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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
When he started making records well before the First World War, Al Jolson was a brilliant comedian capable of disarming patter, skillful mimicry, and vaudevillian finesse. This Living Era compilation covers a timeline from 1913 to 1942, perhaps fortunately stopping short of Jolson's brassy late-'40s comeback material. Recorded variously in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, Jolson is heard backed by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, Isham Jones & His Orchestra, the fictitious Carl Fenton & His Orchestra,the Vitaphone Orchestra, Bill Wirges & His Orchestra, and several studio orchestras operating without anyone's name tacked onto them. This is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
When he started making records well before the First World War, Al Jolson was a brilliant comedian capable of disarming patter, skillful mimicry, and vaudevillian finesse. This Living Era compilation covers a timeline from 1913 to 1942, perhaps fortunately stopping short of Jolson's brassy late-'40s comeback material. Recorded variously in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, Jolson is heard backed by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, Isham Jones & His Orchestra, the fictitious Carl Fenton & His Orchestra,the Vitaphone Orchestra, Bill Wirges & His Orchestra, and several studio orchestras operating without anyone's name tacked onto them. This is a nice mixed bag of samplings from all over Jolie's early to mid-career. As there are only three examples from before 1920, the main emphasis is upon his vibrant 1920s recordings with occasional forays into the following decade. This better than average Jolson retrospective would be even richer and more exciting had the producers included more of his earliest recorded works, best typified here by his highly theatrical behavior during "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life," a magnificent acoustically recorded tidbit from 1913. Recordings of this vintage demonstrate exactly why Jolson caught on as quickly as he did.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1994
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625503821
  • Catalog Number: 5038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jolson Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Randy Newman Composer
George Howard Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Paul Evans Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Producer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ray Henderson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Frederick Tobias Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Michael Brooks Liner Notes
Kevin Daly Producer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Hope Chasin Packaging Manager
Chris Herles Mastering
Brian Rust Liner Notes
Mark Burdett Art Direction
Joe Young Composer
Louis Silvers Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
James C. Bracken Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Dave Dreyer Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Harry MacGregor Woods Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Billy Merson Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Joseph McCarthy Composer
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