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

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Archeophone Records
  • UPC: 656605928029
  • Catalog Number: 9004
  • Sales rank: 165,153

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Capitan - Sousa's Band (2:12)
  2. 2 The New Bully (1:53)
  3. 3 She Was Bred in Old Kentucky (2:47)
  4. 4 Sally in Our Alley - Haydn Quartet (1:55)
  5. 5 The Thunderer March - Sousa's Band (2:16)
  6. 6 At a Georgia Camp Meeting - Dan W. Quinn (2:36)
  7. 7 The Mocking Bird (2:10)
  8. 8 Casey as Doctor - Russell Hunting (1:53)
  9. 9 My Old Kentucky Home (2:12)
  10. 10 In the Gloaming - Roger Harding (2:01)
  11. 11 The Night Alarm - Edison Grand Concert Band (2:19)
  12. 12 The Whistling Coon - George Washington Johnson (1:59)
  13. 13 Sweet Marie (1:31)
  14. 14 The Band Played On - Dan W. Quinn (1:50)
  15. 15 I Guess I'll Have to Telegraph My Baby (1:46)
  16. 16 The Directorate March - United States Marine Band (2:30)
  17. 17 My Old New Hampshire Home - Jere Mahoney (2:48)
  18. 18 Just Break the News to Mother (1:55)
  19. 19 Uncle Josh in a Chinese Laundry (2:02)
  20. 20 Turkey in the Straw - Billy Golden (1:43)
  21. 21 I'd Leave My Happy Home for You (1:48)
  22. 22 The Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee - J.J. Fisher (2:35)
  23. 23 Washington Post March - Sousa's Band (2:04)
  24. 24 In the Baggage Coach Ahead - Steve Porter (2:39)
  25. 25 O Promise Me - Edward Franklin (2:20)
  26. 26 I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough (2:38)
  27. 27 Yankee Doodle (1:54)
  28. 28 Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill (2:06)
  29. 29 Crappy Dan (2:30)
  30. 30 The Laughing Song - George Washington Johnson (2:16)
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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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