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Fats Waller aircheck, unknown date « Grandpa's iPod

Finally, I’m back with a real post. I want to apologize for the terse tone of my last post. I was really frustrated with not being able to get anything new recorded. I have so appreciated the emails and comments checking in on me and my gear. Ever since we started back to school (we homeschool our three kids) and fall sports got into full swing, my life has been a little crazy. Things are slowing down a bit now so I should have a little more time to spend on the records. I’ve also figured out a simpler way to digitize them, so hopefully that will help too.

I don’t know much about today’s post. It’s an aircheck disc my grandpa made of Fats Waller. There are four songs: “I’m Crazy About My Baby,” “Spider and the Fly,” “After You’ve Gone,” and an instrumental of “Tea for Two.” I did a little research, and found a record called “Fats on the Air, Vol. 2” on Amazon, which has a track that includes these same four songs. I wasn’t able to find much information about it, though; the record isn’t even listed in the discography on Fats Waller’s Wikipedia page.  But it appears that this record was released in the UK in 1963, and I’m pretty sure mine predates that. It’s an aluminum-based disc, which means it’s probably post-war, and records that are indexed around it are dated 1946 and 1947. My guess is that it was made in the mid to late 40s.

I didn’t do any noise reduction on this so I could get it posted more quickly. It sounds pretty good until near the end, but even then it’s not too bad.

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