Monday, November 11, 2019
Veterans Day 2019--Sounds from 1902 to 1941
Save for the mournful anti-war classic The Trumpeter (J. Francis Burton-J. Airlie Dix, 1904), which I present often at this blog (this is my latest and best rip), these tracks are kind of a happy affair. Or a happy-sounding affair, anyway. Jaunty, cheery stuff--who knew Gettysburg was such a blast? (No pun intended.) But happy-sounding marches about war are part of pop music history, so what can I say? And Ferde Grofe's March for Americans is a straight-out patriotic salute, so its cheery tone is completely appropriate. I like it more every time I hear it--Meredith (The Music Man) Willson and his concert orchestra do great work on this 1941 12-incher, part of a Decca set called Modern American Music. Ja Da and Good Bye, Dolly Gray were big WWI pop numbers, though the latter was a Boer War number. In fact, says Wikipedia, "The song was popularized as a Boer War anthem, it was written during the earlier Spanish-American War." I think they left out a "though" at the start of that sentence. Ja Da is from a vertically cut 78 on Okeh by the New Orleans Jazz Band, whose pianist was Jimmy Durante. He eventually took over the group.
Vertically cut 78s are a challenge, because summing the channels eliminates the vertical aspect, and the result is... no sound! With MAGIX, it takes a two-step process--first, I move the "centered sounds" to the right or left, then I save the results. Then I place the saved channel on both sides. Rumble is an issue with non-lateral-cut 78s, since I can't eliminate it by summing the channels, but there is a great DeRumbler filter in the program, which I only now discovered can be used by itself, without having to take a noise sample first. Very handy. This way, I can knock out the rumble on the verticals, leaving me free to give acoustics some bass.
Bugle Call Rag is a jazzy kind of parody--"jazzy" in the 1923 sense, which can sound sort of corny to modern ears, but it's gold to fans of "hot" dance music. Battle of the Nations is a 1915 E.T. Paull march--WWI before my country became involved. Paull's marches and novelty pieces, many composed by him, were catchy but no classics. Their covers, on the other hand, were often extraordinary. I just swiped this image from the Smithsonian Institution's website. I probably have it in my collection, but finding it would take forever:
All selections ripped by me from my shellac collection. Have a great 78 rpm Vets Day! And, on the file, I goofed on the American Army March credit--I typed "Iasselli" instead of "Iassilli." In case you notice.
DOWNLOAD: Veterans Day 2019
March for Americans (Ferde Grofe)--Meredith Willson and His Concert Orch., 1941
Ja Da (Intro. You'll Find Old Dixieland in France)--New Orleans Jazz Band, 1918
Battle of Gettysburg (Descriptive March--E.T. Paull)--Conway's Band, Dir. Patrick Conway, 1917
Bugle Call Rag (Pettis-Schoebel)--Lyman's California Ambassador Orch., 1923
Battle of the Nations (Descriptive March--E.T. Paull)--Conway's Band, Dir. Patrick Conway, 1916
American Army March (G. Iassili)--Creatore's Band, 1925
Good Bye, Dolly Gray--Columbia Quartette, 1902
My Dough Boy--One-Step (Hugo Frey)--Joseph C. Smith's Orch., 1918
The Trumpeter (Descriptive Ballad)--Raymond Newell, Baritone, Ion Swinley, Narr. (1929)