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Brian W.
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Posted: 17 November 2004 at 4:25am | IP Logged Quote Brian W.

Anyone know where I can find a decent-sounding CD with her original version? The song was recorded on lacquer disc for the London label in 1950, not on tape. It was re-recorded on tape a year later for a different label.

All domestic CDs contain either the re-recording or a dub of the original lacquer master -- which is not in the greatest shape. Rhino's Sentimental Journey, Varese's Teresa Brewer collection, and Time Life's Your Hit Parade 1950 all use that same lousy master.

I'm hoping some import, somewhere, used a near-mint 78 to master this song. I tried UK Memoir's and ASV's 1950 collections, which are mastered from 78s, and while they don't have the horrible static of the stateside versions, the sound is pretty poor on them, too. The UK Jasmine label sadly used an "echoized" copy to master their Teresa Brewer CD. All the Reader's Digest collections seem to use the re-recording.

Anyone know where I can get the original version of this song in really good sound?
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Posted: 04 July 2011 at 9:41am | IP Logged Quote Paul C

I have both a London 78 and a London 45 and they use different takes. On my 78, during the spoken part starting at about 2:31, Teresa says "Come on everybody. Put some nickels in and keep that old nickelodeon playing." But on my 45 she says "Come on everybody. Put some nickels and keep that old nickelodeon playing" (omitting the word "in").

The three CDs I have, (both the Varese and the ASV/Living Era Teresa Brewer collections and the Rhino Sentimental Journey - Vol. 2 CD) contain the version on my 45 (without the word "in").
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Posted: 05 July 2011 at 1:53pm | IP Logged Quote Brian W.

Very interesting, Paul. There are three 78s on YouTube, though, and all of them use the version omitting the wordd "in" that's on your 45:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r0DEGlkMFo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NxB97YLsrs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keaWeWx7B3o

Obviously there was more than one take issued. I know this was a huge seller and have read that London couldn't keep up with the demand for pressings. It's quite possible that the stamper master wore out and an alternate take was substitued. (This is what happened with Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," where an unused take was subtituted in 1946 and then it was re-recorded in 1947.)

I would love to hear your 78 version!


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Posted: 05 July 2011 at 3:58pm | IP Logged Quote RichM921

The version I have on Too Young: Hits of the '50s disc 2 on the
Dynamic label has the "in" included on the line in question. I'm
assuming this is the original version, but with so many hits of the early
'50s re-recorded so many times with very similar results, it's hard to
tell for sure.
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Posted: 05 July 2011 at 10:28pm | IP Logged Quote Brian W.

RichM921 wrote:
The version I have on Too Young: Hits of the '50s disc 2 on the
Dynamic label has the "in" included on the line in question. I'm
assuming this is the original version, but with so many hits of the early
'50s re-recorded so many times with very similar results, it's hard to
tell for sure.

I just listened to the sound samples on Amazon, Rich, and that's a re-recording, probably the one she did for Coral records just about a year after the original.
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