The Phonographic Yearbook: 1920 - Even Water's Getting Weaker

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1919 and 1920, jazz had a major impact on pop culture in the United States -- and that impact is impossible to miss on The Phonographic Yearbook: 1920 - Even Water's Getting Weaker. It isn't as though jazz didn't exist before the late 1910s and early '20s; arguably, jazz started in New Orleans around 1895, when the seminal Dixieland cornetist Buddy Bolden (a big influence on King Oliver and Louis Armstrong) formed his first band. But unfortunately, no recordings of Bolden have survived -- a cylinder that he allegedly recorded in 1898 has never been found -- and the first commercially available jazz recording didn't come until 1917 with the Original Dixieland Jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1919 and 1920, jazz had a major impact on pop culture in the United States -- and that impact is impossible to miss on The Phonographic Yearbook: 1920 - Even Water's Getting Weaker. It isn't as though jazz didn't exist before the late 1910s and early '20s; arguably, jazz started in New Orleans around 1895, when the seminal Dixieland cornetist Buddy Bolden (a big influence on King Oliver and Louis Armstrong) formed his first band. But unfortunately, no recordings of Bolden have survived -- a cylinder that he allegedly recorded in 1898 has never been found -- and the first commercially available jazz recording didn't come until 1917 with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Livery Stable Blues." Many of the 1919 and 1920 recordings on this 75-minute CD illustrate jazz's impact on pop culture during that era, including hits by Art Hickman's orchestra ("The Love Nest," "Hold Me," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy"), the Kentucky Serenaders ("Rose of Washington Square"), and Ted Lewis ("When My Baby Smiles at Me"). Nora Bayes' "Prohibition Blues" and Marion Harris' version of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" are performed in the jazz-influenced classic blues style (as in Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith), and this compilation also contains two of the fox trot instrumental smashes that helped bring about the popularity of dance orchestras: "Dardanella" by Selvin's Novelty Orchestra and Paul Whiteman's "Whispering." Not all of the material is jazz-minded; hits by Billy Murray, Al Jolson, and other 1910s icons exemplify pop singing of the pre-crooner variety. One of the disc's best non-jazz offerings is Charles Harrison's arrangement of "I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time," which became much jazzier when the Andrews Sisters got their hands on it in 1940 and when Nat King Cole recorded a great version with Jo Stafford in 1946. From dance orchestras to pre-crooner pop, this compilation gives listeners a rewarding taste of the music that was popular at the start of Prohibition and the Jazz Age.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Archeophone Records
  • UPC: 656605911823
  • Catalog Number: 9001
  • Sales rank: 166,883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now - The Orchestra (2:43)
  2. 2 Wait Till You Get Them Up in the Air, Boys - The Orchestra (3:03)
  3. 3 Dardanella - Selvin's Novelty Orchestra (3:23)
  4. 4 The Moon Shines on the Moonshine - The Orchestra (3:03)
  5. 5 Let the Rest of the World Go By - The Orchestra (2:57)
  6. 6 The Love Nest - Art Hickman (2:49)
  7. 7 When My Baby Smiles at Me - Ted Lewis (2:49)
  8. 8 Left All Alone Again Blues - The Orchestra (3:01)
  9. 9 All the Boys Love Mary - The Orchestra (2:56)
  10. 10 Alice Blue Gown - The Orchestra (2:57)
  11. 11 Yellow Dog Blues - Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra (3:16)
  12. 12 Swanee - Al Jolson (2:37)
  13. 13 Hold Me - Art Hickman & His Orchestra (3:14)
  14. 14 Prohibition Blues - The Orchestra (3:10)
  15. 15 Whispering - Paul Whiteman & His Ambassador Orchestra (3:16)
  16. 16 Rose of Washington Square - The Kentucky Serenaders (3:08)
  17. 17 You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet - The Orchestra (2:44)
  18. 18 The Love Nest - The Orchestra (3:19)
  19. 19 I'll See You in C-U-B-A - The Orchestra (2:59)
  20. 20 I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time - The Orchestra (3:06)
  21. 21 Tell Me Little Gypsy - Art Hickman (2:45)
  22. 22 You'd Be Surprised - The Orchestra (3:11)
  23. 23 St. Louis Blues - The Orchestra (3:02)
  24. 24 Chile Bean - Paul Biese Trio (3:06)
  25. 25 The Japanese Sandman - Paul Whiteman (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jolson Baritone (Vocal), Soloist
Frank Crumit Vocals
John Steel Tenor (Vocal)
Edith Day Soprano (Vocal)
Charles Harrison Tenor (Vocal)
Art Hickman Piano
Billy Murray Tenor (Vocal), Soloist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Ted Lewis Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Anne Caldwell Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Andrew B. Sterling Composer
Nora Bayes Composer
Art Hickman Composer, Duet
Joe Schenck Composer
Gus Van Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Harry Tierney Composer
Ernest R. Ball Composer
Ben Black Composer
Neville Fleeson Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Meagan Hennessey Producer
Bill Munro Composer
J. Keirn Brennan Composer
John Schonberger Composer
Robert Hood Bowers Composer
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