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American Record Companies
and Producers
1888 - 1950

An Encyclopedic History

By Allan Sutton
ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


More than 1,120 detailed, carefully documented entries cover the record companies, independent studios, and individual producers -- and the thousands of disc and cylinder brands they produced for the commercial market (including consumer, jukebox, and subscription labels) -- from the birth of the recording industry to the start of the LP era.

A directory section preceeding each entry includes company founding, record-production, and closing dates; office, studio, and pressing-plant locations; original-master sources; foreign affiliations; and a listing of all commercial labels and other record products.

The volume also includes an introductory history of the American recording industry from the 1880s through 1950; user's guide; company genealogical charts; glossary; extensive references (largely primary-source); and label and subject indexes.

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Vintage Phonograph Advertisements 1895-1925

286 Total Pages - 280+ Illustrations
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Vintage Phonograph Advertisements,
1895 - 1925


Compiled and annotated by Allan Sutton

Vintage Phonograph Advertising presents some of the most interesting phono-related ads of the acoustic era, covering products from the commonly encountered to the impossibly rare.

You'll find the famous brands here - the Berliners, Edisons, Columbias, Victors, Zonophones, and the like - but also a fascinating array of long-forgotten (and now highly collectible) products, pictured in more than 280 professionally restored black-and-white ads, with informative captions. Chapters include:

  • Phonographs for the Home
  • Phonograph/Music Box and Phonograph/Player Piano Combinations
  • Import and Export Phonographs
  • Coin-Operated and Other Automatic Phonographs
  • Special-Use Machines
  • Horns, Gadgets, and Attachments
  • Phonograph and Record Cabinets
  • Cylinder and Disc Records
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Varisty and Royale 78 records - History and Discography
 
298 total pages, illustrated
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ISBN 978-0-9915279-3-9
  

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Eli Oberstein's United States Record Corporation: A History and Discography,
1939 - 1940

By Allan Sutton & The Record Research Associates

Although Eli Oberstein's Varsity and Royale labels were hailed as promising new entries in 1939, his United States Record Corporation collapsed into bankruptcy a year later - but not before Oberstein managed to assemble a substantial, and often intriguing, catalog.

This volume covers USRC's complete 1939 - 1940 output (its many original recordings, as well as its sometimes-controversial reissues of material from Crown, Gennett, Paramount, Edison Bell, Ultraphone, and other labels). Listings of the reissued material identify the master sources, numbers, and takes; all prior releases; original recording and/or release dates; and (because most were issued under pseudonyms), identifications of the actual artists.

Other features include an illustrated USRC history; a balanced, objective look at Oberstein and his methods; a discussion of original-vs-dubbed masters based on selective comparative testing by the author and by the Record Research group; previously unpublished data on the European recordings used by Royale; and excerpts from original record reviews in period publications, including Jazz Information and The Steinway Review.
  

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Emerson 78-rpm Records  - History and Discography
  

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Emerson Records : A History and Discography (Complete 10" / 12" Issues), 1919 - 1928

Data compiled by William R. Bryant
Edited and annotated by Allan Sutton

Covering all 10" and 12" Emerson series (including ethnic-catalog releases), along with detailed listings for all corresponding issues on other American and foreign labels.

360 total pages - Illustrated
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American Zonophone 78 Records - Discography - William R. Bryant

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The American Zonophone Discography:
10"/12" General-Catalog Issues
(1904 - 1912)

  

By William R. Bryant


360 total pages - Illustrated
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A Phonograph in Every Home - History of American Recording 1900-1919

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A Phonograph in Every Home: Evolution of the American Recording Industry, 1900 - 1919

By Allan Sutton
 

 

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The Victor Discography Series

By John R. Bolig
 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

The Victor Discography Series is compiled on-site at Sony Archives (New York) from the original Victor Talking Machine Company, RCA Victor, and Gramophone Company documentation. These volumes offer the most accurate representation available of exactly what is, and is not, contained in the original Victor recording and production files. To preserve the integrity of the original company file data, no speculative, anecdotal, or undocumented material appears in these works.


"What distinguishes this discography is that the information originates entirely from original sources... It's simply a 'must-have' reference for the collector, discographer, and institutional librarian. John Bolig continues to raise the bar, setting new standards in discographical work." - The Record Collector (UK)

"Carefully prepared work... The true enthusiast cannot manage without all the resources mentioned here." - ARSC Journal

 
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The Victor Black Label Discography - Volume 1: 16000 & 17000 Series
 
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Indestructible & U-S Everlasting Cylinders - History and Cylinderography
  

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Indestructible and U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and Cylinderography


By Kurt Nauck & Allan Sutton

 
288 total pages - 50 illustrations (24 pages in color)
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Edison Cylinder Records - Brown-Wax, Concert, Gold Moulded

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Edison Two-Minute and Concert Cylinders: American Series, 1897 - 1912

Compiled from the original Edison documentation
by
Allan Sutton

The first study of Edison 2-minute cylinders to be compiled from Edison's factory plating ledgers, studio cash books, remake and deletion notices, catalogs, supplements, trade publications,etc., along with first-hand visual and aural inspection of the original recordings. All U.S.-series issues are covered, including Grand Opera.

This is the only guide that can help you distinguish the original Edison two-minute issues from later (and often more common) remakes. Unlike previously published guides, which list only the initial versions, this volume shows all known versions, with release dates and distinguishing details for each.

You'll find details that have never before appeared in a modern work, including factory plating dates for brown-wax pantograph masters and early Gold Moulded masters, which provide valuable clues to the long-lost recording dates. Other features include an illustrated, footnoted history of the Edison cylinder during the National Phonograph Company period, a detailed user's guide, and artist and title indexes.  

 

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Edison Amberol Cylinders - Cylinder Records 1908-1913
 

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Edison Amberol Cylinders: Complete American and Foreign Issues, 1908 - 1913
  

Compiled from the original Edison documentation
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Full details from the original Edison documentation for all U.S. and foreign-series Amberol four-minute wax cylinders, including the final, little-known 1913 foreign releases, all corresponding Blue Amberol reissues, release dates and more.

 

256 total pages - Illustrated
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ISBN 978-0-9852004-4-2

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LITTLE WONDER AND BUBBLE BOOK 78 RECORDS - HISTORY & DISCOGRAPHY
  

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Little Wonder Records and Bubble Books: An Illustrated History and Discography

By Tim Brooks
ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

With Merle Sprinzen
  

232 total pages - 50 illustrations 
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