[78-L] Gennett recording files

Malcolm Rockwell malcolm at 78data.com
Thu Dec 27 10:41:39 PST 2012

Yes. The "c." was there because either the Starr recording cards had not 
been located or, in Brian's case, the dates were extrapolated from 
existing, surrounding data. There could be a lag of from 2 days to 2 
weeks from the time the masters were boxed for shipment to get from New 
York to Richmond. Sometimes different take arrived on different dates 
even though they both (supposedly) went out of New York at the same time.
The existing recording cards at the Indiana Historical Society and 
Rutgers give exact recording dates for many of the inexact dates 
extrapolated by Brian, as well as many other little technical details. 
At the IHS some of the cards give mic placement diagrams on the backs of 
the cards from when Starr switched from acoustic to electric recording. 
I almost flipped when I discovered them!


On 12/27/2012 8:21 AM, Harold Aherne wrote:
> It occurred to me a few years ago as I was reading Brian Rust's Guide to Discography that the only American companies for which we have much in the way of pre-1920 recording files are Victor, Columbia (from 1910) and Edison (cash books from 1904, along with [I think] ledgers for most disc masters). For most of the smaller labels that existed in this period, we have to rely on the records themselves, as well as catalogues, to determine what they recorded and issued.
> I've read varying reports on how much of the Gennett ledgers are still around. It seems thatmost or all of the Richmond sessions are accounted for, but New York sessions are often given with a "c." in Rust's publications and similar works. Anyone know more details?
> -HA
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