Sunday, September 09, 2007
No, I'm not TV's "Video Professor." Different guy.
However, I am sure that once you try my lessons, you will come back to me for all your computer learning needs.
Anyhow, we've got eleven sacred selections, all from 78s. And what is it about sacred 78s that they rarely show up in excellent condition? Do you have any idea what I went through to make some of these sound like music backed with scratch (vice scratch backed with music)?
Actually, it was mainly three titles: William McEwan's Will the Circle..., Parker and Dodd's Bringing in the Sheaves, and Frank and James McCravy's Will the Circle.... How I got any sound out of the Parker and Dodd, I'll never know. Its surface looks like the product of centuries of wind and water erosion, with the occasional groove remnant peeking through. The McEwan 78 is just a noisy pressing. It's not worn; it just sucked to begin with.
And I had to edit the last verse from the Frank and James McCravy side, because that's where the record wear picked up like crazy, more or less obliterating the content. Up to that point, it sounds O.K. Then it starts sounding way less than O.K.--sort of like a radio station fading into static.
However, there's some truly excellent (for its time) sound to be enjoyed from the Criterion Quartet, Homer Rodeheaver, and Bud Billings-Carson Robison sides--all of which, in spite of presenting your blogger with noise-reduction issues, feature remarkably good fidelity for relics of the early electrical era.
And I'm so tired at the moment, I have no idea what I've been typing. I hope it made sense.
To the sacred shellac:
Click here to reach folder: Sacred Shellac!
Old Rugged Cross (Bennard)--Criterion Quartet, 1926.
Dear Lord Remember Me--Criteriaon Quartet, 1926.
Hideaway--T. Texas Tyler.
There's a Light Guiding Me--Maddox Brothers and Rose.
You'll Never Miss Your Mother Till She's Gone--Bud Billings and Carson Robison, 1928.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Habershon-Gabriel)--Frank and James McCravy, 1927.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Habershon-Gabriel)--Bud Billings and Carson Robison, 1928.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Habershon-Gabriel)--William McEwan, 1913.
Bringing in the Sheaves--Parker and Dodd, 1932.
Jesus, Rose of Sharon (Guirey-Gabriel)--Homer Rodeheaver, 1926.
Where They Never Say Good Bye (Ackley-Ackley)--Homer Rodeheaver, 1926.