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Review your 78 rpm records (military music)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 15 Oct 2007 13:33

A thread for sharing and discussing 78 rpm records (with military music) from your personal collection.

Everyone interested, feel free to post scans/photos (of both sides) of your records and share your impressions.

I'll start with some of mine...

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His Master's Voice EG 2810

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Franz Seldte! [Fanfarenmarsch des Stahlhelms]
Composer: Hermann Blume
Lyricist: Anonym
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps des III. Bataillons des 9. (Preußischen) Infanterie-Regiments, Berlin-Spandau
Conductor: Obermusikmeister Adolf Berdien
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Stahlhelm-Bundesmarsch
Composer: Hermann Blume
Trio: Stahlhelm-Bundeslied/ Melody: Preußens Vaterland/ Composer: Heinrich August Neithardt/ Lyricist: Rückert
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps des III. Bataillons des 9. (Preußischen) Infanterie-Regiments, Berlin-Spandau
Conductor: Obermusikmeister Adolf Berdien
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



This record features the two most popular marches of the paramilitary organisation Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten (Steel Helmet, League of Frontline Soldiers), both created by the organisation's leading composer, Hermann Blume (1891-1967). Although they were first performed already in 1931, they really became popular only after the nazis seized power, in 1933. Both marches also had lyrics written for their trios and thus could have been sang as songs as well; however, they were mostly performed as instrumentals, and recorded almost exclusively in 1933 (but the vocal versions of both compositions do exist as well). The march "Franz Seldte!" was dedicated to the co-founder and the leader of Stahlhelm (Franz Seldte, 1882-1947), and it is one of rare early NS marches which were recorded also during WWII (particularly one recording was made in 1942). Unfortunately, it is not known who wrote the lyrics to the trio (opening line: "Franz Seldte, unser Führer..."). The "Stahlhelm-Bundesmarsch" features the "Stahlhelm-Bundeslied" ("Wohlan, Kam'raden, stimmt mit hellem Schalle...") in trio - a song written by a certain Rückert (a Stahlhelm member) and set to the old and famous "Preußens Vaterland" (Ich bin ein Preuße...) melody by Heinrich August Neithardt (1793-1861); at the end of the trio, Blume additionally mixed the melody with equally famous "Der Gott, der Eisen wachsen ließ" by Albert Methfessel (1785-1869). It was basically the main march of the Stahlhelm, even though the official march of the organisation was actually a different composition by Blume, called "Hakenkreuz am Stahlhelm" (march, with the popular song "Kam'rad, reich' mir die Hände" in trio).

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Electrola EG 2653

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Nibelungenmarsch
Dedication: Herrn Maximilian von Parseval, Oberst und Commandeur des K.B. 7. Infanterie-Regiments, Ritter des K.B. Militair-Verdienst-Ordens II. Classe, Inhaber des eisernen Kreuzes II. Classe etc. etc., hochachtungsvoll gewidmet
Composer: Gottfried Sonntag
Music: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Ein Bühnenfestspiel für drei Tage und einen Vorabend]/ Composer: Richard Wagner
Instrumental Group: Militärorchester
Conductor: Heeres-Musikinspizient Hermann Schmidt
Recording Date: 1932
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Nowawes und Berlin

Badonviller-Marsch [AM II, 256]
Dedication: Zur Erinnerung an das erste siegreiche Gefecht des Infanterie-Leib-Regiments bei Badonviller (12. August 1914)
Composer: Georg Fürst
Instrumental Group: Militärorchester
Conductor: Heeres-Musikinspizient Hermann Schmidt
Recording Date: 1932
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Nowawes und Berlin



