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QRS and its Rolls
By Mike Walter

Q.R.S. and its rolls.

I've got to stick up for Q.R.S. and hopefully explain why rolls haven't always stayed the same. I've had the priveledge of spend- ing many hours at Q.R.S. on Niagara Street in Buffalo and over the years have had the opportunity to ask questions about a great number of different topics. One of them was roll arangements. Why are some rolls with the same number longer than others? It seems that many years ago (1940s and 1950s) when the business wasn't as booming as it once had been, they tried to economize by shortening a roll (cutting out a verse or an extra chorus at the end). An extra 10 feet of paper saved is an extra 10 feet that can be used on another roll. Sometimes arrangements were changed completely to "update" a tired song. Some arrangements were better than others. Unless you have orignial boxes to go along with the rolls, you may not be able to identify when a particular roll was issued. And sometimes even then you can be fooled.


Mike Walter bf105@freenet.buffalo.edu


(Message sent Mon 19 Jun 1995, 02:52:31 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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