2022 release on the Carl Frei “Dubbeldik” Organ. Released Fifty years after its original 1972 LP release on the Amberlee Records label in 1972 (AFL 103X).
This was Volume 3 of their “Fairtime Organ Series”. “Gaudin Melodies” were 1 & 2 (see my listings for those).
Previously released as a cassette on the Audicord label in 1987.
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes.
Running time: 46.38.
Code: ACD 188.
2. Ich Bau Dir Ein Sloss (I Build You A Castle)
3. De Fidele Harmonica Speler (The Jolly Harmonica Player)
4. Mei Serenade
5. Tango De Rozen (Tango Of Roses)
6. June Serenade
7. If I Had But Known
8. Groel Ann Breda (Regards To Ann Breda)
9. Summertime Serenade
10. Oh Play To Me Gipsy
11. Zeehelden March (Sea Heroes March)
12. Tulips From Amsterdam
13. Prince Bernhard March
14. Pierement Waltz De Grebbeber
15. Ik Hou Van Holland (I Love You Holland)
16. Strauss Waltz Selection
ORIGINAL 1972 LP COVER NOTES
THE 64-KEY CARL FREI STREET ORGAN “DUBBELDIK”
Built in 1920 by Carl Frei Senior, the 64-key “Dubbeldik” (“Fat Boy”) street organ played in and around Zeist until 1946 when it was bought by Mr. Hendrik Gossling of Hilversum. Storage during the war years had made the organ unplayable, and it was only after extensive rebuilding that included a complete set of pipes made in Mr Gossling’s workshop, that the organ reappeared.
Upon completion of the restoration work Mr. Gossling presented “Dubbeldik” to his son, who regularly appears in the streets of Hilversum complete with the traditional dress of the “organ man”.
As part of the Scarborough ‘Benelux Festival’ in June 1971, “Dubbeldik” made its first appearance in England, and played for crowds of holidaymakers along the sea front and in the town, proving a popular attraction.
Unlike many organs now restored and playing, “Dubbeldik” retains the original hand-cranked wheel for swelling the air bellows, an exhausting job on a summer’s day. During the festival week however, welcome relief was found in members of the Fair Organ Preservation Society, who had travelled to Scarborough to hear the organ and to take turns in cranking the heavy wheel to provide the steady melody of “Summertime Serenade”.