Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Transcription Mystery Disc #225


This is an 8-inch, metal-core duo disc. It spins at 78 rpm and has the common, outer-edge start. It's totally unlabeled as its par for the course. But this was a gem of a recording, high levels, low noise and a nice arrangement: accordion, guitar, and two vocalists in harmony.. very similar to the original version. Original version?  Yes. On to the audio!

Sweeter than the Flowers


The song is a public domain classic "Sweeter than the Flowers." You can read all the lyrics here. This version isn't quite verbatim, but very similar. If you ever had any debate about the relation of British folk music to American country music.. dispel that now. Jean Thomas was right [source].

The song was recorded by Kitty Wells, George Jones, Gene Pitney, the Stanley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff and even Moon Mullican who first cut the track in 1948. The tune was originally penned by Ervin Thomas Rouse just a few years earlier. Note: Rouse also wrote the Orange Blossom Special. More here. If that interests you I'd recommend his biography, Orange Blossom Boys: The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse by Randy Noles. There are a scant few recordings of Rouse from 1939... I doubt this is him.. but I'd still like to ID it.