M ichael Thomas’ Website. Using the letter links below you can see pages for other letters. Unless otherwise noted, all research and images are my own, but as you will see, many other people have helped, especially with the label catalogue listings. All images are thumbnails, so clicking on them will display a full-sized image. Where the label name is a link, clicking it will take you to a new page with more information and, in most cases, an attempt to list all issues on that label. Page last updated on: June 18, Here are three examples of the labels from that period. The blue may have been made by Oriole; these are either shellac or vinyl. The red was an EMI product, usually pressed in vinyl.
Columbia Records, 1901-1934: A History
However, that is incorrect according to Phil Brown, a Columbia Records cutting engineer who recently contacted analogPlanet. I saw a lot of -2, never saw a In other, more common systems the -2 would be an RE Interestingly, you can read detailed descriptions of this album and its recorded history, for instance this one on Wikipedia , yet it does not reference the substituted take on the later pressing.
Some occasional records have a ring resembling a Columbia pressing in some way. In , The Beatles started their own record label called Apple Records. To date, only one Beatles single from the series is known to have been.
To return to front page, click here. See E78PB. Remaining stocks of the latter were jobbed off and exported to Australia, where Camden labels were affixed. So some Camdens will be electrically recorded, and some by the old mechanical system. It is the latter that qualifies them to appear on this page. There was also a light blue label of the same design with dark blue printing.
This is less common, so thanks for Chris Singer from contributing this image, from Australia! See Frank Andrews, HD , Cameo records date from December to as late as — but were probably not continuously available during that period. The Columbia concern evidently had large stocks of these to clear, and as Frank tells us that the trade mark Cameo was registered to Columbia in , they must have gone about it in a logical way.
These first Cameos had a C- prefix. By October , about were available.
Columbia US labels
Columbia Records has come a long way from its beginning at the end of the nineteenth century, although its product remains basically the same. From the s to the present, the company has sold prerecorded sound. A music industry pioneer in both technology and content, Columbia Records continues operating as one of the four label groups of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Brad Kay has a blue label copy of OKeh , Frankie Trumbauer’s Clarinet of blue label OKehs), which would date the pressings to between and Looking over some Columbia records held here (and in Brad Kay’s collection.
Teen Vogue reached out to Columbia Records for comment on Lil Xan’s allegations that his and Noah Cyrus’s relationship was a set up by the record label. Per a label rep, the claim is “not true. The Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan breakup just got even messier. This week, Lil Xan and Noah, who have reportedly been dating for around a month, both seemed to accuse the other of cheating.
In a now-deleted Instagram posts, Noah shared a text exchange between the two, and implied a Charlie Puth porn meme was the reason for the split. But then on Tuesday, Lil Xan addressed this rumor — and shared some allegations of his own. He then claimed that the whole relationship was a setup by Columbia Records, which both artists are signed to.
PLEASE NOTE: This article is now out of date, and a new version will be found in our October version, online and in print. Demand for this debut LP on the pink ‘eye’ label remains strong. (, Columbia DB , pic sleeve).
By Steven Lasker. Could these have been jukebox or theater pressings? There were also blue label OKehs in the series. The label typography and layout on our two discs varies, with Brad’s copy using an older-style font than mine. James observes that every blue label OKeh he has seen has a large ring under the label which concurs with my own observations of blue label OKehs , which would date the pressings to between and Center rings, a vestige from the time of pressing that mirrors the join at the intersection of record stamper and center die, might seem a nutty topic to focus on, but in the case of Columbia and later ARC , the rings can be an important tool in dating a pressing’s vintage and origin.
Looking over some Columbia records held here and in Brad Kay’s collection, located just a few blocks away , I notice that the ODJB and some of my Johnny Dunns don’t have any rings at all. The labels are black and omit the ‘viva-tonal’ legend. One other anomalous Columbia held here: Columbia D by Fletcher Henderson, also black label and without the ‘viva-tonal’ legend. The ring on this specimen is tiny, just a half-inch in diameter, and faint. I don’t doubt that other examples exist but, as a general rule, US Columbia’s pressings made between and bear a distinct center ring.
June 21, 1948: Columbia’s Microgroove LP Makes Albums Sound Good
The trademark has a complex history, marked by a long and convoluted series of takeovers, mergers and divestitures which saw the ownership of major US and UK labels change many times. Columbia originated with the Columbia Phonograph Company, a licencee of the North American Phonograph Company, which was set up in the s to control and licence the phonograph patents registered by inventors Charles Sumner Tainter, Chichester A. Bell and Thomas A. In Columbia Phonograph was the first company to offer a catalogue of its phonographs and cylinders.
By it was manufacturing hundreds of cylinders daily, and by the turn of the century it had a catalogue of more than titles. In the spring of , the company began recording stars of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
The recordings could not be released under the “Columbia Records” name because that was a separate record label operated by EMI outside North America.
The first label variation on which Beatles records were pressed was the classic black label with a rainbow color band. This variation of the Black Rainbow label was first issued in the early sixties T and has a glossy label. This label variation was kept until where Capitol Records of Canada was re-incorporated to Capitol Records Canada. Labels then had the CANADA in brackets, making it easier to differentiate early sixties pressings from late sixties repressings. This label was used for Beatles records until where they switched to their own label called Apple Reords.
