LEEDS & CATLIN RECORDS: A History and Discography
AMERICAN RECORD COMPANY, HAWTHORNE & SHEBLE, and INTERNATIONAL RECORD COMPANY: Histories and Discographies, 1904–1909
Data Compiled by William R. Bryant / Edited and Annotated by Allan Sutton
Two of Mainspring’s most interesting discographies are heading to press this week and will release in mid-October. These companies were persistent thorns in the side of Victor and Columbia, infringing their patents and often undercutting their prices. Ultimately they were defeated in the courts, but not before producing many intriguing (and often quite rare) records that are favorites with modern collectors.
These unique volumes are the first systematic, professionally produced studies of these companies and their recorded output. They have been compiled from careful first-hand inspection of the original discs, catalogs, and other primary-source materials, involving input from more than one-hundred trusted collectors, dealers, and archivists over the course of many decades, all newly updated and annotated. Listings include all confirmed subsidiary and client-label issues (U.S. and foreign), composer and show credits, identification of anonymous performers, confirmed listing dates, alternate versions and remakes, and other significant data.
The Leeds & Catlin volume also includes detailed discographical data for the imported Favorite recordings that were used on Leeds’ Imperial Grand Opera Records, as well as a provisional listing of Leeds & Catlin and Radium cylinders. The Star Records (Hawthorne & Sheble) listing includes data on the source Columbia recordings.
In addition to the extensive discographies, each volume features illustrated histories of the people and companies behind these labels — the most detailed and objective accounts yet, far surpassing what appears in any previously published work. Full documentation is included, with more than 110 primary-source citations in the Leeds history alone. Other features include individual user’s guides and title and artist indexes for each company.
Concurrent Release: Mid-October 2015
Format: 7″ x 10″ quality paperback
Pages: Approximately 280 each
Projected Price (U.S): $45 each (ordered individually) / $85 for both (ordered as set)
Shipping (U.S.): Free