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78rpm records often had florid labels as a way of drawing attention to themselves in shops - there were no illustrated records sleeves, just brown paper cases with a cut-out to show the label and sometimes an advertisement. This is a typical example - it's noticeable that it's often the small labels which had the most complicated designs.

The recording is of the music-hall artist Charles Coborn singing the chorus of his most famous song, 'Two Lovely Black Eyes', in an assortment of languages. Beltona seem to have paid more attention to the label design than the recording quality, and the record is quite noisy, but I have cleaned it up as best I can. It was recorded in London around November 1924.

The recording lasts 3m 13s and the file size is 2.2MB




Roger Wilmut