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Various - History Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK

Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK
 
 
 
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Various - History: Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK

Round The Town - Following Grandfather's Footsteps - A Night at the London Music Halls When Mr. Edison's recording machines arrived in Britain, the industry they would spawn lay undreamed of far in the future, Edison seemingly having little concept of the machine's usefulness other than as an office tool. However, even in those early days, when voices, eminent and otherwise, recited words grand and otherwise, into gramophone horns, occasionally someone would lapse into song. When they did so, as likely as not it would be a music hall song that would issue forth. Paul Tritton has written of the first demonstrations of Mr. Edison's wonderful new invention in his book 'The Lost Voice of Queen Victoria' (Academy Books, 1991). 

During one of the first of these demonstrations, before the Physical Society on 2nd March 1878, a Mr. Pidgeon sang a chorus of G. H. Macdermott's contemporary patriotic music hall song, "We don't want to fight but by jingo if we do, the Russians shall not have Constantinople!" into the machine. The voice of Queen Vic herself may or may not be lost – I've read the book and I'm still not sure – but the wonderful new medium of sound recording, then in its infancy, allowed the voices of many of her subjects, the popular performers of their day, to be preserved for posterity.

The aptly named Mr. Pidgeon was not alone in seeing popular comic songs as a suitable subject for recording. His choice of a music hall ditty for his recorded effort was not so surprising for, along with the drawing room ballad, the comic song was the popular song of the day. Music hall had risen from its mid-century beginnings, literally a room attached to a public house, to a huge network of plush Palaces and less magnificent local halls. Bills at these halls included magicians, jugglers, instrumentalists, dancers, short sketches, and some speciality 'turns' rather more difficult to describe. The backbone of any music hall bill, however, was a roster of comic singers. 

Sure enough, as the recording industry developed from minor blip to major business concern, music hall artistes and songs were among the early contributors to companies catalogues. In 'Music Hall' (Issues 2 and 4), Frank Andrews has chronicled early recordings by Charles Coborn and Albert Chevalier made, mainly for demonstration purposes, before 1895. Relatively few people, though, owned phonographs or gramophones until prices were lowered around 1909, when machines shifted from luxury status to affordable accessories and record sales rose significantly. Just as we have seen in our own time, when colour televisions, video recorders and CD players were the possessions of the few until drastic price reductions made them available to the masses, so it was with early recording machines, whose evolution followed the same price equals popularity path.

Recordings were made by music hall artistes in the earlier period (from about 1898) but those who could afford machines tended to be among the rather better heeled with highbrow tastes, more likely to buy classical records than music hall material. As the potential audience for such fare was effectively put off purchasing by prohibitive prices, the recordings made by music hall artistes in the early period are rare to the point, in some cases, of non-existence. Where copies of these early recordings have survived, they need not only to be prized and preserved, but, as with all historic documentation, the music contained within their rare grooves should be made available to those who wish to hear them. While there is probably nothing actually unique in this collection, many of these tracks will have evaded even the long-term collector – who, of course, will have similarly scarce items that have eluded my searches!

Most music hall artistes actively performing in the recording period ventured into a recording studio at some period in their career, although some did not choose, or were not chosen, to repeat the experience. Unfortunately the fruits of some of these sessions, e.g. the five cylinders known to have been issued from T. E. Dunville's 1904 session, remain undiscovered to this day to the best of my knowledge. I would welcome information to the contrary on such scarcities, as there is a distinct danger that some of music hall's most famous voices, known to have been captured by the nascent recording industry, are now stilled for good. It would be good news indeed to find that some, at least, of these items have eluded the dustbins of the world.
 

