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Saturday, March 28th, 2009
11:17 pm
Isham Jones & His Orchesta
Isham Jones Orchestra, Bain photo

The Isham Jones Orchestra, early/mid 1920s

Bain News service photo via Library of Congress website, where it is catalogued simply as " I.Jones Orch."

Jones is standing at left holding saxophone.

Likely personel based on discographies: Al Eldridge, piano; Al Malding, clarinet & saxophone; Charles McNeil, banjo; Artie Vanasec, violin; Joe Frank, drums; Louis Panico, cornet; John Kuhn, brass bass; Carroll Martin, trombone.

Give these guys a listen: Wabash Blues, a big hit in 1921.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
2:34 pm

Hello! I'm new to this community. I'm actually surprised that there is only one here on LJ! 

Anyway. I'm a beginning collector of 78's. So far I get them when I can...regardless of condition. Two weeks ago I found a stack of twenty for a dollar each. Most were alright...although one had a chunk missing out of it, which was too bad as it was a Benny Goodman platter of a song I really like.

I'm not really picky as to the genres or styles of music, just as long as it's a 78. 

Anyway. I'm glad ya'll are here, and I'm sorry in advance if I try your patience with endless questions!! :)

Friday, January 4th, 2008
8:15 pm
"Leave bad enough alone is my slogum..."
I feel like I made a pretty good haul at the Goodwill today, but there's only one problem. (Well, seventeen identical problems.) On each record, right on the label, is a yellow bar code sticker. I have never been able to cleanly remove these stickers from anything I've ever purchased at the Goodwill. From 78s, peeling away these stickers also peels away the record label underneath.

When I play my eighty year old records, the last thing I want to see is an ugly, modern bar code, you know... but I think it would bother me even more to have destroyed the label. Any suggestions on how I might be able to remove the sticker while preserving the label, or am I better off just leaving bad enough alone? Help.

I suppose it could be worse and there could be sticky residue all over the surface of the record. I've seen Goodwill records with the sticker placed right on what I imagine is the middle of the vocal refrain. Hell... I couldn't believe my good fortune today just finding any that are in one piece at all... because for every one uncracked 78 I have seen at the Goodwill, there are about four others which are destroyed. (In a big bin of LPs, of course.)

Current Mood: irritated
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
1:40 pm
Weather-beaten Melody, 1942
Nice 78rpm related cartoon short: "Scherzo - Verwitterte Melodie" by animator Hans Fischerkoesen

1:51 pm
Half the music, costs more...
Was there a particular reason companies produced one-sided records? Seems like sort of a waste of a side of a record to me...
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
9:12 pm
Input on writing up my 78 RPM record want list?
Hi- I'm in the process of writing up my official "Want List" of 78's, since I haven't done that in around 20 years, and I was wondering if anyone would like to share theirs to use as an example of how best to write it up, categorize things, etc...
If this is not the correct forum for such an inquiry, I apologize, please forgive me, but if it's acceptable, would anyone like to either share their want list, or a portion of it, so I (and possibly other collectors) might use it as a reference tool? You never know, I might see you list and have something on it that you are looking for!
Any input on the subject is greatly appreciated, friends, thanks so much in advance.

Current Mood: inquisitive
Thursday, December 21st, 2006
10:51 am
Here's a question: Are you finding it easier or harder to find 78s (any kind) in your neck of the woods? I still find a dozen or so at Chicago thrift stores, but they seem to be thinning out. I'm not even going to touch the question of quality.
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
2:43 pm
[Crickets chirping]

Too quiet here! Let's hear some 78 talk!
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
8:09 pm
Monday, December 4th, 2006
11:09 pm
Cross-posting this one because I find it really interesting.

Record Making With Duke Ellington (1937)

Early newsreel showing how 78s were made!
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
11:03 pm

Near as I can tell these are Edison cylinders made by a modern band called moe.

More info here.

Hm, Justice, IL. Might be a story here... Though their site looks a little out of date.

Though this is usually the point where one of my Chicago pals tells me it's run by so-and-so who plays with Jim O'Rourke or Tortoise or whomever, and the requisite Reader article already appeared.
6:49 pm
I don't believe this source has been discussed in previous conversations. A song by Europe's Society Orchestra has been in my rotation for a while now.

Also James Reese Europe seemed to have had an interesting life.
12:37 pm
Ye Olde Cakewalk

The music seems rather anachronistic. It might well be based on a cakewalk tune, but it seems too jazzy and "hot."

Cakewalk MP3 Link.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
8:40 pm
Links of interest...
My current favorite digital archive of cylinders:

My former favorite digital archive of cylinders:

An invaluable resource for determining recording dates for most labels:
5:38 pm
5:37 pm
Vocalion label

Challenge label

Friday, December 1st, 2006
1:39 pm
1:12 pm
By the way, I hope no one thinks this community is intended as some sort of puritanical blues club. Share your finds, no matter what they are. I want to see more label scans! Any collectors of foreign songs out there? I live in Chicago, so I've come across Polish, Lithuanian, Mexican, and other ethnic records. I liked cpmcdill's bit about his phonograph—anyone else want to share pix of their equipment?
1:04 pm
The story of the Little Wonder Record Company

These were 5 1/2" disks intended for a wee Victrola for the kids. Poor sound quality, but still, interesting. I wonder (no pun intended) if they were the smallest records ever pressed? I suppose there might be smaller flexis out there, but I haven't seen them.
Thursday, November 30th, 2006
10:56 pm
A few more sites of interest:



Siam Soo... Well, Siam Soo will just blow your mind... http://www.talkingmachine.org/siamsoo.html


What is shellac, anyway? Well, it's not just a Chicago band, for one thing.


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