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6" x 9" quality softcover
R. BRYANT was
an important contributor to The Encyclopedic Discography of
Victor Recordings, Ethnic Music on Records, and other
works. He is the author of American Zonophone Records,
Emerson Records, and the forthcoming Pathé-Perfect
THE RECORD RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
included some well-known discographers and writers affiliated with
Record Research magazine, whose research materials and
rights to unpublished works are held by Mainspring Press.
ALLAN SUTTON is the author
of numerous books on early sound recordings and recoding history,
and winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association
for Recorded Sound Collections.
and Bell can be some of the most daunting labels to research. The
frequent absence of any matrix markings, and the use of specially
commissioned recordings or other companies' alternate takes (and
even outright rejects) have tripped up many discographers over the
the 1950s, a group affiliated with Record Research magazine
began investigating Arto and Bell recordings, delving into surviving
primary-source materials (including the Ed Kirkeby and Carson Robison
logs, and the Plaza and Gennett files) and using synchronized dual
turntables to determine alternate takes and suspected source recordings.
Bill Bryant later inherited and largely completed the project. Unpublished
until now, it has been newly updated and annotated by Allan Sutton.
findings — many of which appear in print here for the first
time — have finally established the correct sources of most
Arto and Bell issues, in the process stripping away erroneous attributions
that appear in some less-rigorously researched works.
discography identifies the original source recordings (including
those from such obscure sources as Critona and Olympic), as well
as exclusive commissioned recordings. It includes:
and take numbers if fully confirmed
dates and locations (actual if from primary-source materials,
estimated if not)
pseudonyms and label errors
and show credits
contents and interpolated songs
- Artist and
illustrated introduction traces Arto's transition from purely a
piano-roll brand; Bell's early history as an Arto client label;
its takeover by Arto's musical director, composer-arranger-conductor
George Beynon, after the parent company's collapse; the Scranton-ERL
years; and its final incarnation as a Gennett client label.