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A Little Bit of Heaven: Early Barbershop Quartet Recordings (1925-1928)
Rivermont BSW-1157

This treasure trove of rare recordings provides an excellent document of the early years of "barbershop" harmony. The Shannon Quartet was formed in 1917, combining the talents of some of the era's brightest singing stars, and the group quickly became a favorite on records, radio, film, and in concert. Noted for their beautiful voice blending and colorful arrangements, they specialized in turn-of-the-century popular songs. While many of their recordings were made by the old acoustic process, this disc collects for the first time most of their electric recordings from the late 1920s that enable the quartet to be heard with greater clarity and tonal richness. CD includes a deluxe 40-page illustrated booklet with extensive notes by Glenn Robison. Selections include: "The Sidewalks of New York," "My Wild Irish Rose," "Sweet Rosie O'Grady," "Red Wing," and 20 others. 73 minutes.
US $16.00
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Click on the buttons to hear full-quality audio samples of selected tracks.

1.The Quilting Party (Seeing Nellie Home)
2.Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm In Love With You)
3.Will You Love Me In December As You Do In May?
4.Sweet Rosie O'Grady
5. The Sidewalks of New York
6.Maggie Murphy's Home
7.Kentucky Babe
8.Little Cotton Dolly
9.Red Wing
10. Rainbow
11.The Old Oaken Bucket
12.Just as the Sun Went Down
13.Heidelberg (Stein Song)
14.My Wild Irish Rose
15.Break the News to Mother
16.Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
17.A Little Bit of Heaven
18.Where the River Shannon Flows
19.In the Evening by the Moonlight
20.Where the Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way
21. America the Beautiful
22. Stars of the Summer Night
23. On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away
24.Sweet Elaine
Liner notes: Glenn Robison / Source recordings: Bryan Wright / Transfers and digital remastering: Bryan Wright / Photographs: Barbara Glenn, Bryan Wright, Library of Congress / Cover art: Joe Busam