R e c o t d t o r e m i n i d c e b yNo Instruments Allowed, the MIT Chorallaries' new recording.
Many of you reading this review have probably heard the MIT Chorallaries live, but not on disk. This is your chance to discover that they can sing under the antisepsis of recording studio conditions and show verve even without an audience to compete with.
No Instruments Allowed was produced on a small budget, but the quality is high and the cost is low.
The record includes twelve Chorallaries favorites which meld wit with high-class singing that is both enigmatic and crisply enunciated. "The Engineers' Song" is, of course, included: reason enough to buy this album. This drinking ditty is about as close as MIT comes to a school song; so this energetic and amusing recording will be a treasure to reminisce with ten years down the road.
"I Feel the Earth Move" suffers a bit from its a cappela rendition, but the following song, "One Tin Soldier," is an improvement on the original. Both are popular songs that I am used to hearing with instrumental backing; however the Chorallaries perform them admirably without the aid of a guitar.
The Chorallaries spent a good portion of IAP '84 producing this album. The mixing is quite good except for a slight overemphasis on stereo. Hissing and popping -- although greater than found on a major studio production -- is well within reasonable limits.
I found a new favorite in "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard." Arranged by Chorallaries member Jeff Flaster (a good number of Chorallaries members have arranged some of these songs), it moves well and is well performed. I was humming this song all the way to the office, which taught me why I'll never be a Chorallary.
Ronald E. Becker->