Volume I of The Pathé–Perfect Discography is here and ready for immediate delivery. It covers all recordings (including those from other studios) that were issued jointly on the American Pathé and Perfect labels, from Perfect’s launch in 1922 through the end of the American Pathé label in 1930.
Volume I covers the Race Record, Popular Vocal, Star, Standard / Miscellaneous, and Classical / Operatic series. It’s organized by Perfect catalog numbers and includes data on all corresponding American Pathé (vertical-cut) and Pathé Actuelle (lateral-cut) issues, as well as American client- and subsidiary-label issues. There’s also a detailed, illustrated history of the U.S. Pathé recording operation, with source citations; user’s guide, covering such tricky topics as false vs. actual take numbers, assignment of false master numbers in Cameo and ARC co-recording sessions, etc.; and artist and title indexes.
Volume I is a 280-page 7″x10″ quality paperback, priced at $45, with free U.S. shipping. The book detail page on the Mainspring Press website has more information and secure online ordering (as well as mail-order option).
Volume II, covering the jazz and dance band issues, is in final editing and will release in 2015.