[78-L] Sonny Greer - Matrix with a W

Ron L'Herault lherault at bu.edu
Thu May 19 12:44:50 PDT 2011

I believe the W refers to the Western Electric electric recording process,
so the bass should be much better.

Ron L

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On 19/05/2011 18:08, Malcolm - Venerable Music wrote:
> Hey Everyone - Just looking for some clarification on the Sonny Greer&
His Memphis Men Vocalion-3012 reissue of Saturday Night Function/Beggers
> I got a dupe of it today and was playing it against my old copy to figure
which one I was keeping. The new one seemed to be in lesser condition, but
the bass seemed to leap out of the grooves (and the bass on this record is
great!) and had more depth in the overall sound then my older E copy. When I
looked at the matrix number, they were the same, but the issue with fuller
sound has a circled W before the number? Was this an EQ reprocessed record?
> The only ones I've run across similar are the later issues of Waiting for
A Train where the record was reprocessed to remove the bass to help with the
stripping issues. But the Sonny Greer seems to have gone the other way where
they reprocessed to expand the bass?? Is this true? Also, which version did
the original Columbia use?
> Any info would be appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Malcolm in GA
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My copy on English Columbia DB 5033 has the Circle W brand. Loads of 
bass! Incidentally, the composer credit for "Beggars Blues" is Bigard & 
Hodge, which is Hodges's original name I believe.

      Julian Vein
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