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29 April 2009

Here Comes The Sun (Chick Bullock Vol. 2)

** Note - Apparently a couple of tracks were only coming through one channel, so I have re-recorded the 4 that I believe are the culprits. For those who already downloaded, you can get them as singles here. The download link below has been re-uploaded with the new files. Sorry for any inconvenience!

At last, here is the second batch of Chick Bullock from my collection of 78s that completes my holdings from 1930. To my knowledge none of these have been commercially released on cd. I had hoped to post this much sooner but, lo and behold, I managed to acquire a handful more 78s that included some sides from 1930. The first song “Should I?” is the same version as from Volume 1 (from an Australian Vocalion 697), however this time it comes from a Chicago Mail Order label called Homestead. This label isn’t even listed in the Chick Bullock discography, so of course I had to have it. It’s also slightly cleaner, and with my new turntable, sounds nicer to my ears and hopefully yours. “I’m Yours” by the Roy Smeck Trio was previously thought to have been rejected. As you can see and hear, it wasn’t.

Another recent addition is “So Beats My Heart For You” from the Challenge label (Sears & Roebuck). The discography listed this label as the only label release, however I’ve since learned it at least came out on Banner as well. Nonetheless, it is rare and I didn’t have it in my collection. The recording date and session info is the same as for “Just A Little Closer” and can also be found in the Idtags for that previous Bullock post.

The last new addition features Bullock teaming up with Roy Smeck’s Trio on “Somewhere In Old Wyoming” and “Rose of Romany.” Again, I’m no sound engineer, however the A-side here is pretty scratchy especially at the beginning. So I’ve included two versions, one with my standard single noise reduction filter, and the second with three passes through the filter (and some minor eq adjustment). Please let me know if it sounds any better, or if there is too much fidelity lost.

I’ve also included some pictures of the different labels, but be forewarned that I’m no photographer either. Enjoy. +

Tracks (in order of recording date)

1. Should I?
2. So Beats My Heart For You
3. I’ll Be Blue Just Thinking Of You
4. Don't Tell Her
5. If I Could Be With You
6. Here Comes The Sun
7. My Baby Just Cares For Me
8. Somewhere In Old Wyoming (version 1)
9. Somewhere In Old Wyoming (version 2)
10. Three Little Words
11. You're Driving Me Crazy
12. Rose of Romany
13. When The Organ Played At Twilight
14. I'm Yours
15. To Whom It May Concern
16. Crying Myself To Sleep
17. What Good Am I Without You

28 April 2009

Sweet As A Song

One of the great crooners, rivaling Bing Crosby. All one can do is listen and enjoy. This is the only Bowlly cd in my collection, however I have three or four LPs for which I'm in the process of ripping. They'll be posted sometime in the near future. I forgot to include it with the file, but a scan of the back cover with track and recording info is here. Enjoy. +


1. Marie
2. Sweet Someone
3. Colorado Sunset
4. Is That The Way To Treat A Sweetheart?
5. When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby
6. Two Sleepy People
7. Sweet As A Song
8. Goodnight Angel
9. Any Broken Hearts To Mend?
10. Al Bowlly Remembers (medley): Lover Come Back To Me / Dancing In The Dark / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down
11. The Very Thought Of You
12. You're As Pretty As A Picture
13. Proud Of You
14. True
15. Summer's End
16. There's Rain In My Eyes
17. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
18. When The Organ Played "O Promise Me"
19. While The Cigarette Was Burning
20. Penny Sernade

24 April 2009

Stealin' Apples

Here's some more Fletcher Henderson for you. "In early 1935 Fletcher Henderson broke up his classic orchestra but a year later, with the success of so many other big bands, he formed a new ensemble. This Classics CD includes four songs from 1934, Henderson's entire output from 1936 and his first recording of 1937. The main difference between the two units is that the later one boasted the trumpet of Roy Eldridge and tenor solos from Coleman Hawkins's potential successor, Chu Berry. "Christopher Columbus" became a hit as did the band's new theme song ("Stealin' Apples") but the brief bit of glory would not last. However, Henderson's brand of swing music still sounds fresh today and this CD is easily recommended." (Scott Yanow, Allmusic.com) Enjoy. +


