A Midsummer Night’s Playlist • Some New Additions to the Collection (Free MP3 Downloads)

A Midsummer Night’s Playlist • Some June–August Additions to the Collection (Free MP3 Downloads)

 

New MP3 transfers from some recent additions to the 78 collection, for your enjoyment. We’re always looking to purchase similar material (strong E– minimum, except in the case of true rarities). Let us know what you have in the way of disposables.

Reposting or commercial use of these sound files is prohibited.
Please report violations to: publisher@mainspringpress.com.

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LUCILLE HEGAMIN & HER BLUE FLAME SYNCOPATORS: Lonesome Monday Morning Blues  (E–)

New York: c. June 1921 (released August 1921)
Arto 9074  (mx: 18086 – )
No master or take number appears on this pressing, but mx. 18086 is confirmed on some client-label pressings.

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DOUGLAS WILLIAMS FOUR: Kind Daddy  (E)

Memphis (Auditorium): September 4, 1928
Victor 21695  (mx. BVE 45476 – 1)
Personnel per Victor recording ledger: Nathaniel Williams (cornet), Douglas Williams (clarinet), Elaine Elliott (piano), Sam Sims (percussion).

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DOC COOK & HIS FOURTEEN DOCTORS OF SYNCOPATION: Brainstorm  (E)

Chicago: June 15, 1927  (John Gloetzner, recording engineer)
Columbia 1298-D  (mx. W 144334 – 3)
Session logged as Dock Cook & his Dance Orchestra, but changed to Doc Cook & his Fourteen Doctors of Syncopation prior to release. No personnel are listed in the Columbia files.

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS: Slow and Steady  (E+)

New York: November 14, 1928
Brunswick 4469  (mx. E 28757 – )
“Joseph Oliver,” arranger, per the Brunswick ledger; no other personnel are listed in the Brunswick files.

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS: I’m Watching the Clock  (E+)

New York: September 12, 1928
Brunswick 4469  (mx. E – 28203 – )
Brunswick ledger states only “8 men” (unnamed), plus Oliver as an “extra.” 

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CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ ORCHESTRA: Watchin’ the Clock  (EE+)

New York: December 19, 1928
Okeh 8663  (mx. W 401466 – C)
No personnel listed in the Okeh files.

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HENRY (RED) ALLEN & HIS ORCHESTRA (vocal by Victoria Spivey): Funny Feathers Blues  (E+)

New York: September 24, 1929
Victor V-38088  (mx. BVE 55853 – 2)
No personnel other than Spivey listed in the Victor files.

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CLARENCE WILLIAMS & HIS ORCHESTRA (vocal by Ed Allen and Floyd Casey): Mama Stayed Out  (EE-)

New York: July 14, 1933
Brunswick X-25009  (mx. 13545 – 1)
Brunswick issue is unlisted in Jazz Records and derivative works. The catalog number is that of the corresponding Vocalion release, with the addition of an X- prefix. No personnel are listed in the American Record Corporation files.

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ALLEN BROTHERS: New Deal Blues  (EE+)

New York: October 3, 1934
Vocalion 02890  (mx. 16098 – 2)
Austin Allen (vocal, banjo); Lee Allen (guitar)

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W. K. (OLD MAN) HENDERSON: Hello World  (E+)

Shreveport, LA: February 18, 1930
Hello World 001  (Okeh mx. W  403810 – A)
The lengthy, very faintly recorded chime introduction has been deleted in this transfer.

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BLIND ANDY JENKINS: Hello World Song (Don’t You Go ’Way)  (E+)

Shreveport, LA: February 18, 1930
Hello World  001  (Okeh mx. W  403814 – B)

Special issue for independent radio station KWKH (Shreveport), on which “Old Man” Henderson rails against the new radio networks, the federal government, and — a little too late — Wall Street. On the reverse side, Blind Andy Jenkins (one of the most prolific writers of “death-and-disaster” ballads for the country market) goes after the same targets, tossing in chain stores for good measure, all set to the tune of his “Death of Floyd Collins.” From the Okeh matrix cards, it’s clear that talent scout / furniture dealer Polk Brockman had a hand in this venture, taking the publisher credits and collecting royalties on sales of the record. It retailed for 75¢, “postpaid anywhere.”

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i78s.org Is Now Hosting American Record Companies and Producers (1888 – 1950)

i78s.org Is Now Hosting American Record Companies and Producers (1888 – 1950)

 

We’re pleased to announce that entries from American Record Companies and Producers, 1888 – 1950 (Allan Sutton, Mainspring Press) are now available for free onscreen viewing on the i78s website. If you’re not familiar with the site, click here for a quick overview.

You will need a password with i78s.org to access this material (see below). Registration is free and easy, with no personal data  required, and no nasty spyware. Once you’re logged-in, simply click the “factory” icon at the upper-right of the screen to open the list of individual entries:

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Entries can also be accessed from the search window, by clicking the “Company Information” tag (in this example, it will open the entry for the American Record Company, the selected record’s producer):

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The selected entry will open as a PDF (Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader) file.

Out of consideration for those who purchased the book, the files are configured for onscreen viewing only, and cannot be downloaded or printed-out. Only individual entries can be viewed here — in other words, you cannot access the entire work as a single file.

(For those of you still wanting a copy of the book — and we’ve had a surprising number of requests lately — Mainspring Press has a few choice copies on hand that it’s currently offering on eBay. These were unsealed for random quality-control inspections, but otherwise are like-new. Once those are gone, we have no others, nor do any of our former distributors).

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This is the first phase of an ongoing project (Phase 2 will involve the addition of label-specific files for labels that drew on multiple suppliers). Additions and correction are always welcome, provided that they are properly documented, and should be e-mailed to:

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Enjoy More than 45,000 Vintage Recordings and 8,000 Early Sheet Music Covers for Free, at i78s.org

 

Vintage-record enthusiasts have cause to celebrate with the recent launch of i78s.org, created and hosted by David Giovannoni. Many of you know David for his role in recovering the Scott Phonoautograms (which pre-date Edison’s first recording by nearly two decades) and other important work in the field of early recorded sound.

At the moment there are more than 45,000 digitized discs and cylinders on the site, from David’s own eclectic collection and those of other advanced collectors, and that number will no doubt increase as others come onboard. You’ll find some exceedingly rare, unusual, and even one-of-a-kind recordings here. Offerings run the gamut from popular mainstream hits to the virtually unknown and just-plain-weird.

Recent upgrades include the addition of more than 8,000 high-quality scans from sheet music covers of the late 1890s through late 1920s, and all of the entries from the award-winning American Record Companies and Producers, 1888–1950 in PDF format.

Registration is simple, requiring only a valid e-mail address and a password. No personal information is required, and there are no third-party cookies, trackers, spyware, ads, or other such nastiness. Plus, it’s free.

If you’re not already registered, by all means visit i78s ASAP, and start enjoying all the features this remarkable resource has to offer.