I agree with Mike (Biel) Re: Columbia Masterworks Re-issues.
Technically they weren't reissues if they were originally released in plain
albums and then issued again later with Steinweiss covers. They often had
the same record and matrix numbers - so I haven't listed them as "reissues"
as such however I have noted incidentally here and there that the recording
was available in plain and Steinweiss covers if that is the case....
There were reissues thou in the MM, MX and OP series from time to time.
For example, MM-101 and MM-154 were released later as OP-24 and OP-25 (as
part of Col. Masterworks opera series). There were also some early MM sets
which were later reissued as MX sets - for example, MM-252 was issued as MX
59 - but in most cases they used the same record/matrix numbers.
Another example includes the Modern Music sets (issued late 1920's/ early
1930's) which were given different set numbers and different record
numbers...(some - not all)) For example: Modern Music Album Set No.5 was
also released as M-284
On 26/01/11 6:07 AM, "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 1/25/2011 10:13 AM, Steven Smolian wrote:
>> This looks pretty impressive.
>> I didn't check- did you include rerelease dates and data? Some early albums
>> that originally came with generic covers were rereleased with pictorial
>> covers c. 1940-on. I have some, but not all detail should you need it.
>> Steve Smolian
> In most if not all instances these are not really re-issues but are
> repackagings of in-print albums with no change in catalog numbers or
> discographic data, although some of the albums might have been in
> wartime "retirement". It also worked the other way around. In every
> instance of pre-Steinweiss Columbia illustrated albums they reverted to
> plain tombstone covers in a few years. This includes the Shakespeares
> and several other albums which had glued-on photographs or other
> illustrations. I have images of all of these.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]