Eddie South - 1933 (Music CD)

Release Date: 10 September 2009
Artist: Eddie South
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Eddie South was a talented jazz violinist who never really achieved the fame that he deserved; though he was a contemporary of St‚phane Grappelli and Stuff Smith, most of his work was for radio and films. As a result, relatively few of his recordings have appeared on CD. So the discovery of 16 of his earliest radio transcription programs, all sponsored by a women's beauty product called Cheloni-Skin, is an important find. They are collected in their entirety on this three-CD compilation, complete with unidentified announcers (and commercials if there is a music bed by South). While the performances ranges from easy listening to Latin pop themes of the era, tangos, gypsy swing, novelty numbers and downright corn, the clarity and preservation of these vintage recordings is surprising. South was a virtuoso violinist who arranged all of the musical selections and also composed a few originals heard on Recorded in Hollywood 1933. Most notable among his band's members are bassist Milt Hinton (who was amazed that these recordings were uncovered) and guitarist Everett Barksdale, both of whom are occasionally heard as soloists and vocalists. The remaining musicians, including Clifford King (clarinet and vocals), pianist Antonia Spaulding (who doubles on celesta), J. Wright Smith (strictly an ensemble violinist) and drummer Jimmy Bertrand, provide strong support for South, even if they don't make much of an impression themselves.
It is very difficult to comment about the music within this collection without taking into context
why it was recorded in the first place: to sell cosmetics. While the typical swing fan may get
impatient with the tedious studio announcer, the novelty pieces and the overly sweet texture
of some songs, South's abilities are never in doubt and are best represented by the occasional standard (including "Star Dust," "Body and Soul," "I'll Never Be the Same," "Three Little Words" and "Moon Songs") and jazz piece (Fats Waller's "If It Ain't Love"). Perhaps the most fascinating discovery is a novelty vocal feature for Hinton, "Throw a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail," which also has a bit of scatting. Jazz violin scholar Anthony Barnett contributed the detailed liner notes, while a number of vintage photographs are also included. While this collection will fall outside the interest of some swing fans, anyone interested in early jazz violin ought to investigate these long-obscure performances. The obvious conclusion is what Eddie South might have accomplished if he had only been given greater opportunities to record during his lifetime. ~ Ken Dryden
Release Date: 10 September 2009
Artist: Eddie South
  • Disk 1
  • 1. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 2. Ay! Mama Ines - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 3. What a Perfect Combination - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 4. A Sleepy Little Village - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 5. Dark Eyes - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 6. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 7. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 8. Star Dust - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 10. La Luna de Brasil - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 11. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 12. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 13. Lady of Spain (Paso Doble) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 14. The Russian Rag - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 15. There's a Million Little Cupids - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 16. Body and Soul - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 17. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 18. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 19. A Media Luz - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 20. Let's Try Again - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 21. Pardon, Madame! - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 22. Stop the Sun, Stop the Moon - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 23. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 24. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 25. Two Guitars - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 26. Goofus - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 27. Mardi Gras/Daybreak - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 28. Sylvia - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 29. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 30. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 31. Til Tomorrow - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 32. Kiss Me Again - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 33. Esta Noche Me Emborracho - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 34. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • Disk 2
  • 1. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 2. Vas Villst du Haben? - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 3. Adiós, Mia Chaparrita (Mia Chaparrita) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 4. Libe War Es Nie/Take Me in Your Arms - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 5. Siboney (Canto Siboney) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 6. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 7. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 8. Suzanne - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 9. I'll Never Be the Same
  • 10. Marienella - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 11. Theme: Hejre Kati - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 12. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 13. I'm Playing with Fire - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 14. Jealousy (Jalousie) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 15. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 16. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 17. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 18. La Rosita - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 19. So at Last It's Come to This - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 20. Bahama Mama - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 21. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 22. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 23. Algeria - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 24. Adiós, Mia Chaparrita (Mia Chaparrita) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 25. My Darling - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 26. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 2. Sweet Muchacha - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 3. Throw a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 4. Hejre Kati - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 5. Thanksgivin' - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 6. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 7. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 8. La Cumparsita - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 9. Well Well Well - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 10. Szerel Mes Vodyck - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 11. At the Ball, That's All (At the Ball) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 12. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 13. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 14. Just an Echo in the Valley - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 15. Three Little Words - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 16. I May Never Pass Your Way Again - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 17. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 18. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 19. Passion - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 20. Deep River - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 21. If It Ain't Love - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 22. Ya No Cantas Chingola - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 23. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 24. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 25. Love Me - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 26. Ein Spanischer Tango (Und ein Mädel Wie Du) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 27. Moon Song (That Wasn't Meant for Me) - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra
  • 28. Theme - South, Eddie & His International Orchestra

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Catalogue No: BDW8054