Wednesday, June 13, 2012
World Famous Waltzes, performed by... somebody
Another Royale label spectacular--eight world famous waltzes, with only seven listed, and no artist credits. Meanwhile, one title (Say It Isn't So) isn't even a waltz. Oops. The usual crack job by the ever-alert Royale quality control team.
Incredibly cool cover, though. Especially with the price sticker, etc., cloned out.
Despite the minus-ten-cent production, World Famous Waltzes is a fun collection. This somehow manages to be the case with nearly every Royale/Ultraphonic/Varisty/Rondolette LP of an instrumental-to-symphonic nature. (If only I'd held on to those scores of Record Corp. of America LPs I used to own.) Sound quality is decent, considering, except for the sole untitled track, which is either a crappy transfer of a decent master or a good transfer of a damaged master. Or a bad transfer of a decent master. Or a bad transfer of a damaged master. Or a so-so transfer of a barely adequate master. Or....
On the other hand, it is a waltz. This 10-inch long-playing record originally cost someone $1.98, but I got it for around 15 cents. It was included in a $9.98 box of polka 78s. Never did it expect to debut in cyberspace. It's at a loss for words.
To the (mostly) waltzes: World Famous Waltzes (Royale 1831)
SAY IT ISN'T SO
WALTZ OF THE BELLS
OVER THE WAVES
(Royale 1831, 10", copyright 1956)