Music: Lillian on Wax

Phonograph antiquarians, who hunt for sacred if scratchy records out of the dear dead past, had a wonderful prize offered them last week. It was a 1912 disc of the late great Lillian Russell, singing the hit of her career, Come Down, My Evenin' Star. Copies were issued by Manhattan's Collectors Record Shop. The recording showed its age. The sound of the little string orchestra that accompanied Lillian had the antique flavor of the wormholes in a Gutenberg Bible or the patina on a Hellenistic bronze.

But what surprised youngish musicians was the...

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