- Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
- Original Release Date: August 8, 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Asv Living Era
- ASIN: B00004U9N0
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Opening with the Paul Whiteman version of "Charleston"--a dance that was soundly condemned as demonic by the kill-joys of the time--this memorable compilation progresses through a host of standards and a good many forgotten but utterly charming favorites of the time. There's Al Jolson, Helen Kane, Gene Austin, and even the great Duke Ellington, who rounds out the line up with a memorable "Runnin' Wild."
The sound quality is remarkably good, particularly when one stops to consider that many of these recordings were made, as the CD cover notes, "in the days before electronic recording." The cuts are lovingly restored and beautifully presented, most of them toe-tappers, all of them guaranteed to flip you back to an era of speak-easies, cloche hats, and shimmy gowns... and, of course, the dance that characterized the era: The Charleston. You just can't listen to it and be blue.
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The great thing about the twenties was the carefree attitude that is exemplified in this collection. The lyrics scream fun and rebellion; they're actually quite witty in parts. Pasadena croons, "...back to my home in Pasadena, home where grass is greener where honeybees are melodies and orange trees scent the breeze...", Don't Bring Lulu warns, "You can bring Kate or a porterhouse steak, but don't bring Lulu!", Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue exclaims, "Now if you run into a five foot two covered in furs, diamond rings and all those things, bet your life it isn't her...", I'd Rather Charleston proclaims, "You just repeat that same refrain. You use your feet and not your brain." and Crazy Words, Crazy Tune complains, "...sits around all day long and he sings the same words to every song..." It's about fun and songs about frivolous things.
This is great dance music of a bygone era. Too bad much of today's society labels jazz as that smooth mood music found in elevators and hotel lobbies. This is nothing of the sort. Check it out.
listening to this type of music and love it! My favorite song on this whole CD is the Paul Whiteman Charleston (the first song). It's great. Music now a days is disgusting and pointless. But this is good music. Hope you buy it!
Another less-than-lovely characteristic of music back then was that if Helen Kane had a hit with a song, everyone and his brother released a version of the same song, hoping to fool the public or capitalize on it, but rarely offering an improvement. Got a few of those too.
This is not to say there are not many pleasures on the disc. Nice to have the original Paul Whiteman tune in such a clear transfer, and other famous songs of the era in very good sounding recordings. But dead wood is all over this disc, songs that I do not much enjoy, or more painfully, enjoy far more in a different version. For the most egregious example, "That's My Weakness Now" is offered in a lame ukelele performance that sounds like an Amateur Hour reject, and is then followed by Helen and one of her signature performances, "I Want To Be Loved By You." Well, this juxtaposition is bad enough, but Helen also did a superlative "That's My Weakness Now" that should have made Ukelele Ike shuffle off somewhere far away. Yet I hear this rendition, instead of Helen. And one other song that was a glory of those days, "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" is given a sallow performance by Johnny Marvin, when Vaughn DeLeath did it in a way that resonates 80 years later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are quite a lot of downloads and cd's available with tracks from the 1920s and many unfortunately are too badly preserved and or restored to listen to. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Martijn13Maart1970
This is a great selection of 20's era music with Paul Whiteman, Al Jolson, Whispering Jack smith and many others. This is nostalgic and evokes the era very well.Published 16 months ago by P. Mulloy
The disc has a lot of the best songs from the 1920's. The music back then was bright and peppy and fun to listen too.Published on September 18, 2013 by mjo121
We planned on having a roaring 20s party and playing a lot of
Charleston Era music. The cd was exactly what we expected and wanted.
I can't really add anything that the other reviewers haven't touched on will just reiterate that these are all fun, upbeat, toe tapping good songs. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by Patrick Downey
I love the the 1920s. Most kids today like me like rap and stuff, but not me. No, I have always loved the tinny jazz sound of the 1920s. Read morePublished on January 26, 2007
The Charleston originated in the southern USA at the beginning of the 20th Century. Based on African rhythms, the dance became very popular around 1913 and stayed in vogue right... Read morePublished on December 18, 2006 by Annie Van Auken
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