Happy birthday to Ann-Margaret (1941)!
Dick Schory “Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp” by Dick Schory’s New Percussion Ensemble (Analogue Productions SA-CD, 2016, originally recorded for R.C.A. in 1958.)
This one got me out of bed at 5:00am, so forgive me if words fail me! This LP / SA-CD was originally produced by Bob Bollard, in stereo, in 1958 – Orchestra Hall, Chicago June 2 and 3, 1958; Joe Wells and his Chicago crew handled the engineering. Charlie Pruzansky somehow managed to snatch the three-track equipment still warm from a Van Cliburn New York session and have it appear at 7:00am Monday morning in Chicago.
The sound is detailed and WOW! I am glad Analogue Productions saw fit to issue this classic as an SA-CD; “National Emblem March; Baia; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans; Ding Song Polks; April In Paris; Holiday In A Hurry; Buck Dance; Duel On The Skins; September In The Rain; Tiddley Winks; The Sheik Of Araby; Typee” “Typee” is composed and arranged by Dick Schory and Bobby Christian; the rest are standard easy listening fare for 1958, but with LOTS more percussion!
I guess the Chicago Symphony Hall is where the full Chicago Symphony used to perform with Fritz Reiner at the helm. Certainly some of his percussionists were present on “Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp”!
So this recording was not only one of the earliest stereo recordings, it was done with microphone placement that would likely baffle modern humans; the tape recorder was a 3 track Ampex and the microphones were Telefunken 47’s, wide open. “The big contribution of stereo is space”, the liner notes tell us.
So, crank up your stereo, get “Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp” as an SA-CD and GO! Amazing stuff!