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Music from the New York Stage 1890-1920, Vol. 4: 1917-1920

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The first three volumes of British archive label Pearl Records' four-volume history of Broadway show music from 1890-1920, while thorough, were marred by the curious lack of original cast recordings of major hits introduced in stage musicals. But by 1917, the major Broadway stars -- typified by the biggest of them, Al Jolson -- were also recording artists, so this problem is largely alleviated in the fourth volume, which spans the February 1917 opening of Jerome Kern's Oh, Boy! to the December 1919 opening of My Lady Friends. Of the songs that emerged from Broadway during that period to become #1 hits, the only one not heard on this triple-disc set is Irving Berlin's ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The first three volumes of British archive label Pearl Records' four-volume history of Broadway show music from 1890-1920, while thorough, were marred by the curious lack of original cast recordings of major hits introduced in stage musicals. But by 1917, the major Broadway stars -- typified by the biggest of them, Al Jolson -- were also recording artists, so this problem is largely alleviated in the fourth volume, which spans the February 1917 opening of Jerome Kern's Oh, Boy! to the December 1919 opening of My Lady Friends. Of the songs that emerged from Broadway during that period to become #1 hits, the only one not heard on this triple-disc set is Irving Berlin's "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," and that's only because Berlin did not record it at that time. Not only are the rest of the era's chart-toppers included, but in many cases these are the hit recordings. Disc Two begins with 15 Jolson recordings, all credited to the show Sinbad -- none of which were in the official score, since Jolson simply interpolated songs into whatever stage vehicle he was in. The period spanning from the months just before the U.S. entry into World War I to the end of the 1910s combined operetta with musical revues and the intimate Princess Theatre musicals of Kern. After America got into the war, topical songs became common, but the most popular material was still humorous, and the most popular performers -- Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, and others -- were comedians. So, the overall mood of these recordings is buoyant, even as the times were dramatic. This mood is well reflected in a 74-song set that, like each of the first four volumes, runs close to four hours. Note that the sound quality, while good for unimproved tracks mastered from records from the era, does not remotely compare to 1990s standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1993
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031906124
  • Catalog Number: 9059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Till the Clouds Roll By - Tom Powers (3:36)
  2. 2 You Never Knew About Me - Tom Powers (3:50)
  3. 3 Rolled into One - Anna Wheaton (3:03)
  4. 4 Till the Clouds Roll By - Anna Wheaton (2:47)
  5. 5 The Irish Have a Great Day to-Night @@Stiles, Vernon Quartet (3:08)
  6. 6 Ireland, My Sireland @@Stiles, Vernon Quartet (3:03)
  7. 7 Free Trade and a Misty Moon @@Greek Evans Ensemble (2:17)
  8. 8 The Irish Have a Great Day to-Night @@Scott Welsh Ensemble (2:41)
  9. 9 Awkward Age - Irene Franklin (2:14)
  10. 10 Six Times Six Is Thirty-Six - Frances White (2:40)
  11. 11 I'd Like to Be a Monkey in the Zoo - Frances White (3:21)
  12. 12 That's the Kind of Baby for Me - Eddie Cantor (3:15)
  13. 13 Becky Is Back in the Ballet - Fanny Brice (3:30)
  14. 14 The Modern Maiden's Prayer - Eddie Cantor (2:50)
  15. 15 No Place Like Home - Bert Williams (3:10)
  16. 16 Maytime/Will You Remember - John Charles Thomas (2:16)
  17. 17 The Wild Wild Women - Henry Lewis (2:39)
  18. 18 I'm the Brother of Lily of the Valley - Henry Lewis (1:58)
  19. 19 The Alegrias @@LaCalle's Spanish Orchestra (3:21)
  20. 20 Fancy You Fancying Me - Jack Norworth (3:04)
  21. 21 The Further It Is from Tipperary - Jack Norworth (3:01)
