Hal Bradley Orchestra - Space Age Santa Claus

So here’s my latest snag from Ebay. It cost me a chunk of change, but c’mon…did you see the title?!?! I couldn’t let it go!

It’s a 45 with Space Age Santa Claus on side one and When Christmas Bells Are Ringing on the flip side. Both songs are written by Ross Christman and performed by The Hal Bradley Orchestra with Patty Marie Jay on vocals.

So here’s my latest snag from Ebay. It cost me a chunk of change, but c’mon…did you see the title?!?! I couldn’t let it go!It’s a 45 with Space Age Santa Claus on side one and When Christmas Bells Are Ringing on the flip side. Both songs are written by Ross Christman and performed by The Hal Bradley Orchestra with Patty Marie Jay on vocals.

It’s got some great organ sounds and a guitar solo drenched with echo. It’s upbeat, bouncy and pretty silly. So, needless to say, it’s pretty great!

The thing is, I started doing some research once I ripped the vinyl and found that it appeared last year on Andy Cirzan’s Santa Claus Soundscapes compilation last year–which, of course, I have on my hard drive! Doh!

Well, I do get the sleeve art, which is pretty boss. I need to photoshop out a lot of the record wear, but it’s in decent condition. The B-side is a slow torch number, not bad but nothing to write home about.

Here are the lyrics to Space Age Santa Claus:

Santa Claus has a rocket sleigh
Getting ready to zoom away
On his first trip into space
In his pressurized suit with the fur along the border
And a long white bearded helmet made just to order
He’ll take the Christmas spirit every place

His eight reindeer will travel by jet
They’ll go farther than they’ve ever gone yet
With the Space Age Santa, Space Age Santa Claus

He’ll loop tinsel around through the stars
Light up Christmas trees all over Mars
He’ll take the dark clouds out of the air
And hang up fluffs of angel hair

He’ll start a gift shop on the moon
Set the moon folk humming Christmas tunes
He’ll stir up egg nog in the Milky Way
To fill the Dippers for the holiday

Space kids will hang up nylon hose
Hear the song about Rudolph’s red nose
Saturn will stroll down Santa Claus Lane
And swing a jaunty candy cane

The Gemini twins will whirl with joy
When he makes The Swan a wind-up toy
He’ll show them how to add to all the fun
And make it orbit ’round and ’round the sun

Oh, Santa Claus has a rocket sleigh
Getting ready to zoom away
On his first trip into space
In his pressurized suit with the fur along the border
And a long white bearded helmet made just to order
He’ll take the Christmas spirit every place

His eight reindeer will travel by jet
They’ll go farther than they’ve ever gone yet
With the Space Age Santa, Space Age Santa Claus

Don’t worry, you’ll get to hear it as part of this year’s ADVENTure in Carols 2005….