Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Flappers, Vamps And Sweet Young Things
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"How can anyone NOT love this sort of historical music? What some of these reviewers who complain about the "squeaky" voices, background noise, and unintentionally funny lyrics misunderstand is that this sort of music MUST be placed in the cultural context of the era in which is was meant to be heard.These sorts of songs and singers emerged after the entire world was recovering from the horrors and brutality of World War I--a war in which an entire generation (20 million) of young men was killed. These people wanted fun, fun, fun: "Four Wheels, No Brakes" and "Hey Chicken, Here's Your Roost"! The age of youth and consumer culture hit the scene and the United States hasn't looked back! After all, this was the era in which "dating" emerged. Previously, people engaged in courting on front porches. But now, young people's romantic activities moved from the front steps to the back seat!So maybe the sound is raw, the singers do squeak, and the lyrics seem nothing more than "cute." But this music certainly can't be labeled old-fashioned and in no way is it "innocent." This music is a testament to the times; these songs and singers' styles are historical cultural documents. Have fun with it like the co-eds, flappers, flivvers, and racoon-coated ukulele-toting collegiates did! Our times aren't so very different from theirs.~~23 Skidoo~~"
Paul Yohe | Uniontown, Pa. United States | 01/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are here reading this you have been doing some home work. I bought this a few weeks ago and it is very good if your into the twenties. This cd has led me to seek out full cd's by some of these artists. My personal favorites are Ruth Etting,Annette Hanshaw and Libby Holman. The cd is well done the sound quality is very good. I was starved for new music and this is all new to me. Fun stuff."
The Cat's Pajamas
J. C Clark | Overland Park, KS United States | 12/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If not for a few clunkers and the weak notes this would be a certain 5 Star collection. You will hear voices unheard elsewhere, songs previously unknown, singers later famous at the beginning of their careers, and vocalists in performances you'll be shocked at. We know that young people have been behaving badly since the beginning of time, but this is the first time they really flaunted it, and the new medium of recorded sound made it easier to join in on the fun. This is jaunty, daring, snappy, well-performed, sophisticated and amazing well-remastered stuff.
I'll keep it brief. For the price, a winner! Enjoy, and be a bit startled at how "hot" the music was waaaay back then! The contemporary musicians may use more graphic language, but they have no monopoly on heat."