Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The World Of Mechanical Organs

I found this Decca Lp from 1971 at the same time as the Chris Barber yesterday. It's not the sort of record that would normally attract me I must admit but we've been going to the Cheshire Steam Fair for the past couple of years and always amazed at the noise these things make out in the middle of a field! Several of them in close proximity, all belting out classics like The Skater's Waltz, A Broken Doll, The Dam Buster's March etc. can be quite an assault on the ears and also an arresting sight! The record doesn't quite have the power of the real thing but a nice reminder of man's ingenuity and craftsmanship.

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Hooghuys 101 Keys Showman's Organ - Petite Waltz

112 Key Mortier Dance Organ - In The Toyshop

Mammoth Marenghi Fair Organ - That's My Weakness Now

112 Key Mortier Dance Organ - Paris

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Artyblartfast said...

Interesting choice which I couldn't download fast enough. There was a time when every sizeable fete or fair had one of these belting out tunes, and often selling a record as well.
The last one I saw was at a steam fair but a tiddler at around 7ft high and 10ft long. The sprogs were amazed at it, especially the selection of instruments in front of the pipes which occasionally burst into life.
Great tracks - You are the new John Peel!

michael said...

The Cheshire Steam Fair is next weekend so we are looking forward to hearing some of these wondrous old organs doing battle with each other over at Tabley Hall with the noise and smoke of a few dozen traction engines thrown into the mix!
Thanks for enthusiastic comment arty.

Artyblartfast said...

Well this is my favourite blog after all.