Oreste & His Queensland Orch.
- Hello to everyone!
first of all best wishes to everyone for this new year! Hopefully it
will be full of discoveries of great unheard music for everyone and
full of interesting discussions on our list.
I recently bought a couple of CDs on the Royal Blue label (mentioned
here - if I remember well - by Dave Littlefield some time ago). They
are direct un-restored transfers from 78s of more or less hot dance
music of the 20s and later (well, I only bought the 20s). On one CD,
focused on the Edison discs, I found a great song - Eyeful of You -
that I just put in the "Files" section of the site of this
mailing-list. It features (just after the vocal) a rare solo on
probably a jaw-harp (I've never heard it on this kind of records
before) followed by a great trumpet solo. The CD notes say that it is
by Oreste & His Queensland Orch. I didn't find much information abou
this band and I would therefore appreciate if someone would share his
knowledge about this band with me. Does the trumpet sound like
someone you know? I believe that some people suggested that Red
Nichols recorded a couple of songs with this band, but I don't know
when and I'm unable (sorry!) to say if this guy sounds like Nichols
or not. There is no information about the personnel in the Rust's
books (JR or ADBD).
In any case, it's a nice record and if you cannot give me more info
about it, I hope at least that you'll enjoy the music.
I wanted to upload two "versions" - one "light"
("Oreste-EyefulOfYou.mp3" about 1.5 MB) and one "heavy"
("Oreste-EyefulOfYou-a.mp3" about 3.8MB) - because I had the
impression that the high compression really deteriorated the sound
and I nearly only heard the "78s noise", but the server doesn't want
the large file... So I just hope that you'll be able to hear
something... But even the better version is unfortunately quite noisy.
Anyway, enjoy it!
Cheers, Pavel (Rennes, France)