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Music Appreciation Library / Volume 1 / Rock and Roll (VINYL LP)

All Star Orchestra / Jacket Notes by Sigmund Spaeth

Published by Paris International, Inc.
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Remember "music appreciation" class? This is a 12-inch, 33-and-1/3 rpm vinyl LP record from the 1950s, and a weird one. Sigmund Spaeth, who wrote the extensive jacket notes, was a musicologist who scored some early "talkie" films, author of the book "A History of Popular Music in America" (1948) and a radio personality of the '30s and '40s, when he hosted programs with names like "Song Sleuth" and "The Tune Detective." The analysis offered here by this bald-headed gomer? The melodic patterns of rock and roll, he instructs us, "are exceedingly simple, often consisting of only two notes, repeated ad infinitum . . . It also utilizes the established patterns of Boogie and revels in discord as enthusiastically as a Schoenberg or a Varese. It is actually close to jungle music. . . ." Ah, "jungle music." We think we understand. Did Ella Mae Morse sing "jungle music"? Bill Haley and the Saddlemen? In fact, Mr. Music offers no examples of his generalizations here, nor any explanation of which "jungle" it was in which the piano, the saxophone, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley originated. Then, the record inside the jacket offers us 14 INSTRUMENTAL tracks by some outfit dubbed the "All Star Orchestra" who, we are told, "played under the batons of Toscanini, Rodzinski," etc., while "Only the amazingly low price of these recordings prevents us from revealing their names." Yeah. The untitled instrumental cuts, crediting neither composers nor musicians, alternate fast-paced boogie-woogie featuring a wailing sax, with slower-tempoed tunes to which one can picture gals in long skirts and bobby socks doing "the Stroll." Vinyl plays well despite some superficial scuffs; here reduced from $42. Bookseller Inventory # 003020

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Title: Music Appreciation Library / Volume 1 / Rock...

Publisher: Paris International, Inc.

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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