Thanks to all who served, including those who served with me!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Greetings! It's almost Halloween, and I've been too ill to post any scary stuff for the holiday (unless you find barbershop frightening), but... looks like my 2016 posts are still up and running! I really went to town last year--I'd forgotten how much. I must have felt a heck of a lot better than I have this year.
So, here are the 2016 post links. Ignore the Box.com message about the preview not loading--just hit the download button. All is fine--I've test-downloaded all of these successfully.
And there's the fact I have very few "new" Halloween tracks on hand, so I'd just be recycling this year, anyway. Halloween isn't like Christmas. If it were, there'd be thousands more Halloween records! Even as liberal as I am with my definition of a "Halloween track" (I've tossed in flying saucers, Little Nell, and even dinosaurs one year), the things just get harder to unearth.
And... a fun post from 2014 featuring 1964 Sunset House catalog ads. I wonder if anyone is still selling the "Spook Hand" that sticks out of the toilet seat? (Not making this up....)
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Wow--I didn't realize I'd been absent from this blog for two months. I'd have guessed one, not two. Time flies when you're ill, I guess. My apologies.
Today, 17 vintage barbershop recordings, all (as far as I know) by white quartets. More on that later. Some fabulous singing is coming your way.
In a follow-up post, I'll talk about my absence (ah, the joys of Prednisone!), and I'll give background on these (mostly) barbershop gems contained in today's playlist, all ripped by me from my shellac collection with Vinyl Studio and MAGIX software. For now, here's the wonderful music:
Click here to hear: A Little Close Harmony
A Little Close Harmony (a.k.a., The Old Songs)--Criterion Quartet (1921)
Down at the Huskin' Bee (Same)
Sweet Adeline--Peerless Quartet, 1926
In the Evening By the Moonlight--Same
The Owl and the Pussycat (melody: De Koven)--Haydn Quartet, 1908
Bring Back My Bonnie to Me--Haydn Quartet w. Orch., 1906
Darling Nellie Gray--Peerless Quartet, 1925
Down By the Old Mill Stream--Brunswick Quartet, 1911
Way Down Yonder in the Cornfield--Imperial Quartet, 1915
Honey That I Love So Well--Chicago Glee Club (Male Quartet), 1911
You're a Great Big Blue-Eyed Baby--Heidelberg Quartet, 1913
And the Green Grass Grew All Around--American Quartet, 1913
Kentucky Days--Peerless Quartet, 1912
Rainbow (Wenrich)--Shannon Quartet, 1926
Red Wing (Mills)--Same
The Cross Bow (De Koven, from "Robin Hood")--Imperial Quartet, 1915
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Before I forget, and for those who don't already know, it's Christmas in July time at Ernie (Not Bert). (Wait, it's August! Boy, is Ernie dedicated!) Everyone is wondering how Ernie does it, and that includes me!
Meanwhile, over here, some soothing sounds for people having trouble getting to sleep--people like, oh, for example, me. Four superb sides by Paul Whiteman--three of them "concert" treatments of pop songs and the fourth a symphonic jazz piece by Rube Bloom called Soliloquy. These are my own rips from my own 12-inch 78 rpm copies, and I hope I've done the originals some justice.
Meanwhile, on the sleep front, I'm halfway there with a recent prescription that has me sleeping like a log but, unfortunately, still plenty sedated after getting up (or, rather, making the attempt!). It's back to the drawing board, but at least I've experienced some decent sleep. Problem is, I need decent awake time, too. Comes in handy....
Two of our selections--Lover and I Can't Give You Anything But Love--feature (in my opinion) lovely vocals by Jack Fulton, whose biggest fan has to be Gary Giddins, author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams--The Early Years, 1903-1940. who describes Fulton's singing style as "effeminate" and "almost flaccid," apparently because Jack sang in a (gasp!) falsetto. (What was next? Long hair? Flowery clothes?) I would like Giddins' book a great deal more if he'd managed to present Bing as something new and important (which Bing certainly was) without resorting to insult-a-thons, but the volume is dedicated to hyping Bing as the hero in a sea of backward squares (is that redundant)? In other words, same ol' pop biography.
To the music. Sorry for all the junk on the Zippyshare page:
I Can't Give You Anything But Love--Paul Whiteman and His Orch.
ALL PAUL WHITEMAN ORCHESTRA (in "concert" mode)
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Arr: Ferde Grofe)--Vocal, Jack Fulton (1928)
When Day Is Done (Arr: Ferde Grofe) (1927)
Soliloquy (Rube Bloom, Arr: Grofe?) (!927)
Lover (Arr: Adolph Deutsch?)--Vocal, Jack Fulton (1933)