Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Paragon Ragtime Orche... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by m3books
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Audio CD in great condition! Jewel case, complete artwork, and CD all in great condition!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (finally) Plays 'The Entertainer'
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (finally) Plays 'The Entertainer'

11 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, August 17, 2004
"Please retry"
$18.12
$18.12 $13.49
$18.12 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (finally) Plays 'The Entertainer' + More Candy + That Demon Rag!
Price for all three: $53.55

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

THE PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (finally) PLAYS 'THE ENTERTAINER' is the latest recording by the world's only professional ensemble devoted exclusively to American popular music of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. With this new 72 minute disc, the PRO pays tribute to the "classic" rags of Scott Joplin as well as compositions by his disciples Joseph F. Lamb, Arthur Marshall, and James Scott. Included are favorites such as the "Maple Leaf," along with the world premier recordings of several original early 1900s orchestrations that have only recently come to light (among them, Harry L. Alford's arrangements of Joplin's "The Sycamore," "Eugenia," "Magnetic Rag," and his 1918 foxtrot setting of James Scott's "Dixie Dimples"; F. H. Losey's 1907 orchestration of Joplin's "Rose Leaf Rag"; and Carl F. Williams [c1875-?] arrangements of Joplin's "Stoptime" and "Search-Light" rags). Scott Joplin's own orchestration of James Scott's "Frog Legs Rag" is also presented. ! Rounding out these choice syncopated selections are a number of historically correct "reproduction" scores crafted by PRO conductor Rick Benjamin.

THE PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (finally) PLAYS 'THE ENTERTAINER' was recorded using the latest 21st Century "high definition" digital recording techniques in the sumptuous acoustics of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. No effort or expense was spared to capture a realistic and crystal clear sound that should please the most discerning listener. Of further interest, all the instruments played for the sessions were period antiques (including PRO's 1910 Ludwig & Ludwig drum kit), giving the disc a further glow of warmth and authenticity.

Complimenting the recording itself is a whimsical 12-page, full color booklet created by the noted artist and ragtime scholar Chris Ware. A trove of rare photos, period advertisements, and score excerpts, this booklet, which sports conductor Benjamin's latest essay on Scott Joplin, should be of particular interest to aficionados of that era.

THE PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (finally) PLAYS 'THE ENTERTAINER' caps this distinguished ensemble's 20-year recording career, and may well prove to be the "definitive" orchestral ragtime recording. It is a genuine "must have" disc for both the casual listener and the seasoned ragtime collector and enthusiast.


1. The Entertainer (1902), Scott Joplin.
2. Magnetic Rag (1914/1917), Scott Joplin.
3. Stoptime Rag (1910), Scott Joplin. 4. Kinklets (1906), Arthur Marshall.
4. Rose Leaf Rag (1907), Scott Joplin.
5. Contentment (1915), Joseph F. Lamb.
6. Pleasant Moments (Rag-Time Waltz 1909), Scott Joplin.
7. Frog Legs Rag (1906), James Scott.
8. Elite Syncopations (1902), Scott Joplin.
9. Bohemia Rag (1919), Joseph F. Lamb.
10. Dixie Dimples (Novelty Rag Fox Trot, 1918), James Scott.
11. The Sycamore: A Concert Rag (1904), Scott Joplin.
12. A Breeze From Alabama (1902), Scott Joplin.
13. The Rosebud March (1905), Scott Joplin.
14. Prosperity Rag (1916), James Scott.
15. Eugenia (1906), Scott Joplin.
16. The Easy Winners (1901), Scott Joplin.
17. Reindeer Rag (1915), Joseph F. Lamb.
18. Search-Light Rag (1907), Scott Joplin.
19. The Strenuous Life (1902), Scott Joplin.
20. Maple Leaf Rag (1899), Scott Joplin.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Riato Records
  • ASIN: B0002W1HBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

5 star
91%
4 star
0%
3 star
9%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 11 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By muggy on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have just bought my second copy of "The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Finally Plays `The Entertainer.'" My original copy was stolen from my car when I was attending a Yankees vs Red Sox game. While the theft only mildly dampened my mood after a five game sweep by the Bronx Bombers over the hated Sox the larceny was mildly amazing.

