Phonozoic

Edison Gold Moulded Records for July, 1906

The July list introduces two new artists to the Phonograph public and welcomes the return of a former favorite. The list is one of unusual excellence, as the following comments will show:

9290 — Charge of the Hussars (Spindler) — Edison Concert Band
No. 9290, "Charge of the Hussars," by the Edison Concert Band, is a composition well known and much admired among pianists, to whom especially the masterful performance given by our Edison Concert Band will strongly appeal.

9291 — In Happy Moments (Wallace) — Alan Turner
Ballad from "Maritana," Orch. accom.
No. 9291, "In Happy Moments," is by Alan Turner, who makes his formal bow to the Phonograph public in this well-known ballad from Wallace's opera "Maritana." That Mr. Turner's splendid tenor voice will make him a favorite cannot be doubted. In this Record Mr. Turner embellishes the finale with a special passage which shows off his voice and artistic style to perfection. "In Happy Moments" is Mr. Turner's first Record in the monthly list, but he has also made over for us No. 7010, which has already appeared in our catalogue. (UCSB 9291)

9292 — It's Up to You to Move (Rogers) — Collins and Harlan
Coon song, Orch. accom.
No. 9292, "It's Up to You to Move," is a coon song by Collins and Harlan. Ephraim Johnson wedded a girl of "high degree" and Ephraim sings of her extravagant tastes. He points out that unless she economizes the rent will not be forthcoming and the landlord will advise them that "It's up to you to move." The chorus is set to ragtime, being quite different from the opening verse. Both are attractive, and the talks between the two choruses will provoke laughter when the Record is played. The landlord knocks on the door and demands the rent. Mrs. Johnson indignantly tells him that he will get no rent till he papers the dining-room and puts open plumbing in the bathroom. Ephraim also declares that he cannot be disturbed, for he is in his pajamas and being served with tea in the blue room. Messrs. Collins and Harlan sing the Record in their inimitable manner and are accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 3075; Archive.org [context])

9293 — Sailor's Hornpipe Medley (Original) — Leopold Moeslein
Violin solo, introducing "Sailor's Hornpipe," "Paddy Whack" Jig, "Haste to the Wedding" Country Dance and "Pickett's Hornpipe," Orch. accom.
No. 9293, "Sailor's Hornpipe Medley," is a violin solo by Leopold Moeslein, an artist whose name appears in our catalogue for the first time. The medley includes the following airs: "Sailor's Hornpipe," "Paddy Whack" jig, "Haste to the Wedding" country dance, and "Pickett's Hornpipe." This Record has been made because of persistent calls for each of the various selections, and it was thought advisable to include them all in one. The Record is one that will find ready sale. (UCSB 3076; Cylinders on the Web [context])

9294 — Virginia Song (Cohan) — Ada Jones
As sung by Ethel Levey in "George Washington, Jr.," Orch. accom.
No. 9294, "Virginia Song," by Ada Jones, is one of the big hits in George M. Cohan's play, "George Washington, Jr.," in which it is sung by Ethel Levey. It has already achieved a popularity throughout the entire land which makes detailed reference unnecessary. As the title indicates, the song is of the State of Virginia, whose gallant men, fair women and hospitality have made it world famous. Miss Jones sings it in true Southern dialect, reminding one strongly of "My Carolina Lady," her first contribution to the Edison catalogue. It will probably be the most popular selection in the July list. Mr. Cohan is also the composer of a number of other popular Edison Records, among which are "You're a Grand Old Rag," (our Record No. 9256), and "Forty-five Minutes from Broadway" (our Record No. 9231). Miss Jones sings the song with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 8046)

9295 — Everybody Gives Me Good Advice (Kendis & Paley) — Bob Roberts
New Coon song by the writers of "Sympathy," Orch. accom.
No. 9295, "Everybody Gives Me Good Advice," by Bob Roberts, is a coon song by Kendis and Paley, which tells the old story of how loss of money is followed by loss of friends and how appeals for assistance receive no other response than good advice—a poor substitute for the needy drink or bite to eat. Sung with orchestra accompaniment. Kendis and Paley also wrote "Sympathy" (our Record No. 9164), and this new selection is somewhat similar in style. (UCSB 3077)

