9460Armstrong's 1929 Mahogany Hall Stomp - different speeds
- May 10, 2013Hi all,
Wondered if any of you had noticed the following and had any opinions or
observations about the following.
I was listening just now (on iTunes) to probably my favorite Armstrong
tune, *Mahogany Hall Stomp* from 1929. It was the version from
Columbia's /Vol V: Louis iin New York/ CD. Then out of curiousity I
switched to the same recording included (as an additional track) on the
Phil Schaap-produced /The Complete Hot Five and Hot Sevens Recordings/.
In addition to being brighter than the Columbia CD version (too much
so), the Schaap one was distinctly faster than the Columbia one.
I just checked the length on iTunes, and indeed Schaap's clocks in at
3:17, as opposed to Columbia's 3:27.
I much prefer the Columbia one, but I grew up listening to that one
(came out in 1990, Schaap's came out in 2000) so that doesn't
necessarily make it better or more accurate. I'm 42, so the Columbia
series was my first introduction to much of Armstrong's 1920s work. For
me the Schaap Mahogany loses the perfectly measured groove of the
Has anyone else noticed this, or have an opinion? I expect there are
better recordings than either of these, but these are what I know.
The first cassette of Hot Fives I got in the 1980s /was //all/ recorded
at strange speeds!
Thanks for any insights,
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