Roaring Twenties [Box]

Roaring Twenties [Box]

     
 

Along with bathtub gin and an ever-rising stock market, another reason we think of the 1920s as a decade of excitement is the music, so much of which seems to have been performed at a foxtrot. This 40-song sampler certainly supports that impression, as the tempo rarely slows. And when it does, the music doesn't become subtle; it's either comic, as in See more details below

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Along with bathtub gin and an ever-rising stock market, another reason we think of the 1920s as a decade of excitement is the music, so much of which seems to have been performed at a foxtrot. This 40-song sampler certainly supports that impression, as the tempo rarely slows. And when it does, the music doesn't become subtle; it's either comic, as in Eddie Cantor's performance of "Makin' Whoopee," or melodramatic, as in Al Jolson's "Sonny Boy." But even those are exceptions -- for the most part, a series of dance bands, led by Paul Whiteman, Isham Jones, Fred Waring, George Olsen, Irving Aaronson, Jean Goldkette, Ted Lewis, Guy Lombardo, Vincent Lopez, Ted Weems, Ben Bernie, and Glen Gray, among others, breezes through sprightly tunes, sometimes leaving space for a singer to take a chorus. Many of the songs remain familiar and help define the campy style of the era: "Ain't We Got Fun?," "The Sheik of Araby," "Yes! We Have No Bananas," "The Varsity Drag," "You're the Cream in My Coffee," and "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me." There are also a few that have survived as standards, ennobling the names of their composers, such as the Gershwins' "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Ol' Man River," and Richard A. Whiting and Neil Moret's "(I Got a Woman Crazy for Me) She's Funny That Way." A four-disc set running just over two hours that could have fit comfortably on two CDs, Intersound's The Roaring Twenties is hardly the definitive word on the music of the decade. In many cases, hit songs are presented in their number-one hit recordings: Whiteman's "Whispering" and "Ol' Man River," Van and Schenck's "Ain't We Got Fun?," Billy Jones' "Yes! We Have No Bananas," Lewis' "When My Baby Smiles at Me," Lombardo' s "Charmaine" and "Sweethearts on Parade," Jolson's "Sonny Boy," and Nick Lucas' "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me." In the cases of songs that were not chart-toppers, often the biggest hit version is included, or the performer is one closely associated with the song, such as George Gershwin performing a piano rendition of his own "Someone to Watch Over Me." But this is not by any means the 40 1920s songs that were the most popular in their day, or that have proven the most long-lived since; it's a sampler. In fact, curiously enough, the last seven tracks all date from 1930, a fact the brief annotations fully acknowledge. These recordings tend to feature movie stars like Maurice Chevalier and Marlene Dietrich rather than recording stars. Things were hardly roaring by then, and in songs like "Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)" and "Stardust," that frantic tempo finally slows down.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/1997
Label:
Compendia
UPC:
0015095140029

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Whispering  -  Paul Whiteman Orchestra
  2. Palesteena  - Frank Crumit
  3. Kitten on the Keys  - Zez Confrey
  4. Ain't We Got Fun?  -  Van & Schenck
  5. Wabash Blues  -  Isham Jones & His Orchestra
  6. The Sheik of Araby  -  Rudy Wiedoeft's Californians
  7. In Old King Tutankhamen's Day  - Sophie Tucker
  8. Yes! We Have No Bananas  - Billy Jones
  9. Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?  -  Billy Jones & Ernest Hare
  10. Fascinating Rhythm  -  Green Brothers Novelty Band

Disc 2

  1. Collegiate  -  Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians
  2. Ukulele Lady  - Vaughn DeLeath
  3. Poor Papa (He's Got Nuthin' at All)  -  Jack Smith
  4. Bye Bye Blackbird  - George Olsen
  5. Crazy Words - Crazy Tune (Vo-Do-De-O)  -  Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
  6. Someone to Watch over Me  - George Gershwin
  7. Sunday  -  Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
  8. When My Baby Smiles at Me  - Ted Lewis
  9. At Sundown  -  Harry Reser's Cliquot Club Eskimos
  10. Side by Side  -  Paul Whiteman Orchestra

Disc 3

  1. Charmaine  - Guy Lombardo
  2. The Varsity Drag  -  George Olsen & His Music
  3. Ol' Man River  -  Paul Whiteman Orchestra
  4. Sunshine  - Vincent Lopez
  5. Get out and Get Under the Moon  - Helen Kane
  6. Sonny Boy  -  Jolson
  7. You're the Cream in My Coffee  -  Ted Weems & His Orchestra
  8. Sweethearts on Parade  - Guy Lombardo
  9. (I Got a Woman, Crazy for Me) She's Funny That Way  - Ben Bernie
  10. Makin' Whoopee  - Eddie Cantor

Disc 4

  1. My Time Is Your Time  - Rudy Vallée
  2. On with the Dance  - Ben Pollack
  3. Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me  - Nick Lucas
  4. Falling in Love Again  - Marlene Dietrich
  5. All I Want Is Just One (Girl)  -  Gus Arnheim & His Conconut Grove Orchestra
  6. Puttin' on the Ritz  - Fred Astaire
  7. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me  - Maurice Chevalier
  8. Stardust  -  Isham Jones & His Orchestra
  9. Cheerful Little Earful  -  Vincent Lopez & his Orchestra
  10. Casa Loma Stomp  -  Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Marlene Dietrich   Track Performer
Rudy Vallée   Track Performer
Jolson   Track Performer
Ben Pollack   Vocals,Track Performer
Ted Lewis   Vocals
Frank Crumit   Track Performer
Sophie Tucker   Track Performer
Eddie Cantor   Track Performer
Maurice Chevalier   Track Performer
Nick Lucas   Track Performer
Ben Bernie   Track Performer
Isham Jones & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Helen Kane   Track Performer
Vincent Lopez   Track Performer
George Olsen   Track Performer
Billy Jones   Track Performer
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Zez Confrey   Track Performer
Vaughn DeLeath   Track Performer
Fran Frey   Vocals
Ernest Hare   Track Performer
Fred MacMurray   Vocals
Van & Schenck   Track Performer
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians   Track Performer
Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians   Track Performer
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ted Weems & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Irving Aaronson & His Commanders   Track Performer
Parker Gibbs   Vocals
Tom Stacks   Vocals
Weston Vaughan   Vocals
Rhythm Boys   Vocals
Lynch   Vocals
Vincent Lopez & his Orchestra   Track Performer
Louis Panico   Cornet
Keller Sisters   Vocals
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sammy Fain   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Don Kennedy   Liner Notes
Peter Norman   Composer
Gary Rice   Digital Reprocessing
Andrew B. Sterling   Composer
David Lennick   Original Transfers
Ken Wells   Graphic Design
Rob Enslin   Producer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer

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