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.)
One thing to note about this collection that is in turns welcome and frustrating is that it includes a lot of unissued matterial from Paramount and Black Swan.
That's great! It means that this stuff is out in the world.
But it was officially published in 2015, not in 1920 or whatever, so it is copyrighted from then.
Except that all music recorded prior to 1976 will have its copyright expire on the same day, regardless of when/if it was published?
A social network for the 19A0s.