Edison Gold Moulded Records for May, 1906

The May Supplement of Edison Records contains quite as much variety as usual, but its most notable feature is the six Records by the Edison Minstrels. It has been deemed more advisable to issue these Records all at one time than to put them out one at a time, because they are most attractive when played in order, although each is complete in itself. The general public has no conception of the labor and time necessary to produce these Records.

9266 — Everybody Works but Father—Humoresque (Havez-Bellstedt) — Edison Concert Band
A novelty
No. 9266, "Everybody Works But Father," by the Edison Concert Band, is a comic composition for band, composed by Herman Bellstedt, Jr., and built on and around Jean Havez's world popular song of the same title. It introduces all the different instruments in our Edison Concert Band, from oboe to bassoon, each playing bits of the well-known theme alternately. The selection is different from any other instrumental composition in our catalogue, and no collection of Records will be complete without it. This selection is being played by Sousa's Band at all of its concerts. (UCSB 3057;

9267 — My Little Dutch Colleen (Mullen) — Ada Jones
Dutch-Irish waltz song, Orch. accom.
No. 9267, "My Little Dutch Colleen," by Ada Jones, is a comic sentimental Dutch and Irish waltz song, in which an Irishman talks lovingly of his Dutch wife. She responds in equally endearing terms. All familiar with Miss Jones' versatility will realize how attractively she can first sing in Irish brogue and then in Dutch dialect. This song is unlike anything else in our catalogue. The music is by J. B. Mullen and the words by Leo Curley. (UCSB 3058)

9268 — Jessamine (Gumble) — Arthur Collins
Coon love song, Orch. accom.
No. 9268, "Jessamine," by Arthur Collins, is a very attractive coon love song, which Mr. Collins renders in a manner even better than usual. He sings with an orchestra accompaniment. The song has an attractive air. The words and music are by Albert Gumble.

9269 — Colleen Bawn (Helf) — Harlan and Stanley
Sentimental Irish march song, Orch. accom.
No. 9269, "Colleen Bawn," by Harlan and Stanley, is a sentimental Irish love song written by J. Fred Helf and Edward Madden, who have written a number of extraordinary successes in Edison Records. The voices of Messrs. Harlan and Stanley blend nicely and the Record as a whole will be found most desirable. Although this is a new composition it is rapidly becoming very popular. (UCSB 3059;

9270 — La Traviata—Concert Waltz (Verdi-Popp) — Eugene C. Rose
Flute solo, Orch. accom.
No. 9270, "La Traviata," by Eugene C. Rose, a flute solo, with orchestra accompaniment, is a concert waltz adapted by Wilhelm Popp from Verdi's opera "La Traviata." Mr. Rose's rendition of the composition is that of the real artist. It has been some time since we have listed a flute solo. It will, therefore, be considered by many as a feature of this list. (UCSB 3060)

9271 — Keep on the Sunny Side (Morse) — Byron G. Harlan
Descriptive motto song, Orch. accom.
No. 9271, "Keep on the Sunny Side," by Byron G. Harlan, is a new motto song, with a waltz chorus that "beats them all." The music is charming. Mr. Harlan sings it up to his usual standard and the sentiment of the words will be appreciated by all. The music of this song was written by Theodore Morse and the words by Jack Drislane, both of whom are widely known as having written numerous song hits. The singer is accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 2741; [context])

9272 — Let the Lower Lights be Burning (Bliss) — Anthony and Harrison
Gospel hymn, Orch. accom.
No. 9272, "Let the Lower Lights be Burning," by Anthony and Harrison, is another fine sacred duet, the popularity of which seem to increase from month to month. They are attracting wide attention wherever the Phonograph is known. Dealers in Phonographs report that by means of these selections they are able to interest prospective buyers to whom other selections would not appeal. The music and words of this hymn were written by P. P. Bliss. It is sung with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 3061)

9273 — Then You'll Remember Me (Balfe) — Marie Narelle
Sentimental song from "The Bohemian Girl," sung by soprano, Orch. accom.
No. 9273, "Then You'll Remember Me," by Marie Narelle, is the charming sentimental ballad from "The Bohemian Girl," by Balfe, which is too widely known to call for comment. We have had many requests for it in solo form and it is really a matter for regret that it is only now getting into our catalogue. Miss Narelle sings it in a delightful manner, and is accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 3063)

9274 — Imperial Life Guard March (Gardes du Corps) (Hall) — Edison Military Band
No. 9274, "Imperial Life Guard" (Gardes du Corps), by the Edison Military Band, is a heavy military march with solid work for trombones and tuba. The orchestra bells are introduced into one of the strains in the trio. This composition is written by R. B. Hall, composer of the "New Colonial March" (our Record No. 8587). (UCSB 7194)


