Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Peg O' My Heart and Other (ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
For better or worse, the world has seen only a handful of truly successful all-harmonica ensembles. Arguably, the best of this bunch was Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals. From the late '20s through the '50s, Minevi... more »
For better or worse, the world has seen only a handful of truly successful all-harmonica ensembles. Arguably, the best of this bunch was Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals. From the late '20s through the '50s, Minevitch and a quintet of fellow harmonica powerhouses put Raymond Scott energy and Mickey Katz shtick into big band and pop tunes. It's hard not to feel blown away after hearing Borrah and his crew swing through "Chinatown, My Chinatown" or "Daybreak Express" on a handful of harps. Unfortunately, just as you can't keep a good man down, you can't keep a harmonica virtuoso in a band for too long; in the mid-'40s, some of Minevitch's finest left to form the archrival Harmonicats. A little later, even Johnny Puleo (the group's midget) went solo. Still, the instrumentals Minevitch made in his prime--perfectly remastered here and sounding as timeless and oddball as ever--have a jazz energy and vaudevillian humor nobody has been able to match. A few tunes from the laid-back Harmonicats are included, but the sound quality--and energy level--are no match for Borrah's best. --Jason Verlinde
Harmonicats Best Two Tracks.
James S. Nasby | Skokie, Illinois | 10/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even though only th last four of the 22 tracks are Jerry Murad's Harmonicats, I'm very glad that I bought this CD.
I do enjoy several of the Borrah Minevitch & His Marmonica Rascals among the first 18 tracks.
Track #19 is Peg O'My Heart version that I remeber when it was popular and includes the accompanying guitar. It is a Lo-Fi track, but, the version on two of the three Harmonicats CD's have a newer version. I'd love a better recording of this famous rendition.
Track #20 is Fantacy Impromptu, also famous. The CD is worth this track. Very sentimental, fast paced and exciting to me.
Tracks 21 and 22 are also the versions that I remeber from radio days."