Victor 12-Inch Black-Label Records
1903-1942

Victor introduced the twelve-inch disc in the Fall of 1903, even though experimental pressings were made the previous year. Over four minutes of music could now be had in one play. Ironically, a short-lived line of fourteen-inch disc line preceded them in March 1903. They provided almost six minutes of music at 60 RPM yet proved to be beyond the size limit of what the consumer was able to handle and store. Twelve-inchers were very popular in the Red Seal line because of the nature of Classical music. They were a somewhat distant but still common second elsewhere.

Victor's Black-Label twelve-inch discs pretty much featured the same kind of content as ten-inchers. Of course, longer orchestra pieces were better served by the 12-inch than popular songs. 1933 is once again the cut-off date for the purpose of this website but the format remained popular until the late 1940s. The introduction of the 33-1/3 RPM record by Columbia in 1948 spelled quick doom for the 12-inch since Classical music fans could now have entire works unabridged and uninterrupted on one disc. Ten-inch pop song 78s had a few years of life left going into the 1950s until 45 RPMs did the same to them.

Encoded Speed: 192 Kbps

Laughing Water
Victor Band
Victor 31135
Matrix# Y-332
Spring or Summer 1903
New York, New York (?)
Note: EDVR notes these "Y" recordings may be of Zonophone origin.

Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1 (opus 46)
Part III, "Anitra's Dance"
Arthur Pryor's Band
Victor 31393
Matrix# C-2407, Take 3
May 10, 1911
Camden, New Jersey
Note: In-studio bump at 2:08. Worn.

Woodland Songsters
Victor Orchestra
Victor 31486
Matrix# C-2947, Take 2
December 13, 1905
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)

Uncle Josh Keeps House (Blank)
Cal Stewart
Victor 31715
Matrix# C-6393, Take 2
September 4, 1908
Camden, New Jersey (?)

Rose of Schiras Waltz (Blank)
Sousa's Band
Victor 31726
Matrix# C-6561, Take 1
October 23, 1908
Camden, New Jersey (?)

La Paloma
Sousa's Band
Victor 31727
Matrix# C-325, Take 1
October 20, 1908
Camden, New Jersey
Note: Warp swish.

Gems from "The Prince of Pilsen"
Victor Light Opera Company
Victor 31795
Matrix# C-8984, Take 1 or (probably) 6
May 23, 1910 or May 23, 1912
Camden, New Jersey

Peer Gynt Suite - Part I,
"Morning" (Edvard Grieg, op. 46)
Peer Gynt Suite - Part II,
"Death of Ase" (Edvard Grieg, op. 46)
Arthur Pryor's Band Arthur Pryor's Band
Victor 35007-A Victor 35007-B
Matrix# C-2404, Take 6 Matrix# C-2403, Take 3
May 10, 1911 September 17, 1908
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey (?)

Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2 - Part 1 Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2 - Part 2
Arthur Pryor's Band Arthur Pryor's Band
Victor 35122-A Victor 35122-B
Matrix# C-6409, Take 2 Matrix# C-6415, Take 4
September 15, 1908 September 18, 1908
Camden, New Jersey (?) Camden, New Jersey (?)

Love Dance - Intermezzo Concertino
Victor Orchestra Charles Draper
Victor 35182-A Victor 35182-B
Matrix# C-9443, Take 2 or 4 Matrix# 3633f, Take 1
September 13, 1910 September 10, 1909
Camden, New Jersey (?) London, England
Note: Worn. Note: Worn.

A Dream of Wagner Reminiscences of Verdi
Arthur Pryor's Band Sousa's Band
Victor 35230-A Victor 35230-B
Matrix# C-11844, Take 2 Matrix# C-12009, Take 2
April 10, 1912 May 13, 1912
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Stars and Stripes Forever March Under the Double Eagle March
Sousa's Band Sousa's Band
Victor 35286-A Victor 35286-B
Matrix# C-241, Take 2[a] Matrix# C-355, Take 4
October 22, 1908 October 20, 1908
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Blue Danube Waltz Southern Roses Waltz
Sousa's Band Arthur Pryor's Band
Victor 35289-A Victor 35289-B
Matrix# C-271, Take 10 Matrix# C-4823, Take 4
May 17, 1912 September 9, 1912
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Sea Songs

Sailing
Larboard Watch
Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep
Life on the Ocean Wave
Asleep in the Deep
Nancy Lee
Anchored
War Songs

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Just Before the Battle, Mother
Marching Through Georgia
Vacant Chair
Tenting To-night
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Battle Cry of Freedom
Victor Mixed Chorus Victor Male Chorus
Victor 35351-A Victor 35351-B
Matrix# C-13723, Take 4 Matrix# C-14204, Take 1
September 12, 1913 December 16, 1913
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey
Note: Groove wear at loud passages. Note: Groove wear at loud passages.

"Laughing Husband" Medley

You're Here and I'm Here
Take a Step with Me
Bought and Paid For
High Jinks
Victor Military Band Victor Military Band
Victor 35376-A Victor 35376-B
Matrix# C-14532, Take 2 Matrix# C-14531, Take 1
March 3, 1914 March 3, 1914
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Ballin' the Jack Meadowbrook
Victor Military Band Victor Military Band
Victor 35405-A Victor 35405-B
Matrix# C-15221, Take 1 Matrix# C-15223, Take 1
September 25, 1914 September 25, 1914
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey
Note: Played at 78 RPM. Note: Played at 78 RPM.

Riverside Bells Waltz Youth and Beauty Waltz
McKee's Orchestra McKee's Orchestra
Victor 35526-A Victor 35526-B
Matrix# C-17061, Take 3 Matrix# C-17060, Take 3
January 25, 1916 January 25, 1916
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Worn. Note: Worn.

