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From 1898, the Original Lyric Trio perform "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring" from The Mikado.

The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring

 
Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 4801
Category Trio
Title The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring
Performed by Original Lyric Trio
Circa 1898
Announcement "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, from Mikado, sung by the Original Lyric Trio."
 

Enjoy this fine recording of the whimsical "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring" from Gilbert & Sullivan's 1885 two act comic opera The Mikado.

Vocal trio recordings made relatively infrequent appearances in Edison's early two-minute wax cylinder record catalogs – approximately a dozen or so compared with the hundreds of duet and quartette selections available.   After an initial "flurry" of eleven by the Original Lyric Trio in the late 19th Century, no other vocal trios were released until 1903: one recording by Edison's Metropolitan Mixed Trio.   It was several years, 1910, before the vocal trio waters were tested again, this time by the Manhattan Mixed Trio - again producing just a single selection.

As with many Edison recordings of this period, the mention of "Edison Record" was omitted.

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The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring
by W. S. Gilbert
 
The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine -
As we merrily dance and we sing, tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring, tra la,
Of a summer of roses and wine,
Of a summer of roses and wine.
And that's what we mean when we say that a thing
Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la,
The flowers that bloom in the spring.

Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la la!

The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la,
Have nothing to do with the case.
I've got to take under my wing, tra la,
A most unattractive old thing, tra la,
With a caricature of a face,
With a caricature of a face.
And that's what I mean when I say, or I sing,
"Oh, bother the flowers that bloom in the spring."
Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la,
"Oh, bother the flowers of spring."

Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la la!

                                       


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