Friday, June 01, 2012
Vintage pops concert
By the way, as Copland-like as Cripple Creek sounds, it predates that composer's efforts in the same vein.
Every one of these are 78 rips, and most sound pretty clean--the previous owners treated these gently. Several amaze me with their vivid recording quality, especially the 1925 sides by Jacques Jacobs, the Brunswick Hour Orch., and Arthur Pryor. Electrically-recorded Pryor is a revelation--what a full and impressive concert band sound. Meanwhile, Russian bandleader Dajos Bela's outfit sounds for (almost) all the world like Paul Whiteman's.
"Pop instrumental" is the chief term I use to describe this vast area of music, and if I seem to be bunching too much under a few headings, it's because I'm trying to cut through the zillions of labels already in existence, from lounge to salon to semi-Classical to Kroger music, all the way to Space Age Pop and its hundreds of sub-categories. The corrective to a glut of labels is a broad and inclusive approach.
To the pops: Vintage Pops Concert
Ballet Egyptien (Luigini)--Quentin M. Maclean, Organ (Columbia 1356-D; 1928)
Pastoral Dance (Edward German)--Jacques Jacobs' Ensemble (Col. 540-D; 1925)
Merrymakers' Dance (German)--Same
Gypsy Love Song (Herbert)--Brunswick Hour Orch. (Brunswick 2972; 1925)
Chloe--Louis Katzman and His Salon O. (Brunswick 3993; 1928)
Was It a Dream--Same
Lilliputian Guard Parade--Dajos Bela's Artists Orch. (Columbia G-12167-F)
Sleeping Beauty's Bridal Procession--Same
Don't Be Cross (Zeller)--Victor Orch. (Victor 16396; 1908)
The Jolly Coppersmith--Arthur Pryor's Band (Same; 1905)
Over the Waves--Arthur Pryor's Band (Victor 19878; 1925)
Cripple Creek (Arr. Lamar Stringfield)--National High School O. (Victor 22095; 1919)