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1913: Come and See the Big Parade
1. Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold - The Orchestra/Alan Turner
2. Row! Row! Row! - The Orchestra/Ada Jones
3. When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam' - The Orchestra/Collins & Harlan
4. There's a Girl in the Heart of Maryland - The Orchestra/Henry Burr/Edgar Stoddard
5. That Old Girl of Mine - The Orchestra/American Quartet
6. Spaniard That Blighted My Life, The - The Orchestra/Al Jolson
7. Fo' de Lawd's Sake, Play a Waltz - The Orchestra/Elsie Janis
8. Sympathy - The Orchestra/Helen Clark/Walter Van Brunt
9. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Chauncey Olcott
10. When I Lost You - The Orchestra/Henry Burr
11. Bagdad - The Orchestra/Billy Murray
12. Too Much Mustard - Prince's Band
13. Woodman, Spare That Tree - Bert Williams
14. Trail of the Lonesome Pine, The - Henry Burr/Albert Campbell/Campbell & Burr
15. Melinda's Wedding Day - The Orchestra/Collins & Harlan
16. My Little Persian Rose - Peerless Quartet
17. Pullman Porters' Parade - Al Jolson
18. Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay - The Orchestra/American Quartet
19. Last Night Was the End of the World - The Orchestra/Henry Burr
20. Peg O' My Heart - The Orchestra/Charles Harrison
21. Snookey Ookums - The Orchestra/Billy Murray
22. When It's Apple Blossom Time in Normandy - The Orchestra/Marguerite Dunlap/Harry Macdonough
23. Good-Bye, Summer, So Long, Fall, Hello, Winter-Time - Peerless Quartet
24. You Made Me Love You - Al Jolson
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9005
Compilation producers: Richard Martin, Meagan Hennessey.
Recorded in 1912-13.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Elsie Janis; Helen Clark; Henry Burr; Albert Campbell; Arthur Collins; Victor Herbert; Chauncey Olcott.
This release on Archeophone Records is part of the Phonographic Yearbook series, with each edition featuring the biggest hit records of a particular yesteryear. 1913: Come and See the Big Parade contains 24 such songs and a booklet with various pictures, graphics, and extensive liner notes, making the whole package a sort of musical encyclopedia for that year. While the sound quality is less than stellar (not surprising given that it was 1913), the music still shines through. The songs and the artists are unfamiliar for the most part, but they quickly grow on you. There are the deep vocals and somber tone of Alan Turner on "Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold" (the popularity of which had much to do with America's fascination for the Persian world at the time), the silliness of Ada Jones singing "...and he knew just how to row, he was a rowing Romeo" on "Row! Row! Row!," the happy upbeat marching melody on the instrumental "Too Much Mustard" by Prince's Band, and Al Jolson turning in an overly dramatic rendering of "You Made Me Love You." Not to be missed is the forgotten Irving Berlin song "Snookey Oookums," performed here by Billy Murray, with such classic lyrics as "For goodness sake!/Don't keep us all awake!/With your snookey, ookey, ookey, baby talk!" 1913: Come and See the Big Parade covers an array of styles from sentimental and silly to ethnic (such as the Irish songs by Chauncey Olcott and Charles Harrison) and timely. ~ Simon Cantlon
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