I stand corrected! As you say, since it's pop-oriented (probably from Red
Polydor?) they may have tried putting it in a popular series. I'm sure dealers
were thrilled with the eclectic nature of a label that included Janis Ian, Allan
Ginsburg and his friend singing William Blake, Fritz Wunderlich, plus the
Johan Bos-Beijer wrote:
> Hi David:
> I thought I may have had a moment of memory lapse so we pulled the disc. It
> is Verve - Folkways FVS 9023 Titled Fritz Wunderlich. It is a MGM pressing
> (referenced on the label) which was made and issued by Verve (the label is a
> gold Verve). The discs contain operetta and a mix of items so you are
> correct that they would be lumped in under 'pop'.
> Johannes J. Bos-Beijer
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: David Lennick <[log in to unmask]>
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> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Verve, but not Jazz
> Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 17:29:47 -0400
> Johan Bos-Beijer wrote:
> > Verve had a 'Folkways' series which included classical recordings from
> the Polygram/DG catalogue. For example, tenor Fritz Wunderlich. They had a
> number of non-jazz issues but the catalogue varied considerably but items
> often went out of print.
> > Johannes J. Bos-Beijer
> > Director
> > BBACE
> Verve had a Folkways series (later called Verve Forecast) but it was pop and
> folk, not classical..that was issued on Heliodor.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Eric Goldberg<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> > To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:21 PM
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Verve, but not Jazz
> > >Hi all,
> > >
> > >I have a question about Verve Records, but it's not about Jazz. I
> > >have a wonderful psych/pop album by "The Gordian Knot" which is from
> > >the late 60s and is on Verve. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me
> > >if this was a real big departure for the label or if they regularly
> > >had non-Jazz releases? I know they are known for Jazz, but don't
> > >know much else about the label.
> > >
> > >Thanks for your time.
> > >
> > >
> > >-----------------
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> > >Preserving the past for the future.
> > Dave Bradley President
> > Off the top of my head I can think of several non-jazz verve
> > recordings including the first album by Zappa and the Mothers of
> > Invention, The Blues Project, and there are folk recordings by Dave
> > van Ronk, Patrick Sky and quite a few others.
> > Eric Goldberg