Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tinkle, Clang, Ring and Chime! The World's Rarest Music Boxes in High Fidelity

In terms of sounds, this 1958 LP provides exactly what the title promises; it brings the clangs, the chimes, and the tinkles, y’all. While I’m not enamored of music boxes in general, what continues to blow my mind with this and similar records from the dawn of the hi-fi era is that these antique music boxes and organs are literally 300-year-old hard drives come to life. Pop favorites, folk standards, classical gas, and melodies so dead we’ve forgotten their names, these songs preserved on tuned metal filings are coming straight to your ears from the Age of Enlightenment.

Unknown Melody
Schlafe, Schlafe / Waltz (Brahms) / Schlafe Mein Prinzschen
Fidelio, Act II, Finale (Beethoven) / Gedenke Mein / William Tell
Dutch Folksong Medley
Unknown melody from an approximately 300-year-old English bracket-clock
Radetzky March (Johann Strauss) / Artists’ Life (Strauss)
Waltz from “Faust” (Gounod) / Mijn Vriend Lindeman
Onbekend Wijsje / Daisy
Whistling Bird
After the Ball (C. Harris) / Fledermaus (J. Strauss) / Danube Waves / Die Muhle im Schwarzwald
March from “Tannhauser” (Wagner) / Triumphal March from “Aida”
Auf in ’s Metropole / The Blue Danube (J. Strauss)
Waltz from “Faust” (Gounod)
Unknown melody
You Can’t Be True, Dear / Anne-Marie / Regendruppels / La Paloma
Daisy / Dan Zal de Kapitein / Moritat / Under the Bridges of Paris
Mirame por Rabill / La Clavada / Estrellita / Terry’s Theme from “Limelight”
K.L.M. March
Saint-Germain des Pres

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding! The Avant Garde Project has a ridiculous amount of so-called Mechanical Instrument recordings, but not this one. Thanks for posting this and all your other swell vinyl!


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