As I work on a large post that's taking longer than I figured, it's time to put up this delayed post. Only six tracks, but they're classic Waldorf. They are fake gold. And "fake gold" may not sound very complimentary (especially during a gold rush), but I think it's accurate and flattering--Waldorf's fakes are gold, as a rule. At least, when Enoch Light was calling the shots. On that note, I just ordered some post-Enoch Waldorf EPs from eBay, and they're very possibly fakes that were also issued on the Song Hits and Hit Parader labels (sold in the magazines of that name, and in Charlton Comics). They're from the Twilight Zone period, Waldorf-wise, when weird things were being issued, such as all of those recyclings of earlier recordings on LPs sporting blank back covers. Waldorf's weird period. When Waldorf went weird.
This ten-incher, however, is classic Waldorf. It's from 1956, and all the expected folks are present: Artie Malvin, Loren Becker, the Waldorf Ink Spots, Vincent Lopez, Enoch, and... Van Alexander and His Orchestra? Hm. I haven't noticed Van Alexander on any other Waldorf vinyl, but maybe I'm just not paying attention. That happens sometimes. (Did I just type something? Where am I?)
You've got to love that beautifully period, campy cover. The kids, though a little stiffly posed, look like they're having a great time, and it's a good composition, the lettering skillfully arranged around the visuals. I have to wonder about the orange background--felt? Construction paper? Orange chalk on newsprint? The orange wall seems to meet the orange floor in an arc shape, as if the background was curved. Probably not worth wondering about. The cover is simply what it is--a colorful budget jacket. In the scheme of things, the particulars don't matter.
I know--modeling clay soaked in orange juice! Anyway, the question is, why only six tracks? Waldorf was perfectly capable of putting eight tracks on its ten-inch LPs, so why only six? Maybe it's because the six-selection track listing fits so perfectly above the heads of the dancers. That must be it.
Our last two budget rock and roll posts featured "rock 'n roll," but this time the apostrophe has moved to the right: "rock n' roll." I won't bother to mention that the proper contraction of and is 'n', because... Oops, I just did. Oh, well. So, six classic Waldorf tracks, and in a higher bitrate. I had been using MAGIX's default mp3 bitrate when I exported my files, and it was too low. (This way, I get to blame MAGIX instead of myself for not fully studying the export page.) I've had some requests for lossless files, but I don't plan to go that route. Not at this time, as the saying goes. I am, however, going the larger-bitrate route. Everyone has to, at some point in his or her cyber-life. Just as, once upon a time, Waldorf went the Full Dynamic Range route. (Maybe those are orange drapes behind the couple. And a cloth floor...)
DOWNLOAD: Rock N' Roll (Waldorf Music Hall MH-33-170; 1956)