Columbia 10-Inch Double-Sided Electrical Records
1925-1959

In 1925, Columbia and Victor began to issue recordings made with microphones and electrical amplification instead of acoustical/mechanical diaphragms and horns. Both however licensed their equipment from Western Electric, the leading innovator in this new technology. It allowed for a variety of equalizations so each company still developed their own sound. Once again, argument and personal taste can favor either. Like Victor, Columbia didn't make a formal announcement of this new process until the following year. They wanted to clear out their stock of older acoustic recordings while the electrical catalogs were being built up.

Columbia's label remained the same in design save for the phrases “Viva-tonal Recording” and “Electrical Process” appearing at the top in 1926. Ted Lewis received his own style of label in 1928, which can be seen in his own separate and extensive section on this website. Paul Whiteman moved from Victor to Columbia that same year and received his own as well, a colorful scheme nicknamed the "Potato Head Label". While sales were great in the late 1920s, the Great Depression was harsher on Columbia than its great rival. It tried the marketing ploy of using blue shellac starting in 1932, calling them "Royal Blue Records". The technical innovation of a ten-inch five-minute record was introduced the same year but the catalog was tiny and sales ever more so. The company was sold and exchanged hands several times before being essentially shelved in the late 1930s by then owner ARC (American Record Corporation), for whom Brunswick was their flagship label. Ironically, CBS (the Columbia Broadcasting System) then bought and revived the label in 1939. Columbia Records had actually co-founded their savior twelve years earlier. It was feared radio would kill the recording industry, but instead it came to the rescue. Perhaps that's why Victor did better, RCA bought that company in 1929 and moved forward from there. For the purposes of this website though, 1933 is the cutoff point.

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Row, Row, Rosie! She Was Just a Sailor's Sweetheart
Earl Gresh and His Gangplank Orchestra Earl Gresh and His Gangplank Orchestra
Columbia 424-D Columbia 424-D
Matrix# 140737, Take 3 Matrix# 140762, Take 2
June 30, 1925 July 14, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn.

Red Hot Henry Brown Loud Speakin' Papa
The Charleston Chasers The Charleston Chasers
Columbia 446-D Columbia 446-D
Matrix# 140872, Take 2 Matrix# 140873, Take 2
August 28, 1925 August 28, 1925
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn with lamination cracks around edge. Note: Worn with lamination cracks, one to center.

Maple Leaf Rag Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Halfway House Dance Orchestra The Halfway House Dance Orchestra
Columbia 476-D Columbia 476-D
Matrix# 140998, Take 1 Matrix# 140999, Take 2
September 25, 1925 September 25, 1925
New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana

The Owls' Hoot Breakin' the Leg
New Orleans Owls Warner's 7 Aces
Columbia 605-D Columbia 605-D
Matrix# 140994, Take 2 Matrix# 141070, Take 1
September 24, 1925 October 1, 1925
Hotel Roosevelt, New Orleans, Louisiana Atlanta, Georgia

Valencia Plus Ultra
Lacalle Spanish Band Lacalle Spanish Band
Columbia 702-D Columbia 702-D
Matrix# 95154 3-B-27, Take 3 Matrix# 95155 3-A-16, Take 3
June 1926 June 1926
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn. Note: Worn.

Half A Moon (from "Honeymoon Lane") Jersey Walk (from "Honeymoon Lane")
Johnny Marvin Johnny Marvin
Columbia 750-D Columbia 750-D
Matrix# 142558, Take 1 Matrix# 142559, Take 1
August 23, 1926 August 23, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

Oh! How I Love Bulgarians Susie's "Feller"
Harry Reser's Syncopaters Harry Reser's Syncopaters
Columbia 774-D Columbia 774-D
Matrix# 142730, Take 2 Matrix# 142731, Take 3
October 5, 1926 October 5, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

Two Black Crows - Part 1 (The Early Bird Catches the Worm) Two Black Crows - Part 2 (The Early Bird Catches the Worm)
Moran and Mack Moran and Mack
Columbia 935-D Columbia 935-D
Matrix# 143602, Take 3 Matrix# 143603, Take 2
March 14, 1927 March 14, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York

P. D. Q. Blues Livery Stable Blues
Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra
Columbia 1002-D Columbia 1002-D
Matrix# 144063 2-A-1, Take 2 Matrix# 144064 3-C-2, Take 3
April 28, 1927 April 28, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Very worn. Note: Very worn.

