Today I got a copy of Edison Diamond Disc 52063 by Walter Scanlan, consisting of (R) "I'll be with you when the roses bloom again" and (L) "Redwing." When I began playing the L side, I noticed that the record sounded somewhat like an electric recording. When I put on the R side, i.e, "Redwing," there was no longer any doubt. This is not an acoustic record--it's an electric. Either that or my ears are playing a trick on me.
I always thought that the Edison electrics began abruptly with 52089.
I know what you're saying. The latter DDs, most notably after say the 51600 series for a starting point (though after 51400 sound pretty good to me) sound incredible and some I agree sound like electrical recordings. This is what I can tell you from existing Edison recording data from Ray Wile. "I'll Be With You When The Roses Bloom Again"(matrix 11617) was coupled with "Red Wing"(matrix 11455) on Aug 1st 1927. Both sides had three takes; A,B, & C and the R side was released on BA:5444. The chorus on the R side was John Ryan, Harry Jocklin, and Harry Donaghy. The chorus on the L side is M. Ringo, John Ryan, Arthur Hall, Harry Jocklin, Harry Donaghy, and James Doherty. Matrix 11771, DD 60064-L "Mananita fria" by Juan Pulido was listed as Edison's 1st successful electrical recording on Sept 13th, 1927 which didn't take place until Oct. 1927. So as far as release goes, 52089 still wins the prize.
Thanks Bill. The record doesn't exactly sound like a great electric recording; rather, it sounds transitional, not all that radically different than an early electric Brunswick. However, the male vocal harmony on the disc sounds tinny. Even the earliest Victor electrics of male harmony are not tinny. This record may well be an example of acoustic recording at its very best, with the only audible flaw being the vocal harmony.
I hope to upload the record on Youtube before too long so that all may hear it and offer comments. Verbal descriptions of sound always leave much to be desired.