Here's a nice record with two of the best known Bavarian marches; it was recorded at the end of the Weimar period, remained popular throughout the III Reich and was re-released after WWII as well. The story behind the first march: in August 1876, German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) held his first festival in the town of Bayreuth - the Bayreuth Festival; it was opened with the first complete performance of his today best known work: "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (a cycle of four dramas: "Das Rheingold", "Die Walküre", "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung"). Each performance was (and still is) announced by fanfare based on a motif from the following act - played by brass players on the balcony of the Bayreuth Theatre. One of the attendants at the premiere was a local military bandleader, Gottfried Sonntag (1846-1921) - who, inspired particularly by these fanfares, then composed a march in military style and named it "Nibelungenmarsch" (original title: "Nibelungen-Marsch, mit Benutzung Richard Wagners Fanfaren zu den Bayreuther Bühnen-Fest-Spielen"); it was published exactly a year after the first festival, in August 1877. At the time, Sonntag served as a bandleader in the Königlich Bayrisches 7. Infanterie-Regiment "Prinz Leopold" (stationed in Bayreuth) and he dedicated the piece to his regimental commander, Oberst Maximilian von Parseval (1823-1902). The march was a success, outside Germany too (some of its very first recordings were made, for example, by British elite bands). The second march of this record, the well-known "Badonviller-Marsch" (during and after the III Reich period better known as "Badenweiler-Marsch"), was composed by Georg Fürst (1870-1936) in memory of the Badonviller battle of 12 August 1914 - the first battle of his regiment (Königlich Bayrisches Infanterie-Leib-Regiment) - and also the first German victory against the French in WWI. Its earliest publishing date known to me is 1922. The composition later became (and more or less remained) known as Hitler's favourite march, which was often played when he made an (official) appearance somewhere. During the III Reich period, it was the Parademarsch der Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler" (Berlin-Lichterfelde) and the Parademarsch der SA-Standarte 81 (Frankfurt/Main). Armeemarsch II, 256 since 1925. In 1933, Oskar Sauer-Homburg wrote the lyrics to the trio of the march, which were published as "Badenweiler-Marschlied" ("Vaterland, hör' deiner Söhne Schwur..."); a recording of this piece was made as well.

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Electrola EG 3284

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Alte Kameraden [Marsch]
Composer: Carl Teike
Instrumental Group: Kapelle des Feldjägerkorps
Conductor: Musikzugführer Hans Krüger-Burghardt
Recording Date: 1935
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Preußens Gloria [Marsch] [AM II, 240]
Composer: Gottfried Piefke
Arranger: Prof. Theodor Grawert; Prof. Oskar Hackenberger
Instrumental Group: Kapelle des Feldjägerkorps
Conductor: Musikzugführer Hans Krüger-Burghardt
Recording Date: 1935
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



Two of the most popular German marches, performed by the Prussian SA field police. The march "Alte Kameraden" was composed in ca. 1889 by Carl Teike (1864-1922), while he was serving in the Grenadier-Regiment "König Karl" (5. Württembergisches) Nr. 123 in Ulm. Still one of the most popular marches of the world. It was also sang as a song ("Alte Kameraden auf dem Kriegespfad..." or "Alte Kameraden auf dem Marsch durchs Land..."). Since 1939: Heeresmarsch II, 150. The march "Preußens Gloria" was composed in 1871 by Gottfried Piefke (1815-1884), after Prussia's victory in the Franco-Prussian War. It was performed for the first time in public in Frankfurt/Oder by Piefke's garrison, for the victory-parade of the returned troops. In III Reich period it was the Parademarsch des SS-Artillerie-Regiments. Since 1911 Armeemarsch II, 240 and later also Heeresmarsch II, 98.

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Telefunken A 1577

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Björneborgarnas marsch
Finnish Title: Porilaisten marssi
German Title: Schwedischer Kriegsmarsch [AM II, 241] [AM III, 131] [HM II, 99]
Composer: Anonym
Arranger: Wilhelm Welge
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps der II. Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung, Wilhelmshaven
Conductor: Obermusikmeister Wilhelm Welge
Recording Date: 12.01.1934
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Blau ist das Meer [Marsch-Foxtrot aus dem Tonfilm „Volldampf voraus!“]
Composer: Harald Böhmelt
Lyricist: Robert Adolf Stemmle
Arranger: Hermann Männecke
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps der II. Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung, Wilhelmshaven
Conductor: Obermusikmeister Wilhelm Welge
Recording Date: 12.01.1934
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin



The "Björneborgarnas marsch" is a march of the Swedish/Finnish Björneborg Regiment (Swedish: Björneborgs regemente; Finnish: Porin rykmentti) from XVIII century. Since 1912 Armeemarsch II, 241 and Armeemarsch III, 131, and later also Heeresmarsch II, 99. March also had lyrics written for it, in XIX century (Swedish: "Söner av ett folk, som blött..." / Finnish: "Pojat, kansan urhokkaan..."). This particular arrangement of the march is the best I've heard so far. "Blau ist das Meer" ("Uns zieht es immer in die Ferne...") is a naval marching song written by Robert Adolf Stemmle (1903-1974) and composed by Harald Böhmelt (1900-1982) in 1933, for the 1934 movie "Volldampf voraus!"; this particular recording is an instrumental.