9296 — Here's To Our Absent Brothers (Helf) — Byron G. Harlan
Descriptive song, introducing Male Quartette and other incidental effects. Fraternally inscribed by the composer to his brother Elks. Orch. accom.
No. 9296, "Here's to Our Absent Brothers," is a novelty by Byron G. Harlan. Some years ago J. Fred Helf, the composer of this song, while on the way to Denver with some brother Elks, proposed the usual toast of Elkdom. A lass of ten begged permission to offer the toast. It was granted. Mr. Helf then learned that she was the daughter of an Elk and on her way to join her invalid father in Denver. The incident inspired Mr. Helf to compose the song "Here's to Our Absent Brothers." The composition cannot fail to appeal to every Elk who hears it, and will also attract to the order many who have little knowledge of this organization. It is most impressively rendered by Mr. Harlan, with the assistance of the Male Quartette, and closes with the Elk's toast, as follows:
"Turn back the clock of Elkdom to the hour of eleven,
That we may think of those on earth and in heav'n,
And bow with reverence to wives, sisters and mothers,
And drink in silence to our Absent Brothers." (UCSB 3078)

9297 — Nibelungen March (WagnerSonntag) — Edison Military Band
Adapted from Richard Wagner's Nibelungen Ring, "Rheingold," "The Valkyrie," "Siegfried" and "Gotterdammerung"
No. 9297, "Nibelungen March," by the Edison Military Band, is a well-known standard march adapted from Richard Wagner's grand music dramas, "Gotterdammerung," "Siegfried," "The Valkyrie" and "Rheingold." The Record will especially appeal to all admirers of high class music. (UCSB 3079)

9298 — I Like Your Way (Witt) — Harry MacDonough
Sentimental Waltz song, Orch. accom.
No. 9298, "I Like Your Way," by Harry MacDonough, is one of the prettiest and catchiest waltz songs of the season, the music for which was written by Max S. Witt and the words by J. J. Walker. Mr. MacDonough excels himself in this sentimental waltz song and is accompanied most effectively by the orchestra. (UCSB 3080)

9299 — Why Don't You Try (Van Alstyne) — Miss Hoy and Mr. Anthony
Soprano and Tenor conversational duet, Orch. accom.
No. 9299, "Why Don't You Try?" by Miss Hoy and Mr. Anthony, is a conversational soprano and tenor duet by Egbert Van Alstyne and Harry Williams. The duet is between a pair of lovers in which the fair one coyly meets the advances of her lover with the title of the song, "Why don't you try." The Record will appeal to all seeking something attractive in songs including women's voices. Made with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 3081, Cylinder Archive at Archive.org)

9300 — If Washington Should Come to Life (Cohan) — Billy Murray
Song hit from "George Washington, Jr.", Orch. accom.
No. 9300, "If Washington Should Come to Life," by Billy Murray, is another one of George M. Cohan's clever songs and sung by him in his well-known play, "George Washington, Jr." The song tells of the strange things that Washington would see if he came to life. The things that he would see are best told by the Record itself. It will be one of the most popular of the month. Mr. Murray renders the selection with his usual clear enunciation which makes it possible to hear and understand every word, and he is accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 3082)

9301 — My Little Dutch Colleen Medley (Original) — Albert Benzler
Xylophone solo, introducing "My Little Dutch Colleen," "Henny Klein," "What's the Use of Knocking" and "Moving Day," Orch. accom.
No. 9301, "My Little Dutch Colleen Medley," by Albert Benzler, is a well-rendered xylophone solo, with orchestra accompanimen. It includes the following popular airs: "My Little Dutch Colleen," (our Record No. 9267); "Henny Klein," (our Record No. 9195); "What's the Use of Knocking," (when a man is down), (our Record No. 9234), and "Moving Day," (Our Record No. 9246). These medleys are original with our own recording plant and cannot be had in any published form. (UCSB 3083)

