What on earth would motivate someone to buy five copies of "Damn Yankees"
,or three copies of "Brigadoon"? As for what I have,I have to look.
David Lennick <[log in to unmask]> wrote: I probably have 5 copies of Damn Yankees. Hope one of them will be good,
but each one is probably better in different areas. When I did the Naxos
issue of Brigadoon, I worked from 3 LP copies and a 45 set. Ya never
know. Anyway, got a list? Off-list if you like. I'm looking for some
pretty obscure items myself, like 'Clara' (had it, taped it, sold it,
Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
> Yeah,but what if you got a bunch of "too obscure to be saleable" OC Lp-s ? Would they want them ? I have a pile I would like to see get a good home.
> Roger Kulp
> Steve Ramm wrote:
> Someone JUST sent me this from back in June. Thought I'd share if you hadn't
> Problem is that- based on this article - folks are going to want to donate
> their copies of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Damn Yankees" to the Library of
> Steve Ramm
> Record-Eagle com 06/09/2006
> A little something extra from the extra
> Man donates his renowned library of recordings
> BY BOB DARROW
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> Record-Eagle/Douglas Tesner
> Just a portion of David Hummel’s huge recording collection is pictured here.
> TRAVERSE CITY — If walls could talk, David Hummel's would sing show tunes.
> If walls could breathe, they'd gasp for air in Hummel's Traverse City home,
> where the rooms are lined with shelves jammed with a vast collection of
> American musicals performed during the last half-century.
> Six thousand record albums. Thirty-five hundred compact discs. Five thousand
> tapes, on both reel and cassette.
> Hundreds of reference books, including one Hummel authored himself. Thousands
> of playbills from Broadway shows.
> "I had to have everything show-related," said Hummel, a former recording
> engineer and consultant who recently decided to give it all away.
> By Tuesday afternoon, it'll all be gone, donated to the Library of Congress —
> from recordings of hits like "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Damn Yankees," to
> obscure flops like the Gene Kelly-produced "Clownaround," that sit amid
> stacks that wrap around corners and into bedrooms.
> It's simply not enough to call Hummel a collector or hobbyist. It's more of a
> way of life for someone who acted as an extra in musical productions in the
> 1950s. So keen is his passion that a curator at America's official library
> calls him a "highly-recognized expert."
> Musical composer Stephen Sondheim, whose credits include classics like "West
> Side Story" and "Sweeney Todd," characterized Hummel's recordings collection
> as "perhaps the most complete and accurate catalog of the American musical
> theater currently, or perhaps ever, in existence."
> Hummel never had his musical cache appraised. He intended to donate the
> recordings to the Library of Congress upon his death, but recently moved up the
> giveaway date.
> "I just decided I'd like to see it happen," Hummel, 71, said. "I'm not really
> listening to it that much anymore."
> On Tuesday Denoyer Brothers Moving & Storage will come to Hummel's home,
> carefully box his thousands of recordings and send them to a Washington, D.C.
> storage facility.
> >From there, the collection eventually will make its way to the Library of
> Congress' new state-of-the-art National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in
> Culpeper, Va. The records will be digitized so researchers can listen to them
> Not only did the Library of Congress accept Hummel's donation — now
> officially referred to as the "David G. Hummel American Musical Theatre Collection" —
> the staff is excited to have it, said Librarian of Congress James
> Billington, who in a letter thanked Hummel on behalf of the nation.
> It's not often the library receives so complete a collection from an expert
> in his field, said Mary Bucknum, the library's sound-recording curator.
> "Mr. Hummel's collection is quite spectacular," Bucknum said. "He's giving us
> many unique pieces we didn't already have."
> Of particular value is Hummel's collection of bootleg recordings of Broadway
> performances, often made by someone with a tape recorder in the first row.
> Many of those recordings are the lone copies in existence; some composers asked
> Hummel to send them copies of shows even they don't possess.
> Hummel owns nearly every LP related to musical comedy ever produced, and
> amassed the collection sifting through mom-and-pop record stores around the
> state and nation.
> "Back in the day, going through the bins was so much fun. It was amazing the
> stuff you would find," he said. "Winning a bid on eBay just doesn't
> Hummel lost interest in collecting as Broadway began to cater to more
> serious, elaborate productions.
> "The fun went out of it," he said.
> But there is one current Broadway hit he'd like to see: "The Drowsy
> Chaperone," an old-fashioned comedy about a die-hard musical fan and his record
> That one, Hummel said, sounds right up his alley.
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