Phonozoic

Edison Gold Moulded Records for August, 1906

As more appropriate to the summer season, the August list of Edison Gold Moulded Records abounds in music of light character. It is the vacation month and the one time in the year when business and other cares are laid aside and people seek amusement. Therefore, this August list, in the main, seeks to amuse, although there are several selections of a more serious and dignified character. All of the selections are by the old favorites, whose past efforts have endeared them to the Phonograph public.

9314 — Polonaise Militaire (Chopin) — Edison Concert Band
No. 9314, "Polonaise Militaire," by the Edison Concert Band, is a composition by F. Chopin, the celebrated composer, and is the first polonaise listed in our catalogue in some time. It is military in its character and the various instruments of the band in turn are featured with bits of solo work. "Polonaise Militaire" was one of the musical numbers played at the Longworth-Roosevelt wedding at Washington. (UCSB 9314)

9315 — Waiting at the Church (Pether) — Ada Jones
("My Wife Won't Let Me"), Vesta Victoria's great New York vaudeville hit, Orch. accom.
No. 9315, "Waiting at the Church," by Ada Jones, is the much talked of song in English dialect, sung by Vesta Victoria, the great English music hall singer, during her recent successful engagement at the New York vaudeville theatres. The music is by Henry E. Pether and the words by Fred. W. Leigh. The song relates the troubles of a young girl who had made all arrangements to be married and was waiting at the church when her lover sent word that he could not marry her, for his wife wouldn't let him. It is exceedingly sung, as are all of Miss Jones' Records. (UCSB 3092; Cylinders on the Web [context])

9316 — Afloat on a Five Dollar Note (Helf) — Collins and Harlan
New summer waltz song, Orch. accom.
No. 9316, "Afloat on a Five Dollar Note," by Collins and Harlan, is a new summer waltz song descriptive of the pleasures of a trip afloat by Dolly and her beau, the expenses of which are covered by a five dollar note. It has all the rhythm essential to the success of a summer waltz song. Collins and Harlan sing it with the abandon required by a song of this kind. They are accompanied by the orchestra. The music is by Fred J. Helf and the words by Arthur Lamb, both of whom have been identified with a number of successful songs. (USCB 3093)

9317 — St. Louis Tickle (Barney and Seymour) — Vess L. Ossman
Banjo solo, Orch. accom.
No. 9317, "St. Louis Tickle," by Vess L. Ossman, is a decidedly gingery banjo solo by Barney and Seymore. We have had repeated requests for this selection. It is full of rag-time, and is played in a masterly manner by Mr. Ossman, a two banjo effect being one of the features, and the player is accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 8633)

9318 — After They Gather the Hay (Henry) — Harry MacDonough
Sentimental song, Orch. accom.
No. 9318, "After They Gather the Hay," by Harry MacDonough, is one of the late popular ballads written by S. R. Henry (music) and J. J. Walker (words) and splendidly rendered by Mr. MacDonough. The title suggests the sentimental character of the ballad. The singer lovingly recalls the past to his fair one, declares his devotion and states that he will come to her "After They Gather the Hay." Sung with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 6045)

9319 — Heaven is My Home (Sir Arthur Sullivan) — Anthony and Harrison
Sacred song, Orch. accom.
No. 9319, "Heaven is My Home," by Anthony and Harrison, is the well-known hymn by Sir Arthur Sullivan (music) and Thomas R. Taylor (words). The popularity of this selection will make the Record sought by all lovers of sacred music. The singers are accompanied by the orchestra. (UCSB 3094)

9320 — Bill Simmons (Spink)
("I've Got to Dance 'till the Band Gits Through"), Coon song from "A Social Whirl," Orch. accom.
No. 9320, "Bill Simmons," by Arthur Collins, is one of the biggest hits in the summer show, "The Social Whirl," which has had such a run at the Casino Theatre in New York. In this show the song is rendered by Maude Raymond. The sub-title of the composition is "I've Got to Dance 'till the Band Gits Through." It tells of the troubles of Bill Simmons, who had to dance when he heard a band no matter what happened. He got a job in a ham and egg place and one day was carrying a tray piled four feet high when the band began to play. Bill had to dance, the tray of eatables was thrown to the floor and Bill lost his job because he had to dance until the band got through. That Mr. Collins has made a splendid Record of a composition so well fitted to his style goes without saying. He is accompanied by the orchestra. G. A. Spink wrote the words and music for this song. (UCSB 0031)

