Hi Steve. I would love to chat with you, off list, about the work that you
are doing--offering help if needed. It sounds like you may have already
begun the "project" that I have been considering...
D. Blake Werts
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dating LPs ?
> I'm doing some groundwork on this issue at the moment. Right now, I've
> Schwann labels and the span of years they were listed, now complete
> 1970. It's coordinated with Billboard Directory listings as well. I do a
> little segment with breakfast each morning and, right now, between
> I also have put together a file of 20,000+ LPs arranged by label name,
> sequence of labels, number and date. This is to establish first editions,
> variants, etc. There are thousands of records awaiting checking against
> this collection. This project also grows daily, depending on time
> I have file drawers full of catalogs and most of the record review
> magazines. I live in Frederick, MD and could use some local help,
> particularly if someone can photograph and assemble label picture
> Changes in distribution, ownership and corporate evolution make the job
> pretty complex. No early completion is anticipated.
> Steve Smolian
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "D. Blake Werts" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 2:37 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dating LPs ?
> > The scenario: I've got a "few" Long Plays (LPs) and I would love to be
> > able
> > to ascertain an approximate "release date" for each as I am populating
> > collection database. The approximations do not need to be of high
> > precision--a range of 3 to 4 months would suffice. Barring knowledge of
> > the
> > existence of an "Almost Complete 78 RPM Record Dating Guide" for LPs,
> > somewhat at a loss as to how I might be able to find such information.
> > For
> > example, I would like to be able to take the label and catalog number of
> > an
> > LP like a favorite of mine, (Mercury MS90488 Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz,
> > Concierto de Aranjuez - Romeros), and be presented with the information
> > seek.
> > Question 1: does any such general resource exist (in print or
> > or currently being created?
> > Question 2 [and probably the REAL question of this post]: would anyone
> > else
> > be interested in such a resource (other collectors, libraries,
> > institutions,
> > etc.)?
> > I'm asking these questions because I am considering beginning such a
> > project
> > and would like to hear your thoughts. I know that there are lots of
> > details
> > to work through--first trying to see if there would be a need/use for
> > effort.
> > Thanks Much for your Time,
> > D. Blake Werts
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