[78-L] The Jewish Caruso

Jeff Sultanof jeffsultanof at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 04:33:14 PDT 2010


I don't know which tracks have added accompaniment. Check out his website (
mostlymusic.com), click on the links to all three volumes, and he writes
this in the blurbs (this information can be found at the bottom of the
texts). I didn't look at information on the other ten CDs, only his.

I'm getting these CDs myself. I would have given anything to have heard him
sing. My father grew up in Philadelphia, and many of his relatives had
Rosenblatt's records.

A friend who is related to Rosenblatt by marriage is getting me a copy of
Rosenblatt's autobiography, which was ghostwritten by his son. Apparently,
Rosenblatt made some bad investments, another reason he needed money.

Jeff Sultanof

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 3:05 AM, Michael Biel <mbiel at mbiel.com> wrote:

> I'm going to have to go to that shop next time I visit Leah in Brooklyn
> this fall.  That address is 15 minutes from her and  a few blocks from
> where my mother grew up and my grandparents had a delicatessen.   When
> I've driven thru there I never noticed a record shop.  My grandmother
> used to go to shul and often heard him sing.  When I was a kid I would
> play his records for her.  She took it personally that "her yussele" had
> been cheated by some moviemakers and caused his death.
> Jeff Sultanof wrote:
> > Alas, he also adds newly recorded accompaniment to the original
> recordings.
> >
> I haven't spotted any on the samples of Vol 3.  What tracks are you
> thinking of.  There are ten other Rosenblatt CDs, and I haven't checked
> any of the tracks on them.
> > I immediately thought of those Caruso issues from the 30s that were
> hybrids.
> >
> That's why I want to hear which tracks you think have added
> accompaniment.  I have the Pearl CD set of all of the Caruso overdubs,
> and some of them are pretty good.
> > His website is www.mostlymusic.com and you can hear samples. They are
> > impressive.
> >
> > Jeff Sultanof
> >
> Brooklyn is a goldmine for things like this, especially in the Russian
> shops although the bargains are not like they were ten or even five
> years ago.  There have been a lot of Jewish reissues from Russia and
> prices used to be less than $3..
> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com
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