Lambert Replica Cylinders
Thomas Lambert patented his durable celluloid cylinders in March
at a time when the competition was using fragile soft brown wax.
The company which took his name was confronted with strong legal
opposition from larger companies but produced over 1,000 pink plastic
titles in both standard and concert sizes, changing to black celluloid in 1903.
Lambert produced language training cylinders in the US and formed the
British company which manufactured celluloid cylinders of standard size,
Imperial six inch records and the Rex wax range. The large companies won the day and Lambert folded in January 1906.
It was Lambert's patent on celluloid cylinders that stopped Edison from launching his Blue Amberols as soon as he would have liked to.
The Vulcan Replica Lambert is, as usual, made from long-lasting and hard-wearing plastic resin material. We have made it, and its box, to look as much like the original as possible.
V906 Helen Gonne - 2 minute
Words by Aaron Hoffman, music by Andy Lewis
Lambert No. 906, 1902
This prolific artiste is well known to cylinder record collectors. The eponymous heroine of the song has a name that appears innocent when written down, however when spoken or, as in this case, sung, was deliberately designed to be miss-interpreted. Our present day mild reaction to such apparently accidental profanity needs to be suspended. Imagine yourself in an era of prudish sensibilities and a certain level of censorship while you permit yourself a smile at the cleverness of the song writer and Mr Collins' powerful delivery.
V529 Goodbye Dolly Gray - 2 minute
Lyrics by Will D. Cobb and music by Paul Barnes.
Lambert No. 529, circa 1901
Goodbye Dolly Gray is a Music Hall song which was popularised as a Boer War anthem. It had earlier been sung in the U.S. during the U.S.-Spanish War of 1898. The song saw renewed airings with the onset of the First World War in 1914.
V964-C Hiawatha - 2 minute
American Parlour Orchestra.
Lambert Concert No. 5090.
Recommended playing speed 144 rpm
Hiawatha, sometimes referred to as A Summer Idyll, was written by Charles N. Daniels, under the pseudonym of Neil Moret, in 1901.
The version Vulcan offers here has been transferred from a Lambert Concert cylinder, number 5090, played by the American Parlour Orchestra. It was first released in 1902, just at a time when there was an increasing demand for material about the American Indian, and for music in the intermezzo style.
In 1902, the Whitney-Warner Publishing Company of Detroit paid Daniel's $10,000 for the rights to the tune and engaged lyricist James O'Dea to add an appropriate and evocative text to it.