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Dime Store Hot Dance 1927-1930

Dime Store Hot Dance Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazz Oracle
  • ASIN: B00005UBNE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars SYNCOPATED JAMBOREE 19 Dec 2010
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There is hardly a title on this CD that will be familiar to anyone but the most hardcore of collectors. Most tunes were penned by in-house composers of the Regal Record Company and hardly ever recorded by anyone else than by the house bands they featured. This does not mean that the music is worse than some of the songs that did become hits in those days, although some reviews on American Amazon will have us believe just that. The bands are relatively small (nine musicians at the most), stocked with such well known names as Tommy Gott, Mannie Klein, Don Murray, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Schutt, Russ Carlson and Adrian Shubert (the latter two being honoured with a CD of their own on Old Masters under the name Russ Carlson and the High Steppers (Crown House)) and vocalists Jack Kaufman and Scrappy Lambert. Musicianship is excellent (there is some very advanced drumming to be heard on several titles), solos are short but mostly very well executed. As always from this source, the booklet and discographical info leave nothing to be desired; remastering is in the capable hands of JRT Davies, but even he could not prevent a fair residue of background noise, due to the extreme rarity of the original recordings. But if you are prepared to listen beyond the noise there is a lot to enjoy and discover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE POTENCY OF CHEAP MUSIC 8 Feb 2011
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
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That's cheap in monetary terms, rather than the somewhat derogatory sense used by Noel Coward, because the original 78s were produced as ephemera to be sold at a low price. The other reviewer has already said it all, so let me just add that these late twenties performances are far better than you would expect, given their pedigree. The package is up to Jazz Oracle's usual high standard, with a 24-page liner note containing background, discography, and colour photos of the labels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sound, decent tunes 21 Jan 2006
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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With this compilation, Jazz Oracle has released another fine CD--this is a 5-star production, but the music itself deserves only 3 or at most 4 stars. Still, thank goodness someone is preserving this stuff! On the whole, this is decent 1920s dance band fare, played by competent bands with some clever arrangements and a handful of fairly good solos. Unfortunately, many of the tunes are downright forgettable; most collectors probably won't recognize the majority of the selections, and with good reason. The liner notes reveal that these songs were often written by staff composers at the Plaza Music Group (makers of Banner, Regal, Romeo, and other related dime-store 78 rpm labels from which these selections were taken). To save money on composer royalties, a "hit" tune would often be paired with one of these staff-composed stock fillers. Many of these songs were never recorded or published anywhere else. Still, there's enough here to keep your toes tapping and I found a few songs which have stuck in my head ("Who Says They Don't Care," "They Don't Come Better Than Betty," and "That's My Idea" are among my favorites). The CD has its share of awkward moments... like when Irving Kaufman sings the vocal on "In My Wedding Gown"--I wonder what *that* would look like! The remastered sound (by John R. T. Davies) is excellent, and remarkable considering the poor quality of the original pressings. The enclosed booklet is quite informative and fun to read. Serious 1920s dance band collectors won't want to miss this collection, but if you're a casual listener looking for a good sampler of 1920s music, look elsewhere. Not essential, but fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the hardcore collector... 17 April 2002
By TeeBee - Published on Amazon.com
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...here is an interesting collection of bargain-label dancebands from the late 20s. If you like this type of music there's really no reason to be reading this, you'll probably buy it anyway. Be aware that the condition of many sides is less-than-great (I have cleaner copies of several in my own collection and so may you) but the remastering is good, considering the poor quality of the original 78 pressings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE POTENCY OF CHEAP MUSIC 8 Feb 2011
By Barry McCanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
That's cheap in monetary terms, rather than the somewhat derogatory sense used by Noel Coward, because the original 78s were produced as ephemera to be sold at a low price. The other reviewers have already said it all, so let me just add that these late twenties performances are far better than you would expect, given their pedigree. The package is up to Jazz Oracle's usual high standard, with a 24-page liner note containing background, discography, and colour photos of the labels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DANCE MUSIC FROM THE 20'S 12 Nov 2007
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
THIS CD FEATURES DANCE BAND TUNES FROM THE 1920'S. NONE OF THEM WERE HITS OR WERE MADE BY ANY OF THE "BIG NAME" DANCE BANDS OF THE 20'S THIS WAS BARGAIN BASEMENT STUFF, BUT IT IS A NICE COLLECTION OF MUSIC FROM THAT ERA. MOSTLY "SWEETMUSIC" WITH A LITTLE TIN PAN ALLEY THROWN IN, THE KIND OF STUFF THAT WAS MADE FAMOUS BY GUY LOMBARDO ("THE SWEETREST MUSIC THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN"). THERE'S A LOT OF HISS AND STATIC ON MOST OF THE RECORDINGS
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