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"20 “Hits” You Won't Know From Shows You've Never Even Heard Of"

There is a special attraction that some of us have for the obscure. Those things that might have been, or indeed were, but history intervened to curtail them prematurely. Again, those long forgotten items that flourished with great splendour, had a brief existence and then were almost instantly forgotten as their ephemeral nature demanded . This is no more true than with popular music.

A record collector, as a sort of vintage “sound detective” spends much of his time looking back and piecing together events in recorded history, often gaining insights into the prevailing social and political issues of the day. During many such searches, I have come to know and love many tunes that have been the province of dusty sheet music and stacks of unplayed records for all too long. This CD is an attempt to bring back to life some of these items, as organ transcriptions, played on my 1919 Aeolian residence organ here in Exeter, Devon.

“Live for today” from H. Fraser-Simpson's “Maid of the Mountains” sets the scene, in the first track. Possibly you will know this show, but what about “The Bubble” from “High Jinks”, or “The Constant Lover”, “Dear, Delightful Women”, “Hello 'Frisco, Hello” - the list is endless - but I have selected 20 of my favourites, in the sincere hope that at least some of them will become your favourites too.

Paul Morris Exeter '09 

Track Listing
1Live for TodayMaid of the MountainsH. Fraser-Simpson1:29
2The Constant LoverThe Passing Show - 1915Herman Finck2:03
3CooThe Country GirlLionel Monckton2:26
5Hello My DearieZiegfeld Follies - 1917Dave Stamper2:40
6I Want to be a LadyChineese HoneymoonH. Talbot1:43
7Lady MaryLady MaryAlbert Sirmay2:33
8O Promise MeRobin Hoodde Koven3:34
9HavanaraCarminettaHerman Derewski3:08
10Love NestMaryLouis Hirsch3:19 Listen to a sample of this track
11Red RoseMonsieur BeaucaireAndré Messager3:18
12See You TonightCheepSmith, Weston & Lee2:21
13Smoke CloudsTopsy TurveyHerman Derewski2:44
14Roll Away CloudsVirginiaWaller & Tunbridge2:22
15Hello Frisco HelloZiegfeld Follies - 1915Louis Hirsch3:13
16The Only WayTonight's the NightPaul Rubens2:22
17Follow OnThe Belle of New YorkMaurice Kerker2:59
18Lovers LittanyBric-a-BracMonckton, Finck & Ayer2:04
19The BubbleHi JinksRudolph Friml4:12 Listen to a sample of this track
20Dear Delightful WomenThe Duchess of DanzigIvan Caryll2:30

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