By tombstones I assume you mean the Lp covers.What has always intrigued me,was the way Columbia kept changing the covers of their Masterworks Lps,in the years before stereo,but kept the same catalogue numbers,and back covers.There are a couple of Bruno Walter records,that I have with three and four different US covers.Others where there is a tombstone,a cover with the large "Lp" symbol,and artwork.They weren't always content to keep the same photo,once they switched from the artwork to a photo cover either.
--- On Tue, 1/25/11, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Columbia Masterworks 78rpm discography
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Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 1:07 PM
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]