PERFORMERS ON EARLY LP RECORDS:
RUMOURS, FACTS & FINDS
by Ernst A. Lumpe
Many collectors may have come across Royale, Allegro/Royale, Allegro/Elite, King, Varsity, Halo, Gramophone or Concertone (hereafter, the Royale labels) records when browsing through the stocks of second hand dealers. Few, I'm afraid, have decided to buy any of them, since they are mostly in very poor condition, with very substantial surface noise resulting from the use of a specific kind of shellac. Even when, at a later time, the Record Corporation of America (RC) began using something somewhat like vinyl to manufacture records issued on these labels, the improved quality still left the pressings noisy.
A look at the catalogue printed on the back cover of these records shows an impressive list of practically all kinds of music, but these pages will concentrate on the classical repertoire offered by RC on these labels.
Text and Research Copyright 1990-2016 Ernst A. Lumpe.
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