Archeophone Records Your Account  |  Shipping  |  Shopping Cart  |  Checkout   
Archeophone Records Catalogue Songs & Artists Features
View Complete Catalogue  |  Upcoming Releases  | Specials |  Listen to Sound Samples | Printable Catalogue
Home » Catalogue » Pioneers » Bert Williams: The Early Years   
Search
About the CD
CD Details
Track Listing and Sound Samples
Related Titles
More by this artist
Learn more
 • Pick your favorite song
 • Slideshow: Bert Williams, 1910-1918
 • Slideshow: Bert Williams, 1919-1922
Catalogue
Archeophone CDs-> (65)
   Genres (7)
   Critical Issues (1)
   Labels & Innovations (5)
   Jazz, Dance & Blues (8)
   Pioneers (25)
   Yearbooks (17)
   Special Products (2)

Digital Downloads-> (14)
   Digital Albums (3)
   Archeophone Archives (11)

Archeophone Distribution->
   Off The Record (3)

Special Packages (20)
Sale Items
Find Songs & Artists on Archeophone CDs
Browse by artist name
Browse by song title
Browse by year
Most Popular
01.King Oliver, Off the Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings
02.Actionable Offenses: Indecent Phonograph Recordings from the 1890s
03.Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922
04.Sophie Tucker: Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
05.The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy
06.Debate '08: Taft and Bryan Campaign on the Edison Phonograph
07.Real Ragtime: Disc Recordings From Its Heyday
Download Sound Samples
Streaming Real Audio
Real Audio
Windows Media
Features
Recording of the Month
Slideshows
Spotlights
Gallery
Trivia
Vote
Information
About Us
Sitemap
Privacy Policy
Contact Us
View Complete Catalogue
Featured Song
Yellow Dog Blues
by Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra (1919) featured on 1920

Click for another »

Bert Williams: The Early Years

This title is currently out of stock. Please email us with any questions.

Archeophone's most highly anticipated CD release to date, Volume 1 in our Complete Bert Williams series, The Early Years, 1901-1909, compiles 31 of the legendary comedian's recordings dating back as far as his landmark Victor sessions, through to his 1906 Columbia sessions at which Williams waxed several of his trademark songs. The CD is accompanied by a stunningly beautiful 32-page full-color deluxe booklet with extensive notes on Bert Williams' early life and stage career up to 1909, extremely rare graphics, and an essay from 1906 on African Americans in the theatre by Williams' partner, George Walker.

The Rarest of the Rare
Archeophone has searched high and low for five years to obtain the rarest records Bert Williams made-indeed some of the rarest records in the world. Our efforts have borne extensive proof, and we present here 15 sides from Williams and Walker's 1901 sessions. Five of the selections--"I Don't Like that Face You Wear," "The Phrenologist Coon," "Where Was Moses When the Light Went Out," "All Going Out and Nothing Coming In," and "Good Morning, Carrie"-are presented in both their seven- and ten-inch disc versions. Sometimes, the longer version of a song merely repeats a verse or a chorus, but not always. Listeners who have never heard these before will be surprised especially on "Face" and "Carrie" at how different the versions could be.

Legendary Broadway Shows
As the accompanying notes discuss, Williams and Walker starred in several hit productions in the late 1890s and introduced their hilarious version of the cakewalk to the American public. But beginning with Sons of Ham, the team began a string of major stage successes, and the recordings on The Early Years chronicle several of these shows. "In My Castle on the River Nile" and "Good Morning, Carrie" are two such songs featured in Sons of Ham. It demonstrates the theme of native Africans that Williams and Walker were fascinated by and dramatized frequently. Abyssinia is also well-represented, with Bert's signature "Nobody" (from the rare Marconi take), "Let It Alone," and the wry "I'm Tired of Eating in the Restaurants."

Lots of Surprises
We get a strong taste of the electric sense of humor and interplay between the great team of Williams and Walker on these records too. They laugh and play throughout, as you can hear by George Walker's background contributions to Williams' solo attempt on "All Going Out and Nothing Coming In" and by Williams' vocal foolishness behind Walker's lead on "Pretty Desdamone." But there are other surprises: note that Bert accompanies George on piano on such tracks as "Her Name's Miss Dinah Fare," and that some of Williams' routines from vaudeville, such as the minstrel-style "The Mississippi Stoker," are here too. And we are happy to present for the first time the rare rejected take of Bert's "I've Such a Funny Feeling When I Look at You."

Scarce Cylinder Records
All four two-minute cylinders Bert Williams made are included here. Since the cylinders did not go as long as their disc counterparts, Bert shifted his routine to take advantage of the space. On "He's a Cousin of Mine," Williams breaks into song in the last chorus, in vaudeville "big-finish" style. But if these uncommon treasures weren't enough, The Early Years includes what may be the only extant copy of the three-minute, six-inch 20th Century cylinder of "Here It Comes Again." We couldn't make such rarities available to you except through the generosity of our gracious contributors.

An Historic Collection
Never before have these one-of-a-kind recordings been gathered in one place, and never with such a handsome and informative package. In fact, most of these recordings have not been heard by the public in over 100 years. Archeophone Records is proud to deliver this unprecedented collection of songs by Bert Williams, a true American treasure.

Track Listing and Sound Samples

    music sampler  Select below or try out our sampler to listen to all with just one click

 

Real Audio

Windows
Media

Non-
Streaming
Real

mp3

1. I Don't Like that Face You Wear [7 in. disc]—Williams & Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
2. I Don't Like that Face You Wear [10 in. disc]—Williams & Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
3. In My Castle on the River Nile [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
4. The Phrenologist Coon [7 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
5. The Phrenologist Coon [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
6. Where Was Moses When the Light Went Out [7 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
7. Where Was Moses When the Light Went Out [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
8. All Going Out and Nothing Coming In [7 in. disc]——Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
9. All Going Out and Nothing Coming In [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
10. Junie [7 in. disc]—George Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
11. Good Morning Carrie [7 in. disc]—Williams & Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
12. Good Morning Carrie [10 in. disc]—Williams & Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
13. Her Name's Miss Dinah Fair [7 in. disc]—George Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
14. She's Getting More Like the White Folks [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
15. My Little Zulu Babe [10 in. disc]—Williams & Walker (1901) Listen Listen Listen Listen
16. Pretty Desdamone [10 in. disc]—Williams & Walker (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
17. Nobody [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
18. Here It Comes Again [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
19. Let It Alone [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
20. I'm Tired of Eating in the Restaurants [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
21. All In, Out and Down [12 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
22. He's a Cousin of Mine [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
23. I'm Tired of Eating in the Restaurants [2 min. cylinder]—Bert Williams Listen Listen Listen Listen
24. Nobody [2 min. cylinder]—Bert Williams Listen Listen Listen Listen
25. Let It Alone [2 min. cylinder]—Bert Williams Listen Listen Listen Listen
26. He's a Cousin of Mine [2 min. cylinder]—Bert Williams Listen Listen Listen Listen
27. Here It Comes Again [3 min. cylinder]—Bert Williams Listen Listen Listen Listen
28. The Mississippi Stoker [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
29. I've Such a Funny Feeling When I Look at You [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
30. I've Such a Funny Feeling When I Look at You [unissued 10. in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
31. Fare Thee! On Ma Way! Jes' Gone! [10 in. disc]—Bert Williams (1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
Shopping Cart more
0 items
Get Connected

Find out about new releases and sales, new research, and upcoming events.

  Newsletter
RSS  Facebook
RSS  Twitter
RSS  RSS

Specials more
The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy
The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy
$29.99
$24.99

See all specials and package deals  »