B0079. THE COLUMBIA MASTER BOOK DISCOGRAPHY, Brian Rust & Tim Brooks, Eds. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press. 1999. 2128pp. (in Four Hardbound Volumes); Indices; Matrix Series. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 0313214646
"This detailed compilation of Columbia recordings gathers information about every Columbia disc record made between 1901 and 1934 and designed for American use. The listings also include recordings that were never issued. Recording dates, including re-makes, titles, composers, artists, and catalogue numbers (when allocated for issue) are shown. Where available in the original company files, the details of accompanists to soloists, the vocalists on dance records, and the pseudonyms often employed by certain artists are all shown in detail. A history of the Columbia Phonograph Company to 1934, and analysis of its recording programs and printed matter is also included. The work is divided among four volumes. The first volume covers the Matrix Series 1 through 4999 spanning the years 1901 to 1910. The second volume covers the Principal U.S. Matrix Series spanning the years 1910 to 1924. The third volume covers the Principal U.S. Matrix Series spanning the years 1924 to 1934. The fourth volume covers the 12-inch U.S. Matrix Series spanning the years 1906 to 1931. Some 28,000 titles are included that trace the changes in popular taste during the first third of the 20th century.
Record collectors, music historians and researchers will appreciate the vast amount of titles and detailed information about the Columbia recordings catalogued in these four volumes. Separately or as a complete set, this work contains valuable historical accuracy and exhaustive research. Record collectors and researchers will find these four volumes by Brain Rust and Tim Brooks to be a valuable resource chronicling the changes in popular taste in music during the first third of the twentieth century, as well as an historical overview of the early days of the recording industry in the United States."
-Reference & User Services Quarterly
"This is the first major U.S. discography to be published in many years!....There is a wealth of wonderful material documented here....a pretty amazing work to have available!"
-The New Amberola Graphic
"The Columbia Disc Master Book is complete!....collectors should rejoice as Brook's four volume tome, The Columbia Master Book Discography is available. These are essential books for the serious collector."
- In the Groove
gBrian Rust is the author of the Discography of Historical Records on Cylinders and 78s (Greenwood, 1979) and Brian Rust's Guide to Discography (Greenwood, 1980). He has worked in the Gramophone Library of the BBC (London) and has frequently broadcast programs of recorded nostalgia.
Tim Brooks is a television executive and past president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. His articles about the history of the record industry may be found in the ARSC Journal, Record Research, The New Amberola Graphic, Storyville, Goldmine, Hillandale News, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.h