Sunday, March 22, 2020

Christmas In The Time Of Covid 19, Part 2

Tonight's record is a really old release, dating from before the time of the Flu Pandemic of 1918. Seems that what we're going through is not so new after all, and we're a whole lot smarter about things now than they were then. But our world is much more connected, so the spread of something new is so much faster than it was then. That's why we've got to take extra steps to slow the spread of a disease for which no one has any natural immunity.  It's also amazing to me that I can take a record that's more than a hundred years old, drop it on the turntable and play it. And it wasn't even brand new technology then! Just mind numbing when you think about it.  This is Elsie Baker-Silent Night, Hallowed Night b/w Trinity Choir-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Victor 10" 78 RPM 17164, Mono, 1912).  Well, the A side was recorded in 1912, the B side one year earlier in 1911.  I'm no entirely certain of the year this was pressed, but it was early. Hope you're hanging in there OK. Feels like the worlds been turned on it's head for a long while now, but this is still probably only the beginning. Stay calm, stay safe!

MEGA

7 comments:

Ernie said...

And maybe you want a bonus track? How about this track Christmas In Florida, taken from the Internet Archive and tweaked a bit by me. This is really great stuff, wish I had a copy of this original record.

https://mega.nz/#!RMsTHQpa!QIKaM4pLOhhvK5YPuCTQfwqb1TN1AtmLU_KdJ0IZs7I

Buster said...

I love that you are publishing Christmas materials! Thanks for this one.

Batwing Victor labels date from 1914-26, so this could have been pressed relatively close to the recording date.

Buster said...

By the way, how did I miss that "Christmas in Florida" record? I would have posted it and dedicated it to you.

SM Soffa said...

Keep Calm, and put a record on!

Buster said...

I really enjoyed the Florida record. Great find!

Ernie said...

Buster, your mission is to find a Christmas in Ohio, or Cleveland, or Mentor, or Twinsburg. Make it so!

Buster said...

Ernie - I know of no such thing, but I will look!