Unless internal documents disclose why
selected pre-1930 Hamony releases were electrically made w/o apparent acknowledgement
to WE, we can only guess at the circumstances of their creation. I
don't pay much attention to Harmony, but I've noticed that organ records
and records by Rudy Vallee (including pseudonymous ones) are electric.
There are probably others.
A statement was made recently that circled
w's were intentionally omitted from budget labels so as to avoid paying
I assume that was a speculation and that
it's not documented. At that time AT&T (which owed Western Electric)
was massive, omnipotent company. The
group of which Columbia and its budget labels was a puny corporate
entity. I suspect that IF they considered perpetrating a breach of
contract, that the record company's executives would've ultimately chosen
not to risk the ire of the liscensor.