Gems from "Have a Heart"

I'm So Busy
And I'm All Alone
The Road that Lies
Honeymoon Inn
You Said Something
Gems from "Love 'o Mike"

Look in the Book
It Wasn't My Fault
Drift With Me
We'll See
I Wonder Why
Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company
Victor 35624-A Victor 35624-B
Matrix# C-19309, Take 3 Matrix# C-19308, Take 2
February 23, 1917 February 23, 1917
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Gems from "Rainbow Girl"

My Rainbow Girl
Just You Alone
I'll Think of You
Mister Drummer Man
I'll Think of You
Gems from "Rock-a-bye Baby"

The Big Spring Drive
Lullaby
Little Tune, Go Away
The Kettle Song
There's No Better Use for Time Than Kissing
Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company
Victor 35677-A Victor 35677-B
Matrix# C-21997, Take 3 Matrix# C-21998, Take 5
June 20, 1918 June 26, 1918
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Oh, My Dear! Somebody's Sweetheart and Good Morning, Judge
Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra
Victor 35690-A Victor 35690-B
Matrix# C-22395, Take 2 Matrix# C-22749, Take 2
March 4, 1919 April 23, 1919
New York, New York New York, New York

Gems from "Listen Lester"

Show a Little Something New
Oh! You Sweet Stuff
When Shadows Fall
I'd Love To
Waiting
Gems from "Somebody's Sweetheart"

Twinkle
On Wings of Doubt
In the Old Fashioned Way
Girl of My Heart
It Gets Them All
Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company
Victor 35691-A Victor 35691-B
Matrix# C-23002, Take 5 Matrix# C-23003, Take 2
June 13, 1919 June 13, 1919
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Gems from "Apple Blossoms"

The Second Violin
You Are Free
When the Wedding Bells are Ringing
Brothers
Star of Love
Little Girls, Good-bye
Gems from "Irene"

The Last Part of Ev'ry Party
Alice Blue Gown
Castle of Dreams
Irene
Victor Light Opera Company Victor Light Opera Company
Victor 35697-A Victor 35697-B
Matrix# C-24137, Take 2 Matrix# C-24140, Take 3
May 19, 1920 May 20, 1920
Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey

Grieving for You - Feather Your Nest My Wonder Girl - Coral Sea
Paul Whiteman and His Ambassador Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Ambassador Orchestra
Victor 35703-A Victor 35703-B
Matrix# C-24556, Take 1 Matrix# C-24557, Take 4
October 28, 1920 October 28, 1920
New York, New York New York, New York

Address at Hoboken on return for burial of 5,212 American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Nurses, May 23, 1921 Address at Washington at opening of International Conference for Limitation of Armament, November 12, 1921
Warren G. Harding Warren G. Harding
Victor 35718-A Victor 35718-B
Matrix# C-26488, Take 2 Matrix# C-26489, Take 2
May 24, 1922 May 24, 1922
Washington, D.C., White House, President's Study Washington, D.C., White House, President's Study

Sportsmanship God Bless The Prince of Wales

with the Regimental Marches of the "Grenadier Guards", "Scots Guards", "Welsh Guards", "Irish Guards" and "Coldstream Guards"
H.R.H. Edward, The Prince of Wales The Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards
Victor 35746-A Victor 35746-B
Matrix# Cc-4815, Take 1 Matrix# Cc-4855, Take 2
July 1, 1924 July 12, 1924
London, England. York House. London, England
Note: Side-A label erroneously affixed.

Virginia Reel Plain Quadrille (Ticknor's)
Henry Ford's Old Time Dance Orchestra Henry Ford's Old Time Dance Orchestra
Victor 35771-A Victor 35771-B
Matrix# CVE-34321, Take 2 Matrix# CVE-34320, Take 2
January 12, 1926 January 12, 1926
New York, New York New York, New York

When Day Is Done Soliloquy
Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra
Victor 35828-A Victor 35828-B
Matrix# CVE-39227, Take 2 (noted as "Destroyed" in the EDVR, Take 3 as "Master") Matrix# CVE-39228, Take 2
June 8, 1927 June 8, 1927
New York, New York New York, New York

Among My Souvenirs Washboard Blues (vocal by Hoagy Carmichael)
Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra
Victor 35877-A Victor 35877-B
Matrix# CVE-40934, Take 4 Matrix# CVE-40901, Take 1
November 22, 1927 November 18, 1927
Chicago, Illinois. 952 North Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. 952 North Michigan Ave.

Together My Heart Stood Still
Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra
Victor 35883-A Victor 35883-B
Matrix# CVE-41635, Take 3 Matrix# CVE-41465, Take 3
January 21, 1928 January 24, 1928
New York, New York. Liederkranz Hall. Camden, New Jersey. Church Building.
Note: Recorded in-studio with high gain. 60 Hz electrical hum filtered. High-pitched whistle towards end filtered.

Ol' Man River (with Paul Robeson) Selections from "Show Boat"

Why Do I Love You?
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
You Are Love
Make-Believe
Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra
Victor 35912-A Victor 35912-B
Matrix# CVE-43122, Take 3 Matrix# CVE-43123, Take 2
March 1, 1928 March 1, 1928
New York, New York New York, New York
Note: Dig from 0:28-0:35.

Washboard Blues High Water
Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra
Victor 36186-A Victor 36186-B
Matrix# CVE-40901, Take 1 Matrix# CVE-43117, Take 3
November 18, 1927 February 28, 1928
Chicago, Illinois New York, New York
Note: re-issue of Victor 35877-B Note: re-issue of Victor 35992-A

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