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A new version of Tin Roof Blues, recorded acoustically to wax cylinder in 2008, by Vulcan Cylinder Records.

The Vulcan Cylinder Record Company has released a new arrangement of that old favourite of the New Orleans Jazz genre – Tin Roof Blues.  Written in 1928 by members of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, this is one of the best known, and most often played, of the genre.

This tune was recorded acoustically, directly to wax cylinder, at the 2008 annual conference of the City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society (CLPGS).  Duncan Miller, of Vulcan Records, is probably the world’s leading exponent of live acoustic recording in the wax medium, and this lively number is one more tribute to his knowledge and skill in this area.

The Stars and Stripes Forever March, written by John Philip Sousa in 1896, is now available on Concert Cylinder from the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company.

The USA’s National March, The Stars and Stripes Forever March, has been released on Concert Cylinder by the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company.

This track, written by John Philip Sousa in 1896, is widely recognised as his most important work.

This, in Sousa’s own words, is how it was written:

“Here came one of the most vivid incidents of my career. As [the Teutonic] steamed out of the harbor I was pacing on the deck … Suddenly, I began to sense a rhythmic beat of a band playing within my brain. Throughout the whole … voyage, that imaginary band continued to unfold the same themes, echoing and re-echoing the most distinct melody. I did not transfer a note of that music to paper while I was on the steamer, but when we reached shore, I set down the measures that my brain-band had been playing for me, and not a note of it has ever changed.”

Arthur Sullivan, composer, sent a message to Thomas Edison via phonograph cylinder record.

The Vulcan Cylinder Record Company proudly presents Sir Arthur Sullivan, as he sends a message, in 1888, to Thomas Edison via the wonderful new technology of phonograph cylinder record.  Recorded at a party organised to introduce the ‘Perfected’ Phonograph to London Society, he is both excited and fearful of this great new world of sound that Edison has made available.

This is the third of our Famous Voices recordings, as Sir Arthur joins PT Barnum and Florence Nightingale – just part of our exciting range of material, both old and new.

Vulcan Records releases their first Replica Pink Lambert

A New Vulcan Replica Pink Lambert Cylinder Record is now available.  Goodbye Dolly Gray, sung by the American Quartet and recorded by the Lambert Record Company in around 1901, is now available in hard-wearing plastic resin.  Made by the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company, in their usual excellent quality and style, this record is a lovely replica of the original, with both box and cylinder in the style of the celluloid cylinders made in the early 1900s.

Moving Day, by Arthur Collins, with matching poster for that treasured coin operated phonograph!

It’s Moving Day!

Here’s something new and different!

We have been fortunate to be introduced to Steve Farmer, who makes beautiful reproduction posters for those wonderful coin operated phonographs – the first ever juke boxes!

Buy separately or get the set.

Moving Day, by Arthur Collins, is the first of these we’re making available, but who knows what else might turn up.

Here is the first in what we hope will be many classical titles in our catalogue – Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

We think that this rendition of the well-known and very popular Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, recorded here by the Edison Concert Band in 1905, is a record worthy of addition to the collection of any lover of classical music.

One of a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies composed by Liszt, this was written as a piano solo but proved so popular that he also wrote it as an orchestral score and a piano duet.

This is a spirited piece no matter how it is played.  The limited playing time of the 2-minute cylinder has imposed dramatic cuts giving a more than usually dramatic tempo.

Nevertheless, the Edison Company was proud enough to state: “This record will be a delight to those who are constantly seeking high class music.”

What do P.T. Barnum and Florence Nightingale have in common?

P.T. Barnum and Florence Nightingale both became well-known in their own lifetimes, and have continued to hold a place in world history.

In 1890, both made recordings on Edison wax cylinder records.

And both are now available in the Vulcan Cylinder Record Catalogue, in new releases of their original recordings, in our usual hard-wearing, plastic resin material.

For more information, go to the Famous Voices Recordings page in our Catalogue.  To order, click here.