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Various - History: Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK

Round The Town - Following Grandfather's Footsteps - A Night at the London Music Halls When Mr. Edison's recording machines arrived in Britain, the industry they would spawn lay undreamed of far in the future, Edison seemingly having little concept of the machine's usefulness other than as an office tool. However, even in those early days, when voices, eminent and otherwise, recited words grand and otherwise, into gramophone horns, occasionally someone would lapse into song. When they did so, as likely as not it would be a music hall song that would issue forth. Paul Tritton has written of the first demonstrations of Mr. Edison's wonderful new invention in his book 'The Lost Voice of Queen Victoria' (Academy Books, 1991). 

During one of the first of these demonstrations, before the Physical Society on 2nd March 1878, a Mr. Pidgeon sang a chorus of G. H. Macdermott's contemporary patriotic music hall song, "We don't want to fight but by jingo if we do, the Russians shall not have Constantinople!" into the machine. The voice of Queen Vic herself may or may not be lost – I've read the book and I'm still not sure – but the wonderful new medium of sound recording, then in its infancy, allowed the voices of many of her subjects, the popular performers of their day, to be preserved for posterity. 

The aptly named Mr. Pidgeon was not alone in seeing popular comic songs as a suitable subject for recording. His choice of a music hall ditty for his recorded effort was not so surprising for, along with the drawing room ballad, the comic song was the popular song of the day. Music hall had risen from its mid-century beginnings, literally a room attached to a public house, to a huge network of plush Palaces and less magnificent local halls. Bills at these halls included magicians, jugglers, instrumentalists, dancers, short sketches, and some speciality 'turns' rather more difficult to describe. The backbone of any music hall bill, however, was a roster of comic singers. 

Sure enough, as the recording industry developed from minor blip to major business concern, music hall artistes and songs were among the early contributors to companies catalogues. In 'Music Hall' (Issues 2 and 4), Frank Andrews has chronicled early recordings by Charles Coborn and Albert Chevalier made, mainly for demonstration purposes, before 1895. Relatively few people, though, owned phonographs or gramophones until prices were lowered around 1909, when machines shifted from luxury status to affordable accessories and record sales rose significantly. Just as we have seen in our own time, when colour televisions, video recorders and CD players were the possessions of the few until drastic price reductions made them available to the masses, so it was with early recording machines, whose evolution followed the same price equals popularity path. 

Recordings were made by music hall artistes in the earlier period (from about 1898) but those who could afford machines tended to be among the rather better heeled with highbrow tastes, more likely to buy classical records than music hall material. As the potential audience for such fare was effectively put off purchasing by prohibitive prices, the recordings made by music hall artistes in the early period are rare to the point, in some cases, of non-existence. Where copies of these early recordings have survived, they need not only to be prized and preserved, but, as with all historic documentation, the music contained within their rare grooves should be made available to those who wish to hear them. While there is probably nothing actually unique in this collection, many of these tracks will have evaded even the long-term collector – who, of course, will have similarly scarce items that have eluded my searches! 

Most music hall artistes actively performing in the recording period ventured into a recording studio at some period in their career, although some did not choose, or were not chosen, to repeat the experience. Unfortunately the fruits of some of these sessions, e.g. the five cylinders known to have been issued from T. E. Dunville's 1904 session, remain undiscovered to this day to the best of my knowledge. I would welcome information to the contrary on such scarcities, as there is a distinct danger that some of music hall's most famous voices, known to have been captured by the nascent recording industry, are now stilled for good. It would be good news indeed to find that some, at least, of these items have eluded the dustbins of the world.

