Saturday, July 11, 2009
As last time, these titles are associated with Bill Haley but didn't necessarily originate with him. And, this time around, nearly all are budget-label versions, save for the Cadence track by the Four Tophatters, which I ripped from a 10" Cadence LP of pop covers called 8 Top Hits. Oddly enough, the 10" Cadence LP in question is very much like the pop-hits collections put out on Tops, Royale, and, especially, Waldorf. It may even have been the model for the rest--I don't know.
I do suspect some kind of connection between Cadence and Waldorf, but I haven't had time to "research" (read: Google) the subject.
TunePac doesn't seem to be a label that shows up much, so I was pretty happy to find the TunePac cover of Crazy Man, Crazy pictured above. As luck would have it, it's a cover of Ralph Marterie's cover of the Haley version (a double cover?), but a good cover-of-a-cover it is. The orchestra is led by Bernie Saber, who wrote the music to Good Things from the Garden, which we all know as "From the valley of the jolly--ho, ho, ho!!--green giant!"
The Dick Ronson (love that name!) cover of Rock Around the Clock was credited to Bill Warren when it appeared on Big 4 Hits and Fred Gibson when it appeared on Tops. This version is starting to grow on me.
The Tops knock-of Dim, Dim the Lights is quite decent, and we get to hear Clock covers by the Smokey Mountain Rangers and the Evans Sisters.
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ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK--Dick Ronson (Super Value Extended Play Records), 1955.
CRAZY MAN, CRAZY--Ray Brankey w. Bernie Saber Orch. (TunePac 5002).
DIM, DIM THE LIGHTS--Brian King w. Lew Raymond Orch. (Tops).
DIM DIM THE LIGHTS--The Four Tophatters, 1955 (Cadence).
R-O-C-K--Artie Malvin w. Enoch Light Orch. (18 Top Hits).
SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR--Value Hit Parade Tunes 120.
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK--The Evans Sisters w. the Sherwin Linton Rock and Roll Revival Band.
SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL--Jim Brown w. the Four Bells, Sy Oliver O., 1954 (Bell).
SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR--Danny Daniels (Tops R-275).
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK--Smokey Mountain Rangers.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Lee Hartsfeld asks, "Won't you listen to my records?"
Me, with my previous turntable (Dual 1229). I needed an image for this post, so I stuck this up. It's from last year, maybe. I don't remember. I just needed an image. To put up, I mean. Here. At this blog.
Sorry. I got stuck in really-short-sentence mode.
Anyway, I imagine saying "right light note" several times would lead to pronunciation issues.
Light music from 78s--my offering to you. From 1928, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra playing Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman and an equally lovely, played-to-death standard, the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. Sound quality is awesome, despite some surface crackle. Then, from 1939, two swing arrangements of famous light works, courtesy of Matty Malneck--Carnival of Venice and the overture to William Tell.
From the same year, the Columbia Salon Orch. with Albert Ketelbey's In a Persian Market--and, from 18 years earlier, the Victor Concert Orch. performing the same composer's In a Monastery Garden, complete with sound effects and male chorus. In between, the Casino Orchestra and the Nights of Gladness waltz in nice 1913 fidelity. It would have sounded even nicer with a less worn surface, but someone liked this one and played it a bit. Which is good. 78s that survive in terrific shape are, by definition, neglected discs.
Don't neglect this playlist: ZIP FILE NO LONGER AVAILABLE Ripped from 78s in my collection.
TALES OF HOFFMAN: BARCAROLLE (Offenbach)--Columbia Symphony Orch. Dir. by Robert Hood Bowers, 1927.
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA: INTERMEZZO (Mascagni)--Same.
WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE (Rossini)--Matty Malneck and His Orch., 1939.
CARNIVAL OF VENICE--Same.
IN A PERSIAN MARKET (Ketelbey)--Columbia Salon Orch., 1939.
NIGHTS OF GLADNESS WALTZ (Ancliffe)--Casino Orch., 1913.
IN A MONASTERY GARDEN (Ketelbey)--Victor Concert Orch. w. Male Chorus, 1921.
Light music on thick, heavy 78s--isn't that a contradiction? I'll have to ponder that when I have nothing better to think about. Anyway, if I've mistyped anything on this page, it may be related to the fact I am, as I type this, half asleep. You can tell by the fact I'm semi-snoring.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
A lot of collectors, when going through a row of vinyl or a stack of shellac, happen upon sacred discs and say, "Somebody must collect these." Hi. I'm Somebody.
Ten selections ripped from 12-inch 78s--and if I'd known how much editing would be needed for these, I'd have given myself a week instead of a day! Cross-cuts and needle digs and gouges, oh, my. I thought these were in better shape. That's what I get for thinking.
But I've made them all very listenable. Well, actually, the performers made them so. And the songwriters. And the studio orchestra. And the sound engineers. And I'd like to thank my Mom and Dad and their Mom and Dad, and the Moms and Dads of every, etc.
All but one of these discs are medleys, so I've got a long playlist to type. Lost of great gospel titles show up here--Sweet Hour of Prayer, The Home Over There, Brighten the Corner, Hold the Fort, and the feel-good The Great Judgment Morning. There's much to love. And the fidelity is all state of the art--for the years listed. Was state of the art. Anyway....
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SACRED SONGS--No. 1--Victor Mixed Chorus w. Orch., 1917.
(Holy Night, Face to Face, One Sweetly Solemn Thought, The Psalms, Hosanna)
SACRED SONGS--No. 2--Same.
(Babylon, Flee as a Bird, There Is a Green Hill Far Away, Holy City, Star of Bethlehem)
GOSPEL SONGS--No. 3--Victor Mixed Chorus w. Orch., 1917.
(The Precious Name, Sweet Hour of Prayer, Throw Out the Life-Line, The Ninety and Nine, Safe in the Arms of Jesus)
GOSPEL SONGS--No. 4--Same.
(The Home Over There, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere, Shall We Gather at the River, Tell Mother I'll Be There, When the Road Leads Home)
THE GREAT JUDGMENT MORNING (Pickett)--Homer Rodeheaver, 1913.
MOTHER'S PRAYERS HAVE FOLLOWED ME (de Armond-Ackley)--Same.
HYMNS OF PRAISE--No. 1--Victor Mixed Chorus w. Orch., 1916.
(Oh Come, All Ye Faithful; Lead Kindly Light; Rock of Ages; Holy, Holy, Holy; Onward Christian Soldiers)
HYMNS OF PRAISE--No. 2--Same.
(All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, Abide with Me, Jesus Lover of My Soul, Nearer My God to Thee, Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow)
GOSPEL SONGS, No. 1--MOODY AND SANKEY HYMNS--Victor Mixed Chorus, 1916.
(Pull for the Shore, In the Sweet Bye and Bye, Almost Persuaded, Hold the Fort, Where Is My Boy To-Night, Beulah Land, God Be with You)
GOSPEL SONGS, No. 2--BILLY SUNDAY HYMNS--Same.
(I Am Coming Home, I Walk with the King, If Your Heart Keeps Right, De Brewer's Big Hosses, Sweeter as the Years Go By, Since Jesus Came Into My Heart, Brighten the Corner Where You Are)