Playing with harp records (and a ZX spectrum cassette).
A couple of old 78s recorded playing on a vintage Decca Junior gramophone dating from the mid 1920s. Despite being a song called ‘Land of the Harp’ they both seem to have piano accompaniment, perhaps piano recorded better on the microphones of the day…
The John Lovering version appears to be from around 1929 according to the fantastic resource that is tedstaunton.com. While the version by Miss Annie Rees is listed in the September 1924 Zonophone record catalogue here in the British Library.
More recently I have been involved in a number of projects with harpists, one of my favourites was this short film for the fantastic duo Deuair
Valentines day is upon us and a shifting selection of romantic records has been in Bara Menyn Bakehouse for the last week or so…
Another selection for the season – get fit and book your holiday!
Ive collected a few of these old postcard flexidisc records over the years, mostly the audio on them bears no relation to the image or the places shown as far as I can tell. An exception is this one from York.
Many more flexidisc postcard records in this youtube playlist here
A New Year brings promise and hope. Hope of self improvement, of happiness, a new start, a fresh look at life, opportunities – learn that, stop this, go here – no pressure.
A new selection of records in Bara Menyn Bakehouse to help us get motivated for the new year.
As it’s panto season I thought I’d share these Selcol flexidisc versions here. Discogs describes Selcol as a ‘UK plastics manufacturer active during the 1950s and 1960s.’
The discs are made from what seems like a very soft, light plastic film (compared to other flexidiscs) backed with printed card.
You can see they have ‘Cut here’ printed on the sides to indicate they were originally cut from something larger, but I dont know what.. I was quite surprised how playable they are though!