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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
GEORGE WRIGHT PLAYS THE CONN ELECTRONIC ORGAN
by George Wright
HIGH FIDELITY RECORDS
GEORGE WRIGHT PLAYS THE CONN ELECTRONIC ORGAN as you have never before thought possible. Some of you pipe organ fans may question this use of George's pipe organ talents. To explain, Mr. Wright has had many requests from owners of electronic organs to record an album played on an electronic organ. There are more than 500,000 such instruments in homes throughout this country and abroad, so considering the potential of his listeners, Mr. Wright agreed to make this recording, even though he prefers theater pipe organ to an electronic organ.
George Wright's intention here is to show what can be done with an electronic organ to make it sound like a pipe organ. There is no doubt the electronic "organ" is ingenious in it imitation of true pipe organ sound. Even the layman, however, can detect the considerable difference between the best electronic organ and an organ sounding from actual pipes, which is, in the strict sense, a true musical instrument.
IN his search for the most truly imitative electronic organ, George Wright decided upon the Conn Electric Organ, which when used with the Electro Music's Leslie Organ Speaker, produces the best electronic organ sound. The Conn Electronic organ is manufactured by C. G. Conn, Ltd., of Elkhart, Indiana, long makers of musical instruments such as saxophones, trumpets, etc.
We don't want to leave the impression from preceding comment that the electronic organ is without its proper place. Pipe organs are very expensive, bulky, and because of this, necessarily restricted to a few, compared with the larger number who would own them, circumstances permitting. Definitely, the electronic organ has its place, since it costs no more than a good grand piano and takes up no more space. By this means, a half a million people or more who otherwise couldn't, are able to play and synthetic organ sounds. At some future date, electronic science may perfect an even closer imitation of true pipe organ sound.
As most of you are aware, George Wright is THE theater style organist. He has cleverly played things on the Conn Electronic Organ that are distinctly novel and entertaining. The Wright virtuosity is always a real musical treat.
The master recording of this album was made on a three-track Ampex magnetic tape recorder, using three Telefunken microphones. This tape was later transcribed to a master acetate disc cut on a Scully automatically variable pitch lathe, using Westrex "B" series heated stylus cutting head. Pressings are custom pure Vinyl.
This recording is also available on prerecorded HIFI-TAPE for both monoaural and stacked head stereophonic tape playback.
USE STANDARD RIAA ORTHO BASS BOOST AND TREBLE ROLL OFF
HOW COME YOU DO ME LIKE YOU DO
AUNT BLANCHE'S BOOGIE
SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY
BEER BARREL POLKA
Editor's note: the atom age held so much promises didn't it? Men still wore impeccable threads and close-cropped hair, women and minorities were becoming full-stock citizens with inalienable rights and wars were no longer a grueling trench warfare but a chess match of wills and technology. Then George Wright came along and blew us all away with the Conn Organ and it tilted the axis of the world in a different direction. Towards a Church of the Subgenius. Not lazy but elegantly content in one's present state. One who sees the beauty of being less than an ubermensch but more than a hapless hippy. That is, a goal-oriented person who isn't afraid to flop on the couch and take a nap and let that goal simmer in the pot. Thank you Geo. Wright.
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!