In the six following numbers we have made a departure in presenting six Records that at a glance may seem to be similar in character. Such is not the case, however, for each Record is complete in itself and fully as attractive played alone as when made one of the series. The entire six present a most attractive minstrel performance in miniature. The first Record gives an opening overture; the second introduces one set of end men with jokes and songs; the third introduces another set of end men with other jokes and songs; the fourth is a monologue; the fifth is a dialogue specialty, and the sixth is a sketch quite similar to those with which the average minstrel performance comes to a close. The individual Records may be referred to as follows:

9275 — At the Minstrel Show—No. 1 — Edison Minstrels
Grand introductory overture, "Around the World," by the entire Company
No. 9275, "At the Minstrel Show, No. 1," by the Edison Minstrels, is a grand introductory overture, "Around the World," by the entire ensemble. There is very little dialogue in this Record and the "trip" is represented almost entirely by appropriate musical numbers. The orchestra begins with "A Life on the Ocean Wave," England is "visited," and the quartette sings, "Rule Brittania [sic]." Then comes Scotland and the bells and orchestra accompaniment contribute "Blue Bells of Scotland." The next is "Ireland," greeted by a tenor solo, "The Minstrel Boy." Germany next, and the basso sings "Die Wacht Am Rhein" in English. For France the quartette enlivens the occasion with "The Marseillaise," also in English. The grand old Russian National Hymn, "God Save the Czar," is next heard by the quartette, after which comes "Homeward Bound," with the quartette singing "Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue" and
"Oh, it fills our hearts with joy,
To see our friends once more."
interrupted by "Yankee Doodle" and cheers. (UCSB 3062;

9276 — At the Minstrel Show—No. 2 — Edison Minstrels
Introducing the First Edison End Men, Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan, and Mr. Collins' end song "When the Days Grow Longer" with Orch. accom. and quartette chorus
No. 9276, "At the Minstrel Show, No. 2," by the Edison Minstrels, introduces the well-known comedians, Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan, as end men (First Edison Premiers). Their end gags consist of poetic effusions of an extremely ludicrous character, each trying to outdo the other. Mr. Collins concludes the Record with an end song entitled, "When the Days Grow Longer," with quartette chorus, which introduces the orchestra and ensemble. (UCSB 3065)

9277 — At the Minstrel Show—No. 3 — Edison Minstrels
Introducing the Second Edition End Men, Len Spencer and Billy Murray, and the descriptive tenor ballad "The Lighthouse by the Sea," sung by Harry McDonough
[sic] with Orch. accom. and quartette chorus.
No. 9277, "At the Minstrel Show, No. 3," by the Edison Minstrels, introduces America's favorite comedians, Len Spencer and Billy Murray, as end men (Second Edition Premiers). These black-faced artists begin their evening's entertainment with a lively tilt concerning their respective offsprings, replete with laughable comedy and witty points. Harry MacDonough is then announced and sings beautifully "The Lighthouse by the Sea," with orchestra accompaniment and quartette chorus. (UCSB 3064;

9278 — At the Minstrel Show—No. 4 — Edison Minstrels
Introducing Will F. Denny's monologue specialty, "A Matrimonial Chat" and comic song, "It's All a Matter of Taste," with Orch. accom.
No. 9278, "At the Minstrel Show, No. 4," by the Edison Minstrels, introduces William F. Denny in his great monologue entitled "A Matrimonial Chat." A bright, crisp comedy talk of the kind that is always entertaining, with love, courtship and marriage as chief topics, concluding with the topical song, "It's All a Matter of Taste," with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 4569;

9279 — At the Minstrel Show—No. 5 — Edison Minstrels
Introducing Len Spencer and Billy Murray in their witty rapid-fire comedy conversation entitled, "The Jokesmiths" and parody "Everybody Jokes But Father," with Orch. accom.
No. 9279, "At the Minstrel Show, No. 5," by the Edison Minstrels, introduces Len Spencer and Billy Murray in their great dulologue specialty of comedy flashes entitled "The Jokesmiths." A witty, rapid-fire comedy conversation, bristling with repartee and laugh points, concluding with a popular parody entitled "Everybody Jokes but Father," accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 3066)

9280 — At the Minstrel Show—No. 6 — Edison Minstrels
Plantation Sketch, "A Darktown Serenade" by the entire Company
No. 9280, "At the Minstrel Show, No. 6," by the Edison Minstrels, is a plantation sketch by the entire ensemble, entitled "A Darktown Serenade." The arrival at Parson Punkney's; the light in Evalyne's window; Jim's jealous rival; the serenade by quartette with banjo accompaniment; Evalyne appears; birthday osculations; the parson, as the boys depart singing, soliloquizes, "Those boys sing like birds. Speaking of birds, I guess I had better count my chickens." (raeproductions)

