Saturday, 16 April 2005
Manhattan Tower Album Cover
[Released 1945] When I was, until a few years ago, a music file-sharing slut, I stumbled across a song from this album that in an instant, slammed me back to age five or six listening to it on my parents’ 78rpm phonograph.
I tracked down the original on eBay and eventually found a CD version too. I had not heard it nor thought of it since childhood, but I still know every lyric by heart. I am convinced now it is this album that began my love affair with New York City for I cannot remember not wanting to live here.
COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WEBSITE
av_producer @ 2003-10-04 said:
Great cover art work/illustration. What was the song? What are the lyrics?
ronni @ 2003-10-04 said:
It’s a story album, av, in four parts with narration and songs: Magical City, Love in a Tower, The Party, and New York’s My Home.
The lyrics are a bit saccharine here and there, but I love it anyway. Here’s an edited version of the opening narration - imagine lush string orchestra and chorus in the background:
“It was raining the first time I saw my tower. That is, the first time I saw it reality. In my mind I had seen it many times before.
“The outside of the building was as beautiful as the outside of anything can be, but the inside was pure enchantment. The elevator operator was Merlin. My feet touched the magic carpet as I ran down the hall and the key that I turned in the lock was Aladdin’s lamp.
“As I entered the tower for the first time I knew that at last I had found contentment. A home that I would leave many times, yet never really leave.
“I went over to the window. The sound of traffic on a New York Street creates a strange music. It is an orchestra conducted by the Statue of Liberty with the words engraved forever on her side. It is a great organ played upon by Father Knickerbocker, master organist.
“I opened my tower windows wide to let the music in. Uptown. Downtown. Chinatown. Harlem. Broadway. Times Square. Broadway. Broadway. Broadway.”
pellegrini @ 2003-10-04 said:
Impressive: Cover and text!
virgorama @ 2003-10-04 said:
I feel pretty much the same about London
lifehouse @ 2003-10-04 said:
Nice one, loved the text.
zinetv @ 2003-10-04 said:
I never knew this music existed but the graphics seem similar to the 50’s graphics for Bells Are Ringing, On the Town , Wonderful Town, etc. Having grown up in Brooklyn, Manhattan was always called The City. One never made the mistake of thinking that Brooklyn had anything to do with The City. Brooklyn was a borough, not really attached, except for some loose legal definition.
jungalero @ 2003-10-05 said:
Hey - I have a copy of that album, but it’s a later version of it on Capitol and it’s called "The Complete Manhattan Tower". I picked it up cheap because I liked the sky shot on the cover. I just pulled it out to give it another listen because of you. :-)
av_producer @ 2003-10-05 07:17 said:
Zinetv is right. Brooklyn is not the city, never will be. Outer boroughs will always be outer boroughs to those of us native to Manhattan.
kelly @ 2003-10-05 said:
Thanks for this. My recent "works in progress" reading was all about love and longing for New York. How wonderful for you to find this piece of music after so many years, and to see how it is the beginning of the thread in your tapestry called New York.