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Columbia Master
Recording Dates:
The Electrical Era, 1925–1934


Compiled from original Columbia source materials
Allan Sutton

6 x 9" quality paperback
188 pages

ISBN # 978-0-9852004-7-3


With this volume, our coverage of pre-CBS Columbia commercial recording dates is two-thirds complete. Dates for ARC-period Columbia recordings (1934–1938) can be found in the companion volume, American Record Corporation Master Recording Dates.


Columbia Master Recording Dates: The Electrical Era begins with the adoption of electrical recording in early 1925, and continues through the company's sale to the American Record Corporation in mid-1934. Features include:

  • Locations and exact recording dates (month-day-year) for more than 15,000 individual master numbers, compiled from original company documentation
  • All U.S. commercial 10" and 12" master numbers in the following series, including dates not covered in The Columbia Master Book Discography:

    140000 (10" Main Series); 150000 (10" Main Series); 98000 (12" Main Series); 99000 (12" Main Series); 236000 (10" Fine-Groove Masters); 250000 (12" Fine-Groove Masters); 255000 (12" Fine-Groove Masters); 265000 (10" Export Masters); 351000 (10" Budget Series); 365000 (10" Budget Series); 710000 (10" Dual-Track Masters)

  • Remake dates, with take-numbers
  • Summary of noncommercial and special-use matrix series
  • Historical introduction and user’s guide

To preserve the integrity of the original data, this guide contains no speculative or undocumented material from previously published works.

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