9281 — Sorella (La Mattchiche) (Gallini) — Edison Military Band
Marche Espagnole—The new craze.
No. 9281, "Sorella," by Edison Military Band, is a composition by L. Gallini which is described as a Marche Espagnole by its publishers. Its popularity is world wide and is now all the rage in the United States. While the title "Sorella" is the most known, it is well known under the following titles: "La Mattchiche (Maxixe)," "Amour Voisin," "Espagnola Estelle" and "Le Polo." It has an original and attractive melody that engages the attention at once. Our Military Band makes a fine Record of it. (UCSB 3068; [context])

9282 — Anxious (Kendis & Paley) — Miss Hoy and Mr. Anthony
Conversational Soprano and Tenor duet, Orch. accom.
No. 9282, "Anxious," by Miss Hoy and Mr. Anthony, is a serio-comic conversational duet by soprano and tenor, with orchestra accompaniment, that will appeal strongly to all admirers of a soprano voice. Mr. Anthony ably assists Miss Hoy in making an artistic Record of this selection. The music and words are by Kendis and Paley, who also wrote "Sympathy" (our Record No. 9164).

9283 — Good Bye Sweetheart, Good Bye (Hatton) — Frank C. Stanley
Sentimental song, Orch. accom.
No. 9283, "Good Bye, Sweetheart, Good Bye," by Frank C. Stanley, is an old English song of exceptional merit, and one for which we have had repeated calls. Particular attention is called to Mr. Stanley's artistic rendering of this selection. The shading is exquisite. In fact, the whole performance is scholarly to a high degree. The Record is made with orchestra accompaniment.

9284 — Dramatic Overture (Schauspiel) (Bach) — Edison Symphony Orchestra
No. 9284, "Dramatic Overture," by the Edison Symphony Orchestra, is a high-class overture, probably best known under its German title Schauspiel. All the instruments show up splendidly, but perhaps the part for oboe will be noticed the most. It is a brilliant and spectacular performance. The composition is by Chr. Bach.

9285 — When the Mocking Birds are Singing in the Wildwood (Blanke) — Irving Gillette
Descriptive song, Orch. accom.

No. 9285, "When the Mocking Birds Are Singing in the Wildwood," by Irving Gillette, is one of the prettiest ballads of the season. The music is by H. B. Blanke and the words by A. J. Lamb. Mr. Gillette's splendid voice appears to excellent advantage in this song. He is accompanied by the orchestra. In the song are introduced bits of Septimus Winner's ever popular "Mocking Bird" song. The flute is very effective in mocking bird embellishment. (UCSB 3069)

9286 — Pretty Pond Lilies (Hall) — Albert Benzler
Bells solo, Orch. accom.
No. 9286, "Pretty Pond Lillies," by Albert Benzler, is a bells solo, with orchestra accompaniment, of an old time melody familiar to about everybody. It makes a splendid Record. The waltz chorus and yodle movement that follows it are particularly melodious. The composition is written by Lillie Hall. (UCSB 3070)

9287 — Traveling (Botsford) — Collins and Harlan
Comic male duet, Orch. accom.
No. 9287, "Traveling," by Collins and Harlan, is a comic song somewhat on the order of "Rambling." It has a catchy rhythm with a spirited dash and go. One of those songs that cannot fail to be sung and whistled throughout the land as it becomes known. The music is by George Botsford and the words by James Devine. The Record is made with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 3071; YouTube by phonofile)

9288 — So Long, Mary (Cohan) — Ada Jones
Song hit from "Forty-five Minutes from Broadway," Orch. accom. and Male Chorus.
No. 9288, "So Long, Mary," by Ada Jones, is Fay Templeton's song in "Forty-five Minutes from Broadway," and it is without doubt the most popular song in the performance. The male chorus is a feature, and gives striking realism to the effective scene in the play which this Record portrays. George M. Cohan wrote the music and words of this song. (UCSB 3072; [context])

9289 — Chopin's Funeral March (Chopin) — Edison Concert Band
No. 9289, "Chopin's Funeral March," by the Edison Concert Band, is a Record that in spite of its sombre title will be found one of the most artistic and most attractive that we have made in a long while. Those who pass it by because of its title will make a great mistake. (UCSB 3073;

[Text from Edison Phonograph Monthly 4:2 (April 1906), 2, 8-9]


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