Legendary Voices of Vaudeville

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The height of vaudeville in the first quarter of the 20th century coincided with the rise of the recording industry, but that doesn't mean the eclectic entertainment form is well documented on record. Theater owners actively discouraged performers from making records, and many entertainers felt that recording material they performed would limit their stage success. Nevertheless, as time went on, more and more vaudeville stars began entering studios. History has not been kind to most of them, however: when vaudeville died, it took the careers of many of its entertainers with it, and record labels such as Victor and Columbia have rarely reissued their performances. All ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The height of vaudeville in the first quarter of the 20th century coincided with the rise of the recording industry, but that doesn't mean the eclectic entertainment form is well documented on record. Theater owners actively discouraged performers from making records, and many entertainers felt that recording material they performed would limit their stage success. Nevertheless, as time went on, more and more vaudeville stars began entering studios. History has not been kind to most of them, however: when vaudeville died, it took the careers of many of its entertainers with it, and record labels such as Victor and Columbia have rarely reissued their performances. All of this makes Legendary Voices of Vaudeville all the more valuable. A compilation of 40 tracks by 40 vaudeville singing and comedy acts, it is drawn largely, if without credit, from those labels, with the records having been mastered and then sonically restored. It's unclear what the legal niceties may be, but it's notable that such major vaudevillians as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, and Fanny Brice are missing. That's not to say there aren't some big-time names here like George M. Cohan, Sophie Tucker, Jimmy Durante; plus, many of these songs rate as standards. But the album does not pretend to be a collection of the best or best-known vaudeville music. Rather, it is a representative sampling, much of it obscure songs by forgotten performers. It's not stars or hits that make the set work; it's the album's sheer entertainment value. These were people accustomed to warming up cold audiences with their voices and personalities, and that's exactly what they do here, stopping songs to break into jokes, addressing the listeners, and generally putting the material over winningly. But beyond the obvious enjoyment factor, the album also has historical value: many of these recordings are absurdly rare. Jim Stettler's liner notes point out a few facts about even the most obscure artists included, and the sound processing makes even the earliest tracks listenable. The result is an excellent compilation of material that has rarely been available since it was originally recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2008
  • Label: Take Two Records
  • UPC: 734021050422
  • Catalog Number: 504
  • Sales rank: 148,143

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Won't Do Any Business If You Haven't Got a Band (2:26)
  2. 2 Turn off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man (3:39)
  3. 3 Saving up Coupons for Mother (3:04)
  4. 4 Darktown Strutters' Ball (2:47)
  5. 5 You Can't Get Away from It - Bert Williams (2:47)
  6. 6 All by Myself - Flo Bert (3:06)
  7. 7 I'm Going Way Back Home and Have a Wonderful Time (2:46)
  8. 8 Vampin' Sal (The Sheba of Georgia) (2:50)
  9. 9 Positively Mr. Gallagher - Absolutely Mr. Shean (3:15)
  10. 10 Sweet Indiana Home (2:59)
  11. 11 Tomorrow (3:07)
  12. 12 Lovey Come Back (2:51)
  13. 13 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (2:34)
  14. 14 After the Opera (3:07)
  15. 15 If I Can't Get the Sweetie I Want (2:52)
  16. 16 Nobody's Child (2:38)
  17. 17 Hotsy Totsy Town (2:51)
  18. 18 Roamin' in the Gloamin' - Harry Lauder (4:02)
  19. 19 Red Head! (3:49)
  20. 20 Goodbye, My Lady Love/I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (4:27)
  21. 21 Let's Talk About My Sweetie (2:53)
  22. 22 Headin' Home (Bound for Birmingham) - Wendell Hall (2:33)
  23. 23 Love Baby (1:59)
  24. 24 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Ted Lewis (3:04)
  25. 25 Looking at the World Thru Rose Colored Glasses (2:47)
  26. 26 If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain) (2:27)
  27. 27 Baby Your Mother (Like She Babied You) (3:11)
  28. 28 Day I Marry You (2:04)
  29. 29 I Ain't That Kind of a Baby (2:52)
  30. 30 That's What Puts the "Sweet" in Home Sweet Home (3:03)
  31. 31 I'll Tell the World (You're All the World to Me) (1:39)
  32. 32 It Must Be an Old Spanish Custom - The Duncan Sisters (3:22)
  33. 33 I Just Roll Along (Havin' My Ups and Downs) (2:40)
  34. 34 Blues Singer from Alabam - Bessie Brown (3:00)
  35. 35 Strum My Blues Away (4:24)
  36. 36 Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sophie Tucker Track Performer
Harry Lauder Track Performer
The Duncan Sisters Track Performer
Bert Williams Track Performer
Nora Bayes Track Performer
Bessie Brown Track Performer
Harry Fox Track Performer
Wendell Hall Track Performer
Marion Harris Track Performer
Elsie Janis Track Performer
Johnny Marvin Track Performer
Harry Richman Track Performer
Blossom Seeley Track Performer
Aileen Stanley Track Performer
Irene Franklin Track Performer
Baby Rose Marie Track Performer
Avon Comedy Four Track Performer
Esther Walker Track Performer
Margaret Young Track Performer
Peggy English Track Performer
Technical Credits
Henry Creamer Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Dolly Morse Composer
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