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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:54 pm
by Charlie
Ted wrote: ....Johnson's only recordings being completely unrepresentative of the sound he would have made when performing for his normal audience. At house partys and the like he would have made music for dancing. Played in a much more percussive style, played polkas, whatever would keep people dancing. And it would have been loud.

Or this just illustrates the difference between making records and playing live. The latter is often loud and raucous, but doesn't necessarily translate directly to records, which are not simply documentaries, but an artform in their own right.

I love the first Snooks Eaglin album, That's All Right (c1960), accompanying himself on acoustic twelve string guitar, which it turns out was quite unlike anything he normally played as an electric guitarist in a band or as a session musician. The producer had an idea for him to play this way, and he obliged.

Going back further, The Swan Silvertones recorded a lovely album for King Records which was virtually acappella (circa 1950), whereas they normally performed (and subsequently recorded) with a small group. King's boss Syd Nathan wanted them to drop the instruments, and few argued with that irascible boss.