Jesse Crawford on CD?

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Darren Nemeth

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Jesse Crawford on CD?

PostFri May 29, 2009 2:39 pm

Are any of Crawford's records or piano rolls on CD?
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Jesse Crawford on CD?

PostSat Jun 20, 2009 11:54 am

Darren,

To my knowledge there's nothing. It's a pity, but the very idea of a Jesse Crawford is just about the most uncommercial prospect imaginable for a major Victor artist of the 20s -- he sold millions of records, and a good number of those are still around. Some collectors throw them away, as they are so plentiful. In the LP era there were some Crawford LPs sourced from his Decca 78s, and Victor could have included him in their "Vintage" series with a full album, but they didn't. They did include one track on, I think, the volume "1928."

ASV Living Era was about the only CD-era label that might've considered a Crawford reissue, but they didn't do one, and they are now out of business.

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PostTue Jun 23, 2009 6:59 am

Amazing how you can go from fame to forgotten so quickly.

You are most probably aware of this resource already, which contains much about Crawford.

http://www.theatreorgans.com/southerncr ... Afiles.htm
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PostTue Jun 23, 2009 11:41 am

Also on LP were many new records Crawford cut, playing Hammond. They're all quite good, and I think his Hammond work was better recorded than his theater organ material.
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PostTue Jun 23, 2009 2:24 pm

Jack Theakston wrote:Also on LP were many new records Crawford cut, playing Hammond. They're all quite good, and I think his Hammond work was better recorded than his theater organ material.


I know there's a CD of his wedding pieces, though it may be out of print now.

I love his early recordings precisely because the audio quality is a little less than ideal. I prefer that certain "vintage" sound, but it's hard to describe it, much less justify it.

Some of those recordings can be found in mp3 online (there are binary newsgroups for 78rpm-era recordings as well as for theater organ recordings, and people will post them on request), and there are also grey-market or black-market compilations that collectors have been passing around for years.

There are also the recordings done by other organists of that era, like Lew White and Ann Leaf, and I'm not enough of an aficionado to really prefer one over another. They all sound wonderful to me.
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PostThu Feb 18, 2010 11:56 pm

Zombie thread alert, but: Amazon at the moment has the wedding music CD that Chris Snowden mentioned above for the low, low price of 32 cents, used. Apparently it's a re-release of a Decca album on vinyl, so probably from the 50s and not his prime stuff, but still, it's Jesse Crawford...hell, I'ma buy one just because.
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PostSun Mar 07, 2010 5:21 pm

Hey Darren

There is an excellent CD compilation of Jesse Crawford's early Victor 78s available at the following hyperllink:

http://www.organ.co.uk/mm5/merchant.mvc ... y_Code=NEW

Another interesting site, with much biographical information and addtional recordings is at:

http://theatreorgans.com/southerncross/ ... wfords.htm

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PostSun Mar 07, 2010 9:49 pm

Lew Williams wrote:Hey Darren

There is an excellent CD compilation of Jesse Crawford's early Victor 78s available at the following hyperllink:

http://www.organ.co.uk/mm5/merchant.mvc ... y_Code=NEW

Another interesting site, with much biographical information and addtional recordings is at:

http://theatreorgans.com/southerncross/ ... wfords.htm

Lew Williams


Thanks for the links! I think I get that CD!
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PostSun Mar 07, 2010 9:57 pm

Hey Darren

Don't forget to go to YouTube and enter his name in the Search window. Lots of old recordings there. There used to be a film of him & his wife playing duets, but it was taken down.

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PostMon Mar 08, 2010 1:24 am

Lew Williams wrote:Hey Darren

Don't forget to go to YouTube and enter his name in the Search window. Lots of old recordings there. There used to be a film of him & his wife playing duets, but it was taken down.

Lew Williams


Lew,

I'm going to order, however, to make the shipping charges worthwhile can you recommend a couple other CDs?
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PostWed Mar 10, 2010 2:35 am

Thanks!
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PostMon Mar 29, 2010 1:22 pm

I'm a great fan of early Jesse Crawford recordings and I just purchased a wonderful CD from Truesound Transfers. It has 24 Crawford tracks from 1926 - 1930 and the transfers are high quality considering the vintage. I highly recommend.

http://www.truesoundtransfers.de/Titellisten/TT3004.htm

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