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. 46, No. 2, Fall

A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music
A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music. By Robert M. Marovich. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015. 441 pp (softcover). Photos, Appendices, Notes, Index. ISBN 978-0-252-08069-2 No American metropolis played as mammoth...
Ajax Records: A History and Discography
Ajax Records: A History and Discography. By William R. Bryant with the Record Research Associates. Edited and annotated by Allan Sutton. Denver: Mainspring Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9852004-6-6 Zon-O-Phone: The American Zonophone Discography--Volume...
An Editor's Parting Words
On publication of this issue of the ARSC Journal, I step down as its editor. The trick in wording this kind of "commentary" has been to avoid the cliches and the hackneyed phrases that all too often pepper so many such "farewell" messages or expressions...
ARSC Journal Highlights 2015-1968
2015 Vol. 46:2 ORIGINAL ARTICLES: The Black Forum Label: Motown Joins the Revolution; Commerce, Competition and Culture: The Classical Music Recording Industry, 1923-1932; ARSC CONFERENCE PAPERS: Sound Recordings in the Art Gallery; The Unknown Nadia...
Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World
Beatleness: How the Beatles and their Fans Remade the World. By Candy Leonard. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2014. 310pp. ISBN: 978-1-62872-417-2; ebook ISBN: 978-162872-455-4 Sociologist Candy Leonard's book Beatleness does not deal with sound recording...
Becoming the Beach Boys 1961-1963
Becoming The Beach Boys 1961-1963. By James B, Murphy. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. 422pp, including multiple appendices, extensive footnotes, photos, bibliography and index. ISBN = 978-0-7864-7365-69 Knowing I was quite the Beach Boys maven,...
Benson: The Autobiography
Benson: The Autobiography. By George Benson with Alan Goldsher. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 2014. 222pp, numerous b & w photographs, index, ISBN 978-0-306-82229-2, $25.99 Benson: The Autobiography is a light-hearted, anecdote-filled autobiography...
Bombay Disco: Disco Hits from Hindi Films 1979-1985
Bombay Disco: Disco Hits from Hindi Films 1979-1985. Cultures of Soul Records, COS 008-CD (1 CD). Bombay Disco 2. Cultures of Soul Records, COS 011-CD (1 CD). This two-part collection of Indian film songs, or filmi, covering the period 1979 through...
Books Recently Received
Akkerman, Gregg. Experiencing Led Zeppelin: A Listener's Companion. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Baham III, Nicholas Louis. The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. Bartkowiak,...
Byl Jazz-Krzyk Jazz-Bandu W. Miedzywojennej Polsce. (There Was Jazz-The Jazz-Band Shout in the Interwar Poland)
Byl Jazz-Krzyk Jazz-Bandu W Miedzywojennej Polsce. (There Was Jazz-The Jazz-Band Shout in the Interwar Poland). By Krzysztof Karpinski. Wydawnictwo Literackie. 2014. 790pp. ISBN 978-83-08-05413-0 Krzysztof Karpinski in Byl Jazz debunks the belief...
Camilla Wicks in Concert: Five Decades of Treasured Performances
Camilla Wicks in Concert: Five Decades of Treasured Performances. Music & Arts CD-1282 (6 CDs). Music & Arts has done music-lovers and violin aficionados a huge favor with this release devoted to American violinist Camilla Wicks. Renowned...
Chet Atkins: The Greatest Songs of Mister Guitar
Chet Atkins: The Greatest Songs of Mister Guitar. By Mark S. Reinhart. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 215pp (softcover). Photos, Appendix, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-0-7864-7852-1 No fretsman in the history of recorded music merited the exalted...
Copyright & Fair Use
The Turtles, "Happy Birthday," & Canada There have been important developments in cases related to historical sound preservation and access. First, a little background. Recording rights owners Flo & Eddie of the 1960s band The Turtles have...
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...
Cy Coleman: You Fascinate Me So-Songwriter Showcase Series, 28 Rare Tracks Released for the First Time
Cy Coleman: You Fascinate Me So--Songwriter Showcase Series, 28 rare tracks released for the first time. The Musical Theater Project and Harbinger Records HCD 3102 (1 CD). Multitasker before the word became fashionable, the prolific Cy Coleman (1929-2004),...
