Swede Home Chicago: The Wallin’s Svenska Records Story, 1923-1927
Various Artists

Swede Home Chicago
July 28, 2021 hennessey
Various Artists: Swede Home Chicago: The Wallin’s Svenska Records Story, 1923-1927

Chicago, the most populous Swedish city after Stockholm, was also home to the first record label founded by a Nordic immigrant to the United States. Gustaf Waldemar Wallin, a former crofter from Sweden’s rocky western coast, owned a music shop and launched Wallin’s Svenska Records, issuing 28 ten-inch shellac discs (56 tracks) from 1923 to 1927. Performers ran the era’s gamut: raucous vaudevillians; operatic tenors; accordion dance bands intermingling venerable folk tunes with hot jazz; sedate classical duos and novelty bell ringers; rousing vocal quartets and massed choirs; seasoned professionals and moonlighting amateurs. Further, Wallin’s discs were recorded by two important entrepreneurs with Chicago studios: evangelist Homer Rodeheaver, who made acoustic records, and Orlando Marsh, who pioneered in the field of electrical recording. Comprising two CDs remastered from rare discs, Swede Home Chicago includes a richly illustrated 76-page booklet—co-authored by folklorists Jim Leary and Marcus Cederström, and Archeophone’s Richard Martin—featuring an essay on the label’s history, performers’ biographies, track notes, Swedish lyrics, and English translations, combining to illuminate a vibrant bygone musical scene that expands our understanding of America’s perpetual musical pluralism. Produced in cooperation with the Mills Music Library and the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  List price: $28.99  Sale price: $26.09

OVERVIEW

  • Catalogue number: ARCH 8003
  • UPC: 860003210048
  • Original release date: August 27, 2021
  • Running length: 157:56 / 56 tracks / 2 CD set
  • Notes & packaging: Digipak with a 76-page full-color booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1923-1927
  • In Archeophone’s Ethnic & Foreign Language series
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Tracklist: CD 1
1. Kväsar valsen Harold E. Anderson, accordion 1923
2. Kärlek och handklavér Gustaf Fonandern (with Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions) 1923
3. Lilla Frida, och Jag Gustaf Fonandern, with accordion accomp. 1923
4. Det var en gubbe Olle i Skratthult (Hjalmar Peterson with Harry Swanson, piano) 1923
5. Mor, lilla mor Henry Corsell (with Esther Arneson, piano) 1923
6. Hälsning från Norden Henry Corsell (with Ebba Frederickson, violin) 1924
7. Vaggvisa från Samoa Ebba Frederickson, violin (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1925
8. Sång fåglarne Chicago Premier Kvartett 1923
9. Serenad Knut Öhrström, with violin and piano accomp. 1925
10. Carmela Knut Öhrström (with Harry T. Carlson, piano) 1924
11. Flickan i skogen Ebbe Kempe-Kjellgren (with Elsa Frick, piano) 1923
12. Kristin vals Gustaf Fonandern (with Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions) 1923
13. Avestaforsens brus Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions 1923
14. Mona, min tärna Henry Corsell (with Esther Arneson, piano) 1923
15. Hembygden Knut Öhrström, with violin and piano accomp. 1925
16. Jäg är en pilgrim här Knut Öhrström (with Harry T. Carlson, piano) 1924
17. Den farliga månen Harold E. Anderson, accordion 1923
18. Min favorit-schottis Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions 1923
19. Maria-vals Ebba Frederickson, violin (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1923
20. För dig allen Gunnar Sund (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1924
21. Ack, Wärmeland du sköna Knut Öhrström, with violin and piano accomp. 1925
22. Hör oss Svea Svensk-Amerikanska Sångarförbunde 1924
23. Afton klockor Scandinavian Bell Ringers 1925
24. I ljuva drömmar Scandinavian Bell Ringers 1925
25. Källan Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
26. O hur stilla Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
27. Jag undrar hur de gamla har det nu Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
28. Pär Speleman Folke Andersson, with piano and violin accomp. 1927

 

Tracklist: CD 2
1. Den farliga månen Harold E. Anderson, accordion 1923
2. Flickan med kortklippt hår Gustaf Fonandern (with Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions) 1923
3. Jazz-gossen Gustaf Fonandern, with accordion accomp. 1923
4. Storbönneras vals Olle i Skratthult (Hjalmar Peterson with Harry Swanson, piano) 1923
5. Månstrålar klara glimma Henry Corsell (with Esther Arneson, piano) 1923
6. Bliv min, så är världen min Henry Corsell (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1924
7. Tonerna Ebba Frederickson, violin (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1923
8. Mitt hemlands dal Chicago Premier Kvartett 1923
9. Hälsa dem där hemma Knut Öhrström, with violin and piano accomp. 1925
10. Ingalill Knut Öhrström (with Harry T. Carlson, piano) 1924
11. Släckta fyrar Ebbe Kempe-Kjellgren (with Elsa Frick, piano) 1923
12. Svarta Rudolf Gustaf Fonandern (with Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions) 1923
13. Den gula paviljongen Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions 1923
14. Barndomshemmet Henry Corsell (with Ebba Frederickson, violin) 1923
15. Stjärnor i kronan Knut Öhrström (with Harry T. Carlson, piano) 1924
16. Zigenarvisa Knut Öhrström, with violin and piano accomp. 1925
17. Vid blänkfyren Harold E. Anderson and Alfred Edström, accordions 1923
18. Rondino Ebba Frederickson, violin (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1925
19. På Roines strand Gunnar Sund (with Hildur Bergström, piano) 1924
20. Längtan till Sverige Knut Öhrström, with violin and piano accomp. 1925
21. Du gamla du fria Henry Corsell and Svensk-Amerikanska Sångarförbundet 1924
22. Hem ljuva hem Scandinavian Bell Ringers 1925
23. Ring i himmelens klockor Scandinavian Bell Ringers 1925
24. Mor, lilla mor Henry Corsell (with Esther Arneson, piano) 1924
25. Land, du välsignade Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
26. I Herrens helgedom Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
27. Hå hå ja ja de fleckera Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
28. Jag sjunger och dansar ur Värmländingarna Folke Andersson, with piano accomp. 1927
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