I pulled this 10″ 33 1/3 compilation out of a box of records I haven’t looked at in a long time. It reminds me of record shopping, and when I used to get really thrilled in record stores and seek them out in my travels. I believe I got this at Rock & Roll Collectibles in New Orleans but that’s just a hunch. The best thing about discovering old music was knowing nothing about it… I had no idea quite what I actually liked, so any venture to buy music would result in some random purchases. Those times may be behind me, but this is the kind of record I get excited to find even still. I’m sure it’s not rare. It’s not really that great. But it’s got this.. essence. It’s a 10″, so it resembles a 78. It must have been promotional – it has a press clipping pasted onto the sleeve. That’s probably the clincher for me.
And here I am turning it into a cluster of heartless mp3s. As if it still has some value without the motion of setting a needle on it. I left it nice and scratchy so we can pretend.
Curtain Call Series Volume 4
Marlene Deitrich – Ben Bernie – Libby Holman – George Jessel