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Voices of Christmas Yesteryear: Turn of the Century Wax Cylinder Recordings

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.

50 old time radio show recordings
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"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, 1913"



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Christmas

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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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 37 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 2 hours 37 minutes
      1. Adeste Fideles John McCormack and William Reitz.mp3
      2. Auld Lang Syne Frank C. Stanley 1910.mp3
      3. Bells Of Christmas Edison Concert Band 1913.mp3
      4. Christ Is Come Edison Concert Band 1908.mp3
      5. Christmas Christmas! Blessed Day! Metropolitan Quartet 1908.mp3
      6. Christmas Eve Robert Gayler 1916.mp3
      7. Christmas Hymns Francis J. Lapitino.mp3
      8. Christmas Morning at Clanceys Steve Porter.mp3
      9. Christmas Time At Pumpkin Center Cal Stewart.mp3
      10. Christmas Time In Merry England Edison Concert Band 1906.mp3
      11. Christmas Time Seems Years Years Away Manuel Romain 1910.mp3
      12. Christmasin Camp.mp3
      13. Come and Spend Christms With Me Byron G. Harlan.mp3
      14. Edison Male Quartette Sleigh Ride Party.mp3
      15. First Noel Carol Singers 1914.mp3
      16. Follow Footprints In Snow Florrie Forde 1912.mp3
      17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Carol Singers 1913.mp3
      18. Hail Hail Day Of Days! Edison Mixed Quartet 1913.mp3
      19. Hallelujah Chorus From Messiah Oratorio Chorus 1916.mp3
      20. Hark Herald Angels Sings Henry Burr.mp3
      21. Hark! Herald Angels Sing Edison Mixed Quartet 1912.mp3
      22. Holy Night Venetian Trio Noel.mp3
      23. Joy To World Edison Concert Band 1906.mp3
      24. March Of Toys Babes In Toyland American Symph Orch 1917.mp3
      25. More Candy Earl Fullers Rector Novelty Orchestra 1917.mp3
      26. Night Before Christmas Ernest Hare.mp3
      27. Night Before Christmas Harry E. Humphrey 1914.mp3
      28. Nutcracker Ballet Chinese Dance Dance Of Mirilitons.mp3
      29. Oh Come All Ye Faithful Edison Mixed Quartet 1914.mp3
      30. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem Trinity Choir.mp3
      31. Oh Tannenbaum Nebe Quartett 1907.mp3
      32. Oh You Silvery Bells Bill Murray Ada Jones.mp3
      33. On A Christmas Morning Princes Orchestra.mp3
      34. On A Good Old Time Sleigh Ride Peerless Quartet.mp3
      35. Only Thing I Want Christmas Just To Keep Things Ive Got 1939.mp3
      36. Plays Santa Clau Uncle Josh.mp3
      37. Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1907.mp3
      38. Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1912.mp3
      39. Ring Out Wild Bells Carol Singers 1916.mp3
      40. Santa Clause Hides In Phonograph.mp3
      41. Silent Night Edison Quartet 1910.mp3
      42. Silent Night Elizabeth Spencer Anthony Harrison 1912.mp3
      43. Silent Night Hallowed Night Haydn Quartet.mp3
      44. Silent Night Sung In English.mp3
      45. Star Of Bethlehem Harry MacDonough.mp3
      46. Trinity Choir Angels From Realms Of Glory.mp3
      47. Victor Mixed Chorus Messiah And Glory Of Lord.mp3
      48. When Christmas Chimes Are Ringing Lewis James.mp3
      49. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks byNigh Trinity Quartet.mp3
      50. Will You Love Me In Dec As In May Harry Macdonough 1905.mp3
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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 37 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 2 hours 37 minutes
      1. Adeste Fideles John McCormack and William Reitz.mp3
      2. Auld Lang Syne Frank C. Stanley 1910.mp3
      3. Bells Of Christmas Edison Concert Band 1913.mp3
      4. Christ Is Come Edison Concert Band 1908.mp3
      5. Christmas Christmas! Blessed Day! Metropolitan Quartet 1908.mp3
      6. Christmas Eve Robert Gayler 1916.mp3
      7. Christmas Hymns Francis J. Lapitino.mp3
      8. Christmas Morning at Clanceys Steve Porter.mp3
      9. Christmas Time At Pumpkin Center Cal Stewart.mp3
      10. Christmas Time In Merry England Edison Concert Band 1906.mp3
      11. Christmas Time Seems Years Years Away Manuel Romain 1910.mp3
      12. Christmasin Camp.mp3
      13. Come and Spend Christms With Me Byron G. Harlan.mp3
      14. Edison Male Quartette Sleigh Ride Party.mp3
      15. First Noel Carol Singers 1914.mp3
      16. Follow Footprints In Snow Florrie Forde 1912.mp3
      17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Carol Singers 1913.mp3
      18. Hail Hail Day Of Days! Edison Mixed Quartet 1913.mp3
      19. Hallelujah Chorus From Messiah Oratorio Chorus 1916.mp3
      20. Hark Herald Angels Sings Henry Burr.mp3
      21. Hark! Herald Angels Sing Edison Mixed Quartet 1912.mp3
      22. Holy Night Venetian Trio Noel.mp3
      23. Joy To World Edison Concert Band 1906.mp3
      24. March Of Toys Babes In Toyland American Symph Orch 1917.mp3
      25. More Candy Earl Fullers Rector Novelty Orchestra 1917.mp3
      26. Night Before Christmas Ernest Hare.mp3
      27. Night Before Christmas Harry E. Humphrey 1914.mp3
      28. Nutcracker Ballet Chinese Dance Dance Of Mirilitons.mp3
      29. Oh Come All Ye Faithful Edison Mixed Quartet 1914.mp3
      30. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem Trinity Choir.mp3
      31. Oh Tannenbaum Nebe Quartett 1907.mp3
      32. Oh You Silvery Bells Bill Murray Ada Jones.mp3
      33. On A Christmas Morning Princes Orchestra.mp3
      34. On A Good Old Time Sleigh Ride Peerless Quartet.mp3
      35. Only Thing I Want Christmas Just To Keep Things Ive Got 1939.mp3
      36. Plays Santa Clau Uncle Josh.mp3
      37. Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1907.mp3
      38. Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1912.mp3
      39. Ring Out Wild Bells Carol Singers 1916.mp3
      40. Santa Clause Hides In Phonograph.mp3
      41. Silent Night Edison Quartet 1910.mp3
      42. Silent Night Elizabeth Spencer Anthony Harrison 1912.mp3
      43. Silent Night Hallowed Night Haydn Quartet.mp3
      44. Silent Night Sung In English.mp3
      45. Star Of Bethlehem Harry MacDonough.mp3
      46. Trinity Choir Angels From Realms Of Glory.mp3
      47. Victor Mixed Chorus Messiah And Glory Of Lord.mp3
      48. When Christmas Chimes Are Ringing Lewis James.mp3
      49. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks byNigh Trinity Quartet.mp3
      50. Will You Love Me In Dec As In May Harry Macdonough 1905.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    50 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 37 min

