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This month: From 1891, an early brown wax cylinder recording, Five Minutes With the Minstrels played by Voss's First Regiment Band.
|Company||North American Phonograph Company|
|Title||Five Minutes With the Minstrels|
|Performed by||(Voss's) The First Regiment Band|
|Circa||October 2, 1891|
|Announcement||"Five Minutes With the Minstrels, played by the First Regiment Band at Orange, New Jersey."|
Title page of Wangemann's logbook
Facsimile of page 188 of the logbook
These images excerpted with author's permission from Allen Koenigsberg's book on Edison wax records,
This is an original recording (not a copy from another record) best listened to with headphones with a strong bass (as low as 115Hz) and a great ambient feel, despite the surface noises (which, in this case, are not due to mold or mildew but to wear from repeated plays of the very soft wax which is common in these early brown wax records).
Most recordings of this era have not survived. Being produced for the coin-in-the-slot nickelodeon arcades, they were often "played to death", then redeemed by the arcade operators the worn wax recordings making their way back to the manufacturer's wax vat to be made into new blanks for the next go around.
Although, not actually "Five Minutes With the Minstrels" it's really 2½ minutes with a band medley we can still enjoy, after more than 105 years, this nifty and well-recorded number.
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