I have here the album "Percussion!" (Urania UX 134; the mono version) which
opens with George Antheil's "Ballet Mécanique" as performed by the late
Robert Craft and what is called the "Los Angeles Contemporary Music
Ensemble," recorded in 1959 or so. Urania would have issued this also as a
LP, but their main activity was in manufacturing open reel tapes for high
end hi-fi audio equipment -- the LPs were something of an afterthought.
So this LP of "Ballet Mécanique" is unique and interesting in that it
begins at about letter "C" of the 1954 Weintraub edition of Antheil's
piece; that's kind
of like issuing a recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony without the "dat
da da dahhh" part, and it's missing about the first three minutes of the
But I wonder if the tape is complete and the missing three merely trimmed
off the LP for lack of time? So, if anyone has that tape, I'd like to know
opens with "dat dat dat dat dat dat (!crash) dat dat dat dat" rather than
the lead-in to the first "Oh, my baby" canon, as it does here.
Uncle Dave Lewis