Columbia 10-Inch Single-Sided Records

Columbia and Victor introduced the 10-inch disc to the market in 1901 and it very quickly became the new standard. The old 7-inch standard was a carry-over from the 1890s. 7-inchers could hold about a minute-and-a-half to two minutes of sound whereas 10-inchers could run up to three minutes and even seconds more. That was in better keeping with popular songs and classical works wouldn't need as much abbreviating. However, both companies issued many titles in both 7 and 10-inch formats. 12-inch records joined them a few years later and became popular too. The larger discs also produced louder volume. 7-inchers were discontinued by 1906-7. 10-inchers remained the dominant size all the way until the end of the 1950s when 78-RPM records themselves were phased out.

Later on in this first decade, Columbia invented the paper core as a way to reinforce the strength of their short-lived Marconi Label records (1907-1908). They carried it over to their own-brand line and it remained a feature all the way into the 1950s as well. One drawback though is if the edge of the record gets chipped, the core can be exposed and then moisture can seep in and warp the disc. Yet if the blank side suffers a crack, the core often keeps it from opening through to the playing side.

In 1908, Columbia went all-in with disc records by ending their cylinder production and introducing double-sided discs. At the same time they also stopped producing single-sided discs under their standard Black Label but continued to do so for their more prestigious Symphony Series line (analogous to Victor's Red Seals) until the early 1920s.

Encoded Speed: 192 Kbps

I'm Old but I'm Awfully Tough (Blank)
Cal Stewart
Columbia 22
Matrix# 22-4II, Take 4
ca. 1901-1904
New York, New York
Note: Stressed loud passages.

Overture to "William Tell"
Part 4 -- Finale
Columbia Band
Columbia 89
Matrix# 89-2-A, Take 2
ca. 1901-July 1904
New York, New York

Non E Ver (Blank)
Alberto De Bassini (self-announced)
Columbia 154
Matrix# 154-5-5, Take 5
ca. 1901-1908
New York, New York

Nearer My God To Thee (Blank)
Columbia Orchestra with Brass Quartette
Columbia 395
Matrix# 395-3-H (6406), Take 3
ca. 1901-1908
New York, New York

The Mocking Bird Medley (Blank)
Spencer Trio
Columbia 653
Matrix# 653-3-27, Take 3
ca. 1902-1908
New York, New York
Note: Very worn with big dig at beginning.

Swan Song (Blank)
A. N. Semenof and G. Morozoff
Columbia 35131
Matrix# 35131-1-F, Take 1
St. Petersburg, Russia
Note: Worn.

Short and Sweet (Kurz und Bündig) Polka (Blank)
Bohumir Kryl and Leroy Haines
Columbia 1185
Matrix# 1185-1-I, Take 1
ca. 1903
New York, New York
Note: Announced as a "Harvard Record", a recently introduced subsidiary of Columbia. Only issued as Manhattan 1185 according to DAHR.

Teasing (I was only, only teasing you) (Blank)
Billy Murray
Columbia 1857
Matrix# 1857-8-F, Take 8
ca. 1904-1908
New York, New York

Moonlight (Clair de Lune Mondschein) (Blank)
Columbia Orchestra
Columbia 3219
Matrix# 3219-1X-45 (N-326-1x), Take 1
ca. January-September 1905
New York, New York

The Heidelberg Stein Song (from "The Prince of Pilsen") (Blank)
Criterion Male Quartette
Columbia 3284
Matrix# 3284-6-22 (N-171-6), Take 6
ca. 1905-1908
New York, New York

Enchantment Waltz (Blank)
Prince's Military Band
Columbia 3380
Matrix# 3380-1-27, Take 1
ca. January-May 1906
New York, New York

Mira d'acerbe lagrime
(Part 1) (From "Il trovatore")

Grâce, contemple mes boulevrs
Sieh! meiner heissen Thränenfluth
Witness these tears
Mme. Gina Ciaparelli and Taurino Parvis
Columbia 3524
Matrix# 3524-1-8 (M1058-1), Take 1
ca. January-November 1906
New York, New York
Note: Very worn with digs.

Southern Girl (Blank)
The Columbia Quartette
Columbia 3692
Matrix# 3692-1-1, Take 1
ca. January-September 1907
New York, New York
Note: One crack halfway in, lamination cracks, and dig near end.

Summertime Medley

Keep on Smiling
I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark
Much Obliged to You
Good Bye Dear
Prince's Military Band
Columbia 3790
Matrix# 3790-2-5, Take 2
ca. 1907-February 1908
New York, New York

O' Tannenbaum, O' Tannenbaum (Blank)
Elena Gerhardt and Max Bloch
Columbia 58256
Matrix# ?

Songs My Mother Taught Me
Hulda Lashanska
Columbia 77719
Matrix# 77719 7-E-21, Take 7
August 9, 1918
New York, New York
Note: Very worn. Lamination cracks at start and end, not audible.

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