Rosy Cheeks One Summer Night
The Knickerbockers The Knickerbockers
Columbia 1012-D Columbia 1012-D
Matrix# 144042, Take 2 Matrix# 144043, Take 3
April 25, 1927 April 25, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Lamination crack halfway in, not audible. Worn. Note: Worn.

I Ain't That Kind of a Baby Ain't That a Grand and Glorious Feeling?
Paul Ash and His Orchestra Paul Ash and His Orchestra
Columbia 1066-D Columbia 1066-D
Matrix# 144303 3-C-2, Take 3 Matrix# 144333 2-A-4, Take 2
June 8, 1927 June 15, 1927
Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois
Note: Lamination crack one-inch in, not audible.

Leonora Paree!
Leo Reisman and His Orchestra Leo Reisman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1083-D Columbia 1083-D
Matrix# 144458, Take 1 Matrix# 144459, Take 3
July 17, 1927 July 17, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn at beginning. Note: Worn.

Two Black Crows - Part 3 (All About Lions) Two Black Crows - Part 4 (All About Lions)
Moran and Mack Moran and Mack
Columbia 1094-D Columbia 1094-D
Matrix# 144198, Take 6 Matrix# 144467, Take 3
July 19, 1927 July 19, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York

Highways Are Happy Ways When The Morning Glories Wake Up In The Morning
Don Voorhees and His Orchestra Don Voorhees and His Orchestra
Columbia 1124-D Columbia 1124-D
Matrix# 144630 3-A-1, Take 3 Matrix# 144637 3-B-1, Take 3
September 6, 1927 September 7, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn.

Together, We Two The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)
Ruth Etting Ruth Etting
Columbia 1196-D Columbia 1196-D
Matrix# 144968 3-A-4, Take 3 Matrix# 144969 2-B-5, Take 2
November 11, 1927 November 11, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Lamination cracks along edge. Very worn. Note: Lamination cracks along edge. Extremely worn.

Two Black Crows - Part 5 (Curiosities on the Farm) Two Black Crows - Part 6 (Curiosities on the Farm)
Moran and Mack Moran and Mack
Columbia 1198-D Columbia 1198-D
Matrix# 144975, Take 3 Matrix# 144976, Take 1
November 14, 1927 November 14, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York

Five Pennies Feelin' No Pain
The Charleston Chasers (under the direction of Red Nichols) The Charleston Chasers (under the direction of Red Nichols)
Columbia 1229-D Columbia 1229-D
Matrix# 144625, Take 3 Matrix# 144650, Take 2
September 6, 1927 September 8, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Hairline crack to center, not audible after filtering.

When You're With Somebody Else We'll Have A New Home (In The Mornin')
Ben Selvin and His Orchestra Ben Selvin and His Orchestra
Columbia 1274-D Columbia 1274-D
Matrix# 145444 2-A-2, Take 2 Matrix# 145445 3-A-5, Take 3
December 28, 1927 December 28, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Small lamination cracks along edge. Worn. Note: Small lamination cracks along edge. Worn.

Mississippi Mud My Melancholy Baby
The Charleston Chasers (under the direction of Red Nichols) The Charleston Chasers (under the direction of Red Nichols)
Columbia 1335-D Columbia 1335-D
Matrix# 145727, Take 2 Matrix# 145726, Take 2
March 7, 1928 March 7, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn. Note: Hairline crack two-thirds to center, only barely audible at first.

Two Black Crows - Part 7 (No Matter How Hungry a Horse Is, He Cannot Eat a Bit) Two Black Crows - Part 8 (No Matter How Hungry a Horse Is, He Cannot Eat a Bit)
Moran and Mack Moran and Mack
Columbia 1350-D Columbia 1350-D
Matrix# 145396, Take 2 Matrix# 145235, Take 3
December 23, 1927 November 25, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York

Forevermore Japansy
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Columbia 1364-D Columbia 1364-D
Matrix# 145826, Take 2 Matrix# 145831, Take 3
March 21, 1928 March 23, 1928
Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois

Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me Evening Star
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1401-D Columbia 1401-D
Matrix# 146249, Take 5 Matrix# 146250, Take 6
May 21, 1928 May 21, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Crack halfway in, not audible. Worn. Note: Crack to center, not audible. Worn.

