I'm surprised that lacquers as the source for the Lp have not been
considered. It would be consistent with the late forties and would account
for low noise and wide range heard on the Lp. As to copyright dates on the
label, record companies put copyright dates and patent numbers on their
labels from the turn of the century but not as the date of issue.
On Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM, Randy A. Riddle <[log in to unmask]>
> These links about the founder of Dana Records might answer some of your
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 1:05 AM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hi folks:
> > I just finished digitizing an LP by Emil Bruh & his Ensemble called
> > "Jewish Melodies". The label says they were located in New York, but I've
> > associated them with Chicago; certainly most of the 78s I've seen on the
> > label are of Chicago-style polka music.
> > The LP label says "Copyright 1946", but I suspect that's not correct.
> > First off, LPs hadn't been invented in 1946, so this might have been a
> > reissue of a 78 album. But the aural evidence suggests otherwise; the
> > freq2uency response sounds pretty wide for 1946, and there's no surface
> > noise evident. Could it have been a tape? Bit early for that, though it's
> > not impossible. But it sounds like an early 1950s recording -- the peaky,
> > shrieky high frequencies say that.
> > A couple more data points: of course recordings weren't copyrightable in
> > 1946. Could the copyright be for the label design? Unlikely, since this
> > before LPs existed.
> > There are absolutely no liner notes; some assiduous Googling came up with
> > the fact that this record's been reissued a couple of times, including a
> > cassette from Global Village. Descriptions of the reissues indicate that
> > none of them included any information other than titles.
> > I did find an entry in the 1940 Census for an Emil Bruh living on 180th
> > St. in New York City. He was born about 1898 in Rumania; he sounds like a
> > likely candidate.
> > Anyhow, does anyone know about Dana's recordings in the LP era? Did they
> > have a very early tape recorder? Or was this, as my ears suggest, a 1950s
> > recording?
> > Any and all information is welcome.
> > Peace,
> > Paul
> > PS The Online Discographical Project doesn't include Dana. Neither does
> > Barr.
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