Monday, 22 May 2017

From Edison to iTunes: A History Of The Record Label - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd April 2017

Paul Morley and his guests consider how technological changes and record companies have influenced the music we listen to.

With the help of Jac Holzman, Morty Craft, Marshall Chess, Chris Wright and Simon Draper, the record men behind such labels as Elektra, Warwick, Chess, Chrysalis and Virgin, Paul Morley charts the changing relationship between artists and labels, and explores how record companies developed their own distinctiveness around the taste and style of certain individuals. To what extent did these maverick talent spotters, playboys, dreamers, moneymen and taste-makers mould the shape and momentum of popular music for decades to come?

First broadcast in 2009 and repeated to mark Record Store Day.

Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. [Virgin]
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain [EG]
The Velvet Underground - Rock And Roll [Universal/Polydor]
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode [Universal]
Bob Luman - Let's Think About Living [Acuff-Rose Opryland]
Bobby Rydell - Sway [London]
Carla Thomas - Gee Whizz [Warner Platinum]
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind [Dino]
Sousa's Band - Dancing In The Dark [Archeophone]
Marcello Sambrich - Ernani, Ernani, Involami. Tutto. Sprezzo
Enrico Caruso - Tosca: Act I: Recondita Armonia [RCA Red Seal]
Billy Murray - The Little Ford Rambled Right Along Recording [Saydisc]
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five - Skid-Dat-De-Dat [Classics]
Louis Armstrong - Potato Head Blues [Living Era]
Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie Recording [Folkways]
Paul Whiteman - Whispering [ASV Ltd]
Vernon Dalhart - The Prisoner's Song Recording [RCA]
Roy Acuff - Great Speckled Bird [Opry Music]
Hank Thompson - The Wild Side Of Life [Capitol]
Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels [Acrobat Music]
The Carter Family - I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blues Eyes [Proper]
Bing Crosby - As Time Goes By [Bing Crosby Radio]
Frank Sinatra - These Foolish Things [Universal]
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup - That's Alright [Boulevard Vintage]
Percy Mayfield - Strange Things Happening Recording [Ace]
Nat King Cole - Too Young [EMI]
Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88 [Rhino]
Roy Brown - Good Rockin' Tonight [Classics]

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