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The 1890s, Volume 2: Wear Yer Bran' New Gown [Explicit Lyrics]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: May 17, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Archeophone Records
  • ASIN: B000068RN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Semper Fidelis (Band)
2. A Hot Time in the Old Town (Len Spencer and Vess Ossman)
3. Tenting on the Old Camp Ground (Greater New York Quartette)
4. Silver Threads Among the Gold (J. W. Myers)
5. Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms (Chas. P. Lowe)
6. On the Banks of the Wabash (George J. Gaskin)
7. She Was Happy Till She Met You (S. H. Dudley)
8. Then You'll Remember Me (U.S. Marine Band)
9. Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow (Silas Leachman)
10. Zizzy Ze Zum Zum (Arthur Collins)
11. Casey at the Telephone (Russell Hunting)
12. Dancing in the Dark (Sousa's Band)
13. Just Tell Them that You Saw Me (Dan W. Quinn)
14. The Heart Bowed Down (J. W. Myers)
15. The Jolly Coppersmith (Columbia Orchestra)
16. Kiss Me, Honey, Do (S. H. Dudley)
17. Hello, Ma Baby (Arthur Collins)
18. I'se Gwine Back to Dixie (Edison Quartet)
19. A Picture No Artist Can Paint (Albert Campbell)
20. Whistling Rufus (Vess Ossman)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living musical and sociological history November 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I wonder what the commentator who objected to the sound expected from recordings of this vintage. Of COURSE they sound as they do. But I think I had best simply repeat my comments about Vol. 1 on this site.

Have you ever seen a science-fiction film in which the good guys are tapping into scenes from the past, catching only fleeting, scratchy, and nearly unintelligible moments? Or have you ever read that the past still exists somewhere in the 4th dimension just as solidly as the present exists right now? Well, when we see old photographs, we do have frozen moments from the times gone by. And when we hear really old recordings, we have aural moments, not frozen but flowing out of the speakers, from the times gone by.

All of which leads me to introducing you to two fascinating CDs from Archeophone's series The Photographic Yearbook, "The 1890s, Vol. 1" (ARCH 9004) and Vol. 2 (ARCH 9006).

Holding 30 selections each-some from cylinders, other from early discs-- these CDs give a portal to the past with such vocal gems as "A Hot Time in the Old Town," "Kiss Me Honey, Do," "She May Have Seen Better Days," "Oh Promise Me," and "The Band Played On," along with band renditions of pieces such as "El Capitan," "Anvil Chorus," and the March from "Tannhauser." Among the vocalists are Dan W. Quinn, Billy Golden, George W. Johnson, S.H. Dudley, and Marguerite Newton, one or two of which names might ring a bell with childhood memories of listening to these singers.

Some of these tracks are quite difficult to understand, given the age and condition of the cylinders used.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! December 6, 2005
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Fantastic! Voices from over a hundred years in the past, much clearer and much crisper than I ever imagined I'd hear them. I absolutely love "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," not just for the tune but for the fact that, when listening to it, you're listening to history - this isn't some re-make or twenties-style jazz recording, this is the real thing, the actual sounds they heard way back before my grandparents were even born. Unbelievable and very enjoyable. This whole series of CD's has enriched my life and my appreciation for the music "way back when."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well selected musical time-capsule June 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I found this Archaeophone relase to be up to their usual high standard. The material of the Nineties is particularly difficult to re-master for modern ears because of the wildly variable quality of the original (practically experimental) recordings, and the state of wear in which they are often found (the various talking machines of the era are notorious for the heavy wear that they impose on recordings).

The material on this compact disc is well selected, both as to musical value and as to recording quality. That said, one must realize that the ear must to some extent be trained to listen THROUGH the defects of these earliest recordings. To my ear, the recordings were without exception easily intelligible. but then I have been listining to this type of music sincce my youth. Another reviewer found this disc to be unsuitable for his purposes (use in the classroom). He is, unfortunately, probably correct. It would probably take ten to twenty hours of sustained listing to train the ears of modern High School students (who are used to listing to music featuring a very different type of distortion) to ignore the distortion in these recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great! November 29, 2006
By Fred
Format:Audio CD
If this music is your type of thing (and of course, it isn't EVERYONE'S type of thing anymore), this disc is for you. Actually, ALL of the discs put out by Archeophone are fantastic. They manage to find very good-sounding discs and clean them up just enough to sound good but not ruin the music. (In other words, yes, there's crackle here and there, but at least the music sounds clean and crisp instead of muffled, as can often happen with noise reduction.) Naturally the older the discs, the less clean they'll sound, but they're all quite listenable. If you're interested in more of their CD's, look them up on Amazon or go to their web site. They've got samples of every track on every one of their discs.

I have almost all of their discs, so I have this review up on all of them.
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1 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, atrocious quality November 23, 2004
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This was a terrible disappointment. DO NOT BUY IT. The tracks are clearly copied from original recordings, but a result of this is that they are almost impossible to understand. Lyrics are inaudible in places. I bought this to play for the history classes I teach but I think that this will be a bad idea.

I would rather have modern performers recording the songs, as is done with music from before the phonograph. I want to hear this music, not scratchy noises.
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