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Telefunken M 6143

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Wir marschieren [Großes Marsch-Potpourri] 1. Teil
Composer: Carl Woitschach
Instrumental Group: Blasorchester Carl Woitschach, Berlin
Recording Date: 30.11.1934
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Contents: Florentiner Marsch [Fučík], D' Banda kommt [Schild], Schneidige Truppe [Lehnhardt], Kärntner-Lieder-Marsch [Anonym/Seifert], Soldatenleben [Schmeling], Mit Bomben und Granaten [Bilse], Frei weg! [Latann], Radetzky-Marsch [Strauß/Anonym]

Wir marschieren [Großes Marsch-Potpourri] 2. Teil
Composer: Carl Woitschach
Instrumental Group: Blasorchester Carl Woitschach, Berlin
Recording Date: 30.11.1934
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Contents: Bayrischer Defiliermarsch [Scherzer], The British Grenadiers [Anonym], Brucker-Lager-Marsch [Král], San Lorenzo [Silva], Dixie [Anonym], Petersburger Marsch [Anonym], Lockmarsch [Anonym], Unsere Garde [Förster/Großmann]


An excellent 1933 medley of international marches, composed by the conductor Woitschach himself - which yet again shows his passion for music of all nations. Carl Woitschach is the person who recorded probably the largest number of tunes from all over the world; it's not really known how many recordings he made (he was often uncredited on his records), but he recorded thousands in any case. He left a huge heritage to this world - and yet he is basically forgotten today and even his grave doesn't exist anymore. It's a shame and a disgrace first of all for Germany and then also for the rest of the mankind. Woitschach recorded political music as well, of both left and right sides, without an exception. He was a professional musician and not a party member. His son Paul (1908-1981) also became a well-known and respected conductor in his time. This popular medley was even recorded by the London Palladium Orchestra, the following year, and the same recording was also reproduced in Germany at the time.

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Electrola EG 3459

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Annemariechen - Annemarei (Ei, ei, ei, du bist treu) [Marsch-Foxtrot]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Sinfonisches Blasorchester
Conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Recording Date: 1935
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Leonore [Marsch-Fox]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Herms Niel; Karl Wilke
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Sinfonisches Blasorchester
Conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Recording Date: 1935
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



Two of Herms Niel's hits from 1935. "Annemariechen - Annemarei" ("Annemariechen, wo willst du den hin...") is a song about an unfaithful girl, who leaves her boyfriend for a soldier serving at the (composer's favourite) Potsdam garrison. The refrain is sarcastic and can be translated as "Ts, ts, ts, aren't you faithful, Annemarei". Song originally had four strophes, the 1st and the 4th were recorded here. "Leonore" ("Man lebt nur einmal auf der Welt...") is a fine, cheerful, carpe diem type of song, about one Leonore, who is the center of men's attention. Only 1st strophe recorded. Song was also included in Niel's own medley called "Ruck-zuck - Annemarie" (1937).

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Kristall 2137

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Es ist so schön, Soldat zu sein [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Die vier lustigen Jungens, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1938
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Tschingta, tschingta - Bummtara! [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Arno Hildebrand
Vocal Group: Die vier lustigen Jungens, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1938
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin



Two more of Niel's hits, this time from 1937. "Es ist so schön, Soldat zu sein" is one of many Niel's soldiers'-girlfriends-songs; her name is Rosemarie and her soldier-boyfriend assures her that they (soldiers) are fine fellows, faithful to one girl only - and in his case - to her. Song was a huge success and recorded by numerous bands; it was recorded a couple of times after WWII as well and is still being sang by the Bundeswehr. It was also translated in Finnish ("Sotamies on sotamies") and in Spanish ("Es tan hermoso ser cadete"). Song has three strophes and all of them were recorded here. "Tschingta, tschingta - Bummtara!" ("Frühmorgens wenn die Sonn' aufgeht...") is kind of a sister-song to the famous folk song "Wenn die Soldaten". A rooster, with his Kikriki (cock-a-doodle-doo), is soldiers' wake-up call - and soldiers, with their Tschingta and Bummtara (sounds of military cymbals and the bass drum), are a wake-up call for girls. As in the old song, soldiers are passing the girls' houses, marching with music, and girls are opening their windows to watch them... Song has three strophes, the first two were recorded here.

