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by Motor City Josh & the Big 3
  • Release type: Album
  • Year: 2021
  • Tracks: 10
  • Duration: 34:23
  • Size, Mb: 78.75
  • Bitrate: MP3 320

Review

1, 2, 3 and a Zing, Zing, Zing is an anthology of filed recordings made by early urban folklorist Tony Schwartz. While conducting research in his hometown of New York during the summer and fall of 1952, Schwartz compiled a large number of recordings in west Midtown Manhattan (his particular subject area was two blocks wide and 20 blocks long). As Schwartz describes in his liner notes, the material on 1, 2, 3 and a Zing, Zing, Zing is meant to represent a sampling of what a person might have heard while listening to children in this community at that time. Since children from diverse cultural backgrounds are sampled, a wide variety of songs and games are presented to the listener. From clapping games played by children between the ages of eight and 12 to camp songs sung at a housing project by preteen youngsters, the breadth of these recordings is definitely broad and the words are certainly entertaining. For example, one young girl rattles off the following passage with a relaxed and swinging lilt: "I never went to college, I never went to school, but when it comes to boogie I'm the educated fool." Another track features the following string of rhymes: "Policeman, policeman, do your duty/here comes Diane, the American beauty/she can wiggle, she can woggle/she can do the splits/but I bet you any money she can't do this." Though the title of the record implies that the sole subject of the recordings are street songs and games of the children of New York, a couple of cuts by adults who are playing drums and talking about playing drums made their way onto the record. Maybe Schwartz just liked the sound of the drums or maybe he considered drumming to be an immature past time. Whatever the case, and despite certain derogatory remarks leveled against Native Americans in one song, 1, 2, 3 and a Zing, Zing, Zing is an outstanding glance into the world of play, wonderment, and exploration. As is the case with all of their out of print recordings, Folkways will dub a cassette version or burn a CD copy of 1, 2, 3 and a Zing, Zing, Zing should you decide to order it. See their website for details.

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