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Here are some concertina recordings mostly from the first quarter of the 20th century. At that time, recordings were made mechanically (usually termed 'acoustic') using sound captured by a large recording horn, which indirectly drove a needle and inscribed the sound onto a wax disk.

Recordings made this way do not have the quality of the later (made after February 1926 for the recordings here) electrical recordings, and many of the 78rpm records used for transcription were badly scratched and worn, as will be evident from the labels . While most later or unworn 78rpms will play well with stylii of around 2.5 to 3 mil diameter, I have had to use huge 3.5 and 4 mil 'diamond nails' to bring out detail and reduce wear distortion. The transcriptions have been processed to try to increase the audibility of the notes played, rather than a good sonic reproduction of the perfomance, and all transcriptions here are new.

Alexander Prince (Maccann Duet Concertina)

Alexander Prince (1874-1928; real name Alexander Sutherland) was born in Scotland, but spent most of his later life in Nottingham when not on tour. An interview with Prince published in 1906 may be found on this site here.

A discography of Alexander Prince recordings has been published in the ICA's PICA Volume 9 at the end of 2012(and an updated version also here), and has been followed by a discography of other players also published on this site. The recordings here have been published in response to requests for a Prince CD, and are the bulk of my Prince 78rpm collection. But with almost 70 sides of around 2.5 to 3 minutes, you will need 3 CDs in audio format to contain them all. I have attempted to list them in order of recording, using release dates where no firm recording dates are available. More recordings will be added as they are obtained and restored, and some cylinders will also be added.

A quick summary of label families will serve to explain some of the multiple releases. Columbia, Columbia-Rena, and Regal were labels of the Columbia Company, and Prince signed an exclusive contract with Columbia in 1912, which lasted until his death. Zonophone and The Twin were the budget labels of HMV (formerly G&T). Winner were the budget label of Edison-Bell, a wholly British owned company, and unrelated to the Edison label except in their very earliest period.


Tout Passe, Waltz
Recorded 22 April 1903
Released on G&T G.C.-9136
10" single-sided.

Life in Vienna, Waltz
Recorded 16 February 1906
First released on Zonophone X-49110
10" single-sided in March 1907.

Night Patrol
Recorded 16 February 1906
by Alexander Prince as George King
First released on The Twin T-5115
10" double-sided in July 1909.
This recording was made on the same date as the earliest
single sided Zonophones but was never released on single sided Zonophone, only as Zonophone-The Twin double sided No. 138.

Hornpipe Medley
Recorded 18 January 1907
First released on Zonophone X-49113
10" single-sided in June 1907.
This recording on Zonophone - The Twin 450
10" double-sided released May 1911.

Parade March
Recorded 18 January 1907
This recording on Zonophone X49116
10" single-sided released September 1907.

Silver Heels
Recorded 18 January 1907
First released on Zonophone X-49117
10" single-sided in October 1907.
This recording on Zonophone - The Twin 450
10" double-sided released May 1911.

The Darkies Holiday
Recorded 18 January 1907
First released on Zonophone X-49132
10" single-sided in October 1908.
This recording on Zonophone 1073
10" double-sided released July 1913.

Petite Tonkinoise
Recorded March 1907
This recording on Zonophone X49114
10" single-sided released July 1907.

Harry Lauder's Pops
Recorded early 1907
This recording on Zonophone X49119
10" single-sided released October 1907.

Espana Waltz
Recorded March 1907
This recording on Zonophone X-49115
10" single-sided released August 1907.

Estudiantina Waltz
Recorded March 1907
First released on Zonophone X-49124
10" single-sided in February 1908.
This recording on Zonophone-The Twin 452
10" double-sided released May 1911.
Abide With Me And Other Hymns
Recorded June 1907
First released on Zonophone X-49123
10" single-sided in December 1907.
This recording on Zonophone-The Twin 451, 10" double-sided released May 1911.

