Music On the Record

 

One of the phonograph's advertising images used to depict the relationship between artists and recorded sound was to have the artists performing on records as if the performance was literally taking place on the surface of a record.

This artistic representation was in the phonograph industry's advertising tradition of artists coming out of phonograph horns, performers coming out of the internal horns and doors of cabinet model machines or floating above the machine as the actual artist or spirit of music.

The following are a few examples of music and performers "On the Record."

 

Empire Phonograph ad, The Talking Machine World, September 1917

This ad features an artist coming out of a machine in the tradition of the artists coming out of the phonograph. The difference with this one, however, is that the artist is more closely connected with the recording than the machine; the lower part of the artist's body is literally records.

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This example again visualizes the relationship between the record and the musicians with performers emerging from the record rather than the phonograph itself.

Orchestra emerging from the Record, Paramount Records, The Talking Machine World, 1919

 

 

 

Performers standing, dancing, etc.on records, Emerson Records, The Talking Machine World, 1919

 

 

 

The Saturday Evening Post, March 13, 1920

 

 

 

The stage in this ad is a Victrola record with Galli-Curci standing on that record. To hear Amelita Galli-Curci on her Victrola record is to "actually experience the full glory" of grand opera. 1921

 

 

 

 

The enchanted land of recorded music delivers to "your child new vistas of the imagination." General Electric, 1943

 

 

 

 

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1946

The schoolhouse in this Decca Records ad is made of record albums so that the children enter the albums to hear its music and stories. The source of the magic is again the record, not the machine.

 

 

 

MGM Recordland magazine ad, 1947

 

 

 

 

The magic of RCA Victor's "45" system brings "artists whose names are musical legend" back to life "for the modern listener." May 1951

 

 

 

California Magic Carpet postcard (front and back) advertising LP record by the UC Berkeley California Band and Glee Club, 1955.

'...you can always have a front-row seat for a complete program of California songs and yells..."

 

The idea of a record floating in the air with perfomers or listeners riding on it is an advertising theme illustrating the magic of recorded sound in the tradition of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp and magic carpet rides of One Thousand and One Nights.

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Suns on a Magic Carpet, Victor LPM-2235, 1960

"...here's your chance to fly now and be enchanted forever. You'll be travelling first class all the way, on a magic carpet borne aloft by the artistry of the inimitable Three Suns...On this trip time, space and music are fused to perfection."

"Climb aboard this album and you'll travel in spirit as well as in space -- no surprise when you remember you're on a MAGIC CARPET."

Also noted on the back cover: IMPORTANT NOTICE -- "MIRACLE SURFACE" This record contains the new revolutionary anti-static ingredient 317X...

(Text from back cover of The Three Suns LP album).

 

 

 

 

Panasonic portable - "You're Really With It!" Time, May 6, 1966

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Record Club's Catalogue, 1966

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