Thursday, March 17, 2005

Henry Burr’s Anthology released

Anthology: The Original King of Pop

Henry Burr

Released: March 17, 2005

Recorded: 1903-1928

Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: early 20th century pop


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. The Holy City (recorded 7/14/1917, --)
  2. Come Down Ma Evening Star (7/11/1903, 14 US, 4 GA)
  3. Silver Threads Among the Gold (recorded 10/31/1905, --)
  4. Loch Lomond (recorded 1/4/1905, --)
  5. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (as Irving Gillette, 4/22/1905, 17 US, 1 GA)
  6. Love Me and the World Is Mine (11/3/1906, 17 US, 1 GA)
  7. Mighty Lak a Rose (recorded 9/30/1907, --)
  8. Women (Peerless Quartet, 5/30/1908, 7 US)
  9. Shine on, Harvest Moon (with Frank Stanley, 1909)
  10. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (9/4/1909, 18 US, 1 GA)
  11. I’ve Got the Time, I’ve Got the Place, But It’s Hard to Find the Girl (8/16/1910, 2 GA)
  12. Last Night Was the End of the World (8/16/1913, 1 6 US, 6)
  13. Peg O’ My Heart (12/13/1913, 2 US, 1 GA)
  14. What Do You Mean, You Didn't Want to Do It? (with Ada Jones, recorded 2/8/1914, --)
  15. Everything Reminds Me of that Old Sweetheart of Mine (with Al Campbell & Will Oakland, recorded 6/24/1914, --)
  16. Stay Down Here Where You Belong (recorded 1/13/1915, --)
  17. M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) (2/12/1916, 16 US, 1 GA)
  18. America, Here’s My Boy! (Peerless Quartet, recorded 2/21/1917, --)
  19. Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (4/20/1918, 11 US, 1 GA)
  20. Missouri Waltz (Hush-A-Bye Ma Baby) (Sterling Trio, 11/24/1917, 3 US)
  21. When You and I Were Young, Maggie (4/3/1909, 5 US)
  22. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (with Albert Campbell, 5/17/1919, 12 US, 1 GA)
  23. My Buddy (11/4/1922, 11 US, 1 GA)
  24. I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight? (with Billy Murray, 3/6/1926, 7 US)
  25. Always (5/22/1926, 3 US, 1 GA)
  26. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (11/12/1927, 10 US)
  27. Cross Roads (recorded 11/27/1928, --)

Total Running Time: 78:44


4.481 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“It’s safe to say that had it not been for the official introduction of electrical recording in 1925, the Bing Crosby revolution would not have come about in pop singing; the limitations of the acoustical, pre-1925 recording process did not all allow for the highly nuanced vocal style that Crosby and his numerous admirers – from Frank Sinatra to the Ink Spots to Nat King Cole – thrived on in the studio. But the acoustical, pre-Crosby, pre-crooner era of pop singing definitely had its charms, and in the 20th century’s first quarter, Henry Burr reigned supreme as one of the leading pop vocalists.” AMG

This “a career-spanning retrospective…by Henry Burr – the most popular ballad singer of the first 30 years of the recording industry.” AR He was “a major influence on on Al Jolson, Rudy Vallée, and other pre-Crosby favorites.” AMG What the collection “lacks in subtlety and nuance it usually makes up for in terms of warmth and charisma – most of the time, anyway…[He] was not above recording cutesy novelty items; for example, What Do You Mean, You Didn’t Want to Do It? (a male/female duet with Ada Jones) definitely falls into the novelty category.” AMG

“This collection of 27 songs takes the listener on an expansive trip, following Burr’s career from one of his earliest recordings, made in 1903” AZ “when disc technology was still in its primitive stages, and ends in 1928, during the early electrical recording era, showing Burr in full vocal power.” AR “Probably no one, not even Billy Murray, participated in as many recordings in the acoustic era as Henry Burr.” AZ

