CD Duration: 66.17 / Year: 2011
2011 release featuring four different fair organs; the De Kermisorgel 87 key Hooguys, Prince Carnival 84 key Hooguys, 101 key Mortier and 46 key Marenghi.
De Kermisorgel – 87 key Hooguys:
Happy Days are Here Again
The Stein Song
You Are My Hearts Delight
The Barber of Seville
Prince Carnival – 84 key Hooguys:
High School Cadets
Blue Devils March
You Are My Hearts Delight
101 key Mortier:
Tulips from Amsterdam
She Wears My Ring
Tango of Love.
46 key Marenghi:
Rockabye My Baby / California Here I Come / For Me and My Gal / I’m Just Wild About Harry / Lullabye of Broadway / Avalon / 42nd Street
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby / Bye Bye Blackbird / You’re Driving Me Crazy / My Blue Heaven / Ukelele Lady / I’ll See You in My Dreams / Coal Black Mammy / Mimi / I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight
Two Lovely Black Eyes / Comrades / A Miner’s Dream of Home / The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
Over There / Keep the Home Fires Burning / Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty / A Long, Long Trail Awinding / It’s a Long Way to Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles in Your old Kitbag
Carl Frei Pot Pourri
On a weekend in 1967, the late Bill Barlow made his entire collection of fair organs available to an American record producer and two recording engineers. At the end of this three day period over 40 master tapes had been created, including Bill’s collection of mechanical music boxes.
Plans to issue the recordings on LP record foundered and the tapes remained on a studio shelf for some 45 years. It was the passing of sound recordist, Les Brumpton, whose wishes were that some of the recordings could be released that a start was made. Following upon the success of The Troubadour CD along with requests for more, it is with great pleasure that I make these recordings available in memory of a good friend and work colleague.
Organ Details (based on information known in 2011):
De Kermisorgel – 87 key Hooguys. Currently in storage, awaiting restoration.
Prince Carnival – 84 key Hooguys: Given this name by Bill Barlow. The organ returned to Belgium and is now owned by the City of Geraardsbergen (formally Grammont).
101 key Mortier: Built in Antwerp by Theofiel Mortier in the mid-1920s and now part of the Hine Collection at Shaftsbury in Dorset.
46 key Marenghi: Built around 1902, the organ came to Britain and was used by an amusement park in North Wales. It was stored out of use during the second war and was acquired by Bill Barlow around 1952. It was purchased by Mr. Gordon Hine in 1986 and was a regular visitor to rallies, installed in an adapted Volkswagen van. It is now part of the Hine Collection of Mechanical Music.
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