[78-L] BG question

J. E. Knox rojoknox at metroeast.org
Sat Jun 23 17:00:44 PDT 2012

Greetings from FixitLand!

Still catching up with a long backlog of 78-L...

David Jessup wrote:

> ...Something struck me while looking over this material today:  
> we’ve assumed the 78s have catalog numbers identical to the 45s  
> (27-0117 etc). Connor lists them that way, I believe others do too.  
> But those "catalog" numbers are in parentheses on the promo labels,  
> as if referring to the 45rpm releases instead of designating the 78s.

David Lennick added:

> Right..that's Victor's standard style, and there wouldn't have been  
> commercial
> 78RPM issues for any of these sets by 1952. "Great Trumpet Artists"  
> is similar,
> 3 discs in a packer, 27-xxxx numbers in parentheses on the labels.  
> A single 45
> on my shelf, Tommy Dorsey's "Boogie Woogie" b/w Larry Clinton's  
> "Martha", is
> 27-0003 from set WPT 2.

And Han Enderman chimed in:

> I have several label images of the various issues in this 78rpm 27- 
> xxxx series.
> All are Record Prevues.
> Surprisingly they occur in a few limited ranges, and possibly do  
> not form a
> continuous series.
> 27-0114 - 27-0119 (0118 not seen) = All Star Band & Goodman sets.
> 27-0135 - 27-0143 (0136 & 0139 not seen) = Great Trumpet / Tenor /  
> Artie Shaw sets.
> 27-0159 = Glenn Miller.

I tend to agree with David Lennick about the lack of 78s, given the  
use of the 45-rpm numbers on the promo 78s. Had there been regular- 
issue Collectors Series 78s, the 27-0xxx catalog numbers on 45 rpm  
would have parallelled to 42-0xxx for 78s. Albums PT-25 and PT-39  
(the Glenn Miller Concert sets on 78) have 42-0xxx record numbers.  
I've never seen a 78-rpm album "PT 2" for instance. Doesn't mean it  
doesn't exist...

Take care,

J. E. Knox "The Victor Freak"

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