die wunderbare Klänge von Deutschland

THE DOLLAR-BINS OF THE WORLD ARE FILLED WITH MANY, MANY RECORDS.  SOME OF WHICH ARE PROBABLY THERE FOR A GOOD REASON: THEY’RE NOT REALLY THAT GOOD.  OTHERS HAVE BEEN WRONGFULLY RELEGATED TO AN UNKIND FATE, LANGUISHING IN DARK OBSCURITY WITH LITTLE HOPE OF GRACING THE MODERN TURNTABLE.

WE’VE TAKEN MANY OF THESE ALBUMS HOME OVER THE YEARS WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS, ONLY TO HAVE OUR ENTHUSIASM SQUASHED BY SOME TRULY MEDIOCRE, IF NOT POOR, RECORDS.  HAPPILY THOUGH, YOU OCCASIONALLY GET LUCKY AND FIND A JEWEL AMIDST THE JUNK –  MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK OF GERMANY vol. 1 IS ONE OF THOSE GEMS.

CAVEAT: WE LIKE TRADITIONAL GERMAN MUSIC.  BUT, WE HAVE RESCUED SOME FAIRLY AWFUL RECORDINGS OF BEER-HALL SONGS AND TRADITIONAL HUNTING SONGS.  WE’VE ALSO FALLEN PREY TO COVERS FEATURING SOME LOVELY Fräulein PRESENTING MUGS OF BEER OR FLOATING IN ALPINE VISTAS, ONLY TO FIND THE RECORDINGS WITHIN TO BE LACKLUSTER.

MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK OF GERMANY vol. 1 HAS A NUMBER OF THINGS GOING FOR IT.  IT CONTAINS SOME VERY FAMOUS SONGS (WHICH MANY WOULD RECOGNIZE EVEN IF THEY THINK THEY KNOW NOTHING OF GERMAN MUSIC) THAT ARE CROWD-PLEASERS FOR SURE.  YET THE QUALITY OF BOTH THE RECORDINGS AND THE PERFORMANCES ARE WHAT PUT THIS DISC ABOVE MOST OTHERS (it is on the TELEFUNKEN label after all).  THE TONE IS CRISP BUT DYNAMIC, THE VOICES ARE (mostly) REALLY GREAT, AND THE ACCORDION SOUNDS ARE AMAZING (SOMEONE NEEDS TO TEACH ME THE ENGINEERING TRICK).  THE HORNS HAVE THAT WONDERFUL REVERB PRESENCE, LIKE THEY’RE PLAYING AT THE OTHER END OF A VAST BEERHALL FROM THE MICS.

SO IF YOU HAPPEN TO SEE MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK OF GERMANY vol. 1 DISCARDED IN A DOLLAR BIN NEAR YOU AND YOU JUST NEED TO DON YOUR LEDERHOSEN AND HEAR ‘In München Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus’, DON’T BE AFRAID TO BRING IT HOME.  IF NOTHING ELSE IT ALSO PROVIDES AN AMUSING WAY TO WAKE UP YOUR HUNGOVER ROOM MATES [ALBERT].

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2 thoughts on “die wunderbare Klänge von Deutschland

    1. eee gads, as far as i know it is probably not worth very much at all, perhaps in the $3 to $5 range? – but then again we are not savvy to the current “market-value” of a lot of records.

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