  22. 22 The If Only You Knew - John Charles Thomas (3:10)
  23. 23 M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I - Frances White (2:59)
  24. 24 Go-Zin-Go - Frances White (2:18)
  25. 25 The Man Who Put the Germ in Germany - Nora Bayes (4:05)
  26. 26 Regretful Blues - Nora Bayes (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody - Al Jolson (3:29)
  2. 2 Some Beautiful Morning - Al Jolson (3:09)
  3. 3 inbad: On the Road to Calais - Al Jolson (3:18)
  4. 4 Swanee - Al Jolson (2:38)
  5. 5 Chloe - Al Jolson (3:00)
  6. 6 There's a Lump of Sugar Down in Dixie - Al Jolson (2:56)
  7. 7 Tell That to the Marines - Al Jolson (2:50)
  8. 8 I'll Say She Does - Al Jolson (2:46)
  9. 9 Hello Central, Give Me No Man's Land - Al Jolson (3:24)
  10. 10 I Gave Her That - Al Jolson (2:52)
  11. 11 I Wonder Why She Kept on Saying "Si-Si-Si-Si-Senor" - Al Jolson (2:50)
  12. 12 Avalon - Al Jolson (3:02)
  13. 13 'N Everything - Al Jolson (2:57)
  14. 14 You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet - Al Jolson (2:55)
  15. 15 How'd You Like to Be My Daddy @@Farber Sisters (3:00)
  16. 16 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Harry Fox (3:36)
  17. 17 I'm an Indian - Fanny Brice (3:10)
  18. 18 Hungarian Restaurant Scene - Avon Comedy Four (3:57)
  19. 19 Without You - Nora Bayes (3:19)
  20. 20 Prohibition Blues - Nora Bayes (3:17)
  21. 21 Just Like a Gypsy - Nora Bayes (4:03)
  22. 22 The Heart Bowed Down @@Henri Scott (4:04)
  23. 23 The Bull Frog Patrol - The Duncan Sisters (3:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Always Think I'm up in Heaven - Watson Sisters (3:20)
  2. 2 Sahara - Esther Walker (3:31)
  3. 3 Who Played Poker With Pocahontas? - Fanny Watson (3:15)
  4. 4 When They're Old Enough to Know Better - Eddie Cantor (3:25)
  5. 5 My Baby's Arms - John Steel (2:41)
  6. 6 When the Moon Shines on the Moonshine - Bert Williams (3:01)
  7. 7 You Don't Need the Wine to Have a Wonderful Time - Eddie Cantor (3:02)
  8. 8 Mandy - Van & Schenck (2:55)
  9. 9 You'd Be Surprised - Eddie Cantor (3:11)
  10. 10 Tulip Time - John Steel (2:59)
  11. 11 Sweet Kisses - Van & Schenck (3:07)
  12. 12 Oh, the Last Rose of Summer - Eddie Cantor (2:56)
  13. 13 It's Nobody's Business But My Own - Bert Williams (2:58)
  14. 14 I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now - Eddie Cantor (2:50)
  15. 15 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - John Steel (2:39)
  16. 16 When My Baby Smiles at Me - Ted Lewis (2:48)
  17. 17 Oh, What a Girl! - Sam Ash (3:01)
  18. 18 You Are Free - John Charles Thomas (3:12)
  19. 19 Little Girls, Goodbye - John Charles Thomas (2:43)
  20. 20 Alice Blue Gown - Edith Day (3:03)
  21. 21 Irene - Edith Day (3:01)
  22. 22 Castle of Dreams - Edith Day (3:32)
  23. 23 To Be Worthy of You - Edith Day (2:44)
  24. 24 Sky Rocket - Edith Day (2:54)
  25. 25 I Want to Spread a Little Sunshine - Jack Norworth (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Victor Herbert Conductor
Al Jolson Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Cantor Vocals, Track Performer
Fanny Brice Vocals, Track Performer
The Duncan Sisters Vocals, Track Performer
John Steel Vocals, Track Performer
Scott Welch Vocals
Bert Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Powers Vocals, Track Performer
Watson Sisters Vocals, Track Performer
Sam Ash Vocals, Track Performer
Nora Bayes Vocals, Track Performer
Edith Day Vocals, Track Performer
Harry Fox Vocals, Track Performer
Jack Norworth Vocals, Track Performer
Van & Schenck Vocals, Track Performer
Anna Wheaton Vocals, Track Performer
John Charles Thomas Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Lewis Vocals, Track Performer
Irene Franklin Vocals, Track Performer
Avon Comedy Four Vocals, Track Performer
Esther Walker Vocals, Track Performer
Fanny Watson Vocals, Track Performer
Frances White Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Al Jolson Composer
Dwight Blocker Bowers Liner Notes
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jack Raymond Producer
Joe Young Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
John Egan Composer
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