Two plants pressed Beatles records, the indentation ring found on the labels allows us to easily identify which plant pressed a record. RCA had a deep circular groove etched in the label as Compo only had a small ring around the spindle hole. Some occasional records have a ring resembling a Columbia pressing in some way. These marks are in fact “faulty” RCA pressing rings due to human factors in the pressing process, or to temporary pressing equipment used sporadically.
A recording contract might seem like the Holy Grail, but record labels are not charity concerns and their contracts are not set up with your interests in mind. Our guide to contract terms, written by an entertainment lawyer, explains what it all means and what the implications are for the artist. You’ve written and recorded your demo, you’ve played some great gigs, and you can now boast a multitude of MySpace friends, from Watford to Wichita and back again.
What do you do? If this is the fortunate dilemma in which you find yourself, hold fire.
A recording contract might seem like the Holy Grail, but record labels are not by a good few months, before the label accepts it and commits to a release date.
Index of International Releases by Country. All flag images from the World Flag Database – used with thanks. This page is at the moment still a work in progress! Its purpose is to include country-specific information that would otherwise have to be repeated on many album and singles pages, and also highlight unusual country releases such as for Algeria and Angola, where only one Dylan release has so far been identified.
The number of countries where Sony Music manufactures albums is now greatly reduced, for example all European CDs were sourced for many years from Austria, not pressed locally anymore as vinyl used to be. They now seem to be manufactured in Germany. During the s, s and early s many Columbia US albums were exported to Europe and elsewhere but had to have all instances of “Columbia” covered over and replaced by “CBS” for copyright reasons.
For examples of these export albums see below. G erd Rundel found the following information re Columbia US first pressings at the Analog Planet web-site from former Columbia engineer Phil Brown: ” Columbia Records would often cut six or more lacquers at the same time for high demand records. Multiple lacquers would be cut and sent to various pressing plants so that they could have more than one plant pressing the records at the same time.
The coding of the lacquers with letters allowed the lacquers to be assigned to different pressing plants. Six or more sets of lacquers were usually cut for any big-name artist, so the very first mastering would be 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, and 1F. Thus a record with a 1A in the matrix could easily have been pressed at the same time as a record with a 1H in the matrix.
Search our index for information on classical and popular 78rpm recordings from HMV, RCA, Victor, Brunswick and Columbia as well as other record companies from the 78rpm era…. See our blog for the latest additions, changes and developments regarding this major project. Do you have a discography you’d like to add to this free, research project?
ARLD: the American record label directory and dating guide, Milford, N.H.: Big Temporary catalogue of the Columbia Phonograph Co.’s musical.
The first chart shows the year in which regular domestic Columbia masters were first recorded high-numbered takes may have been made later. Masters made after are generally dated from the files. It should be noted that numbering procedures used during are unclear. The Globe Record Company, which initially manufactured the Climax label, may have used a block system, or even an entirely different matrix system, with the familiar matrix numbers we know being assigned later see Columbia history section.
After that Columbia converted to prefixed matrix numbers, in this case the CO,s. The company virtually discontinued U. The second and third charts show the years in which specific catalog numbers were released. They date the vast majority of releases; discs were occasionally released out of numerical sequence, but this was infrequent after Discs were announced monthly throughout most of this period, and the monthly supplement in which the record was first listed defines the official month of release.
Return to Columbia Tables. In Columbia switched to an F-suffix series for its domestic ethnic releases.
Columbia Records Paperwork Collection
Date Records was a subsidiary of Columbia Records, and was set up by Tom Noonan, a well-known music industry executive. The Date label was “launched” more accurately, re- launched in February, , with its first three singles. It was closely connected to Columbia, with many of the same people in charge of both labels.
It was set up to accommodate master purchase and independent production, that is, music that was outside of Columbia’s “in-house” recording and production. In case you’ve ever wondered if “date” referred to the calendar or to a romantic appointment, the logo provides the answer, with a telephone dial inside the lower case “d.
Capitol Records in the USA joined itself with Electrical and Musical Industries (EMI) in and Capitol issued a withdrawal notice before the actual release date. and the record labels indicated that the album was manufactured by Capitol but.
Birka Jazz in , the local street record shop at Birkagatan in Stockholm. The following year we started our webshop on the internet. More about the book The private archive. The Louis Armstrong Story, vol. The Bessie Smith Story, vol. Johnson – K.
Record Company Catalogs and Publications of International and Regional Music
Date Records was a sub-label of Columbia Records which had two different incarnations. The first incarnation was a short-lived rockabilly label in which included a release by Billy “Crash” Craddock. The more significant incarnation was relaunched in February by industry executive Tom Noonan. The label was relaunched to promote Columbia’s acquired and independently produced recordings as opposed to Columbia’s in-house productions.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Thanks to Bill Dean Myatt for providing the label image. I believe that the Cameo label could be pasted over original Columbia, Columbia-Rena and Phoenix The records issued under this name date from late
General Dating 78 RPM recordings: print online Catalogs by: company name: print online genre, medium of performance, etc. Discography of American historical recordings. Daniels, William R. The American 45 and 78 rpm record dating guide, Westport, Conn. HSR ML Gart, Galen. ARLD : the American record label directory and dating guide, Milford, N. Barr, Steven C. The almost complete 78 rpm record dating guide.