Original Czech Music

From Mom & Dad's phonograph record collection


Recorded from the original 78 RPM records and converted to mp3


Here they are as they sound today, and probably as they sounded on the old hand wound Victrolas back in the old days. These records were bought sometimes during 1909-1930. I do not have the dates for all of them, but where I do, I'll let you know. They each were played many, many times on all sorts of record players. The one I remember the best is the hand cranked, acoustic phonograph that we had on the farm back in the 1938-1943 time period. Of course, we had no electricity back then.

You may wonder how these records survived that long. Well, they all didn't. Several were broken and discarded through the years. The few that I have left are in poor condition, with cracks, chunks broken out, scratches and spots of "goo" on them. I salvaged as much music off them as possible. You'll be able to tell that these records have not been digitally enhanced!

If you're looking to hear what some of the old Czech songs sounded like in their original format, them just give a listen. They are in mp3 format. Enjoy!


Click on the Czech title for mp3 audio.


Music List

Czech Name

English Name

Type

Record Company

Songwriter

Recording Artist

Comment

Andulicka

Little Annie

Polka

Victor

K. Hasler

Vaclav Albrecht

Victor Talking Machine Company

Na Nasi Pude Strasi

Our Attic is Haunted

Waltz

Victor

(Unknown)

Vaclav Albrecht

Flip side of above

Ja Jiz Vice Pres Hranice

I Will No Longer Cross Borders

March

Odeon

(Unknown)

Kapela pana Hermana

Recorded in Czechoslovakia

Tam V Haji Zelenem

There in the Green Grove

Waltz

Odeon

(Unknown)

Kapela pana Hermana

Flip side of above

Na Pankraci

On Pankrac (District in Prague)

Waltz

Odeon

(Unknown)

Hudba Sokolska, kapelnik Herman

Cislo (Number)305022 Recorded in Prague

Jinoch Z Boje Navraci

John Is Returning From the War

Waltz

Odeon

(Unknown)

Hudba Sokolska, kapelnik Herman

Flip side of above

Posvicenska Muzika

Thanksgiving Music

Polka?

Victor

Fr.Hrizdalek

Jan Vavra

Victor Talking Machine Company, 1909

Vesnach

In Dreams

Polka

OKeh

(Unknown)

Brouskova Vojenska kapela

OKeh Phonograph Company, May 1923

Prvni Laska

First Love

Waltz

OKeh

(Unknown)

Brouskova Vojenska kapela

Flip side of above

Venecek Z Rozmarynky

Wreath of Rosemary

March

Ultraphon

Vaclav Blaha

Ultraphon Duo a sbor.Vaclav Blaha se svym orchestrem

Made in Czechoslovakia

Leti Vlastovicka, Leti

Flying is the Swallow, Flying

Waltz

RCA Victor

Franta Poupe

F.Poupe-harmonika, T.Poupe-housle, spev-J.Radimcova, K.Ctbor,F.Poupe

Recorded in Europe. Nick in record, loss of first 12 grooves

Osude, Kruty Osude

Fate, Cruel Fate

Waltz

RCA Victor

M.D.Mirkovsky, Frant. Kubinek

F.Poupe-harmonika, T.Pauch-housle, spev-K.Ctbor,F.Poupe

Recorded in Europe. Nick in record, loss of first 12 grooves

Let, Konicku Let

Fly, Horse Fly

Polka

Odeon

K.Hasler

Vaclav Albrecht doprovazi Brouskova Vojenska kapela

General Phonograph Corp. of New York

Jen Jednou do Kola

Once Again in a Circle

Waltz

Odeon

S.Razou

Vaclav Albrecht doprovazi Brouskova Vojenska kapela

General Phonograph Corp. of New York

Mala Pisnicka

Small Song

Waltz

Columbia

Karel Vacek

Jerry Mazanec a jeho Orchestra Zpivaji John Hruby a Slavic Jilek

Newer record, but with a major crack in it. Jumps grooves at the end

Ze Dvorecka, Ze Dvora

From Courtyard to Courtyard

Polka

Ultraphon

Vaclav Blaha

Ultraphon Duo a Vaclac Blaha ze svym orchestrem

Made in Czechoslovakia

A Ja Sam A Sam

And I'm Alone, Alone

Waltz

Victor

Karel Hasler

Jan Vavra

Victor Talking Machine Company, 1909

 


Sing along? Here are the words to some Czech songs normally played at sing-alongs.



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