Does anyone have a list of all the recordings made by Decca for RCA and which reverted to RCA and
which reverted to Decca?
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Mike Gray" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca/London phase 4 stereo series
> The relationship ended when RCA established its own pressing plant in the UK, thus violating the
> terms of the RCA/ Decca relationship. Turns out that RCA got the raw end of the deal - most of the
> best records thereafter became Decca's property. Not George Marek's finest moment.
> Mike Gray
> Goran Finnberg wrote:
>> Tom Fine:
>>> Not the case with Decca recordings released
>>> by RCA and later released by Decca. RCA
>>> would master and press these in the US
>> I hope the following explains why the above happened.
>> From the autobiography of DECCA producer John Culshaw:
>> "Putting the Record Straight"
>> The following from the end of the 50´s when EMI lost the right to distribute
>> RCA records in Europe and DECCA took over the same role.
>> Page 134:
>> "Certain RCA recordings, although made by DECCA technicans and producers,
>> were to be paid for entirely by RCA and would remain RCA´s property in
>> perpetuity; others were to be paid for by DECCA although they would appear
>> on the RCA label - the difference being that if any time the DECCA/RCA
>> partnership broke up (which it eventually did), the second category of
>> recordings would become DECCA´s property and be reissued with a DECCA
>> In those days computers were not in use, and it is generally true that the
>> larger the company the more likely it is that a piece of paper containing
>> seemingly unimportant information will get lost, which is exactly what
>> happened when, years later, it became necessary to sort out which recording
>> belonged to which company and which label to stick on it."
>> End qoute.
>> When the partnership started almost all RCA recordings in Europe was done by
>> DECCA for RCA as part of the deal.
>> This continued right up into the 70/80´s in the RCA classic film score
>> series by RCA producer/conductor Charles Gerhardt and recorded by DECCA
>> engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.