1. Wild Party
2. Rug Cutter's Swing
3. Hotter Than 'ell
4. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)
5. Christopher Columbus
6. Big Chief De Sota
7. Blue Lou
8. Stealin' Apples
9. I'm A Fool For Loving You
10. Moonrise On The Lowlands
11. I'll Always Be In Love With You
12. Jangled Nerves
13. Where There's You There's Me
14. Do You Or Don't You Love Me?
15. Grand Terrace Rhythm
16. Riffin'
17. Mary Had A Little Lamb
18. Shoe Shine Boy
19. Sing, Sing, Sing
20. Until Today
21. Knock, Knock Who's There?
22. Jim Town Blues
23. You Can Depend On Me
24. What Will I Tell My Heart?

22 April 2009

Dancing On The Ceiling (Sweet Bands Record 1)

This is the first record from a 1979 CBS 5-LP set called "Sweet Bands of the 30s." I'm going to post these one at a time because it takes a while to enter all the track info in the tags. As the LP seems to have sorted their tracks by recording dates, the first record includes tunes from January 1932 - January 1933. Since I don't have a scanner and couldn't find a better image on the internet, I've included high-res photos of the cover and back. Enjoy. +


1. Snuggled On Your Shoulders (Cuddled In Your Arms) - Smith Ballew and His Orchestra
2. Dancing On The Ceiling - Smith Ballew and His Orchestra
3. Lazy Day - Casa Loma Orchestra
4. Love Me Tonight - Anson Weeks and His Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra
5. Sheltered By The Stars, Cradled By The Moon - Benny Krueger and His Orchestra
6. Wintergreen For President - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra
7. Ah! But I've Learned - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra
8. After Tonight - Casa Loma Orchestra
9. One Little Word Led To Another - Casa Loma Orchestra
10. Night And Day - Eddie Duchin and His Central Park Casino Orchestra
11. After You - Who? - Eddie Duchin and His Central Park Casino Orchestra
12. New Orleans - Casa Loma Orchestra
13. When The Morning Rolls Around - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra
14. Happy Times - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra

20 April 2009

More Than You Know

Bill Challis' claim to fame was as the most significant jazz arranger for the Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman Orchestras in the 1920s. By 1936, he was a freelance writer who often worked in the studios. On this recording and the follow-up set (both of which consist of radio transcriptions), Challis heads a large orchestra featuring such notable names as trumpeter Manny Klein, trombonists Jack Jenney and Will Bradley and clarinetist Artie Shaw, along with strings and a vocal quartet (going under the name of Bea and the Bachelors) that includes Bea Wain and Al Rinker. The performances (which include possibly the earliest version of "Let Yourself Go") are essentially dance music rather than jazz. There are few solos, and the emphasis is on the ensembles during such songs as "Temptation," "New Orleans" and "Broadway Rhythm," although "Clarinet Marmalade" has its moments. Decent music, but nothing too essential. From Scott Yanow, All Music Guide. Enjoy. +


1. Great Day
2. Paradise
3. Riverboat Shuffle
4. Dardanella
5. More Than You Know
6. Mimi
7. In the Still of the Night
8. Life Is a Song (Let's Sing It Together)
9. Paris in the Spring
10. Medley: It Happened In Monterey/in A Little Spanish Town
11. Rockin' Chair
12. On Treasure Island
13. Clarinet Marmalade
14. Temptation
15. Get Thee Behind Me Satan
16. Sidewalks of Cuba
17. New Orleans
18. Let Yourself Go
19. The Moon Was Yellow
20. Broadway Rhythm

