boynton read of a recent beatles bout (I hate the beatles/you have no soul) and probably suffers from that unfortunate condition "beatles-anorak nerditude" (source)
But then boynton's nerditude is much wider than that. Truth be known, boynton has a bit of the pianola-parka nerditude happening too - so was delighted to find the wonderful Tin Pan Alley and has been singing along solo to Apple Blossom Time and By The Light of The Silvery Moon very happily.
(and I suspect that certain demon-loving pundits might vote for this as the Top Song of the millennium.)
A sample page from Melody Lane early gramophone recordings in mp3
the music samples on Crystal Stream Audio - including the Before/After comparison with scratches removed
sing along at the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.
The Internet Renaissance Band - early music midi files
He very rarely misses the early train now. The secret is ...
Update - related links
tinfoil wax cylinder music on CD (via James)
Dove Song (via Jeremiah)
The Virtual Gramophone - Canadian Historical Sound Recordings
Comments: old tunes
have you seen http://www.dovesong.com?
slightly newer than those, but still not the beatles.
I like some of the beatles stuff BTW. Oddly enough, I like this stuff as well. eclecticism?
Posted by Jeremiah at November 21, 2003 02:51 PM
Actually I rememebered the excellent site from your comments over at Fred's - and even looked at it today, but sadly it seems the MP3 library has 'temporarily closed'. I hope it opens again soon - because there's some great singing and listening to be had there. Cheers.
Posted by boynton at November 21, 2003 04:03 PM
You might like this too:
Early Recorded Sounds and Wax Cylinders
Not all Tin Pan Alley as such, but there's some remarkable antiquities on offer. This has been a favourite site of mine for about five years.
Posted by James Russell at November 21, 2003 05:25 PM
Just listened to "In the Good Old Summer Time, sung by Mr. William Redmond, Edison record."
(I think I'd better put these 2 links into the post.)
Posted by boynton at November 21, 2003 06:05 PM
I have this vision of you and five other children standing around the piano singing Eleanor Rigby... while a huge number of dogs watch quizzically from the doorway.
Posted by David at November 21, 2003 06:19 PM
that's not too far off an image from my childhood.
We did sing around the piano - not always altogether harmoniously - and three dogs were lurking in the background.
Funnily enough it was inside the car (again) where a lot of the siblin' singin' went on.
This afternoon I had been thinking that my sentimental musical taste is probably driven by (honky-tonk)nostalgia. This memory would seem to confirm it. ;)
Posted by boynton at November 21, 2003 06:26 PM
I REALLY wanted to race to the G&S singalong but being a work Friday I will have to wait for the weekend so as to embarras myself only in private
Posted by averil at November 21, 2003 07:43 PM
we had a bit of a G&S singalong here before you left. Guess you'll just have to twist Ross' arm to get him to sing the 'wandering minstrel' parts.
btw - my tip is to open a 2nd window - for the lyrics - for the full karaoke effect.
Posted by boynton at November 21, 2003 11:08 PM