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Grammophon C 2811

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Hannelore [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Arno Hildebrand
Vocal Group: Heyn-Quartett, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Kapelle Otto Kermbach, Berlin
Recording Date: 09.1938
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Froh und heiter [Marsch-Fox]
Composer: Carl Michalski
Instrumental Group: Kapelle Otto Kermbach, Berlin
Recording Date: 09.1938
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Hannelore" ("Soldat sein, heißt treu sein, mein Schätzelein...") is a well-known Niel's 1938 hit, perfectly performed by Kermbach's orchestra here: with a long instrumental intro (1:20) where we can hear at first the complete orchestra playing, then a trumpet solo, violin solo, accordion solo, then all the soloists repeat only backwards, until the orchestra is complete again. Of course, the style is original Niel's, in a jolly rhythm. As I wrote - simply perfect, probably the best performance of this song. The Heyn-Quartett (Hans Göbel, Robert Jonas, Walter Bartoschek and Erich Heyn) sung only the 1st strophe (out of original three). The song was also translated in Finnish, as "Anna-Maija". "Froh und heiter" [meaning "Happy and Cheerful"] is a march-fox from 1938, composed by a Munich conductor and composer Carl Michalski (1911-1998; during the war, he served in the Wehrmacht, since 1944, and was captured by the Soviets).

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Telefunken A 2630

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Erzherzog-Albrecht-Marsch [Op. 136] [AM II, 263] [HM II, 120]
Dedication: Zur Feier des 50-jährigen Dienstjubiläums Seiner kaiserlichen Hoheit des Generalinspectors des Heeres Feldmarschall Erzherzog Albrecht
Composer: Karl Komzák [Sohn]
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps des Wachregiments Berlin
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers
Recording Date: 24.02.1938
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Germania-Marsch
Composer: Gustav Keil
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps und Spielleute des Wachregiments Berlin
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers
Recording Date: 24.02.1938
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Intro: Yorckscher Marsch [Beethoven], Lockmarsch [Anonym]


Two excellent marches performed by the band of Wachregiment Berlin (soon to be renamed Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland"). The "Erzherzog-Albrecht-Marsch" (one of my most favourite marches) was composed by Karl Komzák (1850-1905) in 1887, for the celebration of 50 years of military service of the Austrian field marshal, Archduke Albrecht Friedrich Rudolf (1817-1895). (Note: the march was incorrectly published as a composition for 60 years of service; Albrecht joined the army in 1837, at the age of 20, and not in 1827, at the age of 10, as the 1887 score suggests.) Archduke Albrecht was a very talented officer, with a rich military career and decorated with numerous awards. His wife, Hildegard, was the 3rd daughter of Bavarian King Ludwig I. His father was the famous field marshal Archduke Carl, the victor at the battle of Aspern-Essling. The march was the Parademarsch des Königlich Sächsischen Pionier-Bataillons Nr. 12 (Dresden) and Parademarsch des Königlich Sächsischen Infanterie-Regiments Nr. 179 (Wurzen); in the III Reich period it was the Parademarsch der SA-Standarte 231 (Hannover). Since 1925 Armeemarsch II, 263 and later also Heeresmarsch II, 120. The "Germania-Marsch" was composed by Gustav Keil (1861-1903) for the "Germania" choral society (at the end of the XIX century or at the very beginning of the XX) and in only one night. A fantastic piece. This version begins with the melody of Beethoven's "Yorckscher Marsch" [as Parademarsch der Spielleute] and the "Lockmarsch". In the III Reich period it was the Standartenmarsch der SS-Standarte "Germania" (Hamburg-Veddel).

