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  Ajax Records: A History
and Discography

By William R. Bryant
with the Record Research Associates

Edited and Annotated by Allan Sutton



 
70 total pages
6" x 9" quality paperback
ISBN 978-0-9852004-6-6


WILLIAM R. BRYANT was a leading researcher of historic recordings, co-author of Oxford and Silvertone Records, and the author of Emerson Records: A History and Discography and The American Zonophone Discography, and the forthcoming Pathé-Perfect Discography.

THE RECORD RESEARCH ASSOCIATES included such well-known names as Walter C. Allen, Perry Armagnac, Carl Kendziora, George Blacker, and Len Kunstadt.
 

Ajax has been called “the forgotten race-record label.” It survived for only two years, including a brief and unsuccessful excursion into the pop market. Although Ajax never rose to the level of Okeh, Paramount, or other emerging leaders in the race-record field, these now-rare records are prized by collectors today.

The discography was compiled by the late Bill
Bryant, who completed the work begun by a group of prominent U.S. and Canadian discographers affiliated with Record Research magazine. Now newly updated, the wealth of detail (much of it previously unpublished, or available only in out-of-print works) sheds new light on this sometimes-overlooked artifact of the 1920s “blues craze.”

  • Master and take numbers, and catalog numbers for all corresponding issues (U.S. and foreign)
     
  • Recording dates (actual, when confirmed in the Compo or Plaza ledgers; or estimated, based on circumstantial evidence in the Compo files)
     
  • Listing, advertised, and/or release dates
     
  • Accompanists, as recalled by some of the original session musicians
     
  • Composer credits
     
  • Illustrated historical introduction
     
  • Title, artist, and accompanying personnel indexes

The wealth of detail (much of it previously unpublished, or available only in out-of-print works) sheds new light on this sometimes-overlooked artifact of the 1920s “blues craze.”

  

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