PE0285. BABY BUNTING (Nat D. Ayer & Clifford Grey), recorded 1919, w.Jacques Greebe Cond. Shaftsbury Theatre Ensemble; Ronald Squire, William Catlett, Dorothy Brunton, Frank Attree, Daisy Elliston, Joyce Barbour, Davy Burnaby, The Gleesome Singers, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 147, w.Elaborate 'The Play' 20pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Shaftsbury Theatre 1919 production & biographies. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm English Columbia rarities.
"BABY BUNTING, a musical comedy by Fred Thompson and Worton with Lyrics by Clifford Grey with music by Nat. D. Ayer, opened on 25 Sept. 1919 and ran for 213 performances. Alongside his performing career, Harry Nicholls also worked as a playwright, scoring a major hit with the comedy JANE (1890 w William Lestocq) and then further successes as the part-author of two of the most internationally played of the Gaiety Theatre musical comedies, A RUNAWAY GIRL and THE TOREADOR. In a busy and eclectic career, he also wrote many lyrics for both popular and show songs and appeared at the Gaiety in the role of Hooker Pacha in THE MESSENGER BOY (1900). Nicholls' JANE was turned into a musical comedy in 1919 under the title BABY BUNTING (Nat D Ayer/Clifford Grey/Fred Thompson, Worton David)."
- British Musical Theatre
gA gentleman farmer with a love of Edwardian and early Twentieth Century music has created a home industry of preserving early Musical and Revue scores as recorded on 78 and cylinder, the latter of which he is certainly a specialist. It is an impressive list of shows that Dominic Combe has digitalised and issued on Compact Disc. Not only is it the recordings but the lovingly created books that attach.
Early theatre recordings abound in Great Britain, more so than in the United States where it took them some time to start recording original cast material. And so, many early scores are available to be heard. But what Dominic discovered when he started assembling these scores was that often latter day British 78 and cylinder record collectors turned their noses up on recordings of dance music or covers and ebest off or egemsf making them hard to find. And, it is those recordings which can often contain songs not otherwise recorded. He has built strong connections with other collectors willing to lend material to make each issue as complete as possible.
Modern equipment and an aptitude for perfection have helped Dominic eclean upf old 78 and cylinder records to deliver a sound quality that can be stunning. The booklets are produced with as much care by using original theatre programmes or magazines such as PLAY PICTORIAL and MUSIC FOR ALL so that the listener can get a good idea of how the show looked as well as to see the unique art work used to advertise the show back then.
Dominic has issued over fifty of these gems and still has titles either being completed or awaiting to be started on. The label is called PALAEOPHONICS.h
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