Saturday, June 09, 2007
So... I described the issue to Box.net in detail. No answer. Then I re-sent the note. Box's reply:
"Hello,If you would like to download a whole folder, you should click into the folder you want to download, then select 'download folder' option on the left hand menu.It may take a moment for this file to be produced, so please be patient. Please let me know if you have any other questions or issues.Thanks,Robert"
I guess I'll have to write back. Problem is, I've already described the issue in complete detail, so what next? I wasn't asking how to download a folder (we all can read "download folder" on the menu), I was asking why the feature isn't working.
Feel free to write them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe if they hear from enough of us, they'll look into the problem.
Sounds so mellow, you'll think to yourself, "Boy, are these sounds mellow." Most of these are from 78s. And most are from the Forties. Are those two facts related, somehow? I guess. Not sure.
Too mellowed-out to think right now. Ahhhhhh. Come, join me in Mellowland.
But before we hop the next cab to Mellowsville, a few words about condition. Whittemore and Lowe's Lover--pretty bad. It's the only title out of the set that plays worth a hoot. Skyscraper Fantasy--pretty noisy. But I got rid of most of the hiss without killing the high end. Don't ask me how, because I can't remember. It's a blur. The various V-Discs--so-so. Luckily, they didn't have a lot of high-frequency "information," so I was able to filter away.
The Jerome Kern medleys are from a Columbia LP reissue of Andre Kostelanetz' 1946 set Music of Jerome Kern. I say "a Columbia LP reissue," because it's from the CL (popular) series, which was preceded by a Masterworks reissue. There may have been a 10" LP, too, though I'm guessing not.
Such details are what make this hobby so dead-bori.... I mean, endlessly fascinating.
Oh, and the last selection (by "The Andre Kostelanetz Orch. as 101 Strings") is my attempt to make a 1946 track sound like a cheesy, echo-drenched 1957 offering. You'll note that the sonic doctoring does make the strings sound greater in number. Fuller. (Stringier?)
On to Mellowsville. And, to let you know, I just sent my second e-mail to Box.net asking why folders aren't downloading. I hope to hear back from them sometime.
Click to get to folder: Mellow Sounds for Saturday.
Skyscraper Fantasy (Phillips)--Mantovani and His Concert Orchestra, 1947. From London 78.
Medley from Snow White and Pinnochio--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946. From V-Disc.
Flamingo (Anderson-Grouya)--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946. From V-Disc.
The Peanut Vendor (Simons)--Howard Barlow Orch., 1947. From V-Disc.
Why Do I Love You?; You Are Love; Ol' Man River--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946.
Amapola (Lacalle)--International Novelty Orch., 1927.
Lover (Rodgers-Hart)--Whittemore and Lowe with Russ Case Orch., 1946.
I'll Never Smile Again--David Rose Orch.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; Yesterdays--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946.
One Love (Rose)--David Rose Orch.
Brahm's Lullaby--David Rose Orch.
Narcissus (Nevin)--Howard Barlow Orch., 1947. From V-Disc.
How High the Moon--David Rose Orch.
St. Louis Blues (Handy)--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946. From V-Disc.
Why Was I Born?; The Way You Look Tonight; Who?--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946.
Dreams of Childhood (Waldteufel)--Prince's Orch., 1910.
I Dream Too Much; The Jockey on the Carousel--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946.
I've Told Ev'ry Little Star; The Song Is You--Andre Kostelanetz Orch., 1946.
St. Louis Blues (Handy)--Andre Kostelanetz Orch. as the 101 Strings (Severely sound-doctored)
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
33 of them! All of which I've put into a single folder (which has a second page, please note). Just a bunch of Beatles "covers" from a real variety of folks--Bobby Rydell, Barbra Streisand, The Mortier Music Hall Organ, (No artist listed), and Andre Kostelanetz. Plus, The Stained Glass, Penny DeHaven, and (No artist listed). Oops. Mentioned him twice.
And... it looks like Box.net hasn't fixed the file-downloading feature yet. I just tried it, and no go. I wrote Box.net two days ago and haven't heard from them. It may be time for a second note.
Luckily, in spite of the ongoing Box glitch, files can still be downloaded individually. And I've always, always wanted to type "in spite of the ongoing Box glitch."