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Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 1
01 Two Lovely Black Eyes COBORN, Charles
02 Far Old Times' Sake/Daisy Bell FORDE, Florrie
03 Nellie Dean/After The Ball FORDE, Florrie
04 'e Dunna Where 'E Are ELEN, Gus
05 The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo COBORN, Charles
06 Lily Of Laguna STRATTON, Eugene
07 The Grass Widower LENO, Dan
08 Has Anybody Seen Our Cat? SHEPARD, Burt
09 How Do You Do? RAFFERTY, Pat
10 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home HAMPTON, Pete
11 Can't You Take My Word FORD, Harry
12 The Galloping Major KIRKBY, Stanley
13 Bedelia O'GORMAN, Joe
14 Following In Father's Footsteps KIRKBY, Stanley
15 The Bull & Bush FORDE, Florrie
16 Mary Was A Housemaid SHEPARD, Burt
17 Callers MOZART, George
18 Waiting At The Church VICTORIA, Vesta
19 Hello, Hello, Hello! It's A Different Girl CUNLIFFE, Whit
20 I've Told His Missus All About Him VICTORIA, Vesta
21 The Boys' Brigade HILL, Hamilton
22 There's A Girl Inside MONKS, Victoria
23 You Splash Me And I'll Splash You LLOYD, Alice
24 I'se A-Waiting For Yer Josie ELLIOTT, G.H.
25 The Next Horse I Ride On VICTORIA, Vesta
26 The Taximeter Car WILLIAMS, Billy
27 She's A Lassie From Lancashire RETFORD, Ella
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 2
01 Funicula FORMBY, George
02 Oh! Oh! Antonio FORDE, Florrie
03 Sea Shells BARD, Wilkie
04 Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly FORDE, Florrie
05 Billy Brown FRAGSON, Harry
06 My Latchkey LASHWOOD, George
07 The Suffragette FIELDS, Happy Fanny
08 I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside SHERIDAN, Mark
09 Send For A Policeman LASHWOOD, George
10 Ship Ahoy! (All The Nice Girl Love A Sailor) RETFORD, Ella
11 Don't You Think You've Overstepped The Margin FORD, Harry
12 Boiled Beef And Carrots CHAMPION, Harry
13 Come Up In My Balloon BARD, Wilkie
14 Fall In And Follow Me WHELAN, Albert
15 Come And Be One Of The Midnight Sons TILLEY, Vesta
16 Henry The Eighth CHAMPION, Harry
17 Seventeen (My Girl Is Only Seventeen) RAY, Phil
18 King Ki-Ki LITTLE TICH
19 I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy PLEASANTS, Jack
20 If You Should See A Dandy Coon ELLIOTT, G.H.
21 They Can't Find Kelly MERSON, Billy
22 When Father Laid The Carpet On The Stairs JACKSON, Nelson
23 Adam Was A Scotchman WHITEFORD, Jock
24 The Spaniard That Blighted My Life MERSON, Billy
25 I'm 21 Today PLEASANTS, Jack
26 Beauty Of The Guards BASTOW, George
27 My Old Dutch CHEVALIER, Albert
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 3
01 Does This Shop Stock Shot Socks With Spots GRAVES, George
02 Since I Had A Go At My Dumb Bells FORMBY, George
03 Won't You Come Dear, Into The Park DUPREZ, May Moore
04 Tommy Trouble WHITTLE, Chas R.
05 Every Little Movement Has A Meaning ... LLOYD, Marie
06 In The Morning EARLE, Fred
07 I Want A Girl RETFORD, Ella
08 How Dare They WOOTTWELL, Tom
09 I'm Going Back To Dixie RETFORD, Ella
10 That's Philosophy KNOWLES, R.C.
11 Father's Got A Job SCOTT, Maidie
12 Casey Joney WHELAN, Albert
13 Who Were You With Last Night SHERIDAN, Mark
14 M.A.D.A.M. LENNARD, Arthur
15 Hullo! Miss London MONKS, Victoria
16 They All Walk The Wibbly Wobbly Walk SHERIDAN, Mark
17 Daily Mirror Front Page SHAND, Ernest
18 Curiosity LITTLE TICH
19 Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy FORDE, Florrie
20 Strip The Bed And Have Another Look D'ALBERT, George
21 What Would The Seaside Be Without The Ladies TILLEY, Vesta
22 Lloyd Jarge SHAND, Ernest
23 Pepsy Wopsy JAMES, Daisy
24 Innocent Bessie Brown TATE, Beth
25 Waiting For Further Evidence LEO, Frank
26 The School Strike SCOTT, Maidie
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 4
01 Burlington Bertie From Bow SHIELDS, Ella
02 He's A 'Pro' WELDON, Harry
03 The Mormon's Song ROBEY, George
04 Baa Lambs SHIELDS, Ella
05 How's Your Father? TATE, Harry
06 The Lads From Our Village VEVEY, Zona
07 I Will Have A Night To-Night CASH, Morny
08 The Night Began To Fall MAYO, Sam
09 That Charlie Chaplin Walk AYER, Nat D.
