Hi Blake:

I think the Schwann is as close as possible for what you're trying to do, unless you can acquire old 
sales catalogs, which I think would indicate exact release dates. I think you'd have difficulty 
finding those catalogs from back in ye dayes because there has been so much M&A activity in the 
record-company business. I notice CD reissues concentrate on recording dates -- and sometimes rely 
on less-than-reliable discography books. I'm not sure why the LP release date is important enough to 
go through the exercise of gathering the info.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "D. Blake Werts" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 2:37 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dating LPs ?

> The scenario:  I've got a "few" Long Plays (LPs) and I would love to be able
> to ascertain an approximate "release date" for each as I am populating my
> collection database.  The approximations do not need to be of high
> precision--a range of 3 to 4 months would suffice.  Barring knowledge of the
> existence of an "Almost Complete 78 RPM Record Dating Guide" for LPs, I'm
> somewhat at a loss as to how I might be able to find such information.  For
> example, I would like to be able to take the label and catalog number of an
> LP like a favorite of mine, (Mercury MS90488 Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz,
> Concierto de Aranjuez - Romeros), and be presented with the information I
> seek.
> Question 1: does any such general resource exist (in print or electronic)?
> or currently being created?
> Question 2 [and probably the REAL question of this post]: would anyone else
> be interested in such a resource (other collectors, libraries, institutions,
> etc.)?
> I'm asking these questions because I am considering beginning such a project
> and would like to hear your thoughts.  I know that there are lots of details
> to work through--first trying to see if there would be a need/use for such
> effort.
> Thanks Much for your Time,
> D. Blake Werts