Re: [RedHotJazz] Ma Rainey - alternative takes
- on 22/10/05 2:30, spacelights at spacelights@... wrote:
> Can anyone confirm these alternatives (listed in Rust, but not in Godrich,For the record, 1758-1 and 4692-2 did not come to light during Max Vreede's
> Dixon, and Rye)?
> c. 12-12-23 Moonshine Blues (1608-1)
> c. May, '24 Lawd, Send Me a Man (1758-1)
> c. August, '27 Oh Papa Blues (4692-2)
Paramount 12000/13000 study, which is why they are omitted from B&GR.
1608-1 is more of a puzzle. Max lists this in his book as though he had seen
it, but subsequently raised it as a query (Storyville 139, p.40): 1608-2
seen; -1 dubious. No one responded to the query as far as I can discover.
There may be some more information somewhere but this leaves me the queasy
feeling that zapping this one may have been premature.
There are numerous apparent mis-reports of takes in early literature. Most
of them result from misinterpretation of numbers on the record. However,
it's all too possible that some of them relate to records which once existed
but fell by the wayside before tape recorders hopefully eliminated the
possibility of any music being totally lost, except when it is in the hands
of the terminally selfish.
If anyone does have any of these please let us know and let them be compared
with the better-known take so it can be established that they are aurally
distinct. This is the only reliable way of establishing that an alternative
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