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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|Tennessee Happy Boys (Nathan Glantz Orchestra), Bud Kennedy - vocal||Just a little drink - fox trot||Diamond Disc 10490-C-1-4||1925|
|Steve Porter||Flanagan at the vocal teacher's||Gold Moulded cylinder 9656 (17 .)||1907|
|Josie Miles - vocal, Kansas City Five||Mad mama's blues||Diamond Disc 9862-C-1-5||1925|
|Ada Jones and Len Spencer||Chimmie and Maggie in Nickel Land||Gold Moulded cylinder 9671 (11 .)||1907|
|Edison Symphony Orchestra||Passion||Gold Moulded cylinder 9309 (13)||1906|
|Lyric Male Quartet||Broadway Rose||Diamond Disc 7617-C-1-1||1921|
|George Hamilton Green - xylophone, Frank Banta - piano||Caprice, op. 14||Diamond Disc 11578-A-1-2||1927|
|Cal Stewart||Uncle Josh comments on the Spanish question||Brown wax cylinder 3897 - National Phonograph Co.||1898 - 1899|
|Albert Benzler - piano||The chapel in the woods||Gold Moulded cylinder 9653 (3 ..)||1907|
|Mid-Pacific Hawaiians, William Kalama - bandleader||Hanohano Hawaii||Diamond Disc 19168-A-1-1||1929|
|New York Military Band||Waldmere march||Amberol cylinder 4M-953 (..3)||1912|
|John J. Kimmel - melodeon, Andrew Fiedler - guitar||Fitzmaurice's polka||Diamond Disc 18969-B-1-1||1929|
|Billy Murray||Sympathy||Gold Moulded cylinder 9164 (4)||1905|
|Original Memphis Five||The Great White Way blues||Diamond Disc 9077-C-3-2||1923|
|Oreste and his Queensland Orchestra, Arthur Fields - vocal||Thinking of you (I've grown lonesome) - fox trot||Diamond Disc 11322-C-1-1||1927|
Wed. 9/5/07 11:33am
Patrick Humbert, Brussels, Belgium:
as usual, great program. I'm always on the web to listen those rarities ! Edison records are very uncommon in Europe. I'm ready to share my collection to your broadcast. I myself making broacast on the Roaring Twenties, each wednesday in Brussels, Belgium
Wed. 9/5/07 4:00pm
There were some nice surprises on this program. On "Chimmie", I agree that the open sounded like a record in the background. If you listen to # 8063 (Trip to the Circus), you hear the same sound. As you noted, it sounded like the studio orchestra then took over. I wonder if they just didn't play softly, facing away from the horn, then louder with the brass as they entered the theater. On "Passion", I wonder if that wasn't a Stroh violin we were hearing. The Uncle Josh was really an interesting historical artifact also, and one that you wouldn't nomally hear. Thanks for playing it!
Thu. 9/6/07 2:25pm
What a great and jazzy program! I love those tunes by Josie Miles, she has an incredible charming voice and fits perfectly in that style. Just too bad she did only so few recordings for Edison. Thanks for sharing that musical heritage!
Fri. 9/7/07 10:24pm
I'm really,really surprised that the cylinders & disks STILL sound this good I would that they would be totally all worn out!! I would just love to be able to own a cylinder or disk player!!
Sat. 9/8/07 8:57pm
ian l miller ,Scotland:
A great recording from the brilliant G.H.Green,also the orig. Memphis five, I hope your program continues !
Sun. 9/9/07 6:09am
Rolf den Otter:
What a coinsidence!! I have not heard this program yet, but was browsing the playlists. And I saw "Chapel in the woods". Last Thursday I made a movie of my Edison-Bell Phonograph playing this cylinder:
Becuse I wanted to know more about the composer "Lange", I prompted the question who this composer was in the "88son78" yahoo group... There is a lengthy discussion aabout this cylinder there...
Thanks for providing a good sounding copy!
Greetings from the Netherlands,
(my classical lp->mp3 hobby page, updated every friday)
(my classical music youtube channel)
Sun. 9/9/07 4:27pm
Tennesse Happy Boys is a Harry Reser group, not related with Nathan Glantz.
All the best
Mon. 9/10/07 12:29am
Hi Luis- The name listed in the Edison recording studio cashbooks for July 7, 1925, matrix 10490 is "Glantz Orchestra". See also "Tennessee Happy Boys" listings here for BA 5162 & 5165: http://www.mainspringpress.com/fields_BA.html
Tue. 9/18/07 4:48pm
It's curious, Jerry. In my Harry Reser discography all the Edison items are under "Tennessee Happy Boys" as a Harry Reser group.
By the way: the players are: Earl T.Oliver, Jack Stillman, tp; Sammy Lewis, tb; Nathan Glantz, as; Ken Moyer, cl, as; unknown, saxes; unknown, piano; Harry Reser, bnj; brass-bass and drums unknown.
All the best
Tue. 9/18/07 8:40pm
Wow! what a find! This radio show is a treasure!
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Stanley at the Menlo Park Museum last week.
That visit and your show are a childhood wish come true!
Thu. 9/27/07 11:56am
Luis: This shows again what I have found many times, namely that too many discographies are the product of "armchair research" with lots of wishful thinking instead of proper attention to original data sources. I'm positive Edison wouldn't have paid Glantz for this recording if Reser had played it!
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