PE0288. BRAN PIE, recorded 1919, w.Arthur Grudge Cond. Prince of Wales' Theatre Ensemble; Beatrice Lillie, Lee White, José de Moraes, Odette Myrtil, Phyllis Titmuss, Jack Hulbert, Phyllis Titmayer, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 146, w.Elaborate 'The Play' 20pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Prince of Wales' Theatre 1919 production & biographies. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm English Columbia rarities.
“BRAN PIE, which Mr. André Charlot produced at the Prince of Wales’ Theatre last night is an inspiration. It is the finest variety entertainment in London. The whole thing seems to have been conceived to bring the old happy-go-lucky spirit of the music hall back to the London stage, and the triumph was undoubted. Dainty and daring dresses, pretty and pert chorus girls, merry and melodious tunes and a company of uncompromising comedians make an ideal antidote for war weariness. This is a splendid company of artists, including Miss Odette Myrtil, who plays the violin divinely, the inimitable Two Bobs and Miss Beatrice Lillie in some characteristic and charming numbers.”
- THE DAILY MIRROR, 29 August, 1919
“If you are interested in what original audiences of early 20th century English operetta and musical comedy heard, there is a great source for such recordings – the record label Paleophonics. Dominic Combe prepares CDs for them from his huge collection of shellacs and a few cylinders.
I came across these somewhat hard-to-find CDs on the website of the mail-order company NORBECK, PETERS AND FORD, (norpete.com) which is specialized in historical performances from the beginning of recorded sound all the way through to the 1960s.
There are now over fifty Paleophonics CDs, and more are being prepared or scheduled for future release. Each CD comes with a lavishly illustrated program booklet with reviews, information about the shows and fantastic publicity photographs, and artwork from the original London productions, in the form of reproductions of the magazine PLAY PICTORIAL.”
- Thomas Krebs, OPERETTA RESEARCH CENTER - PALEOPHONICS - A JOURNEY TO THE DAWN OF RECORDED SOUND IN MUSICAL COMEDY, 1 July, 2020