Genres: Jazz, Dance Band.
Informative booklet notes by Gillian George
In this, the fourth release of the Edison/Document series, the popular American music of the late 1920’s is represented here to good effect by The Golden Gate Orchestra. The Golden Gate Orchestra however were to all intents and purposes a pseudonym for the well-established California Ramblers.
The history of the California Ramblers and their ever changing line up is well documented elsewhere, however, the liner notes to “The California Ramblers 1925-1928” (Timeless Records) by Hans Eekhoff are recommended.
The songs on the CD represent the “popular music” of its time, although it is clear it was aimed at a predominantly white audience. Most numbers were well known then and many have now become “standards” having being covered again and again. Even today most of us and our children could probably mouth the chorus of When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along and Ain’t She Sweet. These songs have helped shape modern western culture (for good or bad!).
Quite how to describe the Ramblers music today is problematic: there is a current upsurge in this early chapter of American music and no doubt the CD will find its way to Jazz, Dance Band, World, Roots and Nostalgia reviewers for consideration.