“It demonstrates the variety of material Henry recorded, shows his ease with sacred, Scottish, and sentimental material, and it even highlights his fun side, joking around with Ada Jones in 1914 and with Billy Murray in 1925. Also included are two standout performances with the legendary Peerless Quartet, one from 1908 and another from 1917, along with a beautiful rendering on Burr’s own label of The Missouri Waltz by the Sterling Trio, and representative duets with Henry’s best known partners, Frank Stanley and Albert Campbell.” AZ “They’re all here on this outstanding collection.” AR “For 25 years, Henry Burr proved himself ‘The Original King of Pop.’” AZ

“He was born in Canada as Harry McClaskey, and he originally wanted to be a concert singer and to perform sacred hymns, such as he did in one of his first recording sessions, waxing The Holy City. His voice had a very serious sound to it, which you can hear on songs like…Silver Threads Among the Gold and the pathetic Mighty Lak’ a Rose. But Harry warmed to the horn and soothed the hearts of audiences for over 25 years with his impeccable delivery of the most beautiful ballads the world has heard. You can hear his newly mature voice on I’ve Got the Time, I’ve Got the Place, But It’s Hard to Find the Girl and the big hit, I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now.” AZ

“Equally definitive is 1905’s In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree, the ballad that made Burr a pop star (even though the term ‘pop star’ had yet to be invented in 1905.” AMG “Burr is in fine form when he turns his attention to” AMG “the traditional Scottish song, Loch Lomond.” AZ

“For those raised on smooth, nuanced crooners like Crosby, Sinatra, Cole, Mel Tormé, and Dean Martin, the quasi-operatic, over-enunciated approach of Burr, Billy Murray, Jolson, etc., can be an acquired taste.” AMG “But there is no denying Burr’s historic importance, and Archeophone deserves serious applause for assembling this collection in so thoughtful a fashion (from comprehensive, informative liner notes to excellent digital remastering…This CD is highly recommended to anyone with even a casual interest in North American pop's pre-Crosby era.” AMG

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First posted 1/29/2022.

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Bravery released their self-titled debut

The Bravery

The Bravery

Released: March 14, 2005

Peak: 18 US, 5 UK

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.1 UK

Genre: post-punk revival


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. An Honest Mistake [3:39] (2/28/05, 97 US, 12 MR, 7 UK)
  2. No Brakes [3:04]
  3. Fearless [3:06] (5/23/05, 43 UK)
  4. Tyrant (Endicott, John Conway) [4:43]
  5. Give In [2:48]
  6. Swollen Summer [3:18]
  7. Public Service Announcement [3:35]
  8. Out of Line [3:04]
  9. Unconditional [3:21] (8/29/05, 34 MR, 49 UK)
  10. The Ring Song [3;25]
  11. Rites of Spring [3:21]
Songs by Sam Endicott unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 37:51

The Players:

  • Sam Endicott (vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • Michael Zakarin (guitar, backing vocals)
  • John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals)
  • Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals)
  • Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals)


3.648 out of 5.00 (average of 37 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

The Bravery were a dance-influenced rock band that formed in New York City in 2003. They were one of the significant groups of the post-punk revival movement which also saw the rise of bands like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand. They had a promising debut with their self-titled 2005 release, but followed it up with only two more albums which failed to generate as much attention as the first one.

As far as that first album, though, it generated high praise from critics who pointed to the band as resembling its influences. Steve Sutherland of Uncut called it “one of the debuts of the year.” WK Pop Matters’ Nicholas Taylor praised the “danceable production and devil-may-care lyrics. WK All Music Guide’s MacKenzie Wilson said, “The Bravery isn’t sonically mind-blowing, but the new millennium new wave revival remains intriguing. This New York five-piece makes an interesting effort without it coming off contrived and dishonest.” WK

On the negative side, Robert Christgau called The Bravery “a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought.” WK Pitchfork’s Adam Moerder considered it an “unremarkable take on ‘80s new wave” WK with vocals that too closely resembled those of The Cure’s Robert Smith or Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon. WK He called it “rock made on an assembly line.” WK Even he, however, acknowledged songs like An Honest Mistake and Tyrant for their synth and vocal intricacies. WK

Notes: The Japanese edition included songs “Hot Pursuit” and “Hey Sunshiney Day” as well as videos for “Unconditional” and “An Honest Mistake.”

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First posted 3/9/2022.