Vetting the information you get from over the transum would be a full-time job, that's for sure. I 
don't think a user-update-able wiki would work for this at all, BUT a website with an easy FTP link 
would be great. People out there could easily upload scans of catalogs or record labels or lists 
they've compiled. You'd need a web host that virus-scans everything as it comes in. And figure there 
would be a portion of incoming that is inappropriate, nasty or filthy. And a large portion that's 
just plain false and/or useless. That's the "internets" (as a former president calls it), 

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michel RUPPLI" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 12:39 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Updated Mercury discography

Yes,Roger,the idea came to both Bill Daniels, my friend who made a
tremendous work on researching data in various places, and myself for
a site devoted to work in progress on various labels. Extending it to
updating past works is attracting,too, but I am afraid this would be
a full time job!! (possibly for more than one person!!!)
Le 9 oct. 09 à 01:19, Roger Kulp a écrit :

> Has anybody considered the possibility of a discographical wiki,for  Mercury or any other label ? 
> Roger
> --- On Thu, 10/8/09, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Updated Mercury discography
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 11:56 AM
> If someone takes this on, I am offering my help, too. I do have  some details that were not 
> available when Michel did his original  book, on both pop and classical sessions. I am happy to 
> help in  exchange for a copy of the completed database.
> One problem Michel had was that many old session tapes were copied  or re-boxed and a "Mercury 
> Sound Studios" label attached. But,  "Mercury Sound Studios," at least as originally constituted 
> on 5th  Avenue in NYC, was not a music-recording studio. It was, rather, an  editing and 
> promotion-production facility, and I think but do not  know that disk mastering was added at some 
> point in the 60's. Later  on, in the late 60's, Mercury did operate recording studios, both  on 
> 57th Street in Manhattan and also in San Francisco. There was  definitely in-house disk-mastering 
> in NYC at that time, too, under  the direction of John Eargle.
> The problem with all these "Mercury Sound Studios" labels on tape  boxes is that many jazz and pop 
> sessions were incorrectly sited at  that facility, rather than the proper recording studios. In 
> some  cases, the proper studio information is in the original LP liner  notes, but apparently 
> these were not in the files anymore.
> Anyone wishing to update Michel's original work will need to track  down and fix all those 
> "Mercury Sound Studios" references until the  late 60's, when Mercury actually did operate 
> recording studios  where music records were made.
> There are other cases where "location unknown" can be resolved by  photos on the original album 
> covers. It's a case by case thing, but  certain studios had distinctive things that the trained 
> eye can find.
> With the 50's and 60's jazz stuff, some of this was clarified  during CD reissues.
> None of this is a knock on Michel or any other discographer. These  complete discographies are 
> monumental undertakings and my  experience is that record-keeping at most or all record companies 
> is not what you'd call archival ISO certified quality!
> One more thing. I would say the ONLY logical format for ANY  discography these days is a database, 
> and hopefully a standard  format that can be easily searched, printed and distributed. So  then 
> you get into what's a viable business model, and in that is  the rub. I'm wondering if discography 
> should go in the class of  basic medical research or public artwork, that it's supported by 
> grants and/or public arts/culture funding.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michel RUPPLI"  <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 1:20 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 25073 source/date/performer?
> I do not think that Greenwood has anymore interest in publishing
> discographies, nor is interested in producing CD-ROMs. The idea of
> transferring that Mercury work to CD-ROM is a good one,of course ,as
> it seems the way to go nowadays. As for myself, I have stockpiled
> large amounts of details on many Mercury artists, which outdate the
> printed work, and a new publication,in my opinion, should be an
> updated version. That requires a great amount of work, which I am
> unable to do at this time: I am involved in other projects, like a
> forthcoming version of Atlantic (updated) on CD-ROM, in the vein of
> what I made on Capitol,ABC and Blue Note labels in the past years.
> If some dedicated person appears be ready to go with updating
> Mercury, that would be a true challenge, and I would assist him (her)
> with my files.
> Anyone interested??
> Michel
> -------
> Le 8 oct. 09 à 18:06, Thomas Stern a écrit :
>> Hello Michel,
>>    Our messages crossed -  Thanks for this information!
>>    I wonder if anyone at Greenwood is thinking about making the   Discography
>> series available
>> on CD-ROM?  I, like many older collectors no longer can afford  the  price of
>> the print editions
>> of discographies.  The production costs for ROM are significantly   lower, and
>> would make the work
>> available, if the cost savings are passed on.  If search   capabilities are
>> included, the ROM
>> format is significantly better for searching.
>>    Of course, I'd like to see a freely available online national   discography
>> with everything,
>> but until that happens it is nice to see resources like 78discography
>> growing.
>>    Best wishes, Thomas.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Michel RUPPLI
>> Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 11:24 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 25073 source/date/performer?
>> Yes,MG25073 wa a reissue of songs previously issued on 78 rpm in a 3
>> record set.
>> Here are details I mentioned in my Mercury Discoraphy (Grenwood  Press,
>> 1995):
>>               We have the strength/       Merc.1068(alb.A-35)
>>                Israel's  heroes                -        -
>>               Song of the signal man           -        -
>>               Song of faith               Merc.1069     -
>>               Song of the Jewish partisans     -        -
>>               Song of the Emek            Merc.1070     -
>>               This way                         -        -
>> All titles also issued on Merc.MG25073.
>> Michel Ruppli
>> -------
>> Le 8 oct. 09 à 16:29, Thomas Stern a écrit :
>>> Anyone know if the LP listed below
>>> originated from a 78rpm album?
>>> Who are the performers?
>>> Date?
>>> Thanks!
>>> Best wishes, Thomas.
>>> Mercury MG 25073           10"-LP
>>> Songs of Israel
>>> A1. We Have the Strength-Israel's Heroes
>>> A2. Song of the Signal Man
>>> A3. Song of Faith
>>> B1. Song of the Jewish Partisans
>>> B2. Song of the Emek
>>> B3. This Way