The 1890s, Volume 2: "Wear Yer Bran' New Gown"
Various Artists

Various Artists: The 1890s, Vol. 2: "Wear Yer Bran' New Gown"

30 tracks from 1892-1900, transferred from exceedingly scarce brown wax cylinders and Berliner discs. More hits by the biggest artists of the American 1890s, such as Gilmore's Band, Cal Stewart, Dan Quinn, George Gaskin, Arthur Collins, and John Yorke AtLee. Standout tracks include the hitherto unattested cylinder of "Silver Threads Among the Gold" by J. W. Myers, the 1894 recording of "Then You'll Remember Me" by the U.S. Marine Band, an exceptional copy of "Casey at the Telephone," ca. 1896 by Russell Hunting, and the ultra-rare "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow" ca. 1892 by Silas Leachman for the North American Phonograph Company of Chicago. The deluxe 24-page booklet includes lyrics and bios and pictures of selected songwriters, a timeline of when the songs first hit big, and an historical essay focusing on major technological innovations of the decade. Companion volume to ARCH 9004.  List price: $17.49


  • Catalogue number: ARCH 9006
  • UPC: 656605923925
  • Original release date: May 17, 2002
  • Running length: 72:27 / 30 tracks
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 24-page booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1892-1900
  • Contains racially derogatory language
  • In Archeophone’s Phonographic Yearbook series
Tracks and Sound SamplesProduct DescriptionPackage DealsMore by these Artists
 Sample all tracks 
1. Semper Fidelis Band 1896
2. A Hot Time in the Old Town Len Spencer and Vess Ossman ca. 1897
3. Tenting on the Old Camp Ground Greater New York Quartette ca. 1898
4. Silver Threads Among the Gold J. W. Myers ca. 1898
5. Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms Chas. P. Lowe ca. 1898
6. On the Banks of the Wabash George J. Gaskin 1899
7. She Was Happy Till She Met You S. H. Dudley 1898
8. Then You’ll Remember Me U.S. Marine Band ca. 1894
9. Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow Wow Silas Leachman ca. 1892
10. Zizzy Ze Zum Zum Arthur Collins ca. 1898
11. Casey at the Telephone Russell Hunting ca. 1896
12. Dancing in the Dark Sousa’s Band ca. 1900
13. Just Tell Them that You Saw Me Dan W. Quinn ca. 1896
14. The Heart Bowed Down J. W. Myers ca. 1899-1900
15. The Jolly Coppersmith Columbia Orchestra ca. 1898
16. Kiss Me, Honey, Do S. H. Dudley 1899
17. Hello, Ma Baby Arthur Collins ca. 1899
18. I’se Gwine Back to Dixie Edison Quartet ca. 1897-1898
19. A Picture No Artist Can Paint Albert Campbell 1899
20. Whistling Rufus Vess Ossman ca. 1899-1900
21. The Liberty Bell March Edison Grand Concert Band ca. 1896-1897
22. She’s More to Be Pitied than Censured Marguerite Newton ca. 1898
23. Grand March from Tannha¸ser Gilmore’s Band ca. 1896
24. My Gal Is a Highborn Lady Len Spencer ca. 1897
25. Put Me Off at Buffalo Dan W. Quinn ca. 1898
26. Uncle Josh Weathersby’s Arrival in New York City Cal Stewart ca. 1898
27. She May Have Seen Better Days George J. Gaskin 1896
28. The Anvil Chorus John Yorke AtLee ca. 1894
29. The Stars and Stripes Forever Columbia Orchestra 1897
30. Say “Au Revoir” but Not “Good-bye” J. W. Myers 1896
What’s all the noise about the 1890s?

People are getting excited about scratchy records from two centuries ago! Music collectors and historians have taken a strong liking to our 1890s, Vol. 1, so we’re back with our second volume of tracks from the American 1890s. In two CDs, with 60 selections and two extensive booklets, Archeophone chronicles the popular music and some of the most notable events of the decade known as “The Gay ’90s.”

Here are another 30 songs, marches, whistling solos, banjo and xylophone solos, and comic routines, all from the decade when popular music was first born as a commercial product. With over 70 minutes of sound and a 24-page booklet, this is a real value for the scholar and casual listener alike.

Familiar Songs

The names of the performers are remote to many listeners, but the songs are part of the fabric of America’s national identity: “Hello, Ma Baby” (a song about telephones and ragtime), “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (which became the unofficial anthem of the Spanish-American War), and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa’s best-known march). There’s also the perennial “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” the Civil War-era “”Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” and “The Liberty Bell,” the Sousa march known to many modern listeners as the theme song to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Surprise yourself by just how many of these songs you—or your parents—or your grandparents—know.

The Fallen Woman

With songs like “She’s More to Be Pitied than Censured,” “She Was Happy Till She Met You,” “She May Have Seen Better Days,” and “Just Tell Them That You Saw Me,” the public learned about women caught up in a changing society. Either they left the safety of their families, moved to the dangerous city, and fell in with bad company, or they married badly and took the unthinkable step of leaving their husbands. These mournful stories try to elicit a sympathetic tear from their listeners. Perhaps most pathetic of all is “A Picture No Artist Can Paint,” in which an elderly couple experiences a double loss: first, of the daughter who leaves in a fit of anger, and second, of the son who goes to find her!

A Time of Inventiveness

From the light bulb to the telephone to, of course, the phonograph, the 1890s saw the march of technical progress. See how technology both affected the themes of many songs and stimulated the production of the first commercial records in our extensive notes on the times, the people, and the performers of the ’90s.

Could You Please Say that Again?

Customers thanked us for including lyrics in our booklet to The 1890s, Vol. 1, so we’ve put even more lyrics in the booklet to this second volume. Moreover, we give brief biographical sketches to some of the key composers represented in this collection. This CD and notes is a package you can’t do without!

This release is included in the following packages.

Phonographic Yearbook Starter Kit

Save 15% when you order all in-stock editions of our Phonographic Yearbook series together.

All Things Archeophone

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