9321 — Gen. Mixup, U. S. A. (Allen) — Edison Military Band
By the composer of "The Dixie Rube"
No. 9321, "Gen. Mixup, U. S. A.," by Edison Military Band, is a characteristic march, well described in its title and introducing various national and popular airs. At times two or three different airs are being played at one and the same time, each, however, being easily distinguishable and forming as a whole a brilliant, effective and interesting unity. Probably twenty different national airs are played at one time or another on this Record. The composition was written by Thomas A. Allen, composer of "Any Rags" and other song successes. (UCSB 4570; Archive.org [context])

9322 — Smile on Me (Sutton) — Irving Gillette
Descriptive ballad, Orch. accom.
No. 9322, "Smile On Me," by Irving Gillette, is a sentimental ballad, the music of which was written by Henry O. Sutton and the words by Jean Lenox. Mr. Gillette's splendid voice appears to advantage, as usual, in this song, being accompanied by the orchestra. (Cylinders on the Web [context])

9323 — Daughter of Vanity Fair (Rogers) — Harlan and Stanley
Descriptive song, Orch. accom.
No. 9323, "Daughter of Vanity Fair," by Harlan and Stanley, is a splendidly sung Record of a pathetic ballad written by Ed. Rogers (music) and Jimmie Burrell (words). Sung with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 6240)

9324 — Bell solo from "The Magic Flute" (Mozart) — Albert Benzler
Bells solo, Orch. accom.
No. 9324, "Bell Solo from The Magic Flute," by Albert Benzler, is a fine bells solo from Mozart's favorite opera, "The Magic Flute," and never before produced so accurately on a Record. It is one of the most effective instrumental hits of the opera and one very difficult to perform well. This presentation of the selection was specially arranged for our Record and cannot be had in published form. We think this beyond question the most effective Record by the bells that we have ever made. It is played with orchestra accompaniment. (UCSB 3095)

9325 — Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond (Traditional) — Marie Narelle
Old Scottish song, Orch. accom.
No. 9325, "Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond," by Marie Narelle, is a delightful Record of this well-known and ever popular Scotch Melody. Sung with orchestra accompaniment. The song is a great favorite of Miss Narelle's and one she takes unusual interest and delight in singing. Her specially fine rendition of the ballad abundantly bears out this statement. (UCSB 7020; Tinfoil.com).

9326 — The Morning After (Original) — Spencer and Porter
Companion Irish sketch to "Flanagan's Night Off"
No. 9326, "The Morning After," by Len Spencer and Steve Porter, is a companion selection to "Flanagan's Night Off," (our Record No. 9244). It is the morning after Flanagan's night off and he has the usual troublesome head. A desire for cracked ice is followed by a call for the doctor, whose suggestions make Flanagan think that he is having delirium tremens. The conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Flanagan and the doctor make up a most amusing Record. Mr. Spencer has become a past master in this character of work. (UCSB 6607)

9327 — Minerva (Hager) — Edison Symphony Orchestra
A South American Romance
No. 9327, "Minerva," by Edison Symphony Orchestra, composed by Frederick W. Hager, is very prettily styled by the composer a "South American Romance." It has all the tunefulness and rhythmic characteristics of the music of the peoples to the south. Our Edison Symphony Orchestra gives it the essential dainty interpretation. Mr. Hager has contributed several highly appreciated selections to our Record catalogue. "Minerva" is quite unlike any of his former efforts. It is, however, none the less interesting and by many will be thought superior to anything he has heretofore written. (UCSB 3096)

9328 — With the Robins I'll Return (Witt) — Byron G. Harlan
Sentimental song with march chorus introducing bird effect by Joe Belmont, Orch. accom.
No. 9328, "With the Robins I'll Return," by Byron G. Harlan, is an effective new descriptive song with march chorus, in which Joe Belmont introduces his inimitable bird imitations. As usual, Mr. Harlan acquits himself most creditably in his rendition of the song and has the assistance of the orchestra. The music of this song is by Max S. Witt and the words by J. J. Walker. (UCSB 6435)

9329 — I'm Up in the Air About Mary (Solman) — Billy Murray
Serio-comic waltz song, Orch. accom.
No. 9327 [sic], "I'm Up in the Air About Mary," by Billy Murray, is a brand new waltz song with a very catchy air that will undoubtedly win for it great popularity. The verses are replete with the latest slang of the day. Mr. Murray makes every word distinctly heard, a most desirable feature in this class of Records. He is accompanied by the orchestra. Alfred Solman wrote the music and Monroe H. Rosenfield [sic], the words.

