[Dixielandjazz] Songs

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 12:02:04 PDT 2013

> Marek wrote:
> When did you last hear "Swinging Seamus" played live?  Or "I love a
> Lassie?" Or "The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill," "Polly Wolly Doodle," "The
> Soldier's Dream," "The Uist Tramping Song,""Scotland the Brave," "Black
> Angus," "The Big Man," "Play to Me Gypsy," "Trombones to the Fore,"
> "Taboo," or even "The Teddy Bear's Picnic?"  Or Verdi's "Il Trovatore?"
> All those are on the Clyde Valley Stompers double CD on Lake.  As is
> All of the material listed above was recorded initially for Beltona, a
> small label which specialised in Scottish traditional material, almost all
> of which was out of copyright, so when the Clyde Valley Stompers recorded
> for Beltona they were forced to play public domain tunes to avoid royalty
> payments. Hence the unusual choice of material.

The first few numbers on the CD sound as if they were recorded live.  Of
course, the applause couldhave been added, but it does not sound that way.
Not sure they did such things back in 1956.  Moreover, Belotna was a Decca
label, and Decca was a larger company than Pye, wasn't it?

"Swingin' Seamus" was recorded in April 1959, after "the band secured a
recording contract with Pye under the auspices of the redoubtable Lonnie
Donegan."  And it certainly was not public domain, but an original by Ian
Menzies and Jim McHarg.  "The Uist Tramping Song" and "I Love a Lassie" are
attributed to composers, which does not necessarily mean they are not
public domain.

> It was also recorded fairly early on in the Clydes' history at a time when
> the wonderfully talented reedman, Maurice Rose, was with the band.
> Maurice's style, especially on soprano, had been influenced by Bechet, but
> he was incapable of playing anything the same way twice and developed a
> unique personal style. He was also a bit eccentric and local musicians in
> Glasgow still enjoy recounting some of the more outrageous and crazy
> Maurice anecdotes. Sadly Maurice passed on a couple of years ago and is
> hugely missed around the local scene.

Maurie Rose is on six out of the 53 numbers only.  Some of the vocals leave
a lot to be desired.


> Records with Maurice Rose on them are as scarce as rocking-horse crap, so
> I'll need to get after this Lake compilation, so thanks for the heads-up,
> Marek.
> Cheers,
> Ken

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