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Thursday, January 30, 2014

25 Pianos Play Evergreens Of Broadway - Tommy Garrett

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25 Pianos Play Evergreens Of Broadway
The 25 Pianos Of Tommy Garrett
Liberty Premier LMM-13018

Top of the line gatefold jacket with die-cut cover (the piano shape on the left is cut out to reveal the inside cover Broadway image.

From the notes: This album, with music created by 25 pianos, including concert grands, baby grands, uprights, spinets, tacks (Ragtime), celestes and even electronic space-age pianos, presented almost insurmountable problems in the making. It was recorded over a week-end on three consecutive 16 working-hour days and since the session was a labor of love for the adventuresome pianists involved, many cancelled engagements, leaving Hollywood nightspots strangely silent. Veteran sound technician, Eddie Brackett, followed Tommy Garrett's blueprint for the date, which started with a convoy of 12 piano-laden moving vans arriving in order, and then simultaneous but separate relays of "takes" in three huge adjoining record studios. Ten full hours of brilliant piano-orchestra music resulted.

The Carousel Waltz
Fanny
I Could Have Danced All Night
The Sound Of Music
Hey There
Everything's Coming Up Roses
Tonight
Hey! Look Me Over
Till There Was You
Baubles, Bangles And Beads
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Manhattan

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