The Prospect Before Us (Boyce, arr* Lambert): Sadler’s Wells Orchestra con" ducted by Constant Lambert (Victor M857 six sides). A charming recording. Lambert has, I imagine, tried to preserve as much of Boyce’s orchestral color as is possible.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (three sides) Prelude on “Eine Feste Burg“ (sic) (one side) (J. S. Bach, arr. Stokowski) : All American Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski (Columbia J81). A while ago in the good old times Stokowski managed without apparent effort to finish off the T. and F. on only two sides. The tempos here are slower of course but still too fast for Bach.
Musical Comedy Favorites: Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra (Columbia D109 eight sides, ten inch). Some smooth arrangements of some smooth tunes, the notables being Time on My Hands, Night and Day, Easter Parade, Somebody Loves Me.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor: (Beethoven): Philharmonic - Symphony Orchestra of New York conducted by Bruno Walter (Columbia D110 ten sides). The old war horse must be getting saddle sore, but the best can always be expected of Walter.
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Muggsy Spanier—Hesitating Blues (Decca 4271;. Mugs returns with his Ragtimers to dispense the righteous jazz. The number is a slow blues, and is well up to the standard set by his 1940 discs. Little David Play Your Harp, on the back, is by the big band, and although inferior by comparison, is still much better than most of the stuff currently being recorded. Solos are plentiful, and good.
Artie Shaw—Deuces Wild —To A Broadway Rose (Victor 278.18). Two instrumentals. Highlights of the “A” side are George Auld’s tenoring and the “Lips” Page trumpet, in addition to Shaw’s stick, of course. Rose is poor and features ensemble work throughout. The repeated riffs soon become monotonous.
Vaughn Monroe — Commodore Clipper (Bluebird 11488). An original by Monroe, and one of his best to date. Piano, trumpet and sax solos all help to keep things moving. Backer is My Little Cousin,warbled by Marilyn Duke. Some nice unison reed work is the bright spot here.
economic planning which at times seems to belie the democratic freedom for which we are supposedly fighting. The ultimate deliberations of this committee will be very worth watching.
Sugar, Coal and Mrs. Brown
NO OTTAWA observer in this year of grace can get very far from the price ceiling. It was clear from the first that price control by itself could never function effectively without a rationing of goods as supply shortages appeared. What is now at issue is the type of rationing which will be necessary—-in short.: how far are we from “coupons” ' for foods, clothing and other necessaries and desirables of life?
The official view at Ottawa is quite clear and decisive. It is: avoid coupon rationing like the plague if there is any other way out.
Take sugar, for example. While the United States went at once to coupons, Canada tried the voluntary “honor” system. It succeeded far beyond most optimistic hopes. But whether it can succeed if a smaller ration is required is the next and critical test. If this more drastic plea for voluntary co-operation works, Canada may avoid coupons for some time yet. If it doesn’t, be sure that coupons will come.
In any event, coal is one commodity that probably will be placed on a formal rationing plan next August. But coal, curiously, is the one thing the government wants you to hoard. Get your supply in early and be patriotic by beating the ration gun. Sounds queer, but the reason is the necessity of getting as much coal as possible transported f rom the mines before the rush starts next autumn.
Speaking of the price ceiling, a new force is working its way toward Ottawa—a force which may develop considerable power. We are talking about Mrs. Consumer, now being organized “officially” under the Consumer Representation Branch of the price ceiling board. Byrne Hope Sanders, director of this branch, says, “The general principle of what Mrs. Consumer is doing and thinking now casts long shadows over the years to come. . . she’s finally becoming conscious of her important role on the economic front. . .she’s beginning to realize her role as a molder of public opinion . . . she is learning her power.” More specifically, mark the attention which was paid Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, president of the Housewives’ Consumers Association, when she was invited to come to Ottawa to air her views about the price ceiling. Within a short time the Board hopes to have 1,500 “Mrs. Browns” spotted individually in every local women’s group in Canada.
About the budget, at this writing Ottawa is betting that Mr. King won’t touch conscription until the budget is “out.” The reason? He wants to make a gesture toward conscription of wealth (100 per cent Excess Profits Taxes are mentioned) before he asks Canadians to make further compulsory sacrifices in the field of battle.
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