Phono-Cylinders, Vol. 1: Edited by and from the Collection of George A. Blacker

Phono-Cylinders, Vol. 1: Edited by and from the Collection of George A. Blacker

Various Artists FW03886 / FS 3886

This album contains 14 tracks of music and spoken word recorded on cylinders in the first decade of the 20th century. With clear and distinct overall sound quality, the release―part one of a two-volume set―includes excerpts of campaign speeches from the 1908 presidential election by William Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft, recordings of military and symphonic bands, and a ragtime composition featuring a drum solo. George A. Blacker was a private collector of early British and American recordings. The liner notes provide background information about each recorded track as well as an informal history of sound recording.

Year Released 1961
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1961 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Popular; Documentary
Country(s) United Kingdom; United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Drum
Subject(s) Choral music; Concert band; Dance; Drama; Jazz; Lectures and lecturing; Monologues; Motion picture soundtracks; Music; Popular music--United States; Ragtime; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Spoken word; Theater; United States History; Wit and humor

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101 A Country Girl: Second Selection London Regimental Band 2:12
102 Daybreak at Calamity Farm Gilbert Girard and Len Spencer 4:13
103 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Byron C. Harlan and Frank C. Stanley 4:27
104 Dream of the Rarebit Fiend Edison Military Band 2:11
105 Immortality: Excerpt from Lecture "The Prince of Peace" Williams Jennings Bryan 2:16
106 The Village Seamstress Elene Foster 2:17
107 Kerry Mill's Barn Dance A band 2:21
201 The Ragtime Drummer James Lent 2:27
202 I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark Arthur Collins 2:20
203 Unlawful Trusts William Howard Taft 2:00
204 When I Was 21 and You Were Sweet 16 - When I Was Twenty-one and You Were Sweet Sixteen Walter Van Brunt 3:59
205 Hermit's Bell Overture Written by Maillart American Symphony Orchestra (New York, N.Y.) 4:48
206 Waiting at the Church Ada Jones 2:15
207 Rip Van Winkle Meets Meenie Joseph Jefferson 2:01
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