Harlem Roots Vol. 2: The Headliners


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In the second of the Harlem Roots series, Harlem Roots, Vol. 2: The Headliners, Storyville Films presents another collection of "Soundies," short musical films that appeared on a jukebox machine called a Panoram. The headliners here are Louis Armstrong and His Band, Fats Waller, and Louis Jordan. The songs have been chosen with an emphasis on humor and a playful, relaxed delivery. Selections include "Your Feet's Too Big," "Ain't Misbehavin," "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You," "Honeysuckle Rose," "The Joint Is Jumping," and "Five Guys Named Moe." ~ Alice Day, Rovi


Review Text In 1984, the European Storyville label came out with four LPs featuring the soundtracks of performances filmed in the '40s for soundies. These often primitive three-minute films generally had poor dubbing (the music was recorded before the performances were filmed) so hearing the playing separate from the picture is often superior to seeing the whole film. This second volume has four selections apiece from Fats Waller (including "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose") and Louis Armstrong, and six by Louis Jordan's Tympany Five (highlighted by "Five Guys Named Moe"). A special plus are the typically definitive liner notes of Dan Morgenstern. ~ Scott Yanow

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Storyville Films
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 -- Pre-1954 Standard (4x3)
50 minutes
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
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