This brings up a question -- what is the earliest commercially-released electrically-recorded
Also, what is the oldest surviving test recording of an electrical system? Something from WECO? From
GE (the optical-film system)?
Is any of the pre-commercial electrically-recorded material online?
-- Tom Fine
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> On 10/8/2012 11:36 AM, Mickey Clark wrote:
>> I have electrical issues on Columbia as early as January 1925- by Art
>> Gillham and The Associated Glee Clubs of America waxed electrically by
>> March. I've issued discs by both these artists - Mickey
> And I transcribed a couple of Irish records, both by the same artist, recorded a few weeks apart,
> onw acoustic, one electric. Again, early 1925.
> But according to the information I've read, Western Electric first approached Victor in late 1923
> or early 1924, and Columbia shortly after. It took the two companies a year (and a disastrous
> Christmas sales season) to decide they would adopt the new system.
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>>> In all due respect, while Victor and Columbia readily embraced electric
>>> recording, the smaller labels did resist, mainly as they didn't have the
>>> capital resources to make the switch.
>>> Brunswick had it's "light ray" process which, though a mystery, seems to
>>> have been used by others as well as a way to dodge the equipment upgrade
>>> and hefty licensing fees.
>>> Gennett's electrical system, such as it was, was terrible sounding at
>>> first. You would think that Marsh Labs, with its earlier, inferior
>>> electrical system, would have prospered as a
>>> result. But it didn't. Homer Rodeheaver closed his own acoustic studio in
>>> Chicago in the fall of 1925 rather than to upgrade. I think BD&M went
>>> route also.
>>> There was a little economic slump in 1925-26 that also wreaked havoc
>>> the smaller labels, so it wasn't just that. But the changeover to
>>> was a major contributing factor
>>> to the disappearance of certain labels in those years.
>>> Dave Lewis
>>> Lebanon, OH
>>> On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM, Dennis Rooney
>>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>> Dear Tom,
>>>> No. Western Electric demonstrated their system to both Victor and
>>>> Each signed and began releasing electrical recordings by spring 1925.