Dan W. Quinn: Anthology-The King of Comic Singers 1894-1917
Dan W. Quinn: Anthology--The King of Comic Singers 1894-1917. Archeophone ARCH 5505 (1 CD). "My Pearl's a Bowery Girl," fairly shouts the voice from the 1897 cylinder, "sung by Mr. Dan W. Quinn for the Columbia Phonograph Company, of Noo' Yawk City!"...
Elgar's Earnings
Elgar's Earnings. By John Drysdale. Woodbridge [UK]: The Boydell Press, 2013. xii + 241 pp. ISBN 978-184383-741-1; $90 John Drysdale's recent study Elgar's Earnings stands out for its innovative approach to the composer's career. By shifting the...
Flood (They Might Be Giants)
Flood (They Might Be Giants). By S. Alexander Reed and Philip Sandifer NY: Bloomsbury Press, 2014. (33 1/3, no. 88) ISBN 978-1-62356-915-0. $14.95 I Get Wet (Andrew W.K.). By Phillip Crandall. NY: Bloomsbury Press, 2014. (33%, no. 89)ISBN 978-1-62356-714-9....
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946. Book by James P. Leary. University of Wisconsin Press/Dust-to-Digital DTD-43 (456 pp., 5 audio CDs, 1 DVD). This release certainly has the appearance of a book but...
Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889-1955
Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889-1955. Edited by Richard Arsenty and Robert Ignatius Letellier. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013. xxxviii + 393pp. In their recent discography with its focus on the vintage...
Isham Jones: Happy-The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides
Isham Jones: Happy--The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides. Archeophone ARSC 6008 (2 CDs). It has been a longstanding custom among thematic, or artist-based, collections to title the product after the name of a selection therein. It is difficult to recall...
Jimmy Van Heusen: Swinging on a Star
Jimmy Van Heusen: Swinging on a Star. By Christopher A. Coppula. Nashville, TN: Twin Creek Books, 2014. 545pp (softcover). ISBN 9780984534517. $24.95 Twenty-five years after his death, the jury is still out on Jimmy Van Heusen. In his classic American...
Johnny Cash: The Life
Johnny Cash: The Life. By Robert Hilburn. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013. 679 pp (hardcover). Photos, Guide to Recordings and DVDs, Source Notes, Index. ISBN 978-0-316-19475-4 There has been no shortage of books published in recent years...
Judy Garland: Miss Show Business
Judy Garland: Miss Show Business. Capitol Records, released in downloadable AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV 192 kHz/24-bit and 96 kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio formats. Mastered by Robert Vosgien, Senior Mastering Engineer at Capitol Studios, and released...
Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream
Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. By Dave Lewis. London: Omnibus Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. $14.95 Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin. By Dave Thompson. Milwaukee: Backbeat Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-61713-572-9. $27.99...
Leningrad: Siege and Symphony
Leningrad: Siege and Symphony. By Brian Moynahan. NY: Grove Atlantic, 2013. 542pp (hardcover). Dramatis Personae, Maps, Notes, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-08021-2316-9. $30 Seventy years after its bitter end, World War II still remains fresh in...
Liberty Records: A History of the Recording Company and Its Stars, 1955-1971, Volumes 1 and 2
Liberty Records: A History of the Recording Company and Its Stars, 1955-1971, Volumes 1 and 2. By Michael "Doc Rock"Kelly. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 782pp (paperback). Preface, Photos, Appendixes, Index. ISBN 978-0-7864-9472-9 Specializing...
Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew
Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew. By Victor Svorinich. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015. 202pp (hardcover). Illustrations, Musical Examples, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-1-628-46194-7; $55 While many jazz enthusiasts have...
Max Goberman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra. the Symphonies of Joseph Haydn: 45 Symphonies & 3 Overtures
Max Goberman, Vienna State Opera Orchestra. The Symphonies of Joseph Haydn: 45 Symphonies & 3 Overtures. Sony Classical, 88843073942 (14 CDs). What is the relevance of these recordings, more than a half-century old, to the core Haydn repertoire...
Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song through the Machine
Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song through the Machine. By Jennifer Fleeger. Oxford's Music/Media Series. NY: Oxford University Press, 2014. 241 pp (paperback). Notes, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-0-1999-3691-5. $27.95 When one listens to recorded...
Nothing but Love in God's Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 1
Nothing but Love in God's Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Vol. 1. By Robert Darden. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2014. 210pp (hardcover). Illustrations, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-0-27105084-3....
Peggy Lee: At Last-The Lost Radio Recordings
Peggy Lee: At Last--The Lost Radio Recordings. Real Gone Music RGM-0341 (2 CDs). Swinging and suave, the voice of Peggy Lee (1920-2002) was unique. In a long career that included years as a band singer, most notably with Benny Goodman (1941-1943),...