C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E Get Out and Get Under the Moon
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1402-D Columbia 1402-D
Matrix# 146291, Take 2 Matrix# 146319, Take 3
May 17, 1928 May 22, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn.

Dear Old Girl of Delta Sigma Phi Phi Delta Theta Dream Girl
Jan Garber and His Orchestra Jan Garber and His Orchestra
Columbia 1415-D Columbia 1415-D
Matrix# 145884 7-A-3, Take 7 Matrix# 145888 5-B-3, Take 5
April 23, 1928 April 23, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Needle dig and skip at very end.

'Taint So, Honey, 'Taint So That's My Weakness Now
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1444-D Columbia 1444-D
Matrix# 146316 9-A-6, Take 9 Matrix# 146542 3-E-18, Take 3
June 10, 1928 June 17, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Large crack until 0:34.

I'm On The Crest Of A Wave (with Bing Crosby) What D'Ya Say?
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra (pseudonym for Ben Selvin's Orchestra on this side)
Columbia 1465-D Columbia 1465-D
Matrix# 146541 3-H-16, Take 3 Matrix# 146611 3-C-7, Take 3
June 17, 1928 July 2, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York

Just a Little Bit O' Driftwood Out-O'-Town Gal
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1505-D Columbia 1505-D
Matrix# 146547 2-E-17, Take 2 Matrix# 146550 3-A-1, Take 3
June 18, 1928 June 18, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Very worn. Note: Worn. In-studio bump at 2:07.

Blue Night Roses Of Yesterday
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1553-D Columbia 1553-D
Matrix# 146329, Take 3 Matrix# 146947, Take 3
May 24, 1928 September 4, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: One groove skip at 1:51.

Where the Shy Little Violets Grow Me and the Man in the Moon
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Columbia 1679-D Columbia 1679-D
Matrix# 147505, Take 3 Matrix# 147507, Take 2
November 12, 1928 November 14, 1928
Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois
Note: Crack to center, not audible. Worn.

I'll Get By (vocal by Bing Crosby) Rose of Mandalay (vocal by Bing Crosby)
Ipana Troubadours Ipana Troubadours
Columbia 1694-D Columbia 1694-D
Matrix# 147545, Take 3 Matrix# 147546, Take 3
December 28, 1928 December 28, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York

Button Up Your Overcoat Mean to Me
Ruth Etting Ruth Etting
Columbia 1762-D Columbia 1762-D
Matrix# 148029, Take 3 Matrix# 148030, Take 2
March 11, 1929 March 11, 1929
New York, New York New York, New York

Waiting at the End of the Road Love Me
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Columbia 1974-D Columbia 1974-D
Matrix# 148986, Take 8 Matrix# 149006, Take 2
September 13, 1929 September 13, 1929
New York, New York New York, New York

Sweetheart, We Need Each Other You're Always In My Arms (But Only In My Dreams)
Charles Lawman Charles Lawman
Columbia 1987-D Columbia 1987-D
Matrix# 149058, Take 3 Matrix# 149059, Take 4
September 26, 1929 September 26, 1929

What Wouldn't I Do For That Man! Turn On The Heat
The Charleston Chasers The Charleston Chasers
Columbia 1989-D Columbia 1989-D
Matrix# 149072 2-C-1, Take 2 Matrix# 149073 3-C-1, Take 3
September 28, 1929 September 28, 1929
New York, New York New York, New York

College Medley Fox Trot - Part 1

Wave the Flag (CHICAGO)
Go U Northwestern (NORTHWESTERN)
We're Loyal to You, Illinois (ILLINOIS)
On, Wisconsin (WISCONSIN)
College Medley Fox Trot - Part 2

