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 #PDMusicList Both of these mp3s are of recordings that are clearly in the public domain, having been originally published in 1917 and 1920 respectively.)
Except maybe not?
It's a gray area that's decades away.
A social network for the 19A0s.