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Capitol "A" Roll No. 2445 by Imperial
By Brian Smith

Hi Frank,  Late Capitol rolls continued to be different and have that
"Capitol sound" even after 1933.  When Max Kortlander took over, he
continued the legacy of Capitol through roll No. 2445 and into 1934.

The arrangements are still different than QRS arrangements, with tunes
like "All I Do Is Dream Of You".  Compare this to the QRS arrangement.
Some half of the tunes on 2445 are Max Kortlander, and tune no. 9 is
"Love Thy Neighbor" by Walter Redding.  You have to agree Max continued
the Capitol sound with "A Thousand Goodnights", and some of the
smoothest piano playing of all time.

Brian Smith
Calimesa, CA

 [ Editor's note:
 [ It's now well established that, shortly after J. Lawrence Cook began
 [ making music rolls for QRS, the QRS and Imperial brand piano rolls
 [ labeled as played by Max Kortlander and other pseudonyms were
 [ actually all arranged by Mr. Cook, which doesn't diminish at all
 [ the fine musical quality of the performances.
 [ The quality of the Capitol brand nickelodeon rolls produced by
 [ Imperial Industrial Co. is certainly due to Mr. Cook's special
 [ interest in arranging A-rolls, plus Mr. Kortlander's concurrence as
 [ owner of Imperial Industrial Co.  When Cook had the time to spend,
 [ and the inspiration, he substantially altered the piano roll version
 [ or created an essentially new arrangement for the nickelodeon rolls
 [ published, not only by Imperial, but also by Clark and Automatic.
 [ Thus it is not Max Kortlander but J. Lawrence Cook who justifiably
 [ deserves your praise for the smoothest nickelodeon performances
 [ of all time!  :-)
 [ Lots more about the history and music of J. Lawrence Cook can be
 [ browsed at Mike Meddings' fine compilation at
 [  -- Robbie

(Message sent Tue 21 Jan 2003, 15:51:14 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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