10 I Went A Jazzing PLEASANTS, Jack
11 Three Cheers For The Red, White And Blue WALLACE, Nellie
12 Archibald Certainly Not! ROBEY, George
13 What D'Yer Think Of That MAYNE, Ernie
14 Ma! FOX, Olive
15 Things Are Worse In Russia MAYO, Sam
16 Olga Petrovotski LAURIER, Jay
17 Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid MORRIS, Lily
18 I Do Like To Sing In My Bath LESTER, Alfred
19 Wireless On The Brain MAYNE, Ernie
20 Yes, We Have No Bananas LESTER, Alfred
21 Show Me The Way To Go Home SHIELDS, Ella
22 Only A Working Man MORRIS, Lily
23 He's Moved In A Bigger House Now TRAVERS, Nat
24 Don't Have Any More, Mrs. Moore MORRIS, Lily
25 She Was Poor, But She Was Honest BENNETT, Billy
26 The Laughing Policeman PENROSE, Charles
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Tracklist
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 1
01 Two Lovely Black Eyes
02 Far Old Times' Sake/Daisy Bell
03 Nellie Dean/After The Ball
04 'e Dunna Where 'E Are
05 The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo
06 Lily Of Laguna
07 The Grass Widower
08 Has Anybody Seen Our Cat?
09 How Do You Do?
10 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
11 Can't You Take My Word
12 The Galloping Major
13 Bedelia
14 Following In Father's Footsteps
15 The Bull & Bush
16 Mary Was A Housemaid
17 Callers
18 Waiting At The Church
19 Hello, Hello, Hello! It's A Different Girl
20 I've Told His Missus All About Him
21 The Boys' Brigade
22 There's A Girl Inside
23 You Splash Me And I'll Splash You
24 I'se A-Waiting For Yer Josie
25 The Next Horse I Ride On
26 The Taximeter Car
27 She's A Lassie From Lancashire
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 2
01 Funicula
02 Oh! Oh! Antonio
03 Sea Shells
04 Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly
05 Billy Brown
06 My Latchkey
07 The Suffragette
08 I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
09 Send For A Policeman
10 Ship Ahoy! (All The Nice Girl Love A Sailor)
11 Don't You Think You've Overstepped The Margin
12 Boiled Beef And Carrots
13 Come Up In My Balloon
14 Fall In And Follow Me
15 Come And Be One Of The Midnight Sons
16 Henry The Eighth
17 Seventeen (My Girl Is Only Seventeen)
18 King Ki-Ki
19 I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
20 If You Should See A Dandy Coon
21 They Can't Find Kelly
22 When Father Laid The Carpet On The Stairs
23 Adam Was A Scotchman
24 The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
25 I'm 21 Today
26 Beauty Of The Guards
27 My Old Dutch
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 3
01 Does This Shop Stock Shot Socks With Spots
02 Since I Had A Go At My Dumb Bells
03 Won't You Come Dear, Into The Park
04 Tommy Trouble
05 Every Little Movement Has A Meaning ...
06 In The Morning
07 I Want A Girl
08 How Dare They
09 I'm Going Back To Dixie
10 That's Philosophy
11 Father's Got A Job
12 Casey Joney
13 Who Were You With Last Night
14 M.A.D.A.M.
15 Hullo! Miss London
16 They All Walk The Wibbly Wobbly Walk
17 Daily Mirror Front Page
18 Curiosity
19 Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy
20 Strip The Bed And Have Another Look
21 What Would The Seaside Be Without The Ladies
22 Lloyd Jarge
23 Pepsy Wopsy
24 Innocent Bessie Brown
25 Waiting For Further Evidence
26 The School Strike
Various - History - Round The Town 4-CD BOX & 132-PAGE BOOK Box set 4
01 Burlington Bertie From Bow
02 He's A 'Pro'
03 The Mormon's Song
04 Baa Lambs
05 How's Your Father?
06 The Lads From Our Village
07 I Will Have A Night To-Night
08 The Night Began To Fall
09 That Charlie Chaplin Walk
10 I Went A Jazzing
11 Three Cheers For The Red, White And Blue
12 Archibald Certainly Not!
13 What D'Yer Think Of That
14 Ma!
15 Things Are Worse In Russia
16 Olga Petrovotski
17 Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid
18 I Do Like To Sing In My Bath
19 Wireless On The Brain
20 Yes, We Have No Bananas
21 Show Me The Way To Go Home
22 Only A Working Man
23 He's Moved In A Bigger House Now
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25 She Was Poor, But She Was Honest
26 The Laughing Policeman