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What's the earliest recording you have in your collection?

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I'm curious to find out what is the earliest recording other have in their collection. I have a CD of "American Negro Songs" from about the turn of the 20th century. Jazz and improvisation was already alive and well around 1900 when most of these tracks were recorded. It just hadn't been branded the name "jazz" at that point. At least to me this is how I perceive these recordings when listening to them. 

Here is one that I have. 

Earliest Negro Vocal Quartets - The Earliest Negro Vocal Quartets ...

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King Oliver's Creole Band (1923) was the earliest I ever had.

 

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The anthology, That Devilin' Tune, starts with recordings from the 1890s.

Edited by kh1958

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I had the Buddy Bolden LP but somehow have misplaced it. Darn!

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Not counting the Really The Blues? Vol. 1 CD set by Allen Lowe (too obvious), it's this:

 

An original 78 of this one (Orchestre Tzigane du Volney - sous la direction de Maestro Lensen, Paris, on French HMV GC30728, recorded in 1912):

 

 

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Somebody gave me a cylinder, but I threw it in the garbage.

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Must be something in my collection earlier (besides cylinders), but this set includes Jimmy Durante from 1918.

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I have an Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder of the Edison Concert Band, but that's just a decoration. My earliest  listenable music is the ODJB on LP and cd.

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, kh1958 said:

The anthology, That Devilin' Tune, starts with recordings from the 1890s.

That would count as my earliest too.

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Some Ellington from his earliest days on the Proper box.  I don't become even semi-completist with him until Blanton/Webster:

Masterpieces 1926-49

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There's at least one track on here from 1908:

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1 hour ago, sidewinder said:

That would count as my earliest too.

I'm thinking it's mine too.

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2 hours ago, sidewinder said:

That would count as my earliest too.

Me three. Otherwise it's the ODJB and Jimmy Durante. anybody here got any Scott Joplin?   (Recordings, not piano rolls.) 

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3 hours ago, felser said:

Some Ellington from his earliest days on the Proper box.  I don't become even semi-completist with him until Blanton/Webster:

Masterpieces 1926-49

Your loss. My favorite period is 1927-34.

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There are some CDs out with 1890's recordings besides Allen Lowe's anthology. Archeophone reissued some of it - very interesting music.

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I have a handful of very early classical recordings from that time, too. But the earliest stuff I have are recordings for mechanical organs from the 18th cenrury! 

Some other early stuff I have:

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13 hours ago, medjuck said:

anybody here got any Scott Joplin?   (Recordings, not piano rolls.) 

Totally forgot about Scott Joplin.

I have a few Biograph LPs by him and James Scott with piano rolls transferred to vinyl for reissue.
But discounting vinyl reissues of piano rolls, I find I also have this one with recordings dating back to 1900:

https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-Ragtime-Cake-Walks-Military-Bands-Ragtime-Orchestras-Coon-Contests-Blues-And-Jazz-Volume-2-1/release/6295213

 

 

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