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Holiday Greetings From The Bunch At Orange! - Vintage Christmas Rec...
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Publish-date-icon November 19, 2013
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With the release of Document Records’ CD “Mr Edison’s Christmas” (Document DOCD-1112) Larry Tedder of The American Sound Archives, in conjunction with Document Records, presents “Holiday Greetings from the Bunch at Orange!” In this captivating documentary Larry discusses the varied and fascinating recordings made by the Edison record company during the early years of what has since become the lucrative, seasonal, Christmas record market.

Of all things Christmas, nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs. Songs that capture in lyrics and in music the many traditions that we have at this joyous Season: the birth of the Christ child, the Christmas tree, the opening of gifts, sleigh rides, and holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

On October 30, 1889 banjoist Will Lyle made history by recording "Jingle Bells" – the very first Christmas record. Although no known copies of this recording survive, one of the earliest vocal examples of "Jingle Bells" does survive on an Edison brown wax cylinder entitled, "The Sleigh Ride Party". It was made a decade after Lyle’s recording, and remained in the Edison Catalog for a number of years. The songs and monologues featured in Document’s “Mr. Edison’s Christmas” are taken from the original Edison test pressings, and capture the essence of the Christmas spirit as it was in the opening two decades of the 20th Century.

This Podcast’s playlist:

Edison Male Quartet The Sleighride Party Edison Gold Moulded 2218 December 1900
The Carol Singers Joy to the World Diamond Disc 50380-R October 3, 1916
The Carol Singers The First Noel Diamond Disc 50380-L August 22, 1916
Harry E. Humphrey Santa Claus Hides in
Your Phonograph Diamond Disc 50999-R October 4, 1921
The Yuletide Ensemble Mr. Edison’s Christmas
Selections NR (6905-A) & (6906-A) August 7, 1919
Murray Kellner’s Dinner
Ensemble March of the Toys Diamond Disc 52092-L August 1, 1927
Edison Male Quartet Silent Night Edison Gold Moulded 9168 December 1905
Bransby Williams The Awakening of
Scrooge Edison Blue Amberol 23139 August 9, 1913
Oratorio Chorus Hallelujah Chorus from
“Messiah” Diamond Disc 80292-R February 3, 1916
The Carol Singers It Came Upon a
Midnight Clear Diamond Disc 50303-R October 16, 1915
Edison Mixed Chorus Hark The Herald
Angels Sing Edison Blue Amberol 2482 September 26, 1914
London Regimental
Band Selections from
“The Nutcracker” Unknown Brown Wax Cylinder Circa 1892
Harry E. Humphrey The Night Before
Christmas Edison Blue Amberol 2464 July 12, 1914

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