Earliest recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” discovered

Made in 1894 by African-American singing group the Standard Quartette, this cylinder pre-dates all extant recordings of “Swing Low” by 15 years. Read the full press release about this historic find →

Attractive Hebrews released

Collectors of early recordings have long heard about the Yiddish-language cylinders made under unknown circumstances by the Lambert Company of Chicago, but virtually no one had ever heard them. Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, 1901-1905 answers many questions and poses new ones about early recording history. A fascinating listen and an engaging read, this is also a one-of-a-kind look at early Yiddish theater. The set includes a 56-page booklet with notes and translations by well-known Yiddish expert Henry Sapoznik. Learn more, listen to samples, and order →

Fanny Crosby’s voice discovered on wax cylinder

America’s most famous hymn writer, thought never to have recorded, to be featured on Waxing the Gospel.  Read the full press release about her first and only recording →

Waxing the Gospel coming September 30

Our long-anticipated box set Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph, 1890-1900 is slated for a September 30 release. Waxing the Gospel offers a historic look at the first decade of the recording industry, presenting 3 CDs with 102 selections from the 1890s in a 408-page hardback book.

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Introducing Waxing the Gospel, CD 3

So, as we said last week, Waxing the Gospel was originally a CD dedicated to the recordings of evangelist Ira D. Sankey. But then we decided to include the discs of his partner, Dwight L. Moody. An...read full post →
posted: August 2, 2016

Introducing Waxing the Gospel, CD 2

The middle CD of Waxing the Gospel is actually where the project began more than a decade ago. Our friend, “Cylinder Doctor” Michael Khanchalian, an avid collector of the extremely rare cylinders o...read full post →
posted: July 28, 2016

Introducing Waxing the Gospel, CD 1

  You may have heard us mention our upcoming album, but now it’s time to start filling you in with details. Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph, 1890-1900 is unlike any other hist...read full post →
posted: July 26, 2016

Waxing the Gospel is coming September 30