CD Duration: 64.47 / Year: 2014
Featuring the 87 key Gavioli Fair Organ. This is the follow-up to OK01 “Ain’t She Sweet”.
The tracks on both CDs were recorded during the same recording session at the late Bill Barlow’s home at Cleobury Mortimer in 1967.
Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker)
Seawards the Great Ships
Carnival of Den Helder
Kinderen Carousel Children’s Carousel
The Organ Man’s March
Flower Seller’s Parade
With Sword and Lance
Princess Wilhelmina Salute
Roses of Breda
Dance of the Marionettes
Scottish Reel ‘Schotland Dansjei’
Paper Roses / Little Mischief Maker
When You Walked Out on Me
Tulips from Amsterdam
The Sea Hero’s March
Waiting for the Robert E Lee / Carolina in the Morning / Pretty Baby / Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye / I’m Sitting on Top of the World / I’m Looking over a Four Leaf Clover / Chinatown my Chinatown / Baby Face
The word ‘encore’ is defined as a repetition of a performance or an additional item, which is exactly what these recordings are. Back in 1967, the first commercial recordings were made of the Troubadour organ at the late Bill Barlow’s home in Shropshire, when over two hours of material was recorded for an American record company. In 2010 a compact disc (OK01 “Ain’t She Sweet”) was issued, which has proved to be a popular title amongst fair organ aficionados.
Now forty-six years later, the remaining material has benefitted from the digital revolution and is presented as the ‘encore’. From marches by Sousa, Starke and Carl Frei, to delightful waltz medleys by Dadi, Tchaikovsky and Spielman, the Troubadour comes to life once more. Since those far off days of the swinging sixties, the organ has had a somewhat checkered life. First in England then to Europe, where it fell into disuse and spent a number of years in Switzerland.
By the time the organ returned to England, it was discovered that some of the original music books had been lost, making some of the tracks on the two compact discs the only examples of the original repertoire. At the time of the issue of this disc, the future of the organ is still clouded with uncertainty.
Recorded on location at the Late Bill Barlow’s home at Cleobury Mortimer in 1967, by Les Brumpton & Ken Mellor.
Photograph courtesy of Andrew Pilmer.