17 April 2009

The Cotton Club Legend 1929-1941

1985 seems to have been a good year for jazz compilations on LP. Here's a French issue that covers some of the bands who played at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem. Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Cab Calloway and more. There were other Prohibition-era clubs such as the Savoy, Roseland, Lafayette, Apollo and Connie's Inn but the Cotton Club was the place to be. Enjoy. +


(side one)
1. A Nite At The Cotton Club - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
2. Market Street Stomp - The Missourians
3. A Few Riffs - Fess Williams and His Royal Flush Orchestra
4. My Blue Days Blew Over - Eubie Blake and His Orchestra
5. Medley of Armstrong Hits - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
6. Drop Me Off In Harlem - Adelaide Hall with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band
7. Love Is The Thing - Mills Blue Rhythm Band
8. The Lady With The Fan - Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra

(side two)
9. Daybreak Express - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
10. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra
11. Swingin' Uptown - Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
12. 'Long About Midnight - Willie Bryant and His Orchestra
13. The Scat Song - Billy Banks
14. King Porter Stomp - Teddy Hill and His Orchestra
15. Jeepers Creepers - Ethel Waters with Eddie Mallory and His Orchestra
16. Bojangles - Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
17. Saint Louis Blues - Lena Horne with the Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music of Lower Basin Street

16 April 2009

New King Porter Stomp

Here's some more from Fletcher Henderson. Following the departure of Don Redman (to form his own successful band), this volume includes performances by Coleman Hawkins, John Kirby, Claude Hopkins, Buster Bailey, Russ Morgan, and more. A scan of the session info is included. Enjoy. +


1. Honeysuckle Rose
2. New King Porter Stomp
3. Underneath the Harlem Moon
4. Yeah Man!
5. King Porter Stomp
6. Queer Notions
7. Can You Take It?
8. Queer Notions
9. It's the Talk of the Town
10. Night Life
11. Nagasaki
12. Hocus Pocus
13. Phantom Fantasie
14. Harlem Madness
15. Tidal Wave
16. Limehouse Blues
17. Shanghai Shuffle
18. Big John's Special
19. Happy as the Day Is Long
20. Tidal Wave
21. Down South Camp Meeting
22. Wrappin' It Up
23. Memphis Blues

15 April 2009

Cheek To Cheek 1935

My new turntable has arrived so today I offer a rip from a 1985 LP, Cheek to Cheek 1935 (Nostalgia NOST 7657). I wish I could get copies of the other years featured in this series from Sweden, not just for the great music but for the liner notes by Anders R. Öhman. Even though I love many different styles of music, I have to nod in appreciation with Öhman's assessment. Here is just a sample:

"Fifty years later the music of 1935 seems more wonderful than ever. For decades we have now been used to watch how the young generations go "crazy" about very boring or bad, sometimes even directly harmful, types of music and/or of painfully incompetent or musically unstatisfactory artists. Radio, TV and record producers are to this day - often without realizing what they are doing - promoting extremely inferior music with a square, lifeless rhythm. A monotonous and noisy output of sounds, the level of which has been raised more andmore in order to get enough reaction from listeners. This development is singularly sad and unnecessary in view of the fact that we never had a greater number of technically competent musicians than at present, but they are, alas, often used to disadvantage.

Is this description of today's rock- and pop-music biased and unfair? It is, no doubt, somewhat exaggerated and generalizing but in the main it is, I am afraid, not far from reality. What is quite serious and very hard to excuse is that those who are responsible for the musical output in radio and TV take part in creating a demand or even a "need" for trash: by repeatedly hearing the kind of recordings I am referring to the listeners believe that this is music worth listening to. They get used to it, their receptive powers are degraded and the demand is there - it is a crime almost as serious as drug peddling! And the wealth of good, popular music and jazz is waiting in the shelves, unplayed."
And here we are 24 years later and the quality of music today is, well, .... Enjoy. +


