Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble "Latest Selected 12 Songs", six 78 rpm 10" records.
Produced by "Stimson Trading Company, Distributors, N.Y.C." during the 1940s from master recordings primarily done by the "USSR Red Banner Ensemble of Red Army Songs and Dances" in the Soviet Union. Complete in original folder album. Each record has "Recorded in Soviet Union" printed in tiny letters on the label.
The songs included in this collection, as they are described on the labels in a sometimes unusual mix of Russian and English, are:
Disc1: "Gory Kavkazskija" ("Mountains of Caucasus") and "Oj vy koni Stalnyje" (Oh the Steel Horses")
Disc 2: "Stay on Doonushka" and "I traveled the world wide"
Disc 3: "Medley of latest Russians songs" and "Alarm in Cossack's camp"
Disc 4: "Through the fields the winds blew" and "How my arms and limbs do ache"
Disc 5: "Harvest time song" ("March from the film "Rich Bride") and "A toast to victory"
Disc 6: "My own, my beloved field" ("Polushko-Pole")and "Along the Vales and Hills"
Very Good condition. We do not have a 78rpm player here at the office but the previous owner played some of the songs for us and, considering the recording equipment available at the time, they still sounded good. While the records have apparently been played with some frequency, none of them is chipped or cracked and they all seem playable. The cardboard and manila album, featuring a typical Red Army photomontage on the front cover, shows wear but is still sound. We note that the spine is stamped with a Dewey Decimal number but the contents show none of the markings usually seen on library books and records.
In the 1950s, during the McCarthy era here in the USA, these would not have been recordings that you would have played for the neighbors at Thanksgiving or on the Fourth of July!