Welcome to the fourth episode of season two of Holly Jolly X’masu! This month, to celebrate my one-year anniversary, I’ll be discussing Jimmy Takeuchi and the Exciters’ White X’mas – Drum Drum Drum. It’s a great album, and their “Jingle Bells” has been part of my intro from the start.
From what I can tell, the album was released in 1976. It took some sleuthing, but based on the catalog number, I’m pretty sure that’s accurate. As you can see from my scan, the cover isn’t in the best of shape. Considering how much I paid, I can’t complain. I considered getting another copy just to have a better scan for this episode, but every affordable copy I found had similar damage. I did find a copy one 8-track and nearly got that, but I don’t have a player so it just would have been a curiosity.
Like I stated in the episode, Jimmy Takeuchi worked with and had ties to lots of the artists whose albums I’ve been buying over the past year or so. In addition to the ones I mentioned, he also crossed paths with Naomi Sagara and Yukari Ito, who were the first two hosts of the Sounds in “S” television show. Yukari Ito had a pair of songs on King Records’ 1963 album, Merry, Merry X’mas, which I covered back in June; while Naomi Sagara’s 1975 album, White Christmas, is one of the better vocal Christmas albums of the 70s. As for Shoji Suzuki, below is the cover of his Swingin’ Christmas, with Jimmy in the center on drums.
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