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Thursday, January 14, 2010

ACCORDION IN HI-FI


by Jo Ann Castle


FORUM RECORDS
F 9007
1959
MONO





SIDE A:



TICO TICO
HARBOR LIGHTS
SWAY
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE
SEPTEMBER SONG
CHEROKEE

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SIDE B:



BUMBLE BOOGIE
DIANE
THE BREEZE AND I
AFTER YOU'VE GONE
CHARMAINE
CUMANA

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Editor's note: what do you get when you put a hawt accordion player with some thumb-a-lump geetar and minimal orchestration on old cylinder wax: me happy, that's what. This lady went on to play for Lawrence Welk and venues far and wide. She even played with the Three Stooges once! How's that you pedestrians? HUH?!?! The fact that she was hard to get only makes it more exciting. I mean, not that I would have chased her but it would have been exciting that she left after the fun was over. Apparently, for her, the fun never ended and she still performs or at least she did as recently as September 2009.

PS why does Pat Boone look like a Satanic killer in old pictures?







13 comments:

Hodie said...

Thanks a lot for this gift, Sir. Here in my houseland, accordion players are very popular, even in the folk music, playing schottis, milonga and the tchamamé (the music style with most swing of the world, remembering that one as native and genuine from us). Best regards from the "gaúcho land" South of Brazil. Sign: Lucas Pohl.

Anonymous said...

Hi R.O.G. !
Visited your blog for the first time. Discovered it just occasionally when looking for albums of Jo Ann. She is a talented femme musician, both rag pianist and accordionist.
Your album seems of good quality, despite not high bitrate of the rip (128kbps). I found not much difference in sound between your version and the version posted at http://preludiando.blogspot.com/
(the preludiando's version is 192kbps and I think it is a rip from CD, but what is not good - track "Charmaine" is missing there)
Greetings, Supr

R. O. Glockenspiel said...

Thanks for checking in. Hopefully you'll find a lot of hidden treasures to consume and share. Much much much more to come.

Anonymous said...

OK !
'm looking forward
Supr

Anonymous said...

Hi R.O.G. !
Since I liked the accordion performance of Jo Ann, I decided to remaster the rip that you posted here. The result can be downloaded from Mega:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JDF1KZUH
The work included digital cleaning and stereo enhancement by adding some reverberation effect.
With your permission I would like to post this remastered version for my guys at our Russian collective musical site www.shanson-e.tk
I dare say that your rip is good because its sound spectrum is rather rich (dispite the low bitrate) and I sensed no nonlinear distortions in it. The main problem with your rip - presence of the low frequency noise. Its spectrum content: about 19 and 38 Hz (may be from the turntable electromecanics), and also 60 and 120 Hz (suspectedly it is due to interference from the power supply of 60 Hz). Clicks are not large in amplitude and almost all they can be wiped off automatically (I used ADOBE Audition).

Greetings from Russia,
Supr.

R. O. Glockenspiel said...

Go ahead and use it! I own the record but by no means own the music on it.

Anonymous said...

OK, R.O.G. , thank you !

Do you think this "Hi-Fi" - the only accordion album among her 16 (or 18 may be) albums ?

Supr

R. O. Glockenspiel said...

I really couldn't tell you if it's the only accordion album of hers but she is renown for her piano work so it very well might be.

Anonymous said...

Its a pity, because Jo Ann is really a good accordionist, what is quite evident from the "Hi-Fi" album. By the way, she recorded this nice album being only 20 years old.
Supr

soldes son hifi maroc said...

le meilleur article

Bruce from Accordion Noir said...

Thanks so much for posting those clippings! I'm writing a book on accordions in pop music and this is just the ticket.

Bruce from Accordion Noir said...

Thanks for posting these clippings! I'm writing a piece on Jo Ann for a book on accordions in pop music and it's just the ticket.

Craig said...

Thank you thank you thank you! Jo Ann's virtuosity inspired me to take up the accordion. To hear this classic recording is a godsend.