- Audio CD (April 7 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Inside Sounds
- ASIN: B0000034DL
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
|1. Paddy O'Carroll|
|2. Leaving Queenstown|
|3. Oh You Beautiful Doll|
|4. Alexander's Ragtime Band|
|5. The Merry Widow: Vilia|
|7. I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad|
|8. Maple Leaf Rag|
|9. Andante Cantabile|
|10. Song Without Words|
|11. Nocturne, Op.9, No.2|
|12. Blue Danube|
|13. Berliner Luft|
|14. Merry Widow Waltz - J.T. Page/Carl Wolfe/Roy Brewer/Margarita Matlin/Beth Luscombe/Ann Ray/Joe Kebschull...|
|15. Let Me Call You Sweetheart - J.T. Page/Carl Wolfe/Roy Brewer/Margarita Matlin/Beth Luscombe/Ann Ray/Joe Kebschull...|
|16. Fateful Hour|
|17. Nearer, My God, To Thee - J.T. Page/Carl Wolfe/Roy Brewer/Margarita Matlin/Beth Luscombe/Ann Ray/Joe Kebschull...|
Despite the minor flaws in this CD, it is definately worth the fifteen or so dollars, if you are a fan of salon-style music.
You may wish to consider the following other recordings at Amazon.com. I own all of them and am very impressed, overall:
* LAST DANCE: MUSIC FOR A VANISHING ERA (I Salonisti) - EXCELLENT * AND THE BAND PLAYED ON: MUSIC ABOARD THE TITANIC (I Salonisti) - EXCELLENT * MUSIC FROM THE WHITE STAR SONGBOOK - VERY GOOD * THE MUSIC OF THE TITANIC - GOOD * 21 AUTHENTIC SONGS FROM TITANIC (Mary Jane Newman and the Southampton Pier Players) - EXCELLENT * TITANIC: MUSIC FROM THE FATEFUL VOYAGE (Ian Whitcomb & The White Star Orchestra) - EXCELLENT
- Many of the songs are represented only by the chorus, with the verses being completely absent. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", for instance, runs through the chorus 3 times, with slightly varying orchestration, but never do we hear the verse.
- The string playing is pretty poor with regard to intonation. Passages where multiple strings are (supposedly) in unison come off a little harsh. Maybe that was the authentic way string players sounded back then? Doubtful.
- The newly composed material that bookends the authentic original music is rather discordant in style. I found myself just playing the middle tracks, skipping the first and last two.