Indiana (INDIANA)
The U of M Rouser (MINNESOTA)
Carmen Ohio (OHIO STATE)
The Victors March (MICHIGAN)
Hail, Purdue (PURDUE)
Iowa Corn Song (IOWA)
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Columbia 1996-D Columbia 1996-D
Matrix# 149111 2-A-3, Take 2 Matrix# 149112 1-B-4, Take 1
October 7, 1929 October 7, 1929
New York, New York New York, New York

La Golondrina (The Swallow) Estrellita (Little Star)
Emil Velazco Emil Velazco
Columbia 2008-D Columbia 2008-D
Matrix# 111069, Take 1 Matrix# 111070, Take 2
ca. 1929 ca. 1929
New York, New York New York, New York

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back The Mug Song
Johnny Walker and His Rollickers (pseudonym for Ben Selvin's Orchestra) Johnny Walker and His Rollickers (pseudonym for Ben Selvin's Orchestra)
Columbia 2201-D Columbia 2201-D
Matrix# 150411 4-C-1, Take 4 Matrix# 150412 3-C-1, Take 3
May 13, 1930 May 13, 1930
New York, New York New York, New York

Melody (Charles G. Dawes) An Irish Love Song
J. H. Squire Celeste Octet J. H. Squire Celeste Octet
Columbia 2508-D Columbia 2508-D
Matrix# A9259 2-E-3, Take 2 Matrix# A10564 1-E-3, Take 1
ca. 1931 (?) ca. 1931 (?)
Imported Imported

Cuban Love Song You Try Somebody Else
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Columbia 2567-D Columbia 2567-D
Matrix# 151874, Take 4 Matrix# 151875, Take 2
November 5, 1931 November 5, 1931
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn. Note: Worn.

Chicago Blues Mournful Tho'ts
Jimmy Johnson and His Orchestra Jimmy Johnson and His Orchestra
Columbia 14334-D Columbia 14334-D
Matrix# 146539, Take 3 Matrix# 146540, Take 1
June 18, 1928 June 18, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York

Mother's Children Have A Hard Time If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down
Blind Willie Johnson Blind Willie Johnson
Columbia 14343-D Columbia 14343-D
Matrix# 145319, Take 2 Matrix# 145321, Take 3
December 3, 1927 December 3, 1927

Goodbye, My Alabama Babe Bohunkus and Josephus
The Mobile Four The Mobile Four
Columbia 14370-D Columbia 14370-D
Matrix# 144386, Take 1 Matrix# 144388, Take 2
June 23, 1927 June 23, 1927

I'm Drifting Back to Dreamland My Carolina Home
Riley Puckett Riley Puckett and Bob Nichols
Columbia 15095-D Columbia 15095-D
Matrix# 142084, Take 1 Matrix# 142085, Take 1
April 22, 1926 April 22, 1926

The Mississippi Flood The Engineer's Dream
Al Craver Al Craver
Columbia 15146-D Columbia 15146-D
Matrix# 144075, Take 2 Matrix# 144076, Take 1
May 2, 1927 May 2, 1927

Dixie Run Nigger Run
Gid Tanner and His Skillet-Lickers Gid Tanner and His Skillet-Lickers
Columbia 15158-D Columbia 15158-D
Matrix# 143795, 2-B-1 Matrix# 143796, 2-B-5
March 29, 1927 March 29, 1927

Roane County Rag Everybody Two Step
Roane County Ramblers Roane County Ramblers
Columbia 15398-D Columbia 15398-D
Matrix# 148283, 2-A-1, Take 2 Matrix# 148284, 1-A-1, Take 1
April 15, 1929 April 15, 1929
Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Note: Worn, especially at start. 60 Hz electrical hum reduced by filtering. Note: Worn, especially at start. 60 Hz electrical hum reduced by filtering.

Nine Hundred Miles From Home Dark Town Strutters Ball
Riley Puckett Riley Puckett
Columbia 15563-D Columbia 15563-D
Matrix# 150243, 2-B-3, Take 2 Matrix# 150246, 2-A-2, Take 2
April 16, 1930 April 16, 1930
Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Note: Worn. 60 Hz electrical hum reduced by filtering. Note: Worn. Needle dig from 0:44-0:49. 60 Hz electrical hum reduced by filtering.

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