I'm going through the music on The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Vol 1 in chronological order.

There is (truly) some marvelous stuff in this collection, but it also throws in to sharp relief how the evolution of American music happened *very* quickly.

This stuff from 1918 could have been recorded in 1908 or in 1898.

The same *cannot* be said about stuff from 1923. Music changed *so much* from 1920 - 1923.

And like, this rendition of Tiger Rag from April 1920 is certainly clean and lively in a way that I might not have expected from a 1918 recording, but the song itself is from 1917, and this rendition of it isn't *that* different from the 1917 renditions, and the 1917 renditions were New and Vibrant but also very much an anomaly in popular music.

Here's the original 1917 rendition for comparison.

(Oh Both of these mp3s are of recordings that are clearly in the public domain, having been originally published in 1917 and 1920 respectively.)

The other side of that rendition of Tiger Rag from 1920 shows a little more of a glimpse of what was to come.

It is quintessential jazz age jazz.

Here is Blues (my naughty sweetie gives to me) by the Whiteway Jazz Band, recorded in April of 1920, for Paramount Records, PM-20014/800-2

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