Creole Bells
Recorded January 1908
by Alexander Prince as "George King"
This recording on The Twin T5039
10" double-sided released October 1908.
(Later released as Zonophone - The Twin 45)

"The Merry Widow" Waltz
Recorded February 1908
First released on Zonophone X-49127
10" single-sided in May 1908.
This recording on Zonophone-The Twin 452
10" double-sided released May 1911.
Charlestown Parade
Recorded c. April 1908
First released on Zonophone X-49133
10" single-sided in November 1908.
This recording on Zonophone-The Twin 1073
10" double-sided released July 1913.
Honest Toil
Recorded 13 November 1908
This recording on The Twin 206,
10" double-sided released January 1910.
The Lost Chord
Recorded 16 December 1908
First released on Zonophone X-49136
10" single-sided in February 1909.
This recording on Zonophone 451
10" double-sided released May 1911.

Under The Double Eagle
Recorded 19 March 1909
This recording on Zonophone X-49138
10" single-sided released June 1909.

Impudence

Poppies

Recorded 14 December 1909
Not released on Zonophone single sided.
These recordings on Zonophone 624
10" double-sided released September 1911

Administration March
Recorded 14 December 1909
Not released on Zonophone single sided.
This recording on Zonophone 861
10" double-sided released July 1912

Scottish Airs
Recorded 25 February 1910
This recording on Zonophone X49142
10" single-sided released June 1910

De Merry Little Niggahs

Charlestown Parade

Recording dates unknown.
These recordings on Columbia-Rena 1480, 10" double-sided
released December 1910. Released as Regal 7162 in November 1915.

Darkie's Holiday

Hop Scotch


Recording date c.1910
These recordings on The Winner 2053
10" double-sided released February 1912

My Dreams

Austria March


Recording date c.1910
These recordings on The Winner 2054
10" double-sided released February 1912

Belphegor March

Scotch Reels


Recording date c.1910
These recordings on The Winner 2055
10" double-sided released February 1912

The Holy City

Marche Aux Flambeaux

Recording dates unknown
Released on Columbia 1813 in February 1912.
These recordings on Regal G 7410, 10" double-sided released February 1917

Les Sourires Waltz

Les Sirenes Waltz

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Columbia-Rena 1899, 10" double-sided released May 1912
Estudiantina Waltz

The Blue Bells of Scotland


Recording date c.1910
These recordings on The Winner 2115
10" double-sided released June 1912

The Darkies Holiday Schottische

Silver Heels


Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Columbia-Rena 1913
10" double-sided released July 1912.
Released as Regal G7002 in September 1915.

Hornpipe Medley

Woodland Flowers


Recording dates c.1910
Released on The Winner 2167 10" double-sided released August 1912.
Blue Bonnets Schottische

Lads of Scotland March


Recording dates unknown
Released on Columbia 1961 in October 1912.
These recordings on Regal G7003, 10" double-sided released September 1915.

Alexanders Ragtime Band

I'm Going Back to Dixie


Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Columbia-Rena 2055
10" double-sided released February 1913.
Released as Regal G7005 in September 1915.

Abide With Me

Lead Kindly Light


Recording dates unknown
Released on Columbia 2205 in October 1913.
These recordings on Regal G7233
10" double-sided released March 1915.

Lost Chord

Il Bacio


Recording date c.1910
These recordings on Winner 2488
10" double-sided released December 1913

Hop Scotch

Scotch Reels


Recording date c.1910
These recordings on Winner 2528
10" double-sided released January 1914
Alhough these recordings were probably issued earlier in different couplings they have been added for completeness, and because they could be different takes.
Blue Danube Waltz

Waves of The Danube Waltz


Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Columbia 466, 12" double-sided released June 1914.

Administration March

Italian Tattoo


Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Columbia 2361, 10" double-sided released April 1914.
Not re-released on Regal.

Il Bacio

Estudiantina Waltz

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Columbia 2426, 10" double-sided released in July 1914.
Not re-released on Regal.

No Surrender March

Honest Toil March


Recording dates unknown
Released on Columbia 2450 in October 1914.
These recordings on Regal G7010
10" double-sided released September 1915.

Chicago Schottische

Jackanapes Polka


Recording dates unknown
Released on Columbia 2437 in September 1914.
These recordings on Regal G7009
10" double-sided released September 1915.

The Soldiers of The King

Patriotic Airs


Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal G7012
10" double-sided released September 1915.
Released on Columbia 2481 in December 1915.

