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Various Artists: Before Radio [PA]

Track List

>How Mother Made the Soup - Charley Case
>Limited Express, The - Columbia Orchestra
>Piano Tuner, The - Steve Porter/Ada Jones/Steve Porter
>"No News" or "What Killed the Dog" - Nat M. Wills
>New Years at Old Trinity - Haydn Quartet
>Mosquito Trust (Mike and Meyer) - Joe Weber/Lew Fields
>Zeb Green's Airship - Miss Jones & Mr. Spencer
>Casey Putting His Baby to Sleep - Russell Hunting
>Three Trees, The - Tom McNaughton
>Vagabonds, The (Roger and I) - Gilbert Girard/Len Spencer
>Spirit of '76 - Drum Corps
>Small Boy and His Mother at the Circus, A - Mrs. Hardin Burnley
>Christmas Morning at Clancey's - Steve Porter
>Old Log Cabin - Columbia Minstrels
>Cohen Telephones from Brighton - Joe Hayman
>Vaudeville Specialty - S.H. Dudley
>Sheriff's Sale of a Stranded Circus - Gilbert Girard/Len Spencer
>Pussy Cat Rag, The (Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty) - Ada Jones/Peerless Quartet
>'Round the Campfire - Haydn Quartet
>How I Got to Morrow - Burt Shepard
>Rube and the Country Doctor, The - Frank C. Stanley/Byron Harlan
>Desperate Desmond (A Melodrama) - Fred Duprez
>Down in Turkey Hollow - Golden & Hughes
>Evening at Mrs. Clancey's Boarding House, An - Victor Vaudeville Co.
>Mosquito Parade, The (A Jersey Review) - Peerless Quartet
>Train Time at Pun'kin Centre - Cal Stewart
>Will Rogers Nominates Henry Ford for President - Will Rogers

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

This collection shows real-life dramas that were outside the experience of most record consumers of the time: first flights of airships, circus auctions; and minstrel shows, for example. The people depicted were often those from outside the dominant majority, such as German or Irish immigrants, rural folk and African Americans. The public places visited, such as vaudeville houses, were often forbidden or denigrated by religious opinion. It seems these descriptive records brought into the home an outside world that was familiar, yet very distant.

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Meagan Hennessey.

Recording information: Camden, NJ (03/20/1897-05/31/1923); New York, NY (03/20/1897-05/31/1923); Washington DC (03/20/1897-05/31/1923).

Illustrator: Tim Brooks.

Arranger: Theodore Bendix.


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