[78-L] information request ROBESON 10inch lp MK D2723/2724
mbiel at mbiel.com
Tue Dec 23 07:51:29 PST 2008
Thomas Stern wrote:
> Just acquired the PAUL ROBESON recital issued in USSR on the MK label. 7 of the 8 titles accompanied by piano, one by harmonica and guitar. Some amusing song title translations (e.g. "There Are No More Gavels"instead of "No More Auction Block for Me"). Can someone provide a recording/release date? Are these Soviet recordings,made for this lp or reissues of earlier recordings?? Thanks!
> Best wishes, Thomas.
I had not noticed at first that you had included the record number in
the subject heading. D2723/2724 was issued around 1955-6. That record
was already deleted by the time of the MK 1965-66 catalog, or might not
have been available for export. That might be an indication that these
are American and/or British recordings. The catalog lists instead two
12-inch discs, including an interesting one titled "Paul Robeson In
Moscow 1958" D 04544-5. The other is self-titled D 04479-80. These
do not seem to include the same contents as your 10-inch, but you did
not list the entire contents.
But does your record really have MK labels? That label was only used
for a short time in 1962-4 for export copies only, and by then any
records with a number this low would have been recut with a master
number prefix looking like HD, actually the cyrillic ND meaning "Novy
Dolgoigrayushaya" or "new longplaying". More likely it is an early
pre-Melodiya LP label noting the pressing plant. Aprelvka would either
be CCCP or the AZ torch, Leningrad would be Akkord, Riga would be Ligo.
Are these more accurate descriptions? As I have just discussed on
ARSCList, MK was not ever the Soviet record company, it was just the
export agency, International Books, for records, books, and philatelic
postage stamps. Melodiya became the nationwide trademark in 1964.
Prior to that the records had labels with trademarks for the individual
pressing plants such as the several I just mentioned. If it is too
confusing to identify the earlier labels, it might be best to say
"pre-Melodiya" unless it really does have that limited-use MK label.
Mike Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
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