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Gloria GO-27787

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Erika (Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein) [Marsch- und Soldatenlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Die Metropol-Vokalisten, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 28.01.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Jawoll, das stimmt, jawoll! [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Vocal Group: Die Metropol-Vokalisten, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 28.01.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin



"Erika" ("Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein...") is the biggest hit of Herms Niel and the most recognizable German soldiers' love song worldwide. It was an instant success - and it remained equally popular in the postwar Germany, if not even more. The song was translated in several languages, such as Danish, Estonian, Finnish, South African, Dutch, Hungarian. The lyrics begin with a soldier talking about a flower, called Erika (a synonym for his beloved girl with the same name), which is being surrounded by 100000 bees (other men attracted to her) - but the lyrics remain positive and his beautiful girl remains faithful to him firmly. A very cute song, composed in a stiff and original military style (people just loved, and they still do, that for the first time the sound of marching was incorporated into the composition: "Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein" - stomp, stomp, stomp - "und das heißt" - stomp, stomp, stomp - "Eeeerika!" - stomp, stomp, stomp...). The song originally has three strophes, recorded here were the 1st and 3rd. "Jawoll, das stimmt, jawoll!" ("An der Nordsee, an der Donau...") is a song about the soldiers being Germany's favourites, having girlfriends in every part of Germany - and all the parents advise their daughters: "If you are bringing home a boyfriend - he must be a soldier!" The song has three strophes, the first two were recorded here. (Note: the uncredited vocal group, Die Metropol-Vokalisten, consisted of five members: Peter Purand, Kurt Bangert, Richard Westemeyer, Wilfried Sommer and Günter Leider.)

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Tempo 685

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Erika (Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein) [Marsch- und Soldatenlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Jawoll, das stimmt, jawoll! [Lied und Marsch]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf



The same songs as previous, only different recordings. As in all of Tempo tracks, the production is a low-budget one, so the sound is not as good as, for example, in the previous recordings, made by a high-class company and producers. But at least the songs are complete, with all three strophes recorded in both of them.

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Grammophon C 2914

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Erika (Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein) [Marsch- und Soldatenlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Heyn-Quartett, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 08.02.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Du Schönste vom Städtel, schwarzbraunes Mädel [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Wilhelm Lüdecke
Vocal Group: Heyn-Quartett, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 08.02.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



Yet another nice version of "Erika", by the composer himself [all strophes recorded]. "Du Schönste vom Städtel, schwarzbraunes Mädel" ("Schatz, mein Schatz, du bist so wunder-wunderschön..."), composed in 1938, was also a popular song - about the most beautiful girl in the town. It has three strophes, and only the refrain was recorded here.

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Grammophon C 2997

Post by Ivan Ž. » 15 Oct 2007 13:58

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Die Landpartie (Wenn die Sonne scheint, Annemarie) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 26.08.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Das ist nun einmal so! (Wenn ein Soldat ein Mädel liebt) [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel (1888-1954)
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 26.08.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Die Landpartie" ("Wenn die Sonne scheint, Annemarie...") is a nice song about love, life and nature. Very popular and recorded by some of the most famous bands in Germany at the time, and in the postwar years as well. It originally has three strophes, 1st and 2nd recorded. "Das ist nun einmal so!" ("Wenn ein Soldat ein Mädel liebt...") is a humorous soldiers' song, which describes in six strophes a typical soldier's life: being in love with a girl, the drill, field-training, the humiliation for the mistakes and finally - after 24 months - returning home... 1st & 2nd strophe recorded. Note: the vocal group is possibly Heyn-Quartett.

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Grammophon C 4011

Post by Ivan Ž. » 15 Oct 2007 14:00

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Liebling, wenn ich traurig bin [Marsch und Lied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Erich Effler
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 26.08.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Edelweiß (Es war ein Edelweiß, ein kleines Edelweiß) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 26.08.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



Two big 1939 hits; "Liebling, wenn ich traurig bin" is a song about a soldier who is missing and thinking about his girlfriend, his "little heart thief" as he calls her, who always puts a smile on his face, no matter how unhappy and lonely he is. It originally has three strophes, the first two were recorded here. Famous "Edelweiß" ("Ganz einsam und verlassen...") is one of many Niel's songs still popular in Germany and considered to be folk songs. A beautiful and incredibly catchy tune, with nice lyrics about a flower "guilty of" joining a couple in love. It was translated in several languages (Finnish, Dutch, French). Out of original three, first two strophes were recorded. The vocal group is possibly Heyn-Quartett.

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