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The Pathé–Perfect
Discography
American Issues, 1922–1929
 
Volume 1: Race Record, Popular Vocal, Star, Standard / Miscellaneous, and
Classical /Operatic Series

By William R. Bryant, Allan Sutton
and the Record Research Associates



 
308 total pages, illustrated
7" x 10" quality softcover

ISBN 978-0-9915279-4-8


WILLIAM R. BRYANT's posthumously published works include the Zonophone, Emerson, and Bell-Arto discographies for Mainspring Press.

ALLAN SUTTON
is winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

THE RECORD RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
included Perry Armagnac, Walter C. Allen, George Blacker, Carl Kendziora, Len Kunstadt, and other experts affiliated with Record Research magazine.

The Pathé-Perfect Discography covers all recordings (including those from outside sources) that were issued jointly on American Pathé and Perfect. Coverage begins with the introduction of Perfect in 1922 and extends through the end of the American Pathé label in early 1930. "Phantom" Pathé issues (for which catalog numbers were assigned in 1930, but which apparently were unissued) are also included.

The discography is organized by Perfect catalog numbers and includes all American Pathé and Pathé Actuelle issues, as well as corresponding issues on American subsidiary and client labels.

Volume I covers the race, popular vocal (including the Star Series), standard / miscellaneous, and classical operatic series. The dance series is covered in Volume II.

Features include master numbers (and sources, for licensed masters), including many previously unknown numbers from "sunken-label" pressings, which were discovered on the Perfect Form 19 cards • Takes (actual and false, with an explanation of how to tell the difference • Actual recording dates, when verifiable from the Compo or Plaza-ARC files, or the logbooks of Ed Kirkeby and others • Estimated (month-year) recording dates for undocumented masters • Release dates, from the original Pathé and Perfect dealers lists • Identification of artist pseudonyms • Composer and show / film credits • Medley contents. Data on the original vertical-cut issues are also included in the case of reissued material.

Every record appears on its own line, with verbatim label credits and all relevant markings in the wax, from first-hand inspection of the original discs.

An illustrated, highly detailed introduction covers the history of the American Pathé operation, from its founding in 1912 through its merger with cameo, and finally its acquisition by the American Record Corporation in 1929. Also includes a user's guide and title and artist indexes.
 


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