CD The Edison Collection: Jazz and Blues on Edison, Vol. 1 (CD 867505), Audio Other
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The Edison Collection: Jazz and Blues on Edison, Vol. 1

  • 1. Dixie Land - Lopez & Hamilton's Kings of Harmony Orchestra
    2. Baby's Got the Blues - Genevieve Gordon
    3. St. Louis Gal - The Original Memphis Five
    4. You Gonna Wake Up Some Morning - Ethel Finney
    5. Hot Tamale Baby - Andy Razaf
    6. Hard Hearted Hannah - Marjorie Royer
    7. Tempermental Papa - Josie Miles
    8. It Makes No Difference Now - Wilbur Sweatman's Brownies
    9. Undertaker's Blues - Helen Gross/Kansas City Five
    10. Memphis Bound - Viola McCoy
    11. Don't Advertise Your Man - Rosa Henderson
    12. Broken Busted Blues - Eubie Blake/Noble Sissle
    13. Loud Speakin' Papa (You'd Better Speak Easy to Me) - Elsie Clark/Various Artists
    14. Everybody Stomp! - Bud Lincoln & His Orchestra/Various Artists
    15. I've Found a New Baby - The Georgia Melodians/Various Artists
    16. Since My Best Girl Turned Me Down - Winegar's Pennsylvania Boys/Various Artists
    17. Come on Home - Clarence Williams/Eva Taylor
    18. Wang Wang Blues - Mal Hallet & His Orchestra
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1103

  • Credits
    ProducerGary Atkinson; Larry Tedder

    Liner Note Author: Larry Tedder.
    Recording information: 09/01/1920-02/10/1929.
    Thomas Edison's pioneering Edison Company recorded seemingly everything under the sun between 1914 and 1929, including a host of vaudeville sketches, opera, and classical pieces, string bands, jazz dance bands, political speeches, and even the voice of Edison himself. The company ceased making records in 1929, and packed up its vast and varied catalog in boxes and stored them in an old warehouse until 1976, when Merritt Malvern began the process of transferring everything to archival tape. Most of this material has never been issued in any form, and Document Records has undertaken the daunting task of issuing the best of it on digital disc, including this set of jazz and blues sides, Edison Collection: Jazz and Blues on Edison, Vol. 1, Thomas Edison himself disliked jazz intensely, stating he always played jazz records backwards because "they sounded better that way," but he must have been incredibly open-minded, since his company recorded several jazz outfits. A lot of what is collected here has mostly archival value, but there are some undeniable gems, including the simultaneously joyful and mournful "St. Louis Gal" by the Original Memphis Five (who were neither the original band nor from Memphis), Wilbur Sweatman's sinewy "It Makes No Difference Now," Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's carefully written and arranged "Broken Busted Blues," and the mysterious Helen Gross' odd and willfully maudlin "Undertaker's Blues." Sounding like they have come from a world far distant and lost to us, these sides have gained a kind of freshness because of it, and there is an unhinged joy inside the old grooves. Thanks to Document for taking on the task of bringing these little lost treasures -- all digitally shined up and ready to glow -- into the public arena of the 21st century. ~ Steve Leggett

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