Thanks Tom for the response.  I had planned to use Schwann as one of the
sources since it is "relatively" possible to get access to many of the back
issues.  Other ideas that I had in mind were to use The Gramophone Magazine,
American Record Review, and any others of the like where ads and/or actual
record reviews were published.

Of course, actual company documentation would be greatly beneficial but I
fear getting access to these would be challenging at best.

You bring up a great question, and one that I have only rationalized to
myself because (selfishly, "I want it...") but needs to be brought to light
and discussed openly:  IS knowing an "LP release date important enough to go
through the exercise of gathering the info" ?  Would/could others use the

D. Blake Werts

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dating LPs ?

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