You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet

You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet

by Al Jolson
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
04/20/1994
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625503821
catalogNumber:
5038

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jolson   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
George Howard   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Paul Evans   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
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
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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