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E - / E - Both sides play very well with minimum of surface noise. You don't see Standards come up very often ... don't miss this one.

This from an Archeophone release of his collected works:

Though almost forgotten today, Italian-American accordionist Guido Deiro was a major vaudeville star in his own time. He played a piano accordion and even coined the term. His popularity is attested to by the large number of recordings he made in the 1910s; the Archeophone label's series of these recordings runs to four discs, of which this is the second. The genre proportions here are consistent with those of Deiro's repertoire in general: he played about 20 to 25 percent classical and operatic tunes, dividing the rest among an assortment of popular genres. Those included up-to-the-minute styles such as ragtime, tango, and contemporary popular songs, but he also played waltzes, marches, and sentimental tunes of an earlier day. There are a few universally known favorites like The Stars and Stripes Forever, but Deiro's repertoire also contains lots of odd items of great interest to song hounds. Dream of the Rarebit Fiend (track 6) was based on a comic strip. The excitement of Deiro's playing comes through on these remarkably clean recordings, with the peak of virtuosity occurring perhaps in the Hungarian Rag (track 14), an arrangement of the themes from Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 into ragtime form. The booklet sketch of Deiro is as interesting as the music, with a good deal of space given over to Deiro's relationship with the young Mae West, then a second-rank vaudevillian. To see the actress, Deiro traveled between cities in a modified Cadillac roadster supposedly capable of speeds of 120 mph. (West's own comment on the matter: "The sex thing was terrific with this guy. I wanted to do it morning, noon, and night, and that's all I wanted to do.") A delightful historical reissue shedding light on a sorely neglected figure.

STANDARD DISC RECORD A1003 GUIDRO DETRO Variety Polka/My Treasure Waltz

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    We Use The VJM Record Grading System

    NB 45s use the LP system as below.


    N (78) M (LP). As new and unplayed (there are virtually no 78s that can categorically be claimed to be unplayed).

    N- (78) M- (LP). Nearly Mint, but has been played. No visible signs of wear or damage.

    E+ (78) VG+ (LP). Plays like new, with very, very few signs of handling, such as tiny scuffs from being slipped in and out of jackets.

    E (78) VG (LP). Still very shiny, near new looking, with no visible signs of wear, but a few inaudible scuffs and scratches.

    E- (78) VG- (LP). Still shiny but without the lustre of a new record, few light scratches.  LP: Some wear, scratches and scuffs, but no skipped or repeat grooves.

    V+ (78) G+ (LP) V+ is an average condition 78 in which scuffs and general use has dulled the finish somewhat. Wear is moderate but playing is generally free from distortion. Surface noise not overly pronounced. LP: Below average with scuffs and scratches on fewer than half the tracks. No skips or repeat grooves.

    V (78) G (LP). Moderate, even wear throughout, but still very playable. Surface noise and scratches audible but not intrusive.

    V- (78) G- (LP). Quite playable still, but distortion and heavy greying in loud passages. Music remains loud in most passages. Surface noise and scratches well below music level. LP: Lowest Grade. Audible scratches, etc. on more than half the tracks. Listening uncomfortable.

    G+ (78). Grey throughout but still serviceable. Music begins to sound muffled. Heavy scratches.

    G (78). Quite seriously worn and scratched, but music level is still higher than surface noise.

    G- (78). Music still prominent, but wear and scratch damage extensive.

    F (78). Most of music remains audible over surface noise, but listening now uncomfortable.

    P (78). Unplayable.

    NB: Damage to labels and jackets (LP) should be noted whenever present.


    Abbreviations: sfc = surface; lbl = label; nap = not affecting play; scr/scrs = scratch/scratches; lc = lamination crack; cr = crack; hlc/hc = hairline crack; wol = writing on label; sol = sticker on label; fade = faded label; gr/grs = groove/grooves; eb = edge bite; ec = edge chip; ef = edge flake; rc = rim chip.


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