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The Early Days (1917-1921)


Download links and information about The Early Days (1917-1921) by Eddie Cantor. This album was released in 1998 and it belongs to Pop genres. It contains 45 tracks with total duration of 02:15:36 minutes.

Artist: Eddie Cantor
Release date: 1998
Genre: Pop
Tracks: 45
Duration: 02:15:36
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No. Title Length
1. That's the Kind of a Baby For Me 3:17
2. The Modern Maiden's Prayer 3:05
3. Hello Wisconsin 3:33
4. Down In Borneo Isle 3:13
5. The Dixie Volunteers 3:12
6. I Don't Want to Get Well 2:52
7. Oh the Last Rose of Summer(Pathe) 2:59
8. You Don't Need the Wine(Pathe) 3:04
9. You Don't Need the Wine(Emerson) 3:11
10. Don't Put a Tax On the Beautiful Girls(Emerson) 2:54
11. When They're Old Enough to Know Better(Emerson) 2:59
12. When They're Old Enough to Know Better(Alternate Version) 3:15
13. I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now 2:53
14. When They're Old Enough to Know Better(Pathe) 3:25
15. Don't Put a Tax On the Beautiful Girls 2:45
16. I Used to Call Her Baby 3:17
17. Give Me the Sultan's Harem 3:17
18. Give Me the Sultan's Harem(Alternate Version 1) 3:15
19. Give Me the Sultan's Harem(Alternate Version 2) 3:19
20. You'd Be Surprised 3:18
21. At the High Brown Babies Ball 2:38
22. Oh the Last Rose of Summer(Emerson) 2:56
23. Oh the Last Rose of Summer(Alternate Version) 2:56
24. When It Comes to Loving the Girls(Emerson) 2:51
25. Come On and Play Wiz Me 2:57
26. All the Boys Love Mary 3:00
27. You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet 2:50
28. When It Comes to Loving the Girls(Pathe) 3:01
29. I Never Knew I Had a Wonderful Wife 2:25
30. The Argentines & The Greeks 2:49
31. Noah's Wife Lived a Wonderful Life 2:58
32. The Older They Get, The Younger They Want 'Em 2:30
33. Snoops the Lawyer 2:51
34. She Gives Them All the Ha Ha Ha 2:43
35. Dixie Made Us Jazz Band Mad 3:15
36. When I See All the Loving They Waste On Babies 3:18
37. I Wish That I'd Been Born in Borneo 2:48
38. Palesteena 2:45
39. Margie 3:02
40. Margie(Alternate Version 1) 3:00
41. Margie(Alternate Version 2) 2:58
42. You Ought to See My Baby 3:03
43. Timbuctoo 2:53
44. I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody 3:07
45. Anna In Indiana 2:59



While many inhabitants of the 21st century may pride themselves on being mean, lean, slick, and postmodern, certain elements of contemporary culture trace directly back to popular entertainment before during and after the First World War. Singing comedian Eddie Cantor's oldest phonograph recordings constitute a body of work that is a perfect case in point, and the collection Early Days 1917-1921, which was released in 1998 by the Original Cast label, appears to have been the first edition on compact disc to focus so meticulously on these delectable delights from long ago. Preceded only by an old Biograph LP called Rare Early Recordings (1919-1921), Early Days 1917-1921 contains nearly every Vocalion, Emerson, and Pathe recording he made up through June of 1921, only omitting his very first Victor record from July 1917, which held two titles that he redid for Aeolian Vocalion four months later: "That's the Kind of Baby for Me" and "The Modern Maiden's Prayer." In a triumph of thoroughness, the producers of this collection chose to augment its 35 titles with ten alternate takes, so that "Margie" and "Give Me the Sultan's Harem" each appear in three consecutive versions, allowing for the kind of comparative listening usually found on chronologically structured jazz retrospectives. This marvelous little goldmine of classic Cantor, suitable for a full immersion in his energetic and at times cheeky persona, parallels several early Al Jolson collections. There's even a cover of Jolson's signature tune "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet." While Cantor was younger than Jolson and looked up to him with reverence, the two men shared certain stylistic traits and succeeded as recording artists during a time when the phonograph industry was still getting established. Topically, Cantor's early works are packed with historic references ("You Don't Need Wine to Have a Wonderful Time" from prohibition and Irving Berlin's "I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now" from the period immediately following the Great War) along with the timeless themes of love and sexual attraction. Vaudeville, where Cantor cut his teeth, and Tin Pan Alley, the music publishing district that provided much of his material, were hotbeds of ethnic stereotyping. The evidence in this playlist includes "I Wish That I'd Been Born in Borneo," "Timbuctoo," and "Palesteena," which was also recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. The one truly offensive item is "The Argentines, (The Portuguese, The Armenians) And the Greeks." This cold-blooded, disparaging assault on a broad range of "aliens" from foreign southern latitudes, was also recorded by several of Cantor's contemporaries and seems a bit strange coming from the lips of a son of Russian Jewish immigrants. But that's show biz.