The Roaring Twenties [Box]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 6/24/1997
  • Label: Compendia
  • UPC: 015095140029
  • Catalog Number: 1400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whispering - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (3:16)
  2. 2 Palesteena - Frank Crumit (3:02)
  3. 3 Kitten on the Keys - Zez Confrey (3:36)
  4. 4 Ain't We Got Fun? - Van & Schenck (2:55)
  5. 5 Wabash Blues - Isham Jones & His Orchestra (2:55)
  6. 6 The Sheik of Araby - Rudy Wiedoeft's Californians (3:07)
  7. 7 In Old King Tutankhamen's Day - Sophie Tucker (3:01)
  8. 8 Yes! We Have No Bananas - Billy Jones (2:51)
  9. 9 Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight? - Billy Jones & Ernest Hare (2:43)
  10. 10 Fascinating Rhythm - Green Brothers Novelty Band (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Collegiate - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (3:05)
  2. 2 Ukulele Lady - Vaughn DeLeath (3:21)
  3. 3 Poor Papa (He's Got Nuthin' at All) - Jack Smith (2:36)
  4. 4 Bye Bye Blackbird - George Olsen (3:05)
  5. 5 Crazy Words - Crazy Tune (Vo-Do-De-O) - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (2:51)
  6. 6 Someone to Watch over Me - George Gershwin (3:08)
  7. 7 Sunday - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (3:03)
  8. 8 When My Baby Smiles at Me - Ted Lewis (3:15)
  9. 9 At Sundown - Harry Reser's Cliquot Club Eskimos (3:15)
  10. 10 Side by Side - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (3:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Charmaine - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (3:03)
  2. 2 The Varsity Drag - George Olsen & His Music (3:09)
  3. 3 Ol' Man River - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (3:12)
  4. 4 Sunshine - Vincent Lopez (3:21)
  5. 5 Get out and Get Under the Moon - Helen Kane (3:28)
  6. 6 Sonny Boy - Al Jolson (3:15)
  7. 7 You're the Cream in My Coffee - Ted Weems & His Orchestra (3:02)
  8. 8 Sweethearts on Parade - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (3:11)
  9. 9 (I Got a Woman, Crazy for Me) She's Funny That Way - Ben Bernie (2:57)
  10. 10 Makin' Whoopee - Eddie Cantor (3:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 My Time Is Your Time - Rudy Vallée (2:49)
  2. 2 On with the Dance - Ben Pollack (2:44)
  3. 3 Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me - Nick Lucas (2:47)
  4. 4 Falling in Love Again - Marlene Dietrich (2:56)
  5. 5 All I Want Is Just One (Girl) - Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (2:38)
  6. 6 Puttin' on the Ritz - Fred Astaire (2:34)
  7. 7 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me - Maurice Chevalier (2:27)
  8. 8 Stardust - Isham Jones & His Orchestra (3:24)
  9. 9 Cheerful Little Earful - Vincent Lopez & his Orchestra (2:39)
  10. 10 Casa Loma Stomp - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra (3:15)
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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
Al 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
Al 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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