Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Transcription Mystery Disc #187


This is an 8-inch metal core, Duodisc acetate. It spins at 78 rpm and has an outer edge start. It consists of a single track well timed to fit, probably through practice. It's labeled in pencil "Take It Back + Change It For A Boy" Then another word... might be Greta. But there is an accent over the "a" and that "G" might be a "Z."   I really hate cursive. The recording is in nice shape and required no clean up so there is good news.

Take It Back and Change it For A Boy


The song is about the foibles of exchanging an unwanted female offspring for a male heir. The singer is a young man with a practiced voice, his guitar work is simple but consistent. In the background you can hear a household, mom and the kids making a racket while he's trying to record this demo. There is no date, and no other information. This make of disc seems to date to the late 1940s so I'm going with that wide net in lieu of other information.