Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jan 3, 2018.
Still Light Ray but much less distortion. They played quieter than Joe Oliver’s band. That helped.
Whoa, the fidelity on that is awesome. Sounds like they are almost certainly using more than one microphone? The drum, piano, and guitar solos certainly sound that way. I would say the sound quality on this rivals stuff made even 15 years later in some respects.
Gonna bump this thread again to post another Ted Lewis record, the song was in the UK news the other day and of course I had to take a trip back to the 30s.
This is from 1933 so is a more fair comparison to Steve’s original post.
Ted Lewis and his band convened at Columbia in New York on April 19, 1933. The band still had the excellent Muggsy Spanier on trumpet, George Brunies from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings on trombone, and Harry Barth (the same one popping strings back in 1925) playing bass, Tuba or String bass as the job required. He plays a string bass here, a little more conservatively.
The ensemble playing is solid and has been captured well here, with a nice jazzy feel helped by Spanier’s trumpet leads. This sort of sound, while obviously not having full frequency response, is very pleasing to my ear, warm and not shrill. Even when Lewis gets going on his gas pipe clarinet at the end, it’s not too bad, the producer has pushed him back into the ensemble. I could listen to music that sounded like this all day.
Columbia’s last year, wasn’t it?
In that guise, yeah. Bought up by ARC in early 1934 for peanuts. Columbia kept going as a minor imprint for ARC, who reissued sides they thought they could make money off on Brunswick or Vocalion, and the occasional Columbia. Then CBS came to the rescue in ‘39.
My copy of Is Everybody Happy by Ted Lewis is a decent pressing on the ARC-era Columbia label. Not a Viva-Tonal quality disc, but it’s in nearly new shape, which makes up for it.
Meanwhile the Ted Lewis band had a big personnel change and went onto Decca, making remakes of old hits, and some VERY un-Ted Lewis like records. Heaven knows what you’d have thought if you bought this expecting the Ted Lewis of old.
I found this among my 78s last night looking for something else. Sounds like it’s trying to claw its way out of the grooves!
These recordings also sound like they would have worn badly with a steel needle.
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