Columbia 12" Release Series
Columbia Master Book, Volume IV, Brian Rust and Tim Brooks, eds.
Following are the principal Columbia 12” double-face release series used during the period covered by Volume IV of the Columbia Master Book. Single-face issues used the matrix number as the release number. Dating charts for some of these series will be found in Volume I.
Columbia 12” Release Series
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|1908–1923||A5000 to A6233||General|
|"||A 7500 to A 7579||Educational (originally prefixed “S”)|
|"||C1000 to C1300s||Spanish (Central & South America)|
|"||E5000 to E5283||Ethnic H1000 to H1100s: Spanish--Symphonic (Export)|
|"||S5000 to S5100s||Spanish--Concertos/