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"John Bolig continues to raise the bar, setting new standards in discographical work"
The Record Collector (UK)



The Victor Black Label Discography
Volume III: 20000 & 21000 Series

By John R. Bolig
Winner of the 2010 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award

    Victor and scroll logos used with permission
of Sony Music Enterprises

See the other volumes in
The Victor Discography Series

"What distinguishes this discography is that the information originates entirely from original sources... It's simply a 'must-have' reference for the collector, discographer, and institutional librarian. 
The Record Collector (UK)

"Carefully prepared work... The true enthusiast cannot manage without all the resources mentioned here." 
— ARSC Journal


Victor's 20000 / 21000-series records have long been subjected to myth-making and questionable "research" methods. Now, John Bolig strips away the guesswork and fabricated data to reveal exactly what is — and is not — contained in the original Victor, RCA, and Gramophone Co. files. Features include:

  • Discographic details from the original files, correlated with the original catalogs, supplements, and discs
  • Recording dates and locations
  • Release dates and duration in catalog
  • Catalog, matrix, and take numbers, including information on dubbed masters
  • Listings of all corresponding U.S. and foreign issues in 78 format
  • Alternate and canceled issues
  • Conductors, arrangers, band vocalists, and other personnel details from the recording files and other original company documentation; no speculative or anecdotal personnel listings
  • Artist and title indexes
  • Illustrated historical introduction

424 pages
7 x 10" hardcover (cloth library binding)

ISBN 978-0-9825595-1-2

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