Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Whittemore and Lowe--"Pop Hits on Two Pianos," plus bonus tracks
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)