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Early 20th Century Masonic Recordings
A number of Masonic records were manufactured by Thomas A. Edison, Inc. on disc and cylinder format in the first three decades of the 20th Century. They were undoubtably meant to be played on phonographs by Lodges that could not furnish live music for degree work. These recordings are a treasure from an earlier time.
Masonic Edison Diamond Disc Record No. 50220
Entered Apprentice Degree Label - Side "R"
Entered Apprentice Degree Label - Side "L"
The disc record shown above was recorded on October 3, 1914 in the Edison studios in New York City. It is unusual for an early record in that it has two tracks on each side, similar to a modern LP record. (How many of you remember LPs?!)
You can listen to each track of this Entered Apprentice Degree record in MP3 format by clicking on the links below:
In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear. And safe in such confiding, for nothing changes here. The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid, but God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?
Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen. Bright skies will soon be over me, where darkest clouds have been. My hope I cannot measure, my path to life is free. My Father has my treasure, and He will walk with me.
Behold, behold how good, how good and how pleasant it is, for brethren to dwell together, together in unity! It is like the precious ointment, the ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts, the skirts of his garments! As the dew, as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that decended upon the mountains, the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord commanded, for there the Lord commanded, the blessing, even life for evermore.
So help us God, and make us steadfast, to keep this solemn vow.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void. And darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirt of God moved upon the face of the water. And God said, "Let there be light!," and there was light!
The Masonic cylinder record above was recorded in November of 1909.
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