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Holland America Line


Mills, de Leur, Oakland, Ellington, Fisher, Jones, Johnny, Speer, Mackeben, Warren, Raymond, Monaco, and more..

SKU: 29008

Year of release: 2008

1. It Don't Mean A Thing (If Ain't Got That Swing) Mills 02:58
2. Bel Mij Even Op ( de Leur 02:58
3. Java Jive Oakland 03:29
4. Rockin' In Rythm Ellington 03:56
5. Into Each life Some Rain Must Fall Fisher 03:50
& Jones 02:04
6. The Flatter The Plate_Hoe Platter Het Bord Jones, Johnny 02:04
7. Daniel Prayed Speer 03:28
8. Bel Ami Mackeben 03:46
9. Jeepers Creepers Warren 02:40
10. Mijn Broer Maakt Voor Het Hoorspel Geluiden Raymond 05:18
11. I'm Making Believe Monaco 03:46
12. Matrozenlied Heymann 03:08
13. Liefde In Rythme Ninaber 03:13
14. Morgen Vaar Ik Weg Traditional 03:57
15. Dry Bones Traditional 02:41
& Jones 02:29
16. Lou De Ladenlichter Jones, Johnny 02:29
17. Veel Mooier Dunk 03:41
18. Brother Noah Traditional 02:51
19. New York, New York Bernstein 03:01
20. Does Your Heart Beat For Me Morgan 03:19
Total time: 66:42

About this album

The Holland-America Line (HAL) was originally a shipping company that maintained an ocean route between the Netherlands and the United States. Before the days of air travel, the Rotterdam-New York journey played an important role for emigrants from Europe to America. During the 1930s, thousands of Europeans departed on one of the HAL ships, traveling from the Wilhelmina dock in Rotterdam to the United States, in search of a better life or a safe refuge. Many left their native countries forever in order to escape the growing threat of the nazi regime. This was also the case for Erich Collin, Roman Cycowski, and Harry Frommermann, all of whom sang in the famous Comedian Harmonists, and all three of whom were Jewish. They fled from Germany after the Nazis had disbanded their ensemble; ultimately they emigrated to the USA. America was not just the land of the free; it was a world power in the music business. European musicians had already been drawing inspiration from American examples for many years; the Comedian Harmonists, first set up in Berlin by Harry Frommermann in emulation of the American Revelers, were no exception. In the late 1930s, the American musical landscape was more fertile than ever. Jazz, which originated in black music, was undergoing a whirlwind development (swing, big band). White composers of musicals produced one immortal song after another: the American Songbook was coming into being. The influence of jazz on the originally European-derived folk music led to the development of bluegrass. Founded in 1930, the Mills Brothers are at first referred to as four boys and a guitar. They imitate brass instruments so convincingly that the labels on their records announce no musical instruments or mechanical devices used in this recording other than one guitar. The Ink Spots, modeled after the Mills Brothers, are founded in 1934. They accompany themselves on tenor guitar (a four-stringed instrument related to the banjo, with a characteristically high-pitched and clear-toned sound) and cello, which is played pizzicato as though it were a double bass. The consistently recurring guitar introduction is a hallmark of the Ink Spots’ recordings. The Delta Rhythm Boys owe a large part of their fame to the number Dry Bones, which can be viewed as a musical anatomy lesson based on a Biblical text. The prophet Ezekiel has a vision: he wanders through a valley filled with skeletons. God piles up the bones, breathes life into them, and creates an army that helps the Jews to escape from Babylonian captivity. This was a popular theme for black preachers….

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Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationMCO studios Hilversum Holland 2008
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul