1890's, Vol. 1: Wipe Him Off the Land

The 1890's, Vol. 1: Wipe Him Off the Land

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Sound recordings didn't start in the 1890s -- Frank Lambert recorded his "talking clock" in 1878 -- but it was during the "Gay Nineties" (as opposed to the "Go-Go '90s" 100 years later) that the recording industry really took off. A wide variety of music was recorded during the 1890s, and that diversity is illustrated by The 1890s,

Overview

Sound recordings didn't start in the 1890s -- Frank Lambert recorded his "talking clock" in 1878 -- but it was during the "Gay Nineties" (as opposed to the "Go-Go '90s" 100 years later) that the recording industry really took off. A wide variety of music was recorded during the 1890s, and that diversity is illustrated by The 1890s, Vol. 1: Wipe Him Off the Land. Not everything on this 30-track, 67-minute compilation (which spans 1893-1902) was recorded during the final decade of the 19th century; a handful of tracks are from the early years between 1900 and 1910. But the 1890s dominate the disc, which ranges from marching bands (the U.S. Marine Band, the Edison Grand Concert Band) to American folk (Vess Ossman) to early examples of what we now call traditional pop (Ada Jones). Wipe Him Off the Land also contains a few examples of the infamously racist "coon song" genre; J.W. Myers' "The New Bully" from 1896 is especially offensive. So why even include such material? Archeophone's disclaimer says it best: "Some selections on this CD contain racially derogatory material. These tracks are included here for their historical significance, and their content does not reflect the views held by Archeophone Records." Also, part of advancement and progress is learning from mistakes of the past; better to study, analyze, and learn from the ugly parts of history than to repeat them. But actually, racist material accounts for only a small fraction of this release; most of these tunes are not racist, and many of them are downright quaint by modern standards. Of course, a collection of recordings from the 1890s is not going to have 21st century audiophile sound, and the amount of scratchiness varies from track to track. But Archeophone, through digital remastering, has obviously done a good job cleaning the recordings up as much as possible. Bottom line: serious music historians will find Wipe Him Off the Land to be an intriguing, if uneven, look at a time when the recording industry was in its infancy.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Archeophone Records
UPC:
0656605928029
catalogNumber:
9004
Rank:
262969

Tracks

  1. El Capitan
  2. The New Bully
  3. She Was Bred in Old Kentucky
  4. Sally in Our Alley
  5. The Thunderer March
  6. At a Georgia Camp Meeting
  7. The Mocking Bird
  8. Casey as Doctor
  9. My Old Kentucky Home
  10. In the Gloaming
  11. The Night Alarm
  12. The Whistling Coon
  13. Sweet Marie
  14. The Band Played On
  15. I Guess I'll Have to Telegraph My Baby
  16. The Directorate March
  17. My Old New Hampshire Home
  18. Just Break the News to Mother
  19. Uncle Josh in a Chinese Laundry
  20. Turkey in the Straw
  21. I'd Leave My Happy Home for You
  22. The Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee
  23. Washington Post March
  24. In the Baggage Coach Ahead
  25. O Promise Me
  26. I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough
  27. Yankee Doodle
  28. Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill
  29. Crappy Dan
  30. The Laughing Song

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
John Philip Sousa   Composer
George M. Cohan   Composer
Charles K. Harris   Composer
Richard Martin   Producer
Andrew B. Sterling   Composer
Stanley Carter   Composer
Charles Ward   Composer
John Palmer   Composer
Frank Banta   Arranger
S.H. Dudley   Management
J.W. Myers   Contributor
Vess L. Ossman   Arranger
Cal Stewart   Composer
Jerry Mahoney   Contributor
Clement Scott   Composer
Septimus Winner   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Anonymous Composer   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Meagan Hennessey   Producer
Sousa's Band   Contributor
Fred Gaisberg   Piano Accompanist
Annie Fortescue Harrison   Composer
Kerry Mills   Composer
Henry Carey   Composer
Russell Hunting   Composer
Meta Orred   Composer
Reginald de Koven   Composer

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