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 Post subject: The Worst Edison Record Ever
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:53 pm 
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I have been toying with the notion of trying to build a complete set of electrically recorded Diamond Discs, probably just a pipe dream due to space limitations. Anyhow, I just bought a group of 11 of them in excellent condition. One of them is my candidate for possibly the worst thing Edison ever recorded. It is #52115, "Momsy" & "I Told You I'd Never Forget You," Theo Alban, Tenor. What a turkey!


What are your respective candidates for the worst ever Edison recording? (And yes I know there are a lot of candidates for this ignominious honor!)

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What? A "toikey" on the Edison Label ?

Inconcievable!


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So far, from what I've heard, I'd nominate most anything "waxed" by Will Oakland... :shock:
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Pretty much all of the records, with the exception of the ones marked with a red star, fall into this category... :)
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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OK, Curt, well, I'll be glad to take any non "Red Star" discs you don't want by the Georgia Melodians, Golden Gate Orchestra, Duke Yellman, B.A. Rolfe, Tennessee Happy Boys and The New Yorkers. I'll even pay the postage! :lol:

Frank, you beat me to Will Oakland!

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Aloha Oe by Frieda Hempel. Bad enough on Diamond Disc but on Royal Purple Amberol? Yuck!!


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I have been toying with the notion of trying to build a complete set of electrically recorded Diamond Discs, probably just a pipe dream due to space limitations.


A complete collection of all of Edison's electric Diamond Discs is probably a pipe dream just due to space limitations! Wow! Do you know how rare and expensive some of these DDs are? Space limitations would be the last obstacle to getting a complete set of these unless money is no object. Many of these records can't even be found and the prices of some sought after titles can reach into the two and three hundreds in an auction setting!


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"pipe dream, noun: a hope, wish, or dream that is impossible to achieve or not practical."

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Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume's Laws of Collecting
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2. Shortage of finance, however dire, will never prevent the acquisition of a desired object, however improbable its cost.


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Anything with "Ireland/Erin", "Mother" or "Heaven" in the title.

BA3013 therefore wins the top prize with "Ireland Must be Heaven Becauses Mother's There" - ugh!

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 Post subject: Re: The Worst Edison Record Ever
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Anything with "Ireland/Erin", "Mother" or "Heaven" in the title.

BA3013 therefore wins the top prize with "Ireland Must be Heaven Because Mother's There" - ugh!

Tim W-W


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Yes, bless his soul, Edison did not pass by much that was Victorian maudlin.

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