(side one)
1. My Blue Heaven - Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
2. King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
3. Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire acc. by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra
4. Djangology - The Quintet of the Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelly
5. What a Little Moonlight Can Do - Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra. (v. Billie Holiday)
6. There's Rhythm in Harlem - Mills Blue Rhythm Band
7. The Dixieland Band - Bob Crosby and His Orchestra
8. I'm Getting Sentimental over You - Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

(side 2)
9. Thanks a Million - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
10. Someday Sweetheart - Benny Goodman Trio (Goodman, Wilson, Krupa)
11. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and the Freshmen
12. When Day Is Done - Mildred Bailey and Her Swing Band
13. In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
14. Drun't in Der Lobau - Greta Keller mit Orkester, Dirigent Peter Kreuder
15. Sometimes I'm Happy - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
16. Lulu's Back in Town - Fats Waller and His Rhythm

14 April 2009

Keep A Song In Your Soul

Another cd I picked up for a solitary Chick Bullock tune, this one recorded with Duke Ellington. Alex Hill was "a valuable and talented musician-arranger whose life was cut short by illness, Alex Hill accomplished a great deal in a short period of time without gaining any real fame. He freelanced as an arranger for such bands as Paul Whiteman, Benny Carter, Claude Hopkins, Andy Kirk, Ina Ray Hutton, the Mills Blue Rhythm Orchestra and Duke Ellington, and contributed charts for Fats Waller, Eddie Condon and Willie Bryant." More bio from Scott Yanow is here. Scans are available here. Enjoy. +


1. On Revival Day - Bessie Smith
2. He Wouldn't Stop Doing It - Clarence Williams' Novelty Band
3. Shout, Sister, Shout - Clarence Williams Washboard Band
4. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (And My Baby Is Crazy 'Bout Me) - Fats Waller
5. Functionizin' - Fats Waller & His Rhythm
6. (You Were Only) Passing Time With Me - King Oliver
7. Baby Brown - Fats Waller & His Rhythm
8. Let's Have A Jubilee - Louis Prima
9. (I Would Do) Anything For You - Claude Hopkins
10. Baby Brown - New Orleans Rhythm Kings
11. Keep A Song In Your Soul - Red Nichols
12. Back Beats - Mills Blue Rhythm Band
13. Old Fashioned Love - Mezz Mezzrow
14. Shout, Sister, Shout - The Boswell Sisters
14. Keep A Song In Your Soul - Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra
15. Beau Koo Jack - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra
16. Beau Koo Jack - Earl Hines
17. Draggin' My Heart Around - Al Cooper Savoy Sultans
18. Quality Shout - Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders
19. 'Long About Midnight - Willie Bryant & His Orchestra
20. See If I'll Care - Bessie Smith
21. I Would Do Anything For You - Billy Banks & The Rhythmakers
22. Let's Have A Jubilee - Mills Blue Rhythm Band

09 April 2009

Coffee In The Morning

Who needs caffeine to get the joint jumping when you've got the Boswell Sisters? Here's another out-of-print cd from the L'Art Vocal series, this one featuring some of the Boswell's most popular tunes from 1930 to 1936. Hi-res scans are included in the file. Enjoy. +


1. Heebie Jeebies
2. When I Take My Sugar To Tea
3. Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On
4. Shout, Sister, Shout
5. I Found A Million Dollar Baby
6. It's The Girl
7. I Can't Write The Words
8. An Ev'ning In Caroline
9. Was That The Human Thing To Do?
10. Stop The Sun, Stop The Moon
11. Everybody Loves My Baby
12. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
13. Coffee In The Morning
14. You Oughta Be In Pictures
15. Alexander's Ragtime Band
16. Don't Let Your Love Go Wrong
17. Rock And Roll
18. The Object Of My Affection
19. Dinah
20. St.Louis Blues
21. Cheek To Cheek
22. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

08 April 2009

Laughing At Life

Here's some more Ruth Etting for your listening pleasure. It's interesting for me to see how many of these songs were covered by other artists. Several of these were sung by Annette Hanshaw, and at least seven by Chick Bullock. You're the Cream in My Coffee alone was recorded by over 20 different bands and singers. Enjoy. +


