New podcast episode – Gaisberg returns to Russia, his girlfriend says Ta Ta, he goes to record Tatars!

After the mixed success of the recording trip to Russia in 1900, it is a curious decision of Fred’s to return to the country the following year. But back he goes – twice ­– with a point to prove. Still waiting for that elusive breakthrough, The Gramophone Company has diversified into typewriters and Fred’s notContinue reading “New podcast episode – Gaisberg returns to Russia, his girlfriend says Ta Ta, he goes to record Tatars!”

Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille, 9th October 1918

In honour of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille – 9th October 1918. • Recording: Gas shell bombardment • Royal Garrison Artillery • Record: HMV 09308 • Company: The Gramophone Company • Location: Lille, near France • Date of recording:Continue reading “Actual record taken on the front line, France, near Lille, 9th October 1918”

Tonight – People’s History of Pop

The first episode of the People’s History of Pop is to be broadcast on BBC Four at 9pm tonight, as part of the year-long My Generation season. Photo courtesy of BBC People’s History of Pop Episode one sees Twiggy unearth pop treasures including a recording of John Lennon’s first-ever recorded performance with his band The Quarrymen, at aContinue reading “Tonight – People’s History of Pop”

EMI are taking a trip down memory lane at Hayes Old Vinyl Factory

EMI are inviting former employees at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, to come back and share their memories of the iconic site. The factory was a major employer for the town and produced records by some of the world’s best-known artists, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Cliff Richard. The reunion will takeContinue reading “EMI are taking a trip down memory lane at Hayes Old Vinyl Factory”

Rare Recordings – From The EMI Vaults

Miss Christabel Pankhurst – Speech on Suffrage for Women Christabel Pankhurst, a leading Suffragette, was one of the primary strategists of the campaign for women’s right to vote in the first decades of the twentieth century. Christabel was jailed in 1907 and 1909 and was dubbed the ‘Queen of the Mob’ by the media, asContinue reading “Rare Recordings – From The EMI Vaults”

Chekhov’s Band – Eastern European Klezmer Music from the EMI Archives,1908-1913

  All recordings used in this the making of this CD form part of The EMI Archive Trust, a heritage organisation set up to preserve the first 50 years of the Gramophone Company (later EMI) 1897-1946 http://www.emiarchivetrust.org Produced by Renair Records  www.jewishrecords.co.uk Distribution by Honest Jons    www.honestjons.com

Friday Mystery Object of the week #9 Answer

And the answer is… The Lumiere Gramophone (HMV Model 460). Well done to those of you who answered correctly! The Lumiere Gramophones were a great novelty of 1924, making a highly successful debut at the Piccadilly Hotel, London, on Wednesday 22nd October an esteemed audience.The HMV Model 460 was introduced in early 1925, and is unique byContinue reading “Friday Mystery Object of the week #9 Answer”

Friday Mystery Object of the week #8 Answer

And the answer is… The Peter Pan Clock Gramophone. Well done to those of you who answered correctly! The Peter Pan Clock Gramophone was a relatively simple ‘talking clock’ from mid-1920’s onwards. By winding both the clock and gramophone motor, setting the desired alarm time and placing the needle on the record, the record would playContinue reading “Friday Mystery Object of the week #8 Answer”

Recording pioneers- Part 8, William Conrad Gaisberg

  “We realised how many different degrees of smells there are in the world” -William Gaisberg’s observation of Hyderabad, India Name:              William Conrad Gaisberg Born:               26th June 1877 Resident:        Born in Washington DC, USA Occupation:   Recording engineer, managing director & head of London Recording Department Loves:            Travelling, opera, pushing the boundaries of music and his brother (Fred) In 1894, Fred GaisbergContinue reading “Recording pioneers- Part 8, William Conrad Gaisberg”

Chinese Rhythm by Alfredo Campoli

Chinese Rhythm, 78rpm Decca shellac disc by Alfredo Campoli and his salon orchestra Thank you to our friends from the EMI Archive Trust for sharing this great piece from their collection.   The EMI Archive Trust holds an extensive collection of 78 rpm shellac discs from accross the Gramophone Company, EMI and other privately donated collections. ThisContinue reading “Chinese Rhythm by Alfredo Campoli”