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on 19 December 2010
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 February 2011
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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