Tuesday, May 31, 2005

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got those strings.

I'm sure that line has been used many times before, but I like it. Here are some more easy strings from the 1940s--luscious yet incisive, mellow but purposeful. (Purposeful?) Time to drop the intro and let the Holiday for Strings begin. Composer David Rose, and his orchestra, from 1942!


And here's Rose's gorgeous Our Waltz (link corrected--sorry!), also from 1942 (and the same slightly-worn EP). Forgive the slight "scritch" in the upper frequencies.


And here's a remarkable Morton Gould track from eleven years later--not quite the hi-fi era, but you sure can't tell from the arrangement. The close-miked pizzicato strings; the show-off-your-speakers sound effects; the Clebanoff-esque orchestration; and the deep, wrap-around echo all suggest a 1960 stereo track reduced to a single channel--but this was made in 1953!


Remember to save (rather than open) the files. Enjoy!



Blogger Rahsaan57 said...


Links to 'Beautiful Dreamer,'
not 'Our Waltz.'

8:49 AM  
Blogger konbinisan said...

The site The Roots of Lounge (www.gonix.com/rol), now also known as Beyond The Roots of Lounge, has been using the phrase "Roots of Lounge' as a trademark since 1996.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Lee Hartsfeld said...

Sorry about the link! And I changed the URL. I had originally called this blog "Roots of Lounge," having forgotten the name was already in use.

1:59 AM  

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