ are played in a happy-go-lucky style by Dali Caldis to the crisp and popular arrangements devised by Syd Dale. These titles will set your feet tapping from the word ‘go’. You’ll roll back the carpet and dance!! ……A very Merry Christmas to you all!



Thoughts From The King

As far as Dali Caldis goes, I can’t find much information about the man other than some of his other albums spread around the internet. The liner notes also mention arrangements by Syd Dale, who is more well known for putting out production and library music.

This one is very much of its era. It was a simpler time in which every record label wanted to put out something with the “Tijuana” sound, based on the popularity of Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass. There is an embarrassing number of such records of varying levels of quality. The main problem with them is that most of them tend to start sounding pretty much the same. (In fact many of the are the exact same–with the same tracks being released under different names and labels.)

This one more or less fits the mold. It’s fun but once it’s over you can’t really remember anything distinct. I find these records are good when mixed in with other music. Too many of these tunes back to back just kind of gets old. But each track on its own is just a ton of fun.

So grab the tracks, shake your maracas and sleighbells and enjoy.

The King of Jingaling