Monday, May 15, 2017
And we mean cheap. How cheap, you ask? Record Pak-cheap, that's how cheap. Plus, Tops-, Allegro-, and Variety-cheap. These are the pop and country labels you ended up with if you weren't willing or able to spring for the name outfits and artists. Cheap as cheap can be. And lots of fun.
Most of these rips sound decent enough, with the exception of a couple tracks from the Record Pak 78, which I suspect was played with a Stone Age tonearm. An extra-wide needle and heavier tracking force can only do so much for such a battered platter, but the tracks are great fun. (Did I mention fun?)
From 78s (and a 45) from my collection.
Click here to hear: Cheap Label Country
FUN TRACK LIST
Salty Dog Rag--Steve Thompson (Record Pak 149)
Wild Side of Life--Same (Record Pak 149)
Easy on the Eyes--Rusty Gill (Record Pak 149)
The Gold Rush Is Over--Prairie Ramblers; v: Wally Moore (Record Pak 149)
I Walk the Line--No artists credited (Variety EPV-802)
Folsom Prison Blues--No artists credited (Variety EPV-802)
Honky Tonk Man--No artists credited (Variety EPV-802)
My Baby Left Me--Rusty Howard (George Jones), The Rhythm Rangers-- (Gilmar RX-124)
Hep Cat Baby--Rusty Howard, the Rhythm Rangers-- (Tops R244)
Courtin' in the Rain--Same
In the Jailhouse Now--Pat Patterson and the Texas Wranglers (Tops R255)
That's All Right--Same
Knee Deep in the Blues--Dave Burgess and the Toppers (Tops R302)
Singing the Blues--No artists credited (Allegro 1670)
I Walk the Line--No artists credited (Allegro 1670)
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
The 1959 RCA Camden LP, Pop Hits on Two Pianos (above), reissues nine of the ten tracks from the 1946 Whittemore and Lowe 78 set Two Grand. which RCA had the duo pianists redo, under the same title, in 1956, possibly having decided it wasn't grand enough. Anyway, the Camden LP omits The Continental, so I ripped it from my 78 copy and inserted it as a bonus track, because I'm like that.
Completing the Pop Hits on Two Pianos tracklist are three pop-concert mega-standards: Ritual Fire Dance, Malaguena, and Liebestraum, all featuring duo pianists Arthur and Jack without orchestra.
In addition, from shellac in my collection, we have two 1948 orchestra-less sides, plus two 1951 prepared-piano numbers that also qualify as "tape music," given the tape effects therein (quick splices, delay, possibly some speed manipulation), so you can't say without fear of rebuttal that I've scrimped on the Whittemore and Lowe. By the way, Ernie was the person who brought the prepared piano sides to my attention a while back. Thanks, Ernie.
Arthur and Jack were kind of a less flamboyant Ferrante and Teicher, and they were first. Like F&T, they did light classics, pop standards, Broadway, and even country, but in a more laid-back way.
Click here to hear: Pop Hits on Two Pianos, plus bonus tracks
(With orchestra conducted by Russ Case, 1946)
In the Still of the Night
The Song Is You-Same
They Didn't Believe Me
Falling in Love with Love
That Old Black Magic
The Continental (from 78 rpm)
(Without Orchestra; dates courtesy of Buster)
Ritual Fire Dance--December 18, 1947
Malaguena--January 31, 1947
Liebestraum--September 20, 1946
(Bonus Tracks, from 78s)
Night and Day--RCA Victor Red Seal 10-1361 (1948)
Seldom the Sun (Alec Wilder)--RCA Victor Red Seal 10-1361 (1948)
Third Street Rhumba (Clifford Shaw)--RCA Victor 20-4404 (1951)
Begin the Beguine--RCA Victor 20-4404 (1951)