[Dixielandjazz] More distortional cogitation re Bessie.
Fr M J (Mike) Logsdon
mjl at ix.netcom.com
Thu Jan 13 21:11:06 PST 2005
1) The first medium I noticed the "Cake Walking" "gurgle" on was the
cassette version of the Columbia remastering. So, we can eliminate the
final-CD-product angle (though admittedly a good one which I'd not
initially thought of).
2) The same distortion is present in both analog (Davies) and digital
(Columbia) remastered versions, so Mr Crouch's assertion that we must,
logically, be speaking only about the actual original recordings, is
beyond question: neither final CD nor remastering technique necessarily
contribute to the type of distortion we've been talking about.
3) Tonight, on later, but still quite early, electrical Bessies, I hear
instances of the same "gurgle." Now, considering Mr Davies' own
standards, and the glowing reviews I've received all along of the Davies
remastering as a whole, I find it hard to believe that IF the
remastering, itself, had caused or contributed to the distortion, or
even IF the final CD product had contributed, ... I find it hard to
believe such a project would've ever made it into our collections.
Basically, considering the quality conditions Mr Davies worked under to
work his magic, he certainly heard what I'm hearing, and if he'd been
the cause, it wouldn't have passed his muster.
4) So, I'm down to the next level of my query: EITHER such distortion
was par for the course on such recordings of a voice like Bessie's, OR,
it was a singing characteristic of her actual voice, ie, was what I'm
occasionally hearing merely part of the inherent "harshness" or
"growl-ness" of such a gutsy blues voice? In other words, I'm down to
the point of simply wondering if what I'm actually hearing IS
Fr M J "Mike" Logsdon
North American Old Roman Catholic Church (Utrecht Succession)
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