Roaring 20s Revue, Vol. 1
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Good songs, Poor Sound Engineering
I like these old tunes. They're delightful. I own quite a few '20s compilation albums now and I've learned to enjoy this early jazz and the style and format of these old tunes. This album has great songs, but a few aren't very captivating. The lack of higher frequencies ruins them.
This album suffers from too much noise reduction. These old songs come from old 78 RPM vinyls. The old vinyls, even when prestine, always have a little high frequency (white) noise. Too much noise has been removed from many of these songs. When this is done, the songs lose their appeal. The over reduction of noise ruins them. It is distracting.
Still, the album warrants a buy recommendation. There are many here that can't be found on other albums, and this collection is very good. Gene Austin's 'Five Foot Two' could be better. Bennie Moten's 'Moten Stomp' also suffers, and this is a very important song (Count Basie later wrote a song dedicated to Bennie Moten, and other musicians recognized Moten's contribution to jazz). Ted Weems', 'Talk of the Town' can be found on 'The Essential Ted Weems', and it has all the highs in it along with a little white noise. 'Talk of the Town' on this album suffers greatly in comparison to the one on 'The Essential Ted Weems'.
White noise is not all that distracting. The lack of it is.
It is difficult enough to learn to appreciate these old tunes when there's modern, clean, stereo songs available. When these old tunes are poorly engineered, it becomes even more difficult to learn to appreciate them. This is Jazz Age music and it has historical value along with being entertaining. If you've learned to like Jazz Age hits already, this album deserves both applause and boos. What's missing is the hiss. If you don't already appreciate 1920s music, you'll be hissing for the wrong reason.
You can find better versions of some of these tracks. There are some tracks that can't be beaten, so go ahead and buy it. Ethel Waters' 'Trav'lin All Alone' is here. Sophie Tucker's 'Some ofThese days is too. Nat Hilkret's Dew Dew Dewey Day is a good rendition. 'Good Little, Bad Little You' by the Arrowhead Inn Orchestra is absolutely delightful, and there is no better cover of it and 'If I had a Talking Picture of You' by any other artist, or in better quality.
All of the tunes bear withness to the mindset of people during the 1920s. Most songs are very important hits. You'll like the songs, but you'll appreciate the better renditions when you can find them. Buy this, then look for replacements of the songs that suffer the most. It's too bad that you have to do the work to find the better renditions.