The thief took the Paragon CD but left some fairly popular (modern) music CDs behind.

I can only rationalize this strange theft to the fact I parked on the street outside of Yankee Stadium at Babe Ruth Plaza.

It was probably the Babe's spirit that heisted the CD. After all Paragon's latest and arguably most wonderful CD is a treasury of music from the Babe's time, and if anyone knows just a little about Babe Ruth and the Ragtime era you know that this CD is Jumpin'.

"...Finally Plays The Entertainer" delivers a fine sampling of Scott Joplin's genius along with a couple of samples of the works of his "students" Arthur Marshall, Joseph Lamb and James Scott.

While familiar with some of Joplin's works this album has opened new vistas for me. While Joplin "101" favorites are here; the Maple Leaf (rag), The Easy Winners and of course The Entertainer - finally - pieces like Dixie Dimples, Eugenia and The Sycamore supplied me with some new smiles and a tapping foot.

Don't forget folks this scandalous music is the grandfather of Rock n'Roll, so if you buy "...Finally Plays The Entertainer" please make sure you supervise your children and grandchildren if they should happen to be listening. I hope this shocking music doesn't cause them to dance, or worse, break into my car and steal my other Paragon Orchestra CDs.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Whitney Skaling on April 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Scott Joplin played the piano solo and wrote many of the Rags we've come to know, but seldom is there a band today that can blow his music that way. Paragon Ragtime Orchestra can wail. Think of dancing the Charleston, Baltimore Buzz, Black Bottom, or perhaps the movie Sting, or Chicago it's America having some good old times. There's noting better to pick up your spirits on a gloomy day than a good old rag played by a full band at full blast. This is the "Cat's Meow" of a CD. So pick up your "Bees Knees" partner, slip in the CD and head for the Ritz
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After listening to the "Paragon Ragtime Orchestra" recording, I was delighted and pleased with Mr. Benjamin's artful and stylisticly accurate interpretation of these chamber ensemble pieces. (My opinion as a former musicologist and American music enthusiast). The offerings are drawn from the oeuvres of late 19th and early 20th century American composers, most notably Joplin and Lamb. The styling and technique utilized in the directing and playing of the works displayed an apparent sensitivity for the performance practice of the era without being too "musicological" or heavy handed in their execution. Although I would have enjoyed a bit more sonority enhancement and phrasing variety, in the end, I "just wanted more." I hope they will expand their repertoire and perhaps include some of the orchestrations of Mr. Ethelbert W. Nevin's "Water Poems," as well as further efforts cast in the style of "The Red Back Book." Sincerely, R. Knox,Jr.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By PHILIPPE VANDENBOSSCHE on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Nice artwork, as expected from Mr. Ware, but this time, the contents are not on the level! The liner notes explain the lack of orchestration skills surfacing regularly at those times, but is that a reason to play less carefully than on the other PRO recordings (the REALLY outstanding "More Candy" and "Black Manhattan", for example)? Especially the pretty rough drums playing is an annoying setback, compared to the fine balance those mucicians achieve in their other recordings. Still probably the best rendering possible of that music, I think...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Collins on November 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As usual the Paragon Ragtime orchestra has another hit. Wonderful Performance and very informative notes. My only didssapointment was that the Joplin pieces were period style arrangements by Rick Benjamin. Nevertheless, this is a wonderfully enjoyable album.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Roman P. Gural on February 3, 2014
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I've heard PRO in concert and they were great
! This album is a wonderful compilation of this truly American musical form and provides almost the same feeling of hearing them live.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (finally) Plays 'The Entertainer'
This item: The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (finally) Plays 'The Entertainer'
Price: $18.12
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?