Thursday, February 27, 2014
Here is a bunch of stuff from my tape-off-the-radio days. I've been able to identify only a few of the pieces, but they are all harpsichord or related performances. To my mind, this is one of the perfect background reading-or-studying kinds of music.
There are 19 tracks. Tracks 3 and 4 are Bach's Prelude and Fuge in C Major, the first two pieces of Book One of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Track 8 is Beethoven's Minuet in G, also known to some as the "think music" piece in the film The Music Man. It's the "la-dee-dah, dee-dah, dee-dah" melody that his would-be band members are supposed to conceptualize in their heads before trying to play.
Other than those three selections, the names and composers of the other pieces are up for identifying!
Give 'em a listen.
If you like this sort of music, then this is the sort of music you will like!
Monday, February 24, 2014
This is a great collection of pop music from the 1920s and 1930s (mostly -- see the Bonus Tracks). The performances are top-rate; listen to a song or two with your eyes closed and you’ll expect to be opening them in a dive in some city’s lower side -- except this stuff is played too well.
While some may feel that Band leader Max Raabe’s with is too dry, or his (metaphorical) eyebrow is too arched, this style of singing perfectly fits the selections we hear in this album. I’d love to hear Raabe maybe do a couple of duets with a female vocalist, though.
If you relish that decadent jazz known as “the music between the wars” (to steal a phrase), you will really enjoy this disc. The old-style arrangements of more modern tunes, tracks 18 and 19, were lost on me because I’m not familiar with the “original” versions.
A few of the tracks were recorded at live performances. You can see a lot of these on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=max+raabe+and+the+palast+orchester+youtube&sm=3 . There you will see some of the fun and humor that you may not feel in the CD.
Here are the tracks:
1. Singin' in the Rain
2. Cheek to Cheek
3. Just One of Those Things
4. Though You're Not the First One
5. These Foolish Things
6. Love Thy Neighbour
7. Over My Shoulder
8. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
9. All God's Children
11. Love Song of Tahiti
12. Moon of Alabama
13. Mein Kleiner Grüner Kaktus
14. Tout Est Permis
15. Tomorrow Is Another Day
16. Dream a Little Dream of Me
17. Cosi Cosa
18. Oops!... I Did It Again
19. Sex Bomb
20. One Cannot Kiss Alone21. Für Frauen ist Das Kein Problem
Their site is here: http://www.palast-orchester.de/en/ . Don’t ask me why they’re going aquatic!
And, here is the Amazon page for the release: http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Max-Raabe/dp/B008FO81OK