Saturday, May 27, 2006
A Memorial Day Marching Salute
We'll start the martial madness with a few recordings of the immortal Prince's Band, all on acoustically recorded Columbia discs. The All-American March seems like a good enough place to start... unfortunately I don't have the disc in front of me at the moment, but I'll insert composer info when I do find the disc again. On the back side of this 78 is Prince's Band playing John Phillip Sousa's Directorate March. Not as well known, but still very capably performed. Next up, we have a Medley of Patriotic Airs, arranged by Maurice Smith for Prince's Band. Stirring! We conclude with Meacham's American Patrol March. Wow. Break out the flags and rally 'round 'em boys!
We'll move way up the timeline to some more modern recordings that I found by The Goldman Band. These are some REALLY nice recordings, especially for the time, and ESPECIALLY since they're on Decca (albeit late 40s-early 50s Decca). There were 8 sides in the set, but I only had 3 discs, so, once again, 2 sides are missing... maybe one day I can get the last missing sides of this, but for now, here are the 6 sides I have:
Boston Commandery, written by T M Carter
2nd Regimental Connecticut National Guard March wriiten by B W Reeves
Colonel Bogey March, written by K J Alford
Our Flirtation, written by J P Sousa
National Emblem March, written by E E Bagley
Stepping Along, written by E F Goldman
The last one was written by the conductor, by the way. Nice stuff for a parade!
Well, I wish you all a very Blessed and safe holiday weekend, I'll be watching fast cars try and negotiate Monaco, Indianapolis, and Charlotte Motor Speedway all day tomorrow, if the motorsport gets boring, I'll encode some more!
I'm definately not in favor of this occupation and war-mongering... that's what the Blog of the Impaler is all about.
This blog (and the other two, AudiOddities and MoodieToonz) are for the music.
I'm a Veteran as well, and what the Globalists are doing to a country I was proud of makes me violently ill.
Rest assured there will be True Patriots, much like those Buddhists, that will take up arms in defense of the Republic and the COnstitution, and the freedoms guaranteed by that blessed document. I'll be with 'em.
Unfortunately, I don't have many recordings from the shellac era that would typify that... I *do* have a bunch of jingoist recordings that I would label as 'propoganda material'... maybe I should do a series of postings on that subject? Of course, very few of them would be 'politically correct' but when has THAT ever stopped me :)
I imagine even Spike Jones' great goof on the Nazis (which Hitler didn't care for, I've read) would be un-P.C. today....
Then again, no one said a word about "Hubba-Hubba-Hubba," the 1945 Perry Como hit I posted recently:
"A friend of mine in a B-29 dropped another load for luck...."
Came up an interesting article in yesterday's issue of the International Herald Tribune. Don't know whether it will stay on line very long, though:
What do you think of it?