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A bit of a mystery here. Listed as an actual orchestra c. Same comments as above.

Possibly Arthur Lange c. Share Twitter Google Email Like this: Not as widely known as the Discography of American Historical Recordings although it certainly deserves to be , the UK-based CHARM website offers another outstanding online discography — in this case, of historical classical and operatic recordings. The CHARM site includes a very flexible search engine, and results can be downloaded as comma-delimited text.

In addition, almost streaming sound files are available via the Find Sound Files facility. Believe the old tale that the first jazz record Victor , by the Original Dixieland Jass Band sold a million copies? Not even close — and we finally have the evidence from the Victor Talking Machine Company itself.

We then double-checked with Victor expert John Bolig, who was also able to locate his scans of the cards as well, and kindly forwarded them.

The almost complete 78 rpm record dating guide: II - Steven C. Barr - Google Книги

The most important news: The blue card states that , copies of Victor were pressed. Assuming this figure is correct, actual sales would have been a bit less deducting free copies, breakage, dealer returns, leftover inventory destroyed when the record was deleted, etc. In the interest of full disclosure, the blue-card figures could be off a bit, as John notes:.


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If the trial was earlier, more copies may have been pressed. If it was later, then the total is probably final and presumably accurate.

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If so, , copies would likely have been the final tally; and presumably a reasonably accurate one, since the annual tally was formally entered into evidence at the trial. But the other key bits of information relating to Victor , as relayed by both Ryan and John from the blue card and recording ledger information, are confirmation that these recordings were indeed originally made as trials, and were not accepted and assigned master numbers until March 1; that testing was not completed and approved until March 10 eliminating any possibility of the March 5 release claimed by Rudi Blesh and others ; and that the record was assigned to the May supplement which would have been issued in late April.

That notation about a special release does not appear on the card for the other side. I doubt that employee was at Victor for the release and later for the LP release. The absence of the notation on the other card supports my belief that a March announcement was almost impossible given the time required to design and print labels, press records and prepare them for distribution.

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American Zonophone recording dates have always been a puzzle to collectors. Aside from a portion of the ledger that somehow escaped destruction, and dates gleaned from test pressings, primary-source documentation is lacking. Fortunately, some dated Zonophone test pressings exist that provide reliable anchor-points in establishing approximate date ranges, which are shown in the table below.

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However, they should serve as a reasonably accurate guide, give-or-take a month in either direction. Highly recommend getting this book if you can find it! My copy is a little well loved, but it gets down to business and that's what matters.

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