“ At the time I wrote this particular essay, I was familiar only with Robert Farnon's original recording of "Poodle Parade" although I had read possibly in an issue of the JIM Magazine of a later version of the piece, wherein, due to its superior recording quality, one could note a countermelody in the middle section of the piece the allegedly could not be herad on the original recording. I had continually questioned the idea of this, as seemingly unbeneficial to the section as it would interfere with the presentation of the main lyrical melody, the clarity of which one would properly think would matter most of all. And I maintained my firm opinion that no countermelody would be desirable at that point, regardless of what Mr. Farnon may have actually intended.
Subsequently, I have been enabled to listen to later versions of this piece, by Mr. Farnon himself as well as by one Leslie Jones, and have come to discover that there is no countermelody at all; what is notably different about these later recordings is that one can hear the accompanying byplay in the other parts much more clearly. Opinions may differ on this, but I personally feel that this enhanced clarity in the recording is not necessarily for the good, as now the main melody is to be balanced forward much more in order to maintain its integrity against this more prominent accompanying background. As a result, I will continue to prefer Mr. Farnon's original recording of "Poodle Parade," and will say the same regarding his original recording of "A La Clair Fontaine" which I have had occasion to refer to several times already in the JIM publication.
As for "Pictures in the Fire," I have noted that the earlier recording by the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra, is lacking a few bars; specifically those that I refer to in the description with the harmonies that have a "bluesy effect." By the time Mr. Farnon made the recording with his own orchestra, the bard in question were inserted, making for a much smoother and less abrupt transition. I have briefly referred to this in one of my other essays posted on this site, and accordingly, am given to greatly prefer this latter version by his own orchestra. ”