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We are excited to invite you to our new Website!!

We hope you will find the new version a great improvement.  So you can complete your purchase easily, we have added a Shop and Shopping Cart; to save time with future ordering you can now register in our Member’s section; for quick reference, there is a short-form catalogue page on the website, for those who would like more detail, or to search by Artiste, Composer, etc, we have also created a PDF of our catalogue.

To celebrate the new website, we have four new titles for you to enjoy.  You will find them on our Home page and in the Shop.  They are:

  1. The voice of Ernest Shackleton, from the Edison Wax Amberol, My South Polar Expedition;
  2. The Edison Advertising Record, “I am the Edison Phonograph … “.  Edison dealers record from 1906 (recently remastered);
  3. A Bird in a Gilded Cage, sung by Harry Anthony and written by Albert Von Tilzer, released 1904; and
  4. Alexander’s Ragtime Band, sung by Billy Murray (also recently remastered).

New, strong, blue boxes, suitable for Edison Blue Amberol cylinders, are available from the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company

Are your cylinder storage drawers full of cylinders without boxes, or with boxes that are so frail you dare not touch them?  We have a solution for you.

We now have strong, blue, unlined cylinder boxes available for sale.  These are ideal for Blue Amberol cylinders, or for any other indestructible cylinders, needing new storage.  Those of you who have purchased our cylinders will know the quality and strength of these boxes, as the only difference from our standard boxes is the colour.

Prices range from £2.80 per box for 6, to £2.00 per box for 100, plus postage and packaging.  Prices for larger orders will be negotiated.

Please order via our Contact Us link, with a simple request.

By the Suwanee River – another new Concert Cylinder Record is available from the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company

The latest in Vulcan’s Concert Cylinder catalogue, By the Suwanee River is a lively, descriptive selection written by W. H. Myddleton.

Myddleton is an interesting character.  A British composer, his full name was George Arnold Haynes Safroni-Middleton, who also composed professionally as Arnold Safroni (1873 – 1950).  As Safroni, his most well known piece is Imperial Echoes, written in 1913, which, adapted as a military march, was used extensively by the BBC during World War II.

The Suwanee River is a major river of southern Georgia and northern Florida.  This is the correct spelling, though Suwannee (with a double ‘n’) and Swanee have both been used over the years.  Notably, Steven Foster mis-spelled it when he wrote Old Folks at Home.

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Vulcan Cylinder Record Company releases three new cylinders

Something old, something new, nothing borrowed, something blue!  This sums up our latest three creations.

Something Old is I Tiddly I Ti – cornet and piano duet.

A remarkable recording from the earliest years of the cylinder record industry in England. I Tiddly I Ti is a jaunty number, and the musical content has a clarity not often heard in records of this vintage.

You can find details of this record on our list of Brown Wax Releases.

Something New is Too Much Mustard – accordion solo.

Originally written in 1912, this version was recorded by accordion virtuoso, Matt Tolentino, in 2012. The tune was originally popularised by the American dancing duo, Vernon and Irene Castle.  Mr Tolentino’s arrangement of this piece reflects the energetic dancing style of the era.

This recording is in the Popular Series.

Something Blue is Teapot Dome Blues – by the Georgia Melodians

Before the Watergate scandal, Teapot Dome was regarded as the “greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics”. This was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1920 to 1923, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding.

Secretary of the Interior Albert B Fall leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding. In 1922 and 1923, the leases became the subject of a sensational investigation by Senator Thomas J. Walsh.  Fall was later convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies.  And what has all that got to do with the music?  We don’t know, but it is a great tune!

You will find this title in the Red Star section of the Catalogue.

Hiawatha, another new Replica Pink Lambert cylinder, is now available from the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company

The Vulcan Cylinder Record Company is pleased to announce the release of their second Replica Pink Lambert cylinder.  Hiawatha, sometimes referred to as A Summer Idyll was written by Charles N. Daniels, under the pseudonym of Neil Moret, in 1901.

The version Vulcan offers here has been transferred from a Lambert Concert cylinder, number 5090,  played by the American Parlour Orchestra.  It was first released in 1902.

An interesting note about this recording is that the introduction is spoken by a woman – a very unusual happening in those days!

The song was released just at a time when there was an increasing demand for material about the American Indian, and for music in the intermezzo style.

In 1902, the Whitney-Warner Publishing Company of Detroit paid Daniel’s $10,000 for the rights to the tune and engaged lyricist James O’Dea to add an appropriate and evocative text to it.

To listen to a section of the recording, please visit our Catalogue page.  If you would like to buy a copy of this recording, please go to the Order page.

Vulcan Cylinder Record Company released two new titles today:

The Stars and Stripes Forever March, by John Philip Souza; and Rain, by Eugene Ford.

The Vulcan Cylinder Record Company is pleased to announce the release of two new cylinder records today, made in their modern, hard wearing, plastic resin material, and playable on all original 2-minute cylinder machines.

The Stars and Stripes Forever March has been available from Vulcan on Concert format for some time.  Now the company has decided to make this popular title available to all those other collectors who don’t have Concert-size players.  It is a tune that requires little introduction, especially in America where it is the official National March.

Vulcan Records would like to introduce the newest of their artistes – Mr Matt Tolentino.  Matt is a very fine accordion player, and has his own band/orchestra to back him.  This, the first of Matt’s recordings we will release, is a Eugene Ford piece called Rain.  This is a very lovely foxtrot, with vocal refrain, and we think Matt’s rendition of it is very good.

A Tribute to the Titanic – George D’Albert’s “Be British” is again available on cylinder record

As we all know by now, 2012 is the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of that great ship, the Titanic.  What you may not know, however, is that September 2012 is the 100 year anniversary of the release of the tribute record to the Titanic – “Be British”.

We are delighted to be able to make this recording available once more on cylinder record, as a direct transfer from George D’Albert’s original.  Presented in a specially labelled box, and including a booklet containing the complete transcription of the recording, this is a not-to-be-missed addition to any serious cylinder collection.  We know you will be pleased with it.

The Vulcan Cylinder Record Company has released Billy Murray’s ‘Ever Since The Movies Learned To Talk’ on cylinder record.

At a critical time in the history of film making, 1929, Billy Murray recorded Ever Since The Movies Learned to Talk.  This fascinating record, released for the first time on cylinder record, is an interesting and fun comment on the birth of the talking picture.

The Vulcan Cylinder Record Company takes pride in releasing this marker of an historically important period in the world of motion pictures.