9330 — Baby Parade (Pryor) — Edison Concert Band
Descriptive selection, patrol effect, by the composer of "The Whistler and His Dog"
No. 9330, "The Baby Parade," by Edison Concert Band, is descriptive of the great baby parade given annually at Asbury Park, N. J., where Arthur Pryor and his band will play this selection (composed by Mr. Pryor) to delighted thousands. It is written as a patrol, giving the effect of the parade approaching from the distance, passing the reviewing stand and receding in the distance. This Record will make as great a hit aas the composition itself when played by Pryor's Band. (UCSB 9238)

9331 — Poor Old Man (Bryan) — Bob Roberts
Comic song, Orch. accom.
No. 9331, "Poor Old Man," by Bob Roberts, is another of the "Father" series, but unlike "Everybody Works But Father" and "Uncle Quit Work Too," it is a defense of the old man and tells in several amusing verses how he supports the family and does many other things that the ideal parent should do. Mr. Roberts' rendition of the song is perfect and the orchestra accompaniment is an added feature.

9332 — While the Old Mill Wheel is Turning (Mills) — Harry Anthony
Descriptive song, Orch. accom.
No. 9332, "While the Old Mill Wheel is Turning," by Harry Anthony, is a new sentimental ballad by Kerry Mills (music) and Will D. Cobb (words). Mr. Anthony has given this ballad a most artistic presentation as those who hear the Record will testify. It is made with orchestra accompaniment. (YouTube by EdisonSquirrel)

9333 — Clancy's Wooden Wedding (Simons) — Edward Meeker
Comic song, Orch. accom.
No. 9333, "Clancy's Wooden Wedding," by Edward Meeker, is a comic song descriptive of the things that happened when Clancy celebrated his wooden wedding anniversary. Witty references are made to the various presents of wood that are brought by the attending guests, and the singer's description of the row with which the affair terminated cannot fail to provoke laughter. This song was written by Teddy Simons, but has not yet been published. (UCSB 3097)

9334 — Fisher's Hornpipe Medley (Original) — Leopold Moeslein
Violin solo, introducing "Fisher's Hornpipe," "Little House Under the Hill," "Straight Jig" and "Gypsy Reel," Orch. accom.
No. 9334, "Fisher's Hornpipe Medley," by Leopold Moeslin, is another excellent violin solo by this artist, whose "Sailor's Hornpipe Medley" in the July list won instant popularity. The "Fisher's Hornpipe Medley" introduces "The Fisher's Hornpipe," "Little House Under the Hill," "Straight Jig," and "Gypsy Reel". This medley has been specially arranged for our Record and cannot be had in published form. (UCSB 3098)

9335 — Bashful Henry and His Lovin' Lucy (Original) — Ada Jones and Len Spencer
A Darktown courtship, introducing the coon song "I've Such a Funny Feeling When I Look at You," Orch. accom.
No. 9335, "Bashful Henry and His Lovin' Lucy," by Ada Jones and Len Spencer, is a vaudeville sketch descriptive of a darktown courtship and introducing the song, "I have Such a funny Feeling When I Look at You" with incidental music by the orchestra. The dialogue shows how Lucy overcame the diffidence of her bashful lover and how she brought him to the proposal point. Everything ends happily and the Record closes with one of the typical Jones and Spencer duets. (UCSB 3099, Cylinders on the Web [context])

9336 — Teacher and the Tack — Edison Male Quartette
(A catastrophe), Comic song, unaccompanied
No. 9336, "Teacher and the Tack," by the Edison Male Quartette, is a sad story of the pupil who placed a tack on a chair and of the things that took place after the teacher had sat upon the tack. The words are very funny and the singing by the quartette unusually well done. The singers are unaccompanied. The music of this song is by N. B. Sprague and the words by Chas. M. Sheldon. (Library and Archives Canada)

9337 — Free Lance March (Sousa) — Edison Military Band
From John Philip Sousa's new opera "The Free Lance"
No. 9337, "Free Lance March," by the Edison Military Band, is a new march by John Philip Sousa and bears the same title as his new opera "The Free Lance," which had an extended run at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, and which will later in the year be introduced throughout the country. Like all of Mr. Sousa's marches, it is original in its character and includes a number of unusual effects in its melody. The march would win success on its own merits, aside from the fact that Mr. Sousa wrote it. (UCSB 3100; Archive.org [context])

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

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