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History on Wax ..,
THE POPULARITY of dramatic
recitals instead of full-fledged
productions has also gone into
the record field in full force.
Ranging from the documentary
to the complete play to poetry and
prose read by the authors, some
of the great moments in theater
and literature can now be heard.
Still one of the most popular
records is Edward R. Murrow's
three part, I Can Hear It Now,
tracing American history via the
voices of the men who helped to
shape it.
Speeches by the late President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt are re-
presented on FDR Speaks.
Some of the other more inter-
esting records of this category
are pre-war broadcasts, Prelude
toPearl Harbor, Hitler's Inferno,
and a more recent selection, parts
of the Kinsey Report.
Among the novelty group can
be found Milady, Your Figure,
Parakeet Lessons, and cousin-ger-
maine to it, Salty Sailor and Ro-
mantic Phrases.
Recorded Gold Lessons by Sam
Snead can be given those who still
shoot in the 100's and Sounds of
the Sea to those who " .. . must
go down to the sea again."
Other sound records include
those of animals, the American
Southwest and the South Amer-
ican Rain Forest. Hi-Fi enthus-
iasts can be "sent" by various
test records like Adventure in
High Fidelity, Sounds of Frequen-
cy, and High Fidelity Demonstra-
It the Theater.. .
listen to their favorite lines
delivered by some of the greats
of the drama world. Older plays
such as Dryden's All for Love,
several Moliere plays (in French)
up to the more modern period such
as Arthur Miller's Death of a
Salesman are covered.
Well represented are the works

... Don Juan in Hell

of Shakespeare. Selection from
Hamlet are offered by Sir Laur-
ence Olivier, John Gielgud and
John Barrymore. Complete of-
ferings of Macbeth with Alec Gui-
ness, The Tempest with Raymond'
Massey, A Midsummer Night's
Dream with Moira Shearer and
Robert Helpmann, Romeo and
Juliet, Julius Caesar with Orson
Welles and Othello are available.
Selections and scenes by Barry-
more are given from Twelfth
Night, Richard II and Richard III.
Authors who are considered as
the founders of the modern drama
can be heard in a variety of
pieces. Ibsen is interpreted in his
A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler with
Eva Le Galliene, The Master
Builder and Ghosts.
Chekov's The Sea Gull and Un-
cle Vanya, Wilde's The Import-
ance of Being Earnest, The Picture
of Dorian Gray, and Lady Winde-
mere's Fan; and Rostand's Cyrano
de Bergerac are 19th century se-
Works of recent times include,
among others, Fry's The Lady'sj
Not for Burning, Jeffers' Medea
with Judith Anderson, Eliot's The
Cocktail Party and Murder in the
Cathedral, Agnes Moorehead in
her thriller Sorry, Wrong Number'

and a hit of the Broadway season
two years ago, The World of Sho-
lem Aleichem.
Also complete in one album is
Arthur Miller's award winning
play "Death of a Salesman" with
Thomas Mitchell, Arthur Kennedy
and Mildred Dunnock included in
the cast.
Successful rivals of older works
may be heard in Shaw's Don
Juan in Hell with Charles Laugh-
ton, Charles Boyer, Sir Cedric
Hardwicke and Agnes Moorehead,
and in Benet's epic poem John
Brown's Body with Tyrone Power,
Judith Anderson and Raymond
Massey. Both of these were pre-
sented in Ann Arbor within the
past two years with almost the
same casts.
A little more novel in this field
is Noel and Gertie-Noel Coward
and Gertrude Lawrence-in some
scenes from his plays that they
have made famous.
Authors Read.. ..
RECENT TIMES have seen a
rising popularity in poetry and
poetry readings, and the record
companies have taken advantage
to record many great literary
works, sometimes with authors
doing the reading.
American Storytellers, ANTA
(American National Theater Aca-
demy) Album of Stars, Bible Read-
ings by Charles Laughton and Ful-
ton Oursler, Anthology of Negro
Poets, Golden age of the Thea-
ter, and French poetry in the 16th,
17th and 18th Centuries and of the
19th Century are among the larg-
er collected works.
Included in the list of poetry
readers presenting their own
works are Katherine Anne Porter,
Tennessee Williams, E. E. Cum-
mings, Dylan Thomas. Ogden
Nash, Gertrude Stein, Edith Sit-
well, Osbert Sitwell, Carl Sand-
burg, T. S. Eliot, Archibald Mac-
Leish and Marianne Moore.
Reading their own prose are
Sean O'Casey, Colette, William
Faulkner and Bertrand Russell.
A collection of famous persons
and their ideas may be found in
the well-know This I Believe
For the more enthusiastic and
energetic people language records
are available for most of the
commoner tongues. Those in-
clude French, German, Spanish,
Italian and Russian.
The record comanies have not
forgotten those afflicted with ul-
cers or those well on their way
to getting them. A choice of
two records would seemingly do
the trick: Relaxation by Sugges-
tive Therapy or How to Relax and
-Harry Strauss
June Christy
JUNE CHRISTY is one of the few
feminine singers accepted by the
adherents to the more advanced
forms of jazz. Her latest album,
"Something Cool," Capitol Rec-
ords, gives some indication why.
Few of the numbers in this al-
bum have much perceptible melody
or what popular singers would call
"commercial value." This is not a
hindrance to Miss Christy. It is ac-
tually an advantage because in
such pieces she can use her rare
talents to a greater degree. Many
times these talents are hidden in

