Tuesday, January 05, 2010
A wreck of "The Wreck of the John B."
Okay, it's not exactly a wreck, but it is pretty worn, as you can see (my copy of Rex Allen's The Wreck of the JOHN B, that is). No, the edges aren't that rough--the effect was created when I mouse-traced a line around the image so I could put in the red background. The things I do for this blog....
Despite the wear, I got some decent sound out of this 1951 78, and--if you're like me--hearing a non-Beach-Boys version of John B. is always a novelty. Of course, it's the B.B.'s version that should sound like a novelty, but it's all about one's listening history. And which point in history we're peering forward and backwards from. (That was profound, you'll have to admit.) Allen's version dates from the time of the Weavers' hit recording.
Rex Allen had quite an excellent crooner's voice. As for "Lou Douglas," I'm guessing he's also the "Lew Douglas" who appeared on Carlton, Fraternity, Dot, B and F, and Bally, and who backed Joni James on MGM.
Click here to download: The Wreck of the "JOHN B" (Sandburg-Hays)--Rex Allen w. Lou Douglas O., 1951.