Dynamic Recording, of Rochester, New York, has produced several
excellent band organ recordings over the years, including "Carousel
Breezes" (two volumes) and "Carousel Christmas," all recordings of
Seabreeze Park's Wurlitzer Style 165 band organ lost to fire in 1994.
In 2001 "Carousel Memories" was released, recorded from the park's
Dynamic has now released a second recording of the Verbeeck organ.
Comparisons to the Wurlitzer 165 are inevitable, but the Verbeeck is a
very fine organ in its own right. Here's the thing -- the new recording
is titled "Carousel Breezes Volume 3" and is said to be the original
Wurlitzer organ. It is, in fact, the Verbeeck, from the same 1996
recording session that resulted in "Carousel Memories." The two
recordings have a couple of tunes in common, and it's an exact match.
The organ pictured on the cover of the new release, meanwhile, is the
Wurlitzer 165 at the carousel at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.
This new recording is another good one. I only wish it was titled not
"Carousel Breezes Volume 3" but rather "Carousel Memories Volume 2,"
because that's what it is.
Here is Dynamic's web page for the recording, which includes a nice
video featuring the original PTC #36 carousel, the Wurlitzer 165, and
the two miniature carousels built by late Seabreeze owner George Long,
Jr. (also lost in the fire).
Rochester, New York