New Films .. .
ALONG with an increase in rec-
ord sales in the past few years
has come a great interest in film
music. Particularly popular are al-
bums "recorded directly from the
sound track."
Sound Track recording is not a
new thing; it gained some atten-
tion in the 1940's. However, most
film music was previously recut on
wax, songs in the standard two-
chorus rendition, and background
music in excerpt form.
The present trend seems to be
more andmore toward complete
sound track recordings. A Star Is
Born, a new 12-inch LP Capitol re-
lease, is a fairly standard sound
track album. Like most otherre-
leases in its field, it has some ex-
cellent advantages and the usual
difficulty of trying to make music,
which has been conceived and or-
chestrated to accompany visual
movements, listenable.
A further handicsap is that the
songs,sung by Judy Garland, are
integrated into the film's plot, ad-
vancing or elaborating upon the
story. On records, such numbers
as the Born In A Truck song se-
quence and the Someone At Last
pantomime - parody seem bewil-
dering, seemingly moving in no
particular direction. But the excite-
ment and color of Miss Garland's
performances, which range from
blues to bounce to ballad, is won-
derfully captured.
One new release that is very lis-
tenable is the Carmen Jones (Dec-
ca) album. The singers, all un-


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"LOSE THAT LONG FACE"-Judy Garland goes into a buck-and-
wing in "A Star Is Born," the new musical-drama. Miss Garland's
sound track performances are available in a newly released Capi-
tol album.

Business (Decca) album. The lat-
ter will be an "almost sound-track
album." Delores Gray will re-re-
cord Marilyn Monroe's numbers,
since Miss Monroe is committed
by contract to sing only for Victor
Collectors' Items ...
ceived a novel, though rather
dull, treatment by Mercury. The
front side of this 10-inch IMP con-
tains songs taken from the pic-
ture and musical orchestrations
played during the screen credits.
Although Rita Hayworth is listed
as the vocalist, the recorded voice
actually belongs to Jo Ann Greer.
Miss Greer gives an interesting
rendition to the plaintive Blue Pa-
cific Blues and does a rollicking
version of The Heat Is On.
The flip side contains the first
"continuous track" recording from
a film. Composed of dialogue and
mood music, it makes rather poorj
listening on the second or third
MGM Records, an early pioneer
in the sound track field, has a wide
variety of albums available of mu-j
sic from musical films. In addition
to the newly released records, al-
bums of songs from such recent
pictures as Bandwagon, An Ameri-'
can in Paris, Lili and Singin' in the
Rain may be purchased easily in
most record shops. Allowing time
for ordering and delivery from New
York, sound track albums may be
obtained from older musicals, such

as Easter Parade, Words and Mu-
sic, Till The Clouds Roll By, Good
News and Nancy Goes to Rio.
Background Music ...
BACKGROUND music has sel-
dom been released in sound
track albums. Salome, one of the
few exceptions, contains mood mu-
sic and dialogue from the film
about the veiled nautch dancer.
However, the score is the usual
Biblical material that Hollywood
turns out regularly.
Previously to Salome, most back-
ground music was re-recorded in
the form of symphonic siites. The
Lost Weekend, For Whom the Bell
Tolls, and Golaen Earrings are ex-
amples. This process has recently
been revived and many new pic-
tures are being given this treat-
ment. The Egyptian, The Robe and
The Wild One have recently been
For band devotees there is the
sound track album from The Glenn
Miller Story (Decca), with music
played by the Universal Studio or-
chestra. The late Glenn Miller's
band may be heard on sound track
recordings reissued from two old
Miller films of the 40's, Sun Valley
Serenade and Orchestra Wives.
Collectors interested in film mu-
sic have an almost unlimited sup-
ply of records from which to
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known Negro vocalists, substitute
for stars Dorothy Dandridge and
Henry Bellefonte in the film. The
only notable exception is Pearl
Baily, who sings a very lusty ren-
dition of Beat Out the Rhythm.
Bizet's music receives a spirited in-
terpretation on the 12-inch record.
Upcoming record releases include
the Deep In My Heart album, sung
by an all-star MGM cast, and the
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With her, however, it is not the
crude loud-mouthed thing it is with
so many of today's singers. It is a
more reserved and therefore in-
triguing quality which is neverthe-
less easy to detect.
in expressing itself more than
any of the other six numbers in
the album. This is the piece she
did last year at Hill Auditorium in
Kenton's "American Festival of
Jazz." The casual motions of the
willowy blond warbler did add to

resembles Kenton's band for which
Rugolo used to arrange and write.
Miss Christy needs a group of su-
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order to bring out her best abili-
ties. This need was fulfilled during
her long stay with Kenton and it
seems to be satisfied in this al-
bum. Rugolo's orchestra is neither
as full nor as boisterous as Ken-
ton's but it fills the need here for
accompanying a vocalist.
-Robert Polley

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