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Mr. Edison's Christmas (1906 - 1927)

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Edison Concert Band
01 - Joy To The World Listen

Elizabeth Spencer & Chrous
02 - Silent Night Listen

Carl Flesch
03 - Ave Maria (Schubert) Listen

Harry E Humphry
04 - The Night Before Christmas Listen

Edison Mixed Chorus
05 - Hark The Herald Angels Sing Listen

Metropolitan Quartet
06 - O Come All Ye Faithful Listen

Oratorio Chorus
07 - Hallelujah Chorus from Listen

The Carol Singers
08 - The First Noel Listen
09 - God Rest You Merry Gentlemen Listen

Yuletide Ensemble
10 - Mr. Edison's Christmas Selections - Part 1 Listen
11 - Mr. Edison's Christmas Selections - Part 2 Listen

Robert Gaylor
12 - The Christmas Bells Listen

Ernest Hare
13 - Santa Claus Proves There Is A Santa Claus Listen

Edison Employees
14 - Christmas Greetings From The Bunch At Orange - Part One Listen
15 - Christmas Greetings From The Bunch At Orange - Part Two Listen

Murray Kellner's Dinner Orchestra
16 - March Of The Toys Listen

Vaughn De Leath
17 - Santa Claus Land - Part One Listen
18 - Santa Claus Land - Part Two Listen

Genres: Christmas, Season holiday, Santa Claus, Edison Recordings, Christmas Carols, Christmas Monologues

Informative booklet notes by Larry Tedder.
Detailed discography.

Of all things Christmas, nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs. Songs that capture in lyrics and in music the many traditions that we have at this joyous Season: the birth of the Christ child, the Christmas tree, the opening of gifts, sleigh rides, and holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

On October 30, 1889 banjoist Will Lyle made history by recording "Jingle Bells" – the very first Christmas record. Although no known copies of this recording survive, one of the earliest vocal examples of "Jingle Bells" does survive on an Edison brown wax cylinder entitled, "The Sleigh Ride Party". It was made a decade after Lyle’s recording, and remained in the Edison Catalog for a number of years. The songs and monologues featured here are taken from the original Edison test pressings, and capture the essence of the Christmas spirit as it was in the opening two decades of the 20th Century.



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