Phonographs with the odd sized spindles were sold at a discount or given away as premiums because, to use them, owners had to buy their brand of records with the correct sized hole (or drill out wider holes in records from other labels - which was not uncommon for people to do).Those client labels, however, usually provide a matrix number - which, again, for pre 1908 Columbia recordings, was the same as the original Columbia catalog number.
Includes TWO BLACK CROWS 1 - 8 plus TWO BLACK CROWS IN HADES and TWO BLACK CROWS IN THE JAIL HOUSE. At first, I assumed many of these songs were pure Klezmer music, but I was informed this is definitely NOT Klezmer.Those very early Columbia recordings can also be confusing in that, when Columbia came out with its double disc records in 1908, a great many of those early recordings were paired up and issued under a new catalog number.Their old catalog number, however, appears on the label as the matrix number.This is very early in his career, from his first recording sessions as a conductor. CLICK HERE to see 4 12 inch red Vocalion label records, opera from the mid-1920s. CLICK HERE to see a small but splendid collection of early HARMONY and COLUMBIA label 78s.Near as I can tell, these are near mint condition in the original sleeves.Hi Dismuke, Thank you very much for your explanation. The only way of being able to date a later pressing is by any changes that might have been made in label design or pressing materials during the time since the initial pressing.