Released in 1958 as part of RCA’s pioneering Living Stereo series, remastered and improved!
Remastering and lacquer cutting by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track tapes
200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings!
"I´m not exaggerating about the sound quality: It´s amazing nor am I overstating the ´pure novelty´ aspect of the arrangements. This is not ´serious´ music but it is serious fun and so 1950´s kitschy that as time passes it becomes more treasured as a ´moment in time´ never to be repeated. I have original and Classic Records reissues but more recently Analogue Productions has reissued this cut from the three-track original tape by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. Originals still go for well over a hundred dollars (I snagged one years ago at Record Surplus, Las Vegas for three bucks) so the new reissue, which I´m sure sounds great and is pressed on 200g vinyl at QRP, is reasonably priced." — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Fremer´s full take on "Three Percussion Records You Should Own," click here.
"Little did any of us who were involved in the planning and recording of Music for Bang, Baaroom and Harp know, back in 1958, what an impact this album would have on the record industry and how it would effect my career," writes Dick Schory, about the audiophile instrumental classic, the first stereophonic recording in the industry to be classified a "Best Seller."
Now, revel in the enhanced clarity and sonic richness of a 200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings, and remastering and lacquer cutting by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, giving this classic a fresh, vibrant appeal. The superb remastering from the original 3-track master tapes brings out subtleties of the instruments, arrangements, performance and ambiance of Chicago´s Orchestra Hall lacking from the original pressing and subsequent versions.
The concept for this album is simple: Dozens of standard and exotic percussive instruments (re: manifold from a 1946 Chevrolet) were employed in original and standard tunes arranged by Schory, Bobby Christian, Mike Simpson, Willis Charkovsky and Skitch Henderson, who at the time was musical director for NBC´s "Tonight Show." Three tracks are of particular note: the quirky "Tiddley Winks" and the exotic "Baia" and "Typee." The jacket, depicting Schory poking out from a pile of instruments, is a classic of LP art.
The recording, utilizing RCA Victor Record´s Red Seal Classical Division´s equipment — the same used to record the Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston Symphony orchestras at the time — was recorded in Chicago´s Orchestra Hall on June 2 and 3, 1958. Two custom Ampex 300-3 half-inch 3-track tape recorders, running at 15 and 30 inches a second, captured the performances by eight percussionists together with other performers from the Chicago Symphony on piano, string bass, guitar, banjo and harp.
Commercial success followed. Not only was the album an audiophile classic, it also became one of the best-selling instrumental albums of the late 1950s and early ´60s with Billboard, Record World and Cash Box magazines listing it on their charts for more than two years, and in the "Top 10" best sellers for more than six months. The album kicked off an era of percussion recordings that tried to duplicate the success of Music for Bang, Baaroom and Harp, with limited results.
Analogue Productions and Quality Record Pressings bring you this remastered and improved pressing so that a whole new generation of audiophiles and even casual music lovers can discover for themselves the wizardry, wit and wonder that is Music for Bang, Baaroom and Harp!