1. Ten Cents a Dance
2. Button up Your Overcoat
3. Funny, Dear, What Love Can Do
4. But I Do, You Know I Do!
5. Mean to Me
6. I'm Yours
7. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
8. Don't Tell Him What Happened to Me
9. Body and Soul
10. Sam, the Old Accordion Man
11. Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
12. Hello, Baby!
13. What Wouldn't I Do for That Man
14. Could I? I Certainly Could!
15. Kiss Waltz
16. Shaking the Blues Away
17. You're the Cream in My Coffee
18. Lonesome and Sorry
19. Laughing at Life
20. Love Me or Leave Me

07 April 2009

Smoke Rings

According to a different biography on the internet, the Casa Loma Orchestra actually did play at the Toronto hotel. Conflicting stories - who ya gonna believe? All I know is that Glen Gray's band put out some nice sides during the 1930s and 1940s. Enjoy. +


1. Smoke Rings
2. Black Jazz
3. Tired Of It All
4. Maniac's Ball
5. Clarinet Marmalade
6. For You
7. Dixie Lee
8. Casa Loma Stomp
9. Under A Blanket Of Blue
10. I Got Rhythm
11. New Orleans
12. Here Comes The British
13. My Man (Mon Homme)
14. Ol' Man River
15. Shadows Of Love
16. Limehouse Blues

02 April 2009

It's Only A Paper Moon

The fact that this was never re-issued on cd is an incredible shame as it is probably one of the best soundtracks of all time (and a great movie, too). It has a very good selection of tunes from the likes of Paul Whiteman, the Boswell Sisters, Bing Crosby, Leo Reisman, and Jimmie Davis (though from 1941 it fits well musically). This rip is from 1973 LP long out of print, but --- wait for it --- an import version cd is going to be issued on April 14! The re-issue will apparently include some restored versions of Django Reinhardt to pad out the cd. As I haven't seen the film recently I can't recall if Django's music was part of the movie or not. Enjoy. +


1. It's Only a Paper Moon - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
2. About a Quarter to Nine - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra
3. (It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (Vocal: Larry Stewart)
4. Flirtation Walk - Dick Powell and His Orchestra
5. Just One More Chance - Bing Crosby
6. One Hour with You - Jimmie Grier & His Orchestra (Vocal: Donald Novis)
7. I Found a Million Dollar Baby - Victor Young & His Orchetra & The Boswell Sisters
8. The Object of my Affection - Jimmie Grier & His Orchestra (Vocal: Pinky Tomlin)
9. Georgia on My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael & His Orchestra
10. A Picture of Me Without You - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - Ken Darby & Ramona
11. On the Banks of the Ohio - The Blue Sky Boys
12. My Mary - Jimmie Davis
13. After You've Gone - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
14. Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee - Enric Madriguera & His Hotel Biltimore Orchestra
15. Sunnyside Up - Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders (Vocal: Frank Luther)

01 April 2009

Let Me Sing And I'm Happy

Ruth Etting was one of the most popular female vocalists of the 20s and 30s. This collection includes sides that were cut between 1930 and 1937, and there's not a bad tune in the bunch if you ask me. Enjoy. +


1. Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
2. It Happened in Monterey
3. Exactly Like You
4. Just A Little Closer
5. Dancing With Tears in my Eyes
6. You're The One I Care For
7. I'll Be Blue Just Thinking of You
8. Love is Like That - What Can You Do
9. (There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time
10. Now That You're Gone
11. When We're Alone - Penthouse Serenade
12. Guilty
13. The Night That Love Was Born
14. Stay As Sweet as You Are
15. Talking To Myself
16. Life is a Song - Let's Sing it Together
17. Close Your Eyes
18. Were Your Ears Burning Baby
19. It's Swell of You
20. Goodnight My Love