Richard Strauss: Selected Lieder Recordings 1901-1946
Richard Strauss: Selected Lieder Recordings 1901-1946. Marston 53017-2 (3 CDs). Bel Canto would not be an obvious or even remotely idiomatic title for Marston Records' new 3-disc collection of early recordings of lieder by Richard Strauss, but there...
Stormy Weather
Stormy Weather. Kritzerland KR 20029-7 (2 CDs). The opening frame of the DVD of M-G-M's Cabin in the Sky, an all-black musical released in 1943 within months of Twentieth Century-Fox's Stormy Weather, another all-black musical, says it all: "The...
Suitcases Full of Blues: The Revenant/third Man Paramount "Cabinets of Wonder"
Prologue: A new kind of set Among the most sumptuous retrospectives containing recordings in recent years are the two Rise and Fall of Paramount Records sets jointly released by Revenant Records and Third Man Records in 2013 and 2014. (1) Their...
Ted Lewis: Runnin' Wild-The Early Years 1919-1926
Ted Lewis: Runnin' Wild--The Early Years 1919-1926. Rivermont Records BSW1164 (1 CD). I remember once blithely asking my late friend, the clarinetist, arranger and historian Frank Powers, "What do you think of Ted Lewis' clarinet?" To which Frank...
The Arcadians
The Arcadians. Palaeophonics 120 (1 CD). The Blue Kitten. Palaeophonics 129 (1 CD). Mercenary Mary. Palaeophonics 128 (1 CD). The Passing Show of 1914 and 1915. Palaeophonics 127 (1 CD). The relatively obscure UK Palaeophonics label, which...
The Birth of Top 40 Radio: The Storz Stations' Revolution of the 1950s and 1960s
The Birth of Top 40 Radio: The Storz Stations' Revolution of the 1950s and 1960s. By Richard W. Fatherley and David T MacFarland. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 216pp (softcover). Photos, Forewords, Appendix, Chapter Notes, Index. ISBN 9780-7864-7630-5...
The Dawn of Commercial Digital Recording
I offer for publication a few miscellaneous updates to my article 'The Dawn of Digital Recording,' ARSC Journal, 2008; 39(1):1-18. 1. The author heard from former Soundstream engineer Jules Bloomenthal after original publication. Mr. Bloomenthal...
The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson & American Arts Management
The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson & American Arts Management. By James M. Doering. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013. Arthur Judson (1881-1975) is best remembered as manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra when Leopold Stokowski led...
The Last Word on Recordings by Enrico Caruso, the Use of "Copy Matrices" by the Gramophone & Typewriter Company and Various Other Discographical Subjects
The Spring 2003 issue of the ARSC Journal included an article,"Caruso on Records: A New Discography; In Conversation with John Bolig," by Barry R. Ashpole. (1,2) It was in a question and answer format that allowed me to comment on discography in general,...
Uncle Sam and Aunt Beeb: American Roots Music on the BBC
Before 1960 a surprising variety of American roots music--early jazz, country blues, folk, and gospel--was heard on the BBC, largely through the efforts of young staffers who caught the jazz bug in their youth. Prior to the mid-1930s, American music...
Various Artists. the Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions
Various Artists. The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions. Mosaic Records 260. 2014 (9 CDs). The enduring reputation of Ross Russell's Dial Records (1946-1954) rests on its 19461948 jazz sessions. To be sure, Dial's 1949-1952 contemporary classical...
Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age
Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age. By Dominic Bartmanski and Ian Woodward. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 978-80857856616. $29.95 Dominic Bartmanski and Ian Woodward's Vinyl is not to be mistaken for Richard Osbourne's Vinyl: A History...
What's Exactly the Matter with Me? Memoirs of a Life in Music
What's Exactly The Matter With Me? Memoirs of a Life in Music. By P.F. Sloan and S.F. Feinberg. London: Jawbone Press, 2014. 319pp (softcover). Photos, Forewords, Afterword, Appendices, Discography, Index. ISBN 978-1-908279-57-6 Sometimes real life...
Yankee Twang: Country and Western Music in New England
Yankee Twang: Country and Western Music in New England. By Clifford R. Murphy. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. 202pp. (hardback). Photos, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-0-252-03867-9 Astonishing though it seems, 2015 is the fiftieth anniversary...
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