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The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs

by Various Artists

"BEST ALBUM OF 2013 - A musical time machine!" - Austin Chronicle. 100+ year old parlor songs performed by legendary musical artists of our day.
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1. The Band Played On
Richard Thompson and Christine Collister
3:43 album only
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2. A Perfect Day
Kimmie Rhodes
2:27 album only
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3. The Flying Trapeze
Graham Parker
4:40 album only
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4. Love's Old Sweet Song
Heidi Talbot , Featuring John McCusker(Fiddle)
3:34 album only
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5. Long Time Ago
Jimmy Lafave
3:59 album only
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6. Silver Dagger
Jolie Goodnight
3:05 album only
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7. The Dying Californian
Carrie Elkin
3:22 album only
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8. The Rosary
Garth Hudson (Instrumental Piano)
1:57 album only
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9. Come Josephine in My Flying Machine
Will Sexton and Simone Stevens
3:17 album only
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10. Somewhere a Voice Is Calling
Kimmie Rhodes
3:47 album only
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11. After the Ball
Dave Davies
4:24 album only
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12. I Love You Truly
Jolie Goodnight
3:53 album only
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13. Beautiful Ohio
Kim Richey
3:18 album only
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14. Just a-Wearyin' for You
Eric Bibb
2:57 album only
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15. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
Kimmie Rhodes
2:55 album only
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16. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Simone Stevens
2:43 album only
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17. Home Sweet Home
Christine Collister
3:21 album only
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18. The Last Rose of Summer
Instrumental - Featuring Richard Greene(Violin Solo)
2:14 album only
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19. Till We Meet Again
Instrumental - Featuring Garth Hudson
2:08 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Best Album of 2013 -- Austin Chronicle (Margaret Moser)
"Best of its type since 'O Brother Where Art Thou' " - Steven Rosen/Blurt Magazine
"Chills went down by spine! A musical time machine" - Kevin Curtin/Austin Chronicle
"The performers pinpoint the heartbreak, lust, loss and flirtatious play loaded within the original compositions" - Paste Magazine
"Chills went down my spine! A musical time machine!" - Austin Chronicle

Legendary musical artists of our time performing charming popular sheet music songs from 100+ years ago:

1 The Band Played On (Richard Thompson w/Christine Collister)
2 A Perfect Day (Kimmie Rhodes)
3 The Flying Trapeze (Graham Parker w/Garth Hudson piano and accordion)
4 Love's Old Sweet Song (Heidi Talbot & John McCusker)
5 Long Time Ago (Jimmy LaFave)
6 Silver Dagger (Jolie Goodnight)
7 The Dying Californian (Carrie Elkin)
8 The Rosary ( Garth Hudson -piano instrumental)
9 Come Josephine In My Flying Machine (Will Sexton w/Simone Stevens, w/Garth Hudson piano)
10 Somewhere A Voice Is Calling (Kimmie Rhodes, with Garth Hudson piano)
11 After The Ball (Dave Davies, w/Garth Hudson accordion)
12 I Love You Truly (Jolie Goodnight, w/Garth Hudson piano)
13 Beautiful Ohio (Kim Richey w/Garth Hudson piano)
14 Just A-Wearyin' For You (Eric Bibb w/Garth Hudson piano)
15 Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life (Kimmie Rhodes)
16 Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Simone Stevens)
17 Home Sweet Home (Christine Collister)
18 The Last Rose Of Summer (Richard Greene)
19 Till We Meet Again (Garth Hudson accordion)

All Music Production by Gabriel Rhodes

Producers Paul Marsteller and Gabriel Rhodes invite you back into the parlor with ''The Beautiful Old,'' an entertaining collection of elegant yet earthy songs, ranging from 1823's ''Home Sweet Home'' to 1918's ''Till We Meet Again.''

''The Beautiful Old'' keeps the piano, often played by The Band's Garth Hudson, at the heart of each arrangement, illustrating the original spirit of the compositions brought back to life with such illustrious vocalists as Richard Thompson, Christine Collister, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Graham Parker, Kimmie Rhodes, Kim Richey, Heidi Talbot, Jimmy LaFave, Eric Bibb and more.

