ARSC Journal

Covers the history of sound recording and includes original articles on many aspects of research and preservation: biography; cataloging; copyright law; current research; discography and technical aspects of sound restoration.

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring

Books Received
Adams, Peter H. An Annotated Index to Selected Articles from The Musical Courier, 1880-1940. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2009. 2 vols. Berresford, Mark. That's Got 'Em!: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi,...
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Soloists of the Orchestra III
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Soloists of the Orchestra III. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, various conductors and soloists. Chicago Symphony Orchestra CSO CD07-2 (2 CDs). (www.cso.org, Click on "Shop Symphony Store"). This is Volume 21 in a comprehensive...
Copyright & Fair Use
A seventh scholarly organization has endorsed ARSC's call for changes in U.S. copyright law to help preserve and make accessible historical recordings. The Popular Culture Association (PCA) has notified us that its board voted unanimously to endorse...
Current Bibliography
"Current Bibliography" is an annotated index to research on recording history that has appeared recently in specialized journals. To be indexed here an article must be in English, be reasonably substantive, and deal with recording history--as opposed...
Early French Tenors Vol. 1
Early French Tenors Vol. 1. The complete published recordings of Emile Scaramberg (1) and Pierre Cornubert (2); and selected recordings by Julien Leprestre. (3) Marston 352059-2 (2 CDs, 2:39:27). Emile Scaramberg (1863-1938): The best known and...
Edouard-Leon Scott De Martinville: An Annotated Discography
Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879) has long been recognized as the inventor of the phonautograph, the first instrument designed to inscribe the movements of a taut membrane under the influence of sounds passing through the air, using the...
Efforts by Record Companies, the American Federation of Musicians, and Truman's Cabinet to Resolve the 1948 Recording Ban
On 14 December 1948, The New York Times announced the end of an 111/2-month strike against recording companies by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), led by its president, James Caesar Petrillo. (1) The deciding factor for the recording ban...
Elsie Janis: Sweetheart of the A.E.F
Elsie Janis: Sweetheart of the A.E.F. Archeophone Records ARCH 5013. She was one of the greatest stage and screen stars of the 1910s, but Elsie Janis (1889-1956) is virtually unknown today. Her fame, which was considerable in America and England between...
Fritz Busch, His Complete Dresden Recordings, 1923-1932
Fritz Busch, His Complete Dresden Recordings, 1923-1932. Profil PH07032 (3CDs+DVD). Profil Records has been engaged in documenting the Staatskapelle Dresden (formerly known as the Saxon State Orchestra), the world's oldest orchestra--established...
Georgi Vinogradov. Arias, Duets & Songs. Vol. II
Georgi Vinogradov. Arias, Duets & Songs. Vol. II. Immortal Performances Recorded Music Society IPCD 1008-1. Richard Caniell is an important presence in the restoration and re-issue of historical recordings. The archivist and sound engineer established...
Lil' Son Jackson, Volume 1, 1948-1950: Rockin' and Rollin'; Volume 2, 1950-1952: Restless Blues
Lil' Son Jackson, Volume 1, 1948-1950: Rockin' and Rollin'; Volume 2, 1950-1952: Restless Blues. Document DOCD 5680-5681 (2006) Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps and Blues: Vintage Mandolin Music 1927-1946. Document DOCD 32-20-3 (2007). Mighty Day: 25...
Marston
Marston Records has issued another important multi-disc compilation, Meyerbeer on Record: 1899-1913 (53009-2, 3 CDs; www.marstonrecords.com). The collection consists of excerpts from Meyebeer's first three French operas--Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots...
Music and Arts
Music and Arts has released Oskar Fried--Volume IV, the latest installment in their ongoing series devoted to the German conductor (CD-1231; www.musicandarts.com). The featured work in this volume is the recording premier of Bruckner's 7th Symphony,...
Phase Equalization and Its Importance in the Reproduction of Disc Records
Phonograph records are not cut with a flat frequency response, and playback of disc records normally involves equalization circuitry that complements the recording characteristic. Since the introduction of electrical recording in 1925, records have...
Pristine Classical
Pristine Classical is one of the companies changing the way music is purchased (www. pristineclassical.com). Although they do sell CDs of all of their releases, downloads are also available at substantially reduced costs. Although compressed MP3 files...
Professor Visits Harlem
Professor Visits Harlem. AB Fable ABCD1-018. Blows N' Rhythm. AB Fable ABCD2-019/20. Eddie South: Dark Angel Album Sets. AB Fable ABCD1-021. (All available through North Country Audio, Cadence Building, Redwood, NY 13679-3194, www. cadencebuilding.com)....
Sophie Tucker: Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
Sophie Tucker: Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922. Archeophone Records, ARCH 5010. One of the enduring legends of twentieth century American show business is a rather improbable one: Sophie Tucker. It's surprising because her career began as...
Testament
Testament has issued another performance from the second 1955 Bayreuth Ring cycle. I reviewed the second Gotterdammerung in the Fall 2009 issue, noting that Keilberth's ensemble had solidified since the first cycle, with Martha Modl delivering one...
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set. EMI/Capitol, 2009. 16 CDs and 1 DVD. UPC 5099969944901. The number "9" is referenced in two Beatles songs, "One After 909" (1963, 1969) and "Revolution no. 9" (1968). Whether chosen or merely coincidental, 9 September...
The RCA Victor Vintage LP Series: Homage to Brad McCuen and a Tribute to Archie Green
Record reissues have fascinated scholars and music historians--and alternately delighted and annoyed collectors and fans. The phenomenon of record reissues is understandable only in the context of several premises, some of which are no longer relevant:...
The Record of Singing: The Very Best of Volumes 1-4 (from 1899 to the End of the 78 Era)
The Record of Singing: The Very Best of Volumes 1-4 (from 1899 to the end of the 78 era). 215 operatic excerpts and songs recorded by 220 singers1 between 1899 and 1952. EMI Classics 50999 2 2895622 (10 mono CDs. From 76.24 Min. to 78.59 min. each)....