Broadway Through the Gramophone, Vol. 2

Broadway Through the Gramophone, Vol. 2

     
 

The first volume of British archival label Pearl's Broadway Through the Gramophone series, which collects medleys of songs from Broadway shows recorded between 1909 and the mid-1920s, concentrated on recordings of older shows dating back to the mid-19th century. This one features shows and recordings from 1909-1914, the recordings made contemporaneously withSee more details below

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The first volume of British archival label Pearl's Broadway Through the Gramophone series, which collects medleys of songs from Broadway shows recorded between 1909 and the mid-1920s, concentrated on recordings of older shows dating back to the mid-19th century. This one features shows and recordings from 1909-1914, the recordings made contemporaneously with the original stage productions. Victor Records, in a precursor to the cast album, found that there was a market for the medleys, as recorded by the Victor Light Opera Company, which consisted of the label's leading recording stars, such as Ada Jones and the Revelers. (The 2001 equivalent would be to have Britney Spears and 'N Sync record songs from The Producers.) The singers were not credited individually -- and they are not identified here -- but pre-World War I audiences would have recognized their voices. And even today, comic singer Billy Murray's distinctive reedy baritone is obvious throughout. (Sometimes, the singing is so good you wish you knew who the vocalists were. For example, who is the woman doing those remarkable soprano trills in the medley from The Arcadians?) This was a period when Viennese operetta ruled Broadway, at least in the form of transferred productions often containing interpolations by American composers like the young Jerome Kern, who is heard on six tracks, including such hits as "They Didn't Believe Me" from The Girl from Utah. There are also major American composers like Victor Herbert, who has four excellent scores, including Naughty Marietta, which is full of familiar melodies ("Tramp Tramp Tramp," "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life," etc.), and Sweethearts. The transfers from old 78s retain a great deal of crackle and hiss, but the sound processing has not muffled the music, which comes through despite the static, making this another major contribution to the history of stage music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
Label:
Pearl
UPC:
0727031008323
catalogNumber:
83

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victor Light Opera Company   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Otto Harbach   Lyricist
Jack Raymond   Producer
William Cary Duncan   Lyricist
Adrian Ross   Lyricist
Roger Beardsley   Mastering
Michael E. Rourke   Lyricist
Gerald Bordman   Liner Notes
Harold Atteridge   Lyricist
Percy Greenbank   Lyricist
Robert Chambers   Lyricist
Robert B. Smith   Lyricist
Harry Castling   Composer
James O'Dea   Lyricist
Harry B. Smith   Lyricist
Arthur Wimperis   Lyricist
Lionel Monckton   Composer
Paul A. Rubens   Lyricist
Basil Hood   Lyricist
Edgar Smith   Lyricist

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