I made most of these before I had sound-editing software, so you'll notice some delayed starts, some clicks and pops, and the absence of such features as fade-in and fade-out. The period before MAGIX software seems like ancient history now, though it was only four or five years ago.
Come, travel with me to that ancient past....
Please click on link to reach folder: Fab Sounds for Wednesday! (Where the title comes up as "Fab Sounds for Wedn...")
She Loves You--The Windjammers, 1965.
She's a Woman--George Chakiris, 1965.
Salute to the Beatles (Lowe-Lanin)--Lester Lanin and His Orch., 1964.
Ticket to Ride--The In-Sect, 1965.
Got to Get You Into My Life--Marian Love and the Airman of Note, 1971.
P.S. I Love You--Clebanoff and His Orch., 1964.
All I Want Is a Seat (To See the Beatles)--Paul Anka, 1964.
Good Morning, Good Morning--Peter Knight and His Orch., 1967.
I Don't Want to See You Again (No Artist Listed), from Hit Parader 31 (45).
I'll Cry Instead--The Windjammers, 1965.
Lovely Rita--Peter Knight and His Orch., 1967.
I Want to Hold Your Hand--Si Zentner and His Orch., 1965.
I Feel Fine--Penny DeHaven, 1970.
Help!--Andre Kostelanetz and His Orch., 1966.
A Day in the Life--Ken Thorne and His Orch., 1970.
Come Together--Frank Chacksfield and His Orch., 1970.
Hello, Goodbye--Longines Symphonette.
Can't Buy Me Love--The Eliminators, 1964.
Honey Pie--Barbra Streisand, 1970.
A Day in the Life--Peter Knight and His Orch., 1967.
A World Without Love--Bobby Rydell, 1964.
My Bonnie (No Artist Listed), from Diplomat 2397 (LP).
Can't Buy Me Love--Henry Mancini Orch. and Chorus, 1965.
I Want You (She's So Heavy)--The Assembled Multitude, 1970.
She Loves You--Mortier Dance Hall Organ, 1966.
Yesterday--Brenda Lee, 1966.
I Want to Hold Your Hand--Peter Nero, 1964.
If I Needed Someone--The Stained Glass, 1966.
Lady Madonna--Andre Kostelanetz and His Orch., 1968.
Your Mother Should Know--Phyllis Newman, 1968.
Norwegian Wood--Perry Botkin, Jr., and His Orch., 1970.
Symphony for Eleanor--The Ides of March, 1970.
The Long and Winding Road--Liberace.
Hope you enjoy these fab sounds for Wedn...!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Terrific photo doctoring, no? I'll bet you can't tell where I inserted the yellow background for my lettering, so flawless is the merging of hues.
Okay, so it's tacky. But it's, um, memorably tacky. Yes, that's the phrase I was looking for. Tackiness you can't forget.
And here are nine (more) of my 78s, all recently ripped and edited and EQ'd. All are new to my collection, and all of them rock. Or whatever the word was back then.
Btw, as I type this, Box.net's file downloading feature is still kaput (except for Mac users, apparently!). The moment I get off this post, I'll e-mail them--as I promised to do earlier and didn't. Apologies.
To quote from the label, Peter Gink was "adapted from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Apologies to Grieg)." We'll start with it:
(Click to reach folder): More of Lee's 78s!
Peter Gink (Cobb)--Columbia Band, Directed by Charles A. Prince, 1918.
Oriental (Rose)--Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orch., 1918.
Down Yonder (Gilbert)--The Happy Six, 1921.
Arabian Nights (David and Hewitt)--Columbia Band, 1918.
My Wonder Girl--Coral Sea--Paul Whiteman and His Ambassador Hotel Orch., 1920.
Prelude in C Sharp Minor (Rachmaninoff)--Victor Concert Orch., 1928.
Ruby--Medley (Robinson)--Vincent Lopez and His Orch., 1921.
Gems from "Oh, Kay!" (Geroge and Ira Gershwin)--The Revelers, 1927.
Virginia Belles--Barn Dance (Kendall)--Prince's Orchestra, 1909.
I plan to get back to a regular blogging schedule before long. At the moment, I'm on Prednisone and an antibiotic. My doc diagnosed me with not only a sinus infection but bronchitis. The Prednisone has me wired, but it's working.