V/A - Sprigs Of Time: 78s From The EMI Archive

V/A - Sprigs Of Time: 78s From The EMI Archive

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Honest Jon's collection of obscure, oddball and weirdly ahead-of-their-time tracks from the EMI label's gigantic collection of 78rpm discs!


"This is the third in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring the earliest 78s held in the EMI Hayes Archive. Honest Jon's spent two years delving through more than 150,000 78 records in the temperature-controlled steel vaults of EMI's Archive in Hayes, Middlesex. An eccentric survey of the Hayes shelves, Sprigs Of Time is a thirty track compilation featuring material recorded between 1903 and 1957, everywhere from England (Percy Grainger's recording of the title song, sung by Joseph Taylor in 1908) to Japan (the bewilderingly beautiful "Seigaiha", by the Japanese Imperial Palace Band, five years earlier). Organ rolls from Georgia run alongside Tamils impersonating motorized transport, and rumba from Beirut; '40s fado sits next to the songs of Bengali beggars. As with the other Hayes releases, all tracks have been restored at Abbey Road and are beautifully presented here with extensive contemporary photographs. There are recognizable names (Joseph Taylor, the incomparable Fairuz, Mighty Sparrow and an uncredited Rubén González, singing lead vocals on "Rumba Negra") and extraordinary oddities (Vengopal Chari's rather unfunny "Laughing" and the peculiarly affecting hand bells of "Gas All Clear"). Taken out of the library and put back on the turntable, every track here is remarkable; every one worth the saving. Comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with two booklets of photos and notes."

Track Listing:
01. G.U. Hsu - The English Sound Table
02. Gamelan Gong - Lagu Kebiar
03. Rizeli Kemenceci Sadik - Macka Sarkisi Cenber
04. Ochieng Wa Odinga - Umbok
05. Sacasas - Rumba Negra
06. Jean Mpia - Tembele
07. Vengopal Chari - Laughing
08. Jonuzi Me Shoket - Vome Kaba
09. Fernando Vilches & Ramon Montoya - Flor De Petenera
10. Fairuz - Ya Honaina
11. Cliff Edwards - I Ain't Got Nobody
12. Benodini Dassi - Khambaj
13. Joseph Taylor - Sprig O' Thyme
14. Imperial Palace Band - Seigaiha
15. Mr. Ero - My Darling Rose
16. Fatma Ben Meddah - Zeza Barkak Melbeka
17. Noubar Bey & Party - Fantaisie Maggiar
18. Vengopal Chari - Different Kind Of Motor Car Noises
19. Ben Simmons - Yankum Tom
20. Cantonese Opera - The Moon/Two Green Lotus In A Bitter Prison
21. Sam Mayo - Things Are Worse In Russia
22. Fernando Farinha - Descrenca
23. Gopal Chunder Singh Roy - Burdwan Dist. Beggar's Song
24. Fatma El Chameya Sudaneya - Gawadallah
25. Surat Band (Mr. Razak's) - Bagesri
26. Si Said Ben Ahmed - Yemma, Yemma
27. Malijo & Party - Muliranwawo
28. Sexteto Habanero - Romantica Mujer
29. Mighty Sparrow - The Queen's Canary
30. A.R.P. - Gas All Clear