The Great Little Army

The Call of The Drum


Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal G7453
10" double-sided released December 1919.

Concertina Medley Part 1
("You're in Style" "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em?" "N'Everything" "California and You")
Concertina Medley Part 2
("Where The Blue-eyed Marys Grow," "Why Didn't You Tell Me?," "Down in Virginia," "When Love Peeps In")

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 7472, 10" double-sided released March 1920.

Missouri Waltz

Till We Meet Again Waltz

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 7474, 10" double-sided released March 1920.

March - On The Go (Le Fringant)

The Favourite Regiment

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 7557, 10" double-sided released December 1920.

Linckes Barn Dance

Peggy O'Neil

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 7854, 10" double-sided released December 1922.

Invincible - March

Fraternity - March

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 7919, 10" double-sided released April 1923.

The Dawn Of Spring Part 1

The Dawn Of Spring Part 2

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 8009, 10" double-sided released October 1923.

Concertina Medley Part 1
("Say It While Dancing" "Shores of Minnetonka" "Angelus" "Nellie Kelly" "I Love You" )

Concertina Medley Part 2
("Granny's Song At Twilight" "Hawaiian Rainbow" "I'll Stand Beneath Your Window" "Yes, We Have No Bananas")
Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 8044, 10" double-sided released December 1923.

Under The Double Eagle March

With Sword and Lance March

Re-recorded 18 September 1924
These recordings on Columbia 1449R, 10" double-sided.
Original Columbia 1449 released November 1910

Concertina Medley Part 1
("Gigolette" "My Sweetie Went Away" "A Smile Will Go A Long, Long Way" "Horsey, Keep Your Tail Up" )
Concertina Medley Part 2
("Pasadena" "Shine" "Twelve o'Clock At Night" "Riviera Rose")

Recording dates unknown.
These recordings on Regal G8205, 10" double-sided released September 1924
Concertina Medley Part 1
("Somebody Loves Me" "Marcheta" "What Do You Do Sunday Mary?" "Wait a Bit Susie")
Concertina Medley Part 2
("Follow the Swallow" "All Alone" "Hum a Little Tune" "June Night")

Recording dates unknown.
These recordings on Regal G8395, 10" double-sided released July 1925
Concertina Medley Part 1
("Shanghai" "Sally's Come Back" "I'll Take Her Back" "Oh How I Love My Darling")
Concertina Medley Part 2
("Show Me The Way To Go Home" "Oh Darling Do Say Yes" "Do You Remember The Love Nest?" "I've Got A Real Daddy Now")

Recording dates unknown.
These recordings on Regal G8467, 10" double-sided released December 1925
Rose Marie - Concertina Medley
("Rose Marie" "Pretty Things" "Totem Tom-Tom" "Indian Love Call")
No,No, Nanette - Concertina Medley
("Tea For Two" "Take A Little One-Step""I Want To Be Happy" "Too Many Rings Around Rosie")

Recording dates unknown
These recordings on Regal 8495, 10" double-sided released January 1926
Christmas Concertina Selection Part 1

Christmas Concertina Selection Part 2

Recorded 11 October 1926
(Electrical Recording)
These recordings on Regal 8722
10" double-sided released December 1926

Cavalry of The Clouds
The Thin Red Line
Recorded 4 April 1927
(Electrical Recording)
These recordings on Regal G8838
10" double-sided released September 1927

Martial Moments Part 1
("Entry of the Gladiators" "Punjaub" "Belphegor" "Sons of the Brave" "Colonel Bogey")
Martial Moments Part 2
("Under the Double Eagle" "Namur" "Washington Post"
"Wellington" "Great Little Army")

Recorded 22 September 1927 (Electrical Recording)
These recordings on Regal G8984
10" double-sided released December 1927

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Transcription Equipment for 78rpm
Hardware: Goldring Lenco GL69 turntable,Rega Planar 78 turntable with Rega R200 tone-arm, Nagaoka MP11 cartridges with 3.0,3.5 or 4.0 mil stylii (Shure, Rega, Stanton and Sanyo 78rpm cartridges available but not used). Tascam US-144 USB2.0 Interface.
Software: Audacity, SoundForge 8, Cubase 7, Nuendo 1, and custom written DSP programme.

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