9302 — Here It Comes Again (Williams) — Arthur Collins
Coon song from Williams & Walker's new musical creation "Abyssinia," Orch. accom.
No. 9302, "Here It Comes Again," by Arthur Collins, is a coon song by Bert A. Williams, with words by Alex Rogers and Earle C. Jones. It is sung by Mr. Williams in Williams and Walker's newest music creation, "Abyssinia." The first verse tells of a coon who went to a poker game and bet all his money on four kings, only to have his opponent produce four aces, and resent with a razor any insinuations about crooked dealing. In the second verse he tells a friend how homely one of two passing women are and when his friend tells him that the lady is his sister, he endeavors to side step by saying that he meant the other. This proves to be his friend's wife and the explanation makes matters worse. Mr. Collins embellishes the chorus with some of his characteristic coon talk and makes the Record a most attractive one throughoout. He is accompanied by the orchestra.

9303 — Lonesome Little Maid (Solman) — Irving Gillette
Sentimental song by the writers of "Little Girl You'll Do," Orch. accom.
No. 9303, "Lonesome Little Maid," by Irving Gillette, is a sentimental ballad by Alfred Solman (music) and Benjamin H. Burt (words). It has an attractive air, and is sung most artistically by Mr. Gillette with orchestra accompaniment. This ballad is somewhat above the ordinary as was these writers' former success, "Little Girl You'll Do," (our Record No. 9094). (UCSB 3084)

9304 — Is My Name Written There? (Davis) — Anthony and Harrison
Gospel Hymn, Orch. accom.
No. 9304, "Is My Name Written There?" is by Anthony and Harrison, and in this widely known gospel hymn by Frank M. Davis and Mary A. Kidder, another splendid Record has been added to our catalogue of sacred selections by Messrs. Anthony and Harrison. These singers have now become so identified with this class of music that our monthly list would not be complete without one of their contribution [sic]. This number is made with orchestra accompaniment as usual. (UCSB 6023)

9305 — Dance of the Nile Maidens (Losey) — Edison Concert Band
No. 9305, "Dance of the Nile Maidens," by the Edison Concert Band, is a tuneful intermezzo, introducing a bassooon feature in one of the strains. The whole performance evidences the finished excellence that always characterizes the work of our Concert Band. (UCSB 3085)

9306 — Nothing Like That in Our Family (Furth) — Will F. Denny
Comic song, Orch. accom.
No. 9306, "Nothing Like That in Our Family," is a clever song by Will F. Denny. Topical songs have always been his forte and this selection is similar in character. The music for the song was written by Seymour Furth and the words by Edward P. Moran and Will A. Heelan. Sung with orchestra accompaniment. The verses tell of the things that have happened when the singer dines at the house of his swell friend. The second verse tells of the reception that the tramp met when he called at the house of Dr. Brown and asked for a pair of pants. Dr. Brown proved to be an old maid and her reply is amusing. Another verse tells of his treating experience with some friends. (Archive.org [context, alternate version]; Tinfoil.com; YouTube from victrolaman)

9307 — I Want What I Want When I Want It (Victor Herbert) — Frank C. Stanley
Song hit from "Mlle. Modiste," Orch. accom.
No. 9307, "I Want What I Want When I Want It," by Frank C. Stanley, is a composition by Victor Herbert and Henry Blossom that was one of the most popular airs in the comic opera "Mlle. Modiste," in which it was sung by Fritzi Scheff. Mr. Stanley's fine baritone voice is heard to splendid advantage in it. He is accompanied by the orchestra. The song is that of a happy bachelor who can do as he pleases without a wife to scold or oppose him. It is this freedom from restraint that enables him to say, "I want what I want when I want it." (Archive.org [context])

