Monthly Archives: January 2010

Ira Ironstrings: The Best Damn Dance Band In the Land

Actually, it was a non-Ironstrings but a fast-friend — Lucy N. Fairweather, our percussionist and Moral Beacon — who inspired us to form our orchestra. that sweet, grey-haired old lady had been passed out in our setting-room rocker for eleven days, just a-rocking and eyeing the bougainvillaea. Came the fateful evening, April 11, 1930. A typical Ironstrings family scene at dusk: the sun falling behind the Ice House, scented breezes wafting in from Kissing Bog, and the whole Ironstrings clan gathered underneath the creeping veranda. Lucy looked up at us Ironstrings, rubbed her antimacassars (which had been ailing of late), smiled benignly, and said, “You Clydes oughta do something about Dance Music. It’s damn well going to the dogs, and tha’s a fact.”

Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 19

This was found in the same package as many of the 78s I’ve posted, and was the same physical size, but was obviously a more modern disc: thinner, flexible vinyl, and with a 33 1/3 playback speed rather than 78. I believe this is mid- to late-50’s, but I’m not at all positive.

Tempo TR-608: Ben Light, ‘When Day is Done’/’Cocktails for Two’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

RCA Victor 10-3300: Mario Lanza, ‘The Loveliest Night of the Year’/’La Donna E Mobile’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

RCA Victor 10-1561: Mario Lanza, ‘Be My Love’/’I’ll Never Love You’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Decca 45008: Plehal Brothers, ‘Springtime Polka’/’Cuckoo Waltz’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Ira Ironstrings Plays: With Matches

‘Unmask the rogue,’ they demanded…’throw down the cloak of anonymity’…tell us, ‘who is Ira Ironstrings?’ That Ira Ironstrings is a delivish fellow is a foregone conclusion. Elusive too. And as mean a rogue as any black-hearted villain that sailed with Capt. Kidd. But Ironstrings (Lord love his playful spirit) has somehow managed to elude us, too. he’s made his second album and vanished stealthily into the black of night.

Stereo Action Unlimited!

Stereo Action is a new concept of music in motion; a new dimension in recorded sound. Stereo Action brings you unmatched fidelity through the full sound spectrum, plus the exciting new illusion of sound in motion. Soloists and entire sections of the orchestra appear to move thrillingly back and forth across the room. Stereo Action is musical movement so real, your eyes will follow the sound.

Decca 18753: Mills Brothers, ‘Don’t Be A Baby, Baby’/’Never Make A Promise In Vain’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Decca 18579: Ink Spots, ‘I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)’/’Someday I’ll Meet You Again’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.