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 Voices of Christmas Yesteryear

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"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, 1913"
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The Voices of Christmas Yesteryear collection includes vintage recording of Christmas music many from wax cylinder recording. All of them are delightful and will make a splendid addition to your Holiday Soundtrack.

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison filed for a patent on his Phonograph on Christmas Eve of 1877. It is little wonder that Christmas Records became such an prominent and well loved part of the Holidays and the Recording Industry.

Actually, Edison seems to have quickly lost interest in the device, at least temporarily. The phonograph had been an outgrowth of his work on improving telegraphy, and he was using the profits from his telegraph patents to fund his research lab in Menlo Park and the beginnings of work on his electric light.

Edison's phonograph was a relatively straightforward device; the biggest surprise in its development was that no one had put one together sooner! Alexander Graham Bell began experimenting with sound recording and formed the Columbia Phonograph Company. Competition reignited Edison's interest, and the recording industry was born.

The growth of the phonograph industry created a need for recorded music to play on the devices, and selling Christmas Music in season was a natural. The Christmas Holiday did not always hold the significance it does today. During the Protestant Reformation of 16th and 17th centuries, much of the celebratory elements of Christmas were abandoned altogether, and the Puritans who settled in New England took a particularly dim view of the holiday. Dutch and German settlers in the New York and Pennsylvania helped to bring Christmas back, and interest in England began to grow during the first half of the 19th century. In 1843, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol, and by all indications, Christmas was back to stay.

This collection of Early Recorded Christmas Music is from between 1900 and America's entry into The Great War (WWI, 1917). There are a few newer recordings, including "The Only Thing I Want For Christmas Is Just To Keep The Things I've Got" from 1939, the beginnings of WWII.

Wax Clyinder PlayerThe sound quality of these recordings is not always the best, which reflects the state of the technology of the first two decades of the twentieth century. Most of the songs will be familiar to modern listeners, although there are some "new" tunes.

Imagine how delighted Santa will be when he comes down the chimney, and hears songs coming from your new MP3 player that had been originally recorded on wax cylinders!

For additional early recordings, see also:

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50 shows - total playtime 2 hours 37 minutes

Adeste Fideles John McCormack and William Reitz
Auld Lang Syne Frank C. Stanley 1910
Bells Of Christmas Edison Concert Band 1913
Christ Is Come Edison Concert Band 1908
Christmas Christmas! Blessed Day! Metropolitan Quartet 1908
Christmas Eve Robert Gayler 1916
Christmas Hymns Francis J. Lapitino
Christmas Morning at Clanceys Steve Porter
Christmas Time At Pumpkin Center Cal Stewart
Christmas Time In Merry England Edison Concert Band 1906
Christmas Time Seems Years & Years Away Manuel Romain 1910
Christmasin Camp
Come and Spend Christms With Me Byron G. Harlan
Edison Male Quartette Sleigh Ride Party
First Noel Carol Singers 1914
Follow Footprints In Snow Florrie Forde 1912
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Carol Singers 1913
Hail Hail Day Of Days! Edison Mixed Quartet 1913
Hallelujah Chorus From Messiah Oratorio Chorus 1916
Hark Herald Angels Sings Henry Burr
Hark! Herald Angels Sing Edison Mixed Quartet 1912
Holy Night Venetian Trio Noel
Joy To World Edison Concert Band 1906
March Of Toys Babes In Toyland American Symphony Orchestra 1917
More Candy Earl Fullers Rector Novelty Orchestra 1917
Night Before Christmas Ernest Hare
Night Before Christmas Harry E. Humphrey 1914
Nutcracker Ballet Chinese Dance Dance Of Mirilitons
Oh Come All Ye Faithful Edison Mixed Quartet 1914
Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem Trinity Choir
Oh Tannenbaum Nebe Quartett 1907
Oh You Silvery Bells Bill Murray & Ada Jones
On A Christmas Morning Princes Orchestra
On A Good Old Time Sleigh Ride Peerless Quartet
Only Thing I Want For Christmas Is Just To Keep Things That Ive Got 1939
Plays Santa Clau Uncle Josh
Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1907
Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1912
Ring Out Wild Bells Carol Singers 1916
Santa Clause Hides In Phonograph
Silent Night Edison Quartet 1910
Silent Night Elizabeth Spencer & Anthony Harrison 1912
Silent Night Hallowed Night Haydn Quartet
Silent Night Sung In English
Star Of Bethlehem Harry MacDonough
Trinity Choir Angels From Realms Of Glory
Victor Mixed Chorus Messiah And Glory Of Lord
When Christmas Chimes Are Ringing Lewis James
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks byNigh Trinity Quartet
Will You Love Me In Dec As In May Harry Macdonough 1905



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