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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
DOLLS DOLLS DOLLS
MERCURY RECORDS MG 20313 Circa Early 1960s
During the past year, Jerry Murad and His Harmonicats have developed the electronic harmonicas to further enhance their performances. This session will evidence the greater depth and musical color now provided by the harmonicas, played by this top trio. Hi-Fi bugs, as well as general music fans, have evinced great interest in the NEW SOUND, thus, this first album.
Herein, too, in addition to the NEW AND GREATER SOUND of the Harmonicats, are songs and arrangements to keep toes tapping from eight to eighty. Not the wonderful variety of tempos and moods, included in this DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS. Truly music for every mood.
This session was made at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago with M. T. (Bill) Putnam at the controls. Microphones utilized to reproduce the various sections and instruments included: solo chromatic harmonica and/or eight chromatic harmonica, played by Don Les, and special chord rhythm harmonica, played by Al Fiore, amplifiers on these harmonicas fed directly into the mixing console; piano, RCA 77X; drums, Telefunken, 201; string bass, altec 639; flute and reeds, B & O Fentone; rhythm guitar, shure 333; solo guitar, direct feed from amplifier into mixing console. The entire session was taped at 15 ips(inches per second).
This MERCURY LONG PLAYING 33 1/3 r.p.m. recording was made possible through the use of the MERCURY SOUND MARGIN CONTROL process-- a technique whereby it has become possible for Mercury to produce for the record-buying public a disc of truly superior quality, especially with respect to brilliance, clarity, dynamic range and reliable stylus tracking. This record can be played on any 33 1/3 r.p.m. turntable.
Photo by Don Bronstein
Printed in U.S.A.
CUSTOM HIGH FIDELITY
OH! YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL SPANISH DOLL DANCE OF THE DUTCH DOLL PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS PAPER DOLL MARCH OF THE TOYS
WALTZING DOLL THE TOY TRUMPET WEDDING OF THE PAINTED DOLL PINK DRESDEN DOLL THE WOODEN SOLDIER AND THE CHINA DOLL DOLL DANCE
Editor's note: ah- harmonicas. Electrified. With chunky finger-plunked bass and shards o' guitar. It almost sounds like very talented musicians having a jam session in a garage but minus the canned sound. Simplified genius is most certainly highly accessible and this opens the door for you and invites you in. Sit on the couch, grab sound Doritos and Kool-Aid and hug your women, children and pets within the sound of your loving record player because this one's cozy enough to get quite comfortable with.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!