The audio curator at Edison National Historic Site rummages through the archives of the legendary Edison Laboratory of West Orange, New Jersey. Tune in for Edison cylinder and disc record rarities, many not heard since "the old man" himself stashed them away, featuring: Tin Pan Alley pop songs, ragtime, vaudeville comedy sketches, flapper dance bands, old-time country tunes, historic classical music, laboratory experiments and other artifacts - all dating from 1888 through 1929.
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|Edison Male Quartette||A flower from home sweet home||Gold Moulded cylinder 9480 (9)||1907|
|Nina Angela - whistler||Anvil chorus - from "Il Trovatore"||Brown wax cylinder 7335 - National Phono. Co.||c. 1899|
|Mid-Pacific Hawaiians, William Kalama - leader||Neapolitan nights||Diamond Disc 18965-A-1-1||1928|
|unknown singer||Momma's baby / Dear little baby / Sunshine will come once again||Concert cylinder - home recording||c. 1903 (?)|
|Vasa Prihoda - violin, Asta Doubravska - piano||Waltz - Dvorák op. 54, no. 7||Diamond Disc 7754-A-4-7||1922|
|Fiddlin' Powers and family||Ida Red - country dance of the Southern Mountaineers||Diamond Disc 10614-C-1-2||1926|
|National Promenade Band||Ballin' the jack - fox trot||Diamond Disc 3282-B-1-1||1915|
|Noble Sissle - vocal, Eubie Blake - piano||You ought to know||Diamond Disc 10408-A-1-6||1925|
|Edison Concert Band||The choristers||Gold Moulded cylinder 9170 (8)||1906|
|Ada Jones and Billy Murray||Hands up||Amberol cylinder 4M-806 (A- .5)||1911|
|Frisco "Jass" Band||Umbrellas to mend - one-step||Diamond Disc 5723-C-2-2||1918|
|Vaughn De Leath (The Radio Girl) and her buddies||Keep sweeping the cobwebs off the moon||Diamond Disc 18152-A-1-3||1928|
|Ray Perkins - piano||March of the manikins - characteristic fox trot||Diamond Disc 8736-C-1-3||1923|
|Louise Le Baron||That's what the rose said to me||Gold Moulded cylinder 9518 (8)||1907|
|Eugene A. Jaudas - violin, Eugene C. Rose - flute||Dream of youth||Gold Moulded cylinder 8739 (9)||1904|
|Seven Blue Babies||A precious little thing called love||Diamond Disc 18990-A-1-1||1929|
Wed. 7/11/07 5:39am
There's two titles missing from your playlist today - Prihoda's violin solo and "Ballin' the Jack" (before and after the Fiddlin' Powers piece). I'd appreciate your correcting this and giving the matrix numbers. Further, I find that the version of "Hands up" is slightly different from my own copy. I have noticed this with several other cylinders in earlier broadcasts as well, and wonder why you are not including the TAKE numbers for cylinders (although you kindly list it for the DDs, which has been very helpful for my own discographical work). On all 4-minute cylinders as well as on late 2-minute ones, the take is coded as a number of small dots following the word "PAT'D" on the cylinder rim, so it should be no great problem to include that info when you copy the originals to digital media. Thank you, and keep up the good work!
Wed. 7/11/07 10:44am
Hi Mike...we met a few years back at the "half-way-done,hard hat open house. You do a wonderful job with the show. Always a pleasure. Do you have mx 19073 (Sugar is Back In Town) & 19072(Deep Night), both on Ed52538 by Mike Landau ? Also anything by Louis Lillienfeld, tests or unknowns of the later 20s. Thanks very much
Sun. 7/15/07 11:33am
That Seven Blue Babies record you played at the end of your show was sure interesting. Do you happen to know the personnel on that record? The sax soloist at 1:45 on that record is very good.
Mon. 7/16/07 6:51am
Thanks for the super-exact take descriptions added! Hope it isn't too much hassle for you to keep doing it this way - collectors and discographers will surely appreciate it. And indeed - my copy of "Hands up" is take -2 (two dots), and you have been playing -1, no more guesswork needed.
Sun. 7/22/07 10:24pm
The home recording with "Momma's Baby" sure sounds like Harry Louder to me. Was this some kind of an unmarked test recording?
Mon. 7/23/07 3:39pm
Steven G. Levine:
By my reckoning, as of July 10th, you have played on this show 746 Diamond discs, 178 Amberol cylinders, and 166 Gold moulded cylinders. 190 pieces were listed as Fox trots (which should be spelled with a capital F, as the dance was named after vaudeville actor Harry Fox. (Not sure if the Turkey trot was named after Tom Turkey, though)). 189 were "orchestras" and 107 "bands." 123 mentioned "piano," 96 mentioned "vocal." 100 were from the year 1927, 92 from 1928, and 77 from 1924.
I sometimes wonder why people tell me I have too much free time on my hands.
Sun. 9/9/07 6:00am
Rolf den Otter:
Thanks! I just heard the podcast....
Are there more concert cylinders comng?
Vasa Prihoda is always a pleasure to hear...
Frisco "Jass" Band record was extremly clear on my headphones....
(my classical lp->mp3 hobby page, updated every friday)
(my classical music youtube channel)
Wed. 5/28/08 5:12pm
Colin Age 11 From Austin, TX:
I love UtM by The Frisco Jass Band
Thu. 9/18/08 12:19pm
I just wanted to email and tell you how much I have enjoyed your Edison show on WFAU and the internet. I first found you when I was researching a distant relative, Phillips Lord, and his 1930s radio show. The only preserved example of his early work I knew of was the 1931 RKO film WAY BACK HOME, starring Phillips and Effie Lord, Frankie Darrow, and a very young Bette Davis. Parts of the film are very similar to the radio transcription you presented, but there is a lot more Maine humor, especially the scenes with the IRS auditor and those with the village idiot, Seefus, who is really no dummy. The film was reissued on video several years ago but is now out of print.
I have also been a collector of Edison Diamond Discs since the 1960s when a friend invited me to visit an old farmhouse that had been owned by his great Uncle, Thaddeus Roberts of Norway, Maine. Thad had been an Edison dealer in the 1920s and his home was the repository of hundreds of unsold discs. I was told to take anything I wanted, so I picked up forty or so examples of jazz on Edison (my primary interest at that time). Uncle Thad was a strange character. He graduated first in his class at Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine but never really amounted to much, other than to sell Edison Diamond Discs and machines. He would apparently visit his customers monthly and leave a dozen or so Diamond Discs on approval. When he returned, the discs could be bought or returned for others. The Discs with red stars on the label were non-returnable, probably closeouts. In later years, Thad decided that he would remain in bed, and had a housekeeper who kept him fed and reasonably clean. His goal was to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from cover to cover. Unfortunately he died in the Ts.
My daughter was married a couple of years ago and she and her husband live in Cranbury NJ. On one of my future visits, I would like to visit the Edison laboratory and view the exhibits. I understand the site is now closed for renovations. I hope it reopens soon.
Once again, thanks for your very interesting presentations (I especially enjoyed Irving Peskin), and hope they will remain available on the internet.
Jim Phillips, Bangor ME
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