Echoes from Asbury Park
Arthur Pryor and His Band

Arthur Pryor and His Band: Echoes from Asbury Park
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One of the premier conductors of the early 20th century, Pryor was second in reputation only to Sousa, and his band traveled the world spreading Pryor's fame for ragtime, classical adaptations, and masterful musical precision. Guided by trombonist and Pryor expert David Sager, we have assembled these 25 recordings into two simulated "concerts," presenting them the way that visitors to New Jersey's resort spot, Asbury Park, might have heard them in the first decade of the last century. List price: $16.49

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  • Catalogue number: ARCH 5008
  • UPC: 777215110038
  • Original release date: April 8, 2006
  • Running length: 74:57 / 25 tracks
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 24 page booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1903-1913
  • In Archeophone's Pioneers series
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Tracklist
1. Felsenmuhle Overture Arthur Pryor’s Band 1908
2. Bohemian Girl Selection Arthur Pryor’s Band 1903
3. Dixie Arthur Pryor’s Band 1904
4. After Sunset Arthur Pryor’s Band 1907
5. The Victor March Arthur Pryor’s Band 1904
6. Sweetmeats Arthur Pryor’s Band 1909
7. Home Sweet Home the World Over Arthur Pryor’s Band 1912
8. The Fatal Stone (Duet from Aida) Arthur Pryor’s Band 1909
9. Rakoczy March (from The Damnation of Faust) Arthur Pryor’s Band 1906
10. Louisa Arthur Pryor’s Band 1906
11. Auld Lang Syne with variations Arthur Pryor’s Band 1905
12. Ye Boston Tea Party March Arthur Pryor’s Band 1904
13. La Forza del Destino Overture Arthur Pryor’s Band 1907
14. The Falcon March Arthur Pryor’s Band 1910
15. The Glow Worm Arthur Pryor’s Band 1904
16. Hawaii Ponoi and Aloha Oe Arthur Pryor’s Band 1913
17. Razazza Mazzazza Arthur Pryor’s Band 1905
18. Teddy after Africa Arthur Pryor’s Band 1909
19. Quartet from Rigoletto Arthur Pryor’s Band 1907
20. In Lover’s Lane Arthur Pryor’s Band 1908
21. Dance of the Weasels Arthur Pryor’s Band 1903
22. Yankee Shuffle March Arthur Pryor’s Band 1908
23. Polka Fantastic Arthur Pryor’s Band 1911
24. O Dry Those Tears Arthur Pryor’s Band 1907
25. National Emblem March Arthur Pryor’s Band 1908

Echoes from Asbury Park features 25 tracks, recorded between 1903 and 1913, by the legendary Arthur Pryor and His Band. One of the premier conductors of the early 20th century, Pryor was second in reputation only to Sousa, and his band traveled the world spreading Pryor’s fame for ragtime, classical adaptations, and masterful musical precision. Guided by trombonist and Pryor expert David Sager, we have assembled these 25 recordings into two simulated “concerts,” presenting them the way that visitors to New Jersey’s resort spot, Asbury Park, might have heard them in the first decade of the last century.

Concerts in the Park

A brass band concert a century ago, and the arrival of the celebrated bandmaster, was an event with as much buzz surrounding it as a modern rock concert might have. In 1903 Arthur Pryor, late of Sousa’s Band, put together an ensemble of top musicians and soon became a star attraction all across the country. Before long, Pryor’s Band were a regular attraction at Asbury Park. Archeophone recreates the feel of an afternoon and an evening concert at the park by sequencing these early recordings much the same way Pryor himself would have. Additionally, the opening matter of the lavish 24-page accompanying booklet is designed to simulate a period concert program!

Marches, and a Little Ragtime

Fans of military band music have much to look forward to here. In addition to some terrific marches, such as W. Paris Chambers’ “Falcon March” and E. E. Bagley’s “National Emblem,” several of Pryor’s own pieces are featured: “The Victor March,” with its prominent bass drum, the lilting “After Sunset,” the whimsical “Louisa,” the tone poem “In Lover’s Lane,” and best of all, a little ragtime, “Razazza Mazzazza.” Pryor was personally responsible for helping to spread ragtime’s popularity throughout the world, and when he conducts his own ragtime compositions, you can see why.

Beautiful Transcriptions

Arthur Pryor was also well-known for his skilled craft in transcribing classical works for his ensembles. This ability is on ample display on the “Felsenmuhle Overture” by K. Reissiger and the “Overture—La Forza del Destino.” Also note Hector Berlioz’s “Rakoczy March” from The Damnation of Faust is here too, as well as the “Bohemian Girl Selection” by Michael Balfe.

Solos, a Duet, and a Quartet

Like any concert, Echoes from Asbury Park takes an occasional time-out from the ensemble pieces to offer up a solo or two. Simone Mantia, Pryor’s fine second-hand man and euphonium (dubbed the “Pryorphone”) wizard, gives a stunning performance on “Auld Lang Syne (with variations),” aided by the Zon-O-Phone Band. On “Polka Fantastic” and “Oh, Dry Those Tears,” it’s all Pryor. On the former he gives a technically brilliant performance on trombone, while on the latter we get his favorite encore, an absolutely beautiful song. For the haunting “Fatal Stone,” from Verdi’s Aida, Pryor is joined by cornetist Emile Keneke in a performance that will leave you breathless. The “Quartet from Rigoletto” (another Verdi piece) is equally impressive, featuring Pryor, Kenecke, Mantia, and Walter Pryor (Arthur’s brother, also on cornet).

Another Fine Entry in the Pioneers Series

Arthur Pryor was one of the most important stars and recording innovators of the early industry and thus deserving a place of prominence in any discussion of the acoustic-era. Archeophone is proud to include Pryor and his band in our Pioneers Series of reissues. With 25 stirring selections, a 24-page booklet with beautiful illustrations, and scholarly notes by David Sager, Echoes from Asbury Park is another top-notch Archeophone release.

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