Web Extra: Bobby Jones Explains His Picks
Web Extra: Kurt Orzeck Explains His Picks
Web Extra: Sara Velez Explains Her Picks
Sara Velez's Picks
Hear a sample cut of Olga Roller from the 1917 musical 'Eileen' 'Reveries'
Weekend Edition Sunday concludes its three-part CD Wish List series. All through December, we've asked music industry insiders to pick the best albums ever recorded that have yet to make their debut on CD.
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This week we talk to:
Dr. Bobby Jones, host of BET's Bobby Jones Gospel show. He chooses Sing by The Caravans (Gospel Recordings, 1959).
Jones says the leader of the Chicago-based group, Albertina Walker, was offered a solo recording contract, but insisted her group accompany her. The group took its name from the numerous trips members made from Chicago to the recording studios in Gary, Ind.
Kurt Orzeck, managing editor of ICE Magazine. He chooses The Bright Eyes Vinyl Box Set by Bright Eyes (Saddle Creek, 2003).
Bright Eyes is the brainchild of Nebraska musician Connor Oberst. "He's a younger artist that has such a concerted interest in classic heritage artists." In that way, Orzeck says, Bright Eyes' work has parallels to Bob Dylan's earlier revitalization of folk music.
Sara Velez, assistant chief of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. She chooses a track from an un-issued 78 RPM test-pressing of Victor Herbert's musical Eileen (1917). The singer is Olga Roller and the song is called "Reveries."
Velez met the son of Olga Roller in 2003, just after he had seen his mother's photo in an exhibit at the Rodgers and Hammerstein library. Gil Roller delivered the test pressing from Eileen to the archives. Velez had researched Olga Roller, but had found no previous recordings of her voice.