This was released about a year before "The Jazz Singer", which has Jolson in black-face. Jolson appears in black-face, wearing a wig and rags and a sound stage shack. This is interesting to see and hear Al Jolson as people would have seen him in the mid-1920's, although because of (most likely) limits of the Vitaphone system, Jolson doesn't seem all that animated. It's also interesting to watch to see how society dealt with racial stereotypes in the first half of the 20th century, about 60 years after the end of the American Civil War. Jolson was an extremely popular artist of the time and the songs are classic Americana - "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along", "April Showers", and "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody". Recordings by Al Jolson are so synonymous with the Roaring 20's that these songs, eighty years later, still evoke that time.
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