Memories of Old Broadway: 60 Vintage Recordings of Songs from the Musical Stage, 1904-1

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The subtitle of Take Two Records' three-hour, triple-disc set Memories of Old Broadway is "60 vintage recordings of songs from the musical stage, 1904-1934," and that's what it delivers, in chronological order, both by the opening date of the show in which each song was featured, and the year the recording was made. Of the 60 tracks, 17 are performed by the actual artists who introduced them on-stage, and another seven are by artists who appeared in the shows in which the songs were featured. In several other cases, the performer is the songwriter. Still, more than half of the selections are pop interpretations of show tunes. Thus, the album is not only a musical ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The subtitle of Take Two Records' three-hour, triple-disc set Memories of Old Broadway is "60 vintage recordings of songs from the musical stage, 1904-1934," and that's what it delivers, in chronological order, both by the opening date of the show in which each song was featured, and the year the recording was made. Of the 60 tracks, 17 are performed by the actual artists who introduced them on-stage, and another seven are by artists who appeared in the shows in which the songs were featured. In several other cases, the performer is the songwriter. Still, more than half of the selections are pop interpretations of show tunes. Thus, the album is not only a musical history of Broadway, but also a history of popular music over a 30-year period. And it scores heavily on both counts, presenting one song standard after another. Indeed, the song titles and songwriters are frequently better remembered than the performers, who include still-familiar names like Fred Astaire, Al Jolson, and Kate Smith, along with a host of singers and bandleaders nearly lost to history. In many cases, that obscurity is unjustified; for example, Billy Murray, the most successful recording artist of the first quarter of the 20th century, and the definitive interpreter of the songs of George M. Cohan, heard here on three tracks, deserves wider recognition. Annotator Gerald Bordman writes that Jim Bedoian, who assembled this collection, whittled its 60 songs down from an initial list of 300, which should give a sense that this is really a sampler more than a full-fledged chronicle. But it still works well as a collection of musical highlights. The tracks have been mastered from records, with sound restoration applied, and the results are quite listenable, though one must forgive the hiss on the earliest selections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • Label: Take Two Records
  • UPC: 734021051023
  • Catalog Number: 510
  • Sales rank: 263,862

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Give My Regards To Broadway - Samuel H. Rous (2:34)
  2. 2 Yankee Doodle Boy - Billy Murray (2:36)
  3. 3 You're A Grand Old Flag - Billy Murray (2:46)
  4. 4 Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life - Victor Herber Orchestra (4:02)
  5. 5 Beautiful Lady - Lucy Isabelle Marsh (3:42)
  6. 6 Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers - Al Jolson (3:09)
  7. 7 Hello, Frisco, Hello - Reinald Werrenrath (2:52)
  8. 8 I'll Say She Does - Al Jolson (2:43)
  9. 9 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Harry Fox (3:31)
  10. 10 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody - John Steel (2:36)
  11. 11 Rose Of Washington Square - Billy Murray (3:23)
  12. 12 A Kiss In The Dark - Olive Kline (3:03)
  13. 13 Old Fashioned Love - Noble Sissle (2:39)
  14. 14 Rose-Marie (2:43)
  15. 15 Tea For Two - Lewis James (3:03)
  16. 16 Song Of The Vagabonds - Rudolf Friml (2:58)
  17. 17 Who? - George Olsen & His Music (3:15)
  18. 18 A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You - Helen Clark (3:26)
  19. 19 Birth Of The Blues - Harry Richman (2:48)
  20. 20 Play Gypsies, Dance Gypsies - The Artists Ensemble (3:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Do, Do, Do - George Gershwin (3:04)
  2. 2 Lily - Ted Lewis & His Band (2:32)
  3. 3 Sometimes I'm Happy - Vaughn DeLeath (2:46)
  4. 4 Did You Mean It? - Lee Morse (3:22)
  5. 5 Where Have You Been All My Life? - Nat Shilkret Orchestra (3:01)
  6. 6 The Best Things In Life Are Free - George Olsen & His Music (3:21)
  7. 7 My Heart Stood Still - Jessie Matthews (3:19)
  8. 8 Thou Swell - Herbert Gordon's Adelphi Whispering Orchestra (2:33)
  9. 9 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Helen Morgan (3:04)
  10. 10 You Took Advantage Of Me - Irving Kaufman (3:11)
  11. 11 Doin' The New Low-Down - Bill Robinson (3:03)
  12. 12 I Must Have That Man - Lew Leslie's Blackbird Orchestra (3:18)
  13. 13 I'm On The Crest Of A Wave - Harry Richman (2:24)
  14. 14 Lover, Come Back To Me - Evelyn Herbert (3:40)
  15. 15 Stout Hearted Men - Perry Ascam (2:41)
  16. 16 Let's Misbehave - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (2:49)
  17. 17 Watching The Clouds Roll By - William Wirges Orchestra (3:06)
  18. 18 Until You Get Somebody Else - George Olsen & His Music (2:55)
  19. 19 Button Up Your Overcoat - Al Goodman Orchestra (2:28)
  20. 20 Liza - Al Jolson (2:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful) - High Hatters (2:53)
  2. 2 Don't Ever Leave Me - Helen Morgan (2:37)
  3. 3 Great Day - William C. Elkins Jubilee Singers (2:57)
  4. 4 You Do Something To Me - Chick Endor (2:58)
  5. 5 Exactly Like You - Harry Richman (3:15)
  6. 6 Thank Your Father - Al Goodman Orchestra (2:43)
  7. 7 Fine And Dandy - The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (3:06)
  8. 8 I Got Rhythm - Kate Smith (2:44)
  9. 9 Embraceable You - Arden-Ohman Orchestra (3:10)
  10. 10 Something To Remember You By - Libby Holman (3:16)
  11. 11 Love For Sale - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (3:35)
  12. 12 You Said It - Red Nichols (3:05)
  13. 13 White Heat - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (3:03)
  14. 14 Ooh! That Kiss - Arden-Ohman Orchestra (2:43)
  15. 15 Of Thee I Sing - The Knickerbockers (3:08)
  16. 16 Soft Lights And Sweet Music - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (3:28)
  17. 17 I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - Mary Ellis (3:20)
  18. 18 Heat Wave - Ethel Waters (3:03)
  19. 19 Anything Goes - Cole Porter (3:10)
  20. 20 You're The Top - Ethel Merman (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rudolf Friml Piano, Soloist
George Gershwin Piano, Soloist
Fred Astaire Vocals
Harold Arlen Vocals
Leslie Hutchinson Piano
Frank Luther Vocals
Dick Robertson Vocals
Fran Frey Vocals
Johnny Marvin Vocals
Bob Borger Vocals
Three Waring Girls Vocals
Sylvia Froos Vocals
Scrappy Lambert Vocals
Eddy Thoms Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
George M. Cohan Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Silvers Composer
Jim Bedoian Producer
Gerald Bordman Liner Notes
Eliscu Composer
Friml Composer
McHugh Composer
Gershwin Composer
Greg Parks Cover Art
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