    Disc A001

    1. Adeste Fideles John McCormack and William Reitz
    2. Auld Lang Syne Frank C. Stanley 1910
    3. Bells Of Christmas Edison Concert Band 1913
    4. Christ Is Come Edison Concert Band 1908
    5. Christmas Christmas! Blessed Day! Metropolitan Quartet 1908
    6. Christmas Eve Robert Gayler 1916
    7. Christmas Hymns Francis J. Lapitino
    8. Christmas Morning at Clanceys Steve Porter
    9. Christmas Time At Pumpkin Center Cal Stewart
    10. Christmas Time In Merry England Edison Concert Band 1906
    11. Christmas Time Seems Years Years Away Manuel Romain 1910
    12. Christmasin Camp
    13. Come and Spend Christms With Me Byron G. Harlan
    14. Edison Male Quartette Sleigh Ride Party
    15. First Noel Carol Singers 1914
    16. Follow Footprints In Snow Florrie Forde 1912
    17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Carol Singers 1913
    18. Hail Hail Day Of Days! Edison Mixed Quartet 1913
    19. Hallelujah Chorus From Messiah Oratorio Chorus 1916
    20. Hark Herald Angels Sings Henry Burr
    21. Hark! Herald Angels Sing Edison Mixed Quartet 1912

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    Disc A002

    1. Holy Night Venetian Trio Noel
    2. Joy To World Edison Concert Band 1906
    3. March Of Toys Babes In Toyland American Symph Orch 1917
    4. More Candy Earl Fullers Rector Novelty Orchestra 1917
    5. Night Before Christmas Ernest Hare
    6. Night Before Christmas Harry E. Humphrey 1914
    7. Nutcracker Ballet Chinese Dance Dance Of Mirilitons
    8. Oh Come All Ye Faithful Edison Mixed Quartet 1914
    9. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem Trinity Choir
    10. Oh Tannenbaum Nebe Quartett 1907
    11. Oh You Silvery Bells Bill Murray Ada Jones
    12. On A Christmas Morning Princes Orchestra
    13. On A Good Old Time Sleigh Ride Peerless Quartet
    14. Only Thing I Want Christmas Just To Keep Things Ive Got 1939
    15. Plays Santa Clau Uncle Josh
    16. Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1907
    17. Ring Out Bells For Christmas Edison Concert Band 1912
    18. Ring Out Wild Bells Carol Singers 1916
    19. Santa Clause Hides In Phonograph
    20. Silent Night Edison Quartet 1910
    21. Silent Night Elizabeth Spencer Anthony Harrison 1912
    22. Silent Night Hallowed Night Haydn Quartet

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    Disc A003

    1. Silent Night Sung In English
    2. Star Of Bethlehem Harry MacDonough
    3. Trinity Choir Angels From Realms Of Glory
    4. Victor Mixed Chorus Messiah And Glory Of Lord
    5. When Christmas Chimes Are Ringing Lewis James
    6. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks byNigh Trinity Quartet
    7. Will You Love Me In Dec As In May Harry Macdonough 1905

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