Songs

Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 1
1: Two Lovely Black Eyes COBORN, Charles
2: Far Old Times' Sake/Daisy Bell FORDE, Florrie
3: Nellie Dean/After The Ball FORDE, Florrie
4: 'e Dunna Where 'E Are ELEN, Gus
5: The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo COBORN, Charles
6: Lily Of Laguna STRATTON, Eugene
7: The Grass Widower LENO, Dan
8: Has Anybody Seen Our Cat? SHEPARD, Burt
9: How Do You Do? RAFFERTY, Pat
10: Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home HAMPTON, Pete
11: Can't You Take My Word FORD, Harry
12: The Galloping Major KIRKBY, Stanley
13: Bedelia O'GORMAN, Joe
14: Following In Father's Footsteps KIRKBY, Stanley
15: The Bull & Bush FORDE, Florrie
16: Mary Was A Housemaid SHEPARD, Burt
17: Callers MOZART, George
18: Waiting At The Church VICTORIA, Vesta
19: Hello, Hello, Hello! It's A Different Girl CUNLIFFE, Whit
20: I've Told His Missus All About Him VICTORIA, Vesta
21: The Boys' Brigade HILL, Hamilton
22: There's A Girl Inside MONKS, Victoria
23: You Splash Me And I'll Splash You LLOYD, Alice
24: I'se A-Waiting For Yer Josie ELLIOTT, G.H.
25: The Next Horse I Ride On VICTORIA, Vesta
26: The Taximeter Car WILLIAMS, Billy
27: She's A Lassie From Lancashire RETFORD, Ella
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 2
1: Funicula FORMBY, George
2: Oh! Oh! Antonio FORDE, Florrie
3: Sea Shells BARD, Wilkie
4: Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly FORDE, Florrie
5: Billy Brown FRAGSON, Harry
6: My Latchkey LASHWOOD, George
7: The Suffragette FIELDS, Happy Fanny
8: I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside SHERIDAN, Mark
9: Send For A Policeman LASHWOOD, George
10: Ship Ahoy! (All The Nice Girl Love A Sailor) RETFORD, Ella
11: Don't You Think You've Overstepped The Margin FORD, Harry
12: Boiled Beef And Carrots CHAMPION, Harry
13: Come Up In My Balloon BARD, Wilkie
14: Fall In And Follow Me WHELAN, Albert
15: Come And Be One Of The Midnight Sons TILLEY, Vesta
16: Henry The Eighth CHAMPION, Harry
17: Seventeen (My Girl Is Only Seventeen) RAY, Phil
18: King Ki-Ki LITTLE TICH
19: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy PLEASANTS, Jack
20: If You Should See A Dandy Coon ELLIOTT, G.H.
21: They Can't Find Kelly MERSON, Billy
22: When Father Laid The Carpet On The Stairs JACKSON, Nelson
23: Adam Was A Scotchman WHITEFORD, Jock
24: The Spaniard That Blighted My Life MERSON, Billy
25: I'm 21 Today PLEASANTS, Jack
26: Beauty Of The Guards BASTOW, George
27: My Old Dutch CHEVALIER, Albert
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 3
1: Does This Shop Stock Shot Socks With Spots GRAVES, George
2: Since I Had A Go At My Dumb Bells FORMBY, George
3: Won't You Come Dear, Into The Park DUPREZ, May Moore
4: Tommy Trouble WHITTLE, Chas R.
5: Every Little Movement Has A Meaning ... LLOYD, Marie
6: In The Morning EARLE, Fred
7: I Want A Girl RETFORD, Ella
8: How Dare They WOOTTWELL, Tom
9: I'm Going Back To Dixie RETFORD, Ella
10: That's Philosophy KNOWLES, R.C.
11: Father's Got A Job SCOTT, Maidie
12: Casey Joney WHELAN, Albert
13: Who Were You With Last Night SHERIDAN, Mark
14: M.A.D.A.M. LENNARD, Arthur
15: Hullo! Miss London MONKS, Victoria
16: They All Walk The Wibbly Wobbly Walk SHERIDAN, Mark
17: Daily Mirror Front Page SHAND, Ernest
18: Curiosity LITTLE TICH
19: Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy FORDE, Florrie
20: Strip The Bed And Have Another Look D'ALBERT, George
21: What Would The Seaside Be Without The Ladies TILLEY, Vesta
22: Lloyd Jarge SHAND, Ernest
23: Pepsy Wopsy JAMES, Daisy
24: Innocent Bessie Brown TATE, Beth
25: Waiting For Further Evidence LEO, Frank
26: The School Strike SCOTT, Maidie
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 4
1: Burlington Bertie From Bow SHIELDS, Ella
2: He's A 'Pro' WELDON, Harry
3: The Mormon's Song ROBEY, George
4: Baa Lambs SHIELDS, Ella
5: How's Your Father? TATE, Harry
6: The Lads From Our Village VEVEY, Zona
7: I Will Have A Night To-Night CASH, Morny
8: The Night Began To Fall MAYO, Sam
9: That Charlie Chaplin Walk AYER, Nat D.
10: I Went A Jazzing PLEASANTS, Jack
11: Three Cheers For The Red, White And Blue WALLACE, Nellie
12: Archibald Certainly Not! ROBEY, George
13: What D'Yer Think Of That MAYNE, Ernie
14: Ma! FOX, Olive
15: Things Are Worse In Russia MAYO, Sam
16: Olga Petrovotski LAURIER, Jay
17: Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid MORRIS, Lily
18: I Do Like To Sing In My Bath LESTER, Alfred
19: Wireless On The Brain MAYNE, Ernie
20: Yes, We Have No Bananas LESTER, Alfred
21: Show Me The Way To Go Home SHIELDS, Ella
22: Only A Working Man MORRIS, Lily
23: He's Moved In A Bigger House Now TRAVERS, Nat
24: Don't Have Any More, Mrs. Moore MORRIS, Lily
25: She Was Poor, But She Was Honest BENNETT, Billy
26: The Laughing Policeman PENROSE, Charles

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Various - History: Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK

  • Interpret: Various - History

  • Albumtitel: Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK

  • Artikelart Box set

  • Genre Pop

  • Music Genre Pop
  • Music Style Pop Concept / Theme Albums
  • Music Sub-Genre 282 Pop Concept/Theme Albums
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode DK
  • SubGenre Pop - Vocal Pop

  • EAN: 4000127160218

  • Gewicht in Kg: 2.300
 
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