Friday, January 04, 2008

"Steal This Record!" January 4, 2008 INTERNET ONLY

(Week 106)

CLARIFICATION: Even though ASV Living Era has been put out of business by the corporate greedheads at Universal Music Group, I need to stress that before you go "stealing" Living Era CDs you should make every effort to purchase them (new or used) from small, independent music dealers who sell through eBay, Amazon, etc., since they really need your monetary support and encouragement. Buying from your local record store (if any still exist in this iPod-blighted land) is better yet. Only if the Living Era CD you are looking for is not available by any other means should you start mooching home-burned copies from your collector friends. And this applies only to Living Era and other defunct labels, not current reissuers who are struggling to stay alive amid this "send me a file" mentality. If you stop buying, they'll stop producing. So spend a buck.
The news that the Universal Music Group took over ASV Living Era with the sole intent of putting the label out of business has already spoiled my new year. I've assembled an internet-only program that celebrates the great budget reissue label and mourns its unnecessary demise. (Therein I also suggest that people freely copy and distribute their Living Era CDs to their friends, since Universal is intent on suppressing all music other than the modern trash it considers profitable.)

The show is now in rotation on my Live365 station.

Lee Morse – Moanin’ Low (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5015
The Charleston Chasers – After You’ve Gone (1927) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5316
Ipana Troubadors (Willard Robison, vo.) – Wake Up! Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) – Columbia 1779-D
Benny Goodman’s Boys – Blue (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5263
Ruth Etting – Mean to Me (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5008
Ted Weems and his Orch. PG – My Troubles Are Over (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5029
Layton and Johnstone – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5195
George Olsen and his Music – The Best Things In Life Are Free (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5388
Sam Browne (w/Ambrose and his Orch.) – Here Lies Love (1932) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5026
The Chocolate Dandies – That’s How I Feel Today (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5110
Phil Harris and his Orch. – What Have We Got to Lose? (1933) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5191
Eddie Lang and his Orch. – March of the Hoodlums (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5061
Maurice Chevalier – Nobody’s Using It Now (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5016
Annette Hanshaw – Nothin’ (1927) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5220
Charles Coborn – The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5363
Jean Sablon – Cette Chanson Pour Vous (1935) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5167
Quintet of the Hot Club of France – When Day is Done (1937) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5138
Guy Lombardo and his R.C.’ns – I’m Confessin’ (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5195
Ben Selvin and his Orch. DR – Dancing in the Dark (1931) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5318
Ted Lewis and his Band – Sobbin’ Blues (1930) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5273
Helen Morgan – Just Like a Butterfly Caught in the Rain (1927) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5011
Harry Roy and his Orch. IM – What a Difference a Day Made (1934) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5225
Nat Gonella and his Georgians – All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (1937) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5300
Eddie Lang – I’ll Never Be the Same (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5061
The Revelers – Among My Souvenirs (1927) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5278
Ben Bernie and his Hotel Ros. Orch. – Sweet Georgia Brown (1925) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5342
Four Rajahs – Too Busy (1928) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5216
Elsie Carlisle – Pu-leeze! Mister Hemingway! (1933) – AV Living Era CD AJA 5030
Rudy Vallee and his CT Yankees – The Thrill is Gone (1931) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5026
Lee Wiley (w/Victor Young) – Easy Come, Easy Go (1934) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5417
The Comedian Harmonists – Auf Wiederseh’n, My Dear (1932) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5216
Vaughn DeLeath – Blue Skies (1927) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5468

3 comments:

Michael said...

I saw that you played Walter Davison and His Louisville Loons some months back. Walter was my grandfather's uncle, you might be amused to see this publicity photo of the band (Walter at far left):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgmax/2166713683/

Andy said...

Thanks! I would never have played Walter Davison if he hadn't been featured on the excellent compilation by Rich Conaty, "The Big Broadcast, Volume Two."

As I've often said before, Rich is the go-to guy for any information regarding this music--and his link in on my main page.

Nick said...

The loss of ASV/Living Era is tragic...I must have at least 50 CDs from them, and many were utterly superb....