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Henry Burr, Anthology: The Original King of Pop
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Now available in a second edition with improved audio: Archeophone presents the songs of Henry Burr, the most popular and most prolific ballad-singing tenor of the acoustic era of recording. Here are his biggest hits: "Come Down, Ma Evenin' Star," "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," "Love Me and the World Is Mine," "M-O-T-H-E-R," "A Baby's Prayer at Twilight," and so many more. We've got a great cross-section of material from throughout Burr's career and highlighted the duets, trios, and quartets that he sang in.

The Most Prolific Tenor
Probably no one, not even Billy Murray, participated in as many recordings in the acoustic era as Henry Burr. He was born in Canada as Harry McClaskey, and he originally wanted to be a concert singer and to perform sacred hymns, such as he did in one of his first recording sessions, waxing "The Holy City." His voice had a very serious sound to it, which you can hear on songs like the traditional Scottish song, "Loch Lomond," "Silver Threads Among the Gold," and the pathetic "Mighty Lak' a Rose."

The Dean of Ballad Singers
But Harry warmed to the horn and soothed the hearts of audiences for over 25 years with his impeccable delivery of the most beautiful ballads the world has heard. You can hear his newly mature voice on "I've Got the Time, I've Got the Place, But It's Hard to Find the Girl" and the big hit, "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now," and a few years later on the perennial favorite, "When You and I Were Young, Maggie."

The Best of Team Players
Henry Burr had trouble in his business and managerial relationships, which are chronicled in Anthology's thorough notes by Burr expert Arthur Makosinski, but when it came to singing, no one could harmonize as well or let his partners shine as brightly as Henry Burr. You can hear him with his first partner, Frank Stanley, on "Shine on, Harvest Moon," or with his longest and most successful partner, Albert Campbell, on the smash hit, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles." But we've also got Burr duets with Ada Jones on the novelty piece, "What Do You Mean, You Didn't Want to Do It?" and with Billy Murray on the early electric number, "I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight?"

Introducing the Peerless Quartet
Additionally, Burr was a consummate team player on early Peerless Quartet songs-and the two songs on Anthology back up the boast of the quartet's name. From Franz Lehar's worldwide success The Merry Widow, the Peerless introduce "Women," a masterpiece of early acoustic recording technology. Burr and his partners trade lines and harmonize masterfully in this 1908 recording, when basso Frank Stanley was in charge of the group. From 1917, when Burr was the leader of the Peerless, we have "America, Here's My Boy!" a rousing pro-World War I piece.

Going Out in Style
Unlike many of his early stable mates, Henry Burr made the transition from the acoustic to electrical era of recording technology. His sweet tenor is still on beautiful display on the Irving Berlin classic, "Always," as well as the unforgettable "Are You Lonesome To-Night?" "Cross Roads" is one of Burr's last recordings, and he is still at his best on the 1928 record. Over his last dozen years, Henry continued to sing the classic songs he and his audiences loved the best.

The importance of this collection is immense. Everyone who has hear of old records has heard the name of Henry Burr, but never before have his songs been collected on CD. With this, our second Anthology collection, Archeophone shows once again why we are the leader in issuing the most important acoustic-era artists.

CD Details

  • Catalogue number: ARCH 5502
  • UPC: 777215108066
  • Original release date: March 17, 2005
  • Running length: 78:44 / 27 tracks
  • Booklet: 24-page
  • Tracks recorded: 1903-1928
  • Contains racially derogatory language
  • In Archeophone's Pioneers series.

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1. The Holy City—Henry Burr (ca. 1903) Listen Listen Listen Listen
2. Come Down, Ma Evenin Star—Henry Burr (ca. 1903) Listen Listen Listen Listen
3. Silver Threads Among the Gold—Henry Burr (ca. 1903) Listen Listen Listen Listen
4. Loch Lomond—Henry Burr (1905) Listen Listen Listen Listen
5. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree—Irving Gillette (Henry Burr) (1905) Listen Listen Listen Listen
6. Love Me and the World Is Mine—Henry Burr (ca. 1906) Listen Listen Listen Listen
7. Mighty Lak a Rose—Henry Burr (ca. 1908) Listen Listen Listen Listen
8. Women—Peerless Quartet (1908) Listen Listen Listen Listen
9. Shine on, Harvest Moon—Henry Burr and Frank C. Stanley (ca. 1909) Listen Listen Listen Listen
10. I Wonder Whos Kissing Her Now—Henry Burr (1909) Listen Listen Listen Listen
11. Ive Got the Time, Ive Got the Place, But Its Hard to Find the Girl—Henry Burr (1910) Listen Listen Listen Listen
12. Last Night Was the End of the World—Henry Burr (1913) Listen Listen Listen Listen
13. Peg O My Heart—Henry Burr (1913) Listen Listen Listen Listen
14. What Do You Mean, You Didnt Want to Do It?—Henry Burr and Ada Jones (1914) Listen Listen Listen Listen
15. Everything Reminds Me of that Old Sweetheart of Mine—Henry Burr, Al Campbell and Will Oakland (1914) Listen Listen Listen Listen
16. Stay Down Here Where You Belong—Henry Burr (1915) Listen Listen Listen Listen
17. MOTHER (A Word That Means the World to Me)—Henry Burr (1915) Listen Listen Listen Listen
18. America, Heres My Boy!—Peerless Quartet (1917) Listen Listen Listen Listen
19. A Babys Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)—Henry Burr (1917) Listen Listen Listen Listen
20. Hush-A-Bye, Ma Baby (Missouri Waltz)—The Sterling Trio (ca. 1917) Listen Listen Listen Listen
21. When You and I Were Young Maggie—Henry Burr (ca. 1918) Listen Listen Listen Listen
22. Im Forever Blowing Bubbles—Henry Burr and Al Campbell (1919) Listen Listen Listen Listen
23. My Buddy—Henry Burr (1922) Listen Listen Listen Listen
24. I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night?—Henry Burr and Billy Murray (1925) Listen Listen Listen Listen
25. Always—Henry Burr (1926) Listen Listen Listen Listen
26. Are You Lonesome To-Night?—Henry Burr (1927) Listen Listen Listen Listen
27. Cross Roads—Henry Burr (1928) Listen Listen Listen Listen
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