Nelson Eddy, Show Tunes [EP] (1963)
Songs from shows – the original recordings are from the late 1930s and early 1940s when Nelson Eddy had his day, that rich classically-trained baritone booming deep, burrowing down into the tunes and tunnelling out the other side, a raised fist-sounding level of victorious about him and the tune. I bought this for 50c and cannot tell if I got a deal or was ripped off. I bought it because my four year old son Oscar wanted it. He raids the 50c bin and looks for interesting covers – or chuck-out singles and eps that even have covers – and he makes his choice. Yesterday’s choice was this. Which means I’m giving it a whirl now – and I’m taken back to when I was around four years old, my grandfather played this and stuff like it – loudly – when we’d stay weekends at his place sometimes. Music was his sanctuary. He was an odd character. He didn’t really ever show love but he had an enormous sense of pride. There were things he was proud of – including his family. I think about him a bit these days. We got on well even though it was hard to say you really ever knew him.
Sample Track: At The Balalaika
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