The stories behind the songs reflect changing times for music and popular culture: ''After the Ball'' became the first song in history to sell a million copies of sheet music (and went on to sell 5 million) and was the beginning of what became known as Tin Pan Alley; ''Come Josephine In My Flying Machine'' is a fun take on the new invention of air-flight; ''The Dying Californian'' is based on a farewell letter written at sea in the Gold Rush era; ''The Flying Trapeze'' is a comic-tragic account of French acrobat Jules Leotard, who also designed the one-piece garment that bears his name.

These antique tales illuminate the past, but along with the other songs on ''The Beautiful Old,'' reflect timeless subjects of loss and regret, comforts of home, wistful loneliness, heartbreak and the joys of love as the sweetest song of all.


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Press clippings for The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs
Relix  Magazine:

"What makes this collection such a winner is how seamlessly and thoughtfully these ancient tunes are brought into the present"  -------


Austin Chronicle:
  "When I threw it on my stereo, chills went down my spine. I heard extraordinary recordings of songs from the days of my great-great-grandparents, cut with soul and clarity, not the cartoony voices and scratchy production typical to antique music. I'd just discovered a musical time machine."  

Mike Sadava/Penguin Eggs: 
"This combination of well-known ditties and rediscovered gems is truly beautiful" 
Michael Simmons / Mojo Magazine:

"Before the advent of recording technology and radio, popular songs were sold on sheet music and performed largely by families and friends round the living room piano. Co-producers Paul Marsteller and Gabriel Rhodes have collected some of the most enduring songs of the 19th and early 20th centuries and faithfully reproduced them with Richard Thompson, Christine Collister, Graham Parker, Kimmie Rhodes and others taking the lead vocals. Eric Bibb sings Just A-Wearyin' For You -- a tune his legendary godfather Paul Robeson made famous, and Dave Davies renders After The Ball in a wistful, fragile croon. (It wouldn’t be out of place on a Kinks album.) Only period instrumentation is played, notably by Garth Hudson, that human manifestation of the history of music. A particular standout is I Love You Truly sung by Jolie Goodnight in a tender voice that could melt a stone heart. It was written in 1901, but love – like these songs – is eternal."  
Pop Matters:
"This is not nostalgia. No one alive will remember these songs from their youth. It is more a way of listening to the past and hearing what was once so modern as the music from bygone times and appreciating the beauty left behind."
Paul Kerr/Americana-UK:
"A star studded celebration --the sound of contemporary artists delving into this cornucopia of antique delights."
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The Beautiful Old - Turn-of-the-Century Songs (various artists)

Press clippings
PRESS CLIPPINGS:
Maverick Magazine UK (Editor):
"This is the hidden diamond that may be the best recording to cross my desk all year!"
Relix Magazine:
"What makes this collection such a winner is how seamlessly and thoughtfully these ancient tunes are brought into the present."

Austin Chronicle:
"When I threw it on my stereo, chills went down my spine. I heard extraordinary recordings of songs from the days of my great-great-grandparents, cut with soul and clarity, not the cartoony voices and scratchy production typical to antique music. I'd just discovered a musical time machine."

Mike Sadava/Penguin Eggs:
"This combination of well-known ditties and rediscovered gems is truly beautiful"

Michael Simmons / Mojo Magazine:
"Before the advent of recording technology and radio, popular songs were sold on sheet music and performed largely by families and friends round the living room piano. Co-producers Paul Marsteller and Gabriel Rhodes have collected some of the most enduring songs of the 19th and early 20th centuries and faithfully reproduced them with Richard Thompson, Christine Collister, Graham Parker, Kimmie Rhodes and others taking the lead vocals. Eric Bibb sings Just A-Wearyin' For You -- a tune his legendary godfather Paul Robeson made famous, and Dave Davies renders After The Ball in a wistful, fragile croon. (It wouldn’t be out of place on a Kinks album.) Only period instrumentation is played, notably by Garth Hudson, that human manifestation of the history of music. A particular standout is I Love You Truly sung by Jolie Goodnight in a tender voice that could melt a stone heart. It was written in 1901, but love – like these songs – is eternal."

Pop Matters:
"This is not nostalgia. No one alive will remember these songs from their youth. It is more a way of listening to the past and hearing what was once so modern as the music from bygone times and appreciating the beauty left behind."

Paul Kerr/Americana-UK:
"A star studded celebration --the sound of contemporary artists delving into this cornucopia of antique delights."
Read more...