Friday, April 21, 2017
Society Favorites that are our favorites (Royale VLP 6042)
More adventures in cheap vinyl. Today, the Royale label is making another appearance--Royale, you'll recall, belonged to Elliott Everett "Eli" Oberstein, whose labels were probably the cheapest of the cheap, though I hesitate to make a claim that cheap--I mean, that large. As is not infrequently the case, the music here is quite decent--much better than the second-rate vinyl it was pressed on. Best of the bunch are the marvelous pre-RCA and Columbia Percy Faith sides, which date from (I believe) 1946.
Vintage easy listening which can't be beat--that is, unless it was more competently mastered, and on better vinyl, but that's why you have me--to restore this stuff. This ten-inch LP dates from... who knows when? It has a copyright date of 1952, but I wouldn't trust that.
Society Favorites (That Are Our Favorites). For the socialites and non-socialites among us.
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Body and Soul--Stevens Orchestra
Sweet and Lovely--Nat Brandwynne and Orchestra
Dancing in the Dark--Percy Faith and Orchestra
You and the Night and the Music--The Twilight Three
I Cover the Waterfront--Stevens Orchestra
I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans--Chauncey Gray and Orchestra
That Old Black Magic--Percy Faith and Orchestra
The Continental--Jerry Wald and Orchestra
Society Favorites (That Are Our Favorites)--Royale VLP 6042 (10")