Capitol began issuing LPs in late 1949, if that helps. Around the same time as Decca.
On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 9:43 AM CST Roger Kulp wrote:
>Was Capitol one of the labels that resisted the LP at first,in part because of the 78 only phonographs they made?I have seen very few of these in my time.Here is a weird one that has both a crank and tube amp,and ran on batteris.But he got the year wrong.
>Here is one on YouTube playing Erskine Hawkins
>Another from 1966 that is probably one of the last models they made.
>And this system from 1960 I wouldn't mind owning myself
>Did somebody make these phonographs for Capitol?If so who was it?I wonder why Capitol never advertised their players on their sleeves and covers the way RCA,Merury,and American Decca did.
>> Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:50:52 -0600
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>> On 02/06/2014 08:05 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> > Based on articles and record-company literature and catalogs of the
>> > time, RCA and Mercury were the first bigger companies to really embrace
>> > stereo. Columbia was very conservative with their evolution, and Capitol
>> > was ready to get into stereo but got in after RCA and Mercury stepped
>> > with both feet. Smaller companies were also in early and fast, but their
>> > catalog offerings were often forgettable. RCA and Mercury (and later
>> > Columbia) could move right in with long-established artists and
>> > reputations for good-sounding mono.
>> In the book "Sessions with Sinatra", one of Capitol's engineers of the
>> pre-Tower period (I'm wanting to say John Palladino but I'm at work and
>> the book is at home) mentions that they were always experimenting with
>> new things at Capitol back in the Melrose Avenue days, and the engineers
>> would find themselves withstanding blistering lectures from higher-ups
>> about the futility and waste of stereo while secretly experimenting with
>> stereo mic'ing and taping as early as 1955 or 1956.
>> Capitol's problem was, of course, market push. RCA had a singular
>> advantage over everyone else because they not only made records, they
>> made instruments on which to play them. Everyone and their brother
>> eventually could put out stereo records, but RCA could push the market
>> with stereo phonographs (and stereo reel-to-reel tape decks, for that
>> matter), and advertise the heck out of them - an importance that is easy
>> to overlook today, where such integration really doesn't exist anymore.
>> Michael Shoshani