9308 — Chas. T. Ellis' Baby Song (Ellis) — George P. Watson
German dialect yodle song, Orch. accom.
No. 9308, "Chas. T. Ellis' Baby Song," by George P. Watson, is one of the best German dialect and yodle songs now before the public. It was sung, written and composed by the late Charles T. Ellis, whose recent death gives particular interest to this, his favorite song. Mr. Watson has not made a yodle song for us in some time, and many Phonograph owners to whom this character of music still appeals will be glad to hear him once again. He has lost none of his ability as a yodler. Some new effects are introduced in the Record and the song is made with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 3086)

9309 — Passion—Intermezzo (Hager) — Edison Symphony Orchestra
No. 9309, "Passion," by the Edison Symphony Orchestra, is a dainty intermezzo quite different from the orchestra selections listed lately. There are numerous changes and effects which show up to advantage the various instruments in our Symphony Orchestra. The oboe, which always contrasts effectively with the other instruments when properly featured, is in evidence, occasionally adding much to the Record's entertaining attractiveness. This composition is by Fred W. Hager, who also wrote "Laughing Water," (our Record No. 8532), and "Gleaming Star," (our Record No. 9218). (UCSB 3087)

9310 — Good-Bye, Mister Greenback (Allen) — Edward Meeker
Coon song by the composer of "Any Rags," Orch. accom.
No. 9310, "Good-Bye, Mister Greenback," by Edward Meeker, is Mr. Meeker's third contribution to our catalogue and is beyond question the best of the three. He sings the Record clearly and strongly and is especially effective in the rag-time manner in which he sings the last chorus. This coon song is the latest sensation by Thomas S. Allen, who also wrote "By the Watermelon Vine," (our Record No. 8905); "On Yo' Way," introduced in "Mandy and Her Man," (our Record No. 9236); "Scissors to Grind," (our Record No. 8794), and "Any Rags," (our Record No. 8525). (UCSB 3088)

9311 — Maggie Clancy's New Piano (Original) — Ada Jones and Len Spencer
Vaudeville sketch with incidental effects.
No. 9311, "Maggie Clancy's New Piano," by Ada Jones and Len Spencer, is another most amusing vaudeville sketch, largely in Irish dialect. Maggie has a new piano and is playing Wagnerian music. Her father wants to know whether the piano is broken. An amusing dialogue follows and Maggie sings some Irish ballads to her father's great delight. The vaudeville sketches that Miss Jones and Mr. Spencer have made in the past will suffice to show how entertaining this will be, especially when Miss Jones' singing is so prominent a feature. (UCSB 3089; Archive.org [context])

9312 — Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door (Von Tilzer) — Edison Male Quartette
Male Quartette, Orch. accom.
No. 9312, "Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door," by the Edison Male Quartette, is a descriptive song by Harry Von Tilzer and Andrew Sterling, beautifully arranged as a male quartette. The theme is the ever popular one of the New England home, where the fond mother and loving sweetheart await the return of the wanderer. Rendered by our Male Quartette in the artistic manner that has made these singers famous throughout the world. Sung with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 3090; Library and Archives Canada)

9313 — Flying Arrow (Holzman [sic]) — Edison Military Band
"Intermezzo Indienne" by the composer of "Uncle Sammy March," "Blaze Away March" and "Yankee Grit March"
No. 9313, "Flying Arrow," by the Edison Military Band, was written by Abe Holzmann, by whom it is styled an "Intermezzo Indienne." Mr. Holzmann is the composer of "Yankee Grit March," (our Record No. 9116); "Uncle Sammy March," (our Record No. 8632), and "Blaze Away March," (our Record No. 8398). "Flying Arrow" is full of characteristic melody and has a good swing. The brass instruments are brought out rather stronger than usual, and the whoops of the Indians add to the realism of the Record. (UCSB 3091; Archive.org [context])

[Text from Edison Phonograph Monthly 4:3 (May 1906), 2, 8-10]

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