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Caruso Records: A History and Discography

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For more than a century, there has never been a day when Enrico Caruso's records could not be purchased in stores. Caruso's life and recordings have often been subjected to the sort of exaggeration that surrounds so many legends. This new illustrated survey, by one of the world's leading Caruso collectors and researchers, presents a more objective view of the great tenor's recordings and reveals some recent discoveries that may surprise even the most seasoned collector. Features include:

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Overview

For more than a century, there has never been a day when Enrico Caruso's records could not be purchased in stores. Caruso's life and recordings have often been subjected to the sort of exaggeration that surrounds so many legends. This new illustrated survey, by one of the world's leading Caruso collectors and researchers, presents a more objective view of the great tenor's recordings and reveals some recent discoveries that may surprise even the most seasoned collector. Features include:

- A detailed chronological discography of all 496 Caruso recordings, published and unpublished
- Recording dates and locations, accompanists and partners, matrix and take numbers, correct playing speeds, and all known issues in 78 and cylinder formats
- Eight introductory chapters detailing every aspect of Caruso's records and recording career
- Color reproductions of more than 30 rare Caruso records, including piracies - Three indexes keyed to the main discography for easy location of any recording by title, partner, or catalog number - Detailed appendixes, bibliography, and subject index

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ARSC Journal 34:1
By far the most comprehensive work to date. Caruso Records methodically and in a scholarly fashion walks the reader step-by-step through the tenor's recording career. It offers a remarkable learning curve on the early history of the recording industry in Europe and North America... An indispensable research tool and a map to further discovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967181936
  • Publisher: Mainspring Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: The Record Companies and Recording Agreements
Chapter 2: The Published Records
Chapter 3: Characteristics of the Gramophone Company Records
Chapter 4: Characteristics of the Victor Records
Chapter 5: Collecting and Playing Caruso Records
Chapter 6: The Unpublished Records
Chapter 7: Caruso-Related Music
Chapter 8: Films By and About Caruso
The Caruso Discography (1902-1920)
Caruso Record Labels (color section)
Appendix I: Recordings by Year, Matrix Size, and Language
Appendix II: Solos, Duets, and Concerted Numbers by Year
Appendix III: Published Recordings by Year of Release, Matrix Size, and Language
Appendix IV: Published Recordings of Solo and Concerted Numbers by First Year of Release
Appendix V: Victor Records by Label Type in Use at Time Each Catalog Was Printed
Bibliography
Title, Artist, and Label Indexes
Subject Index
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