Vol. 1: If I Had a Talking Picture of You

Vol. 1: If I Had a Talking Picture of You

by Paul Whiteman
     
 

In 2007, Dutton Vocalion, an historical reissue label specializing in vintage British dance band music, dilated its zoom lens to take on the works of society bandleader Paul Whiteman. This transatlantic gesture demonstrated impeccable logic as Whiteman was the archetypal purveyor of carefully arranged, sweetly jazz-inflected pop music during the 1920s and '30s. His… See more details below

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In 2007, Dutton Vocalion, an historical reissue label specializing in vintage British dance band music, dilated its zoom lens to take on the works of society bandleader Paul Whiteman. This transatlantic gesture demonstrated impeccable logic as Whiteman was the archetypal purveyor of carefully arranged, sweetly jazz-inflected pop music during the 1920s and '30s. His influence upon the English music industry was considerable, and can be detected in the early recordings of Ambrose, Bert Firman, Jack Hylton, and Harry Roy. Producer Michael J. Dutton is well known for his skillful remastering of music initially stored in the grooves of ancient gramophone records. This charming anthology contains 24 selections recorded between December 28, 1925 and October 15, 1938. These are arranged in Dutton's characteristic almost-but-not-exactly chronological sequence. There are hardly any instrumentals. Among some 12 vocalists heard on this collection, the most famous names are Vaughn DeLeath and Bing Crosby. As for instrumental jazz cameos, you'll want to listen for Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, and Eddie Lang. Whiteman recorded Richard Whiting's attractive melody "The Japanese Sandman" acoustically in 1920, again using the electrical process in 1928, and yet again in October 1938 using an ensemble billed as his "Swinging Strings." This latter recording is the one placed at the close of the first volume in what promises to be a generously endowed series of Whiteman compilations from Dutton Vocalion. Bravo!

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
Dutton Vocalion Uk
UPC:
0765387612924
catalogNumber:
6129
Rank:
193649

Tracks

  1. Sweet Child (I'm Wild About You)  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  2. I Never Knew How Wonderful You Were  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  3. I'm in Love with You, That's Why  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  4. No Fooling  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  5. Louisiana  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  6. Changes  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  7. Ol' Man River  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  8. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  9. Who Do You Love?  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  10. I'll Always Remember You  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  11. Make Believe  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  12. You Took Advantage of Me  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  13. Do I Hear You Saying (I Love You)  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  14. If I Had a Talking Picture of You  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  15. I'm a Dreamer... Aren't We All?  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  16. My Lucky Star  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  17. Button Up Your Overcoat  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  18. Blue Night  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  19. Sittin' on a Rainbow  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  20. Old New England Moon  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  21. Love in Bloom  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  22. Afterglow  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  23. True  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  24. Japanese Sandman  -  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

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