Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Transcription Mystery Disc #231
I tried to rip the clean side first. Most of it was a total loss. The vocals are too soft in the face of all the surface noise. But as they gain confidence and my noise gate becomes more effective you can make out the chorus of Chattanooga Cho-Choo and then a spoken segment. The woman invites her mother to witness a record being made and she seems a bit mystified. But after that the bed noise rises again and buries the rest. The other side had far better levels.
Bette and Jerry
The dirty side (pictured) sounded fine after a wipe down and a little dish soap. The record opens with Bette naming her favorite song "If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)," then singing it. Jerry sings a western song that seems familiar but I can't identify. He heard it "overseas" which I presume to be his service in WWII.The gist is that he intends to build them a home in the west now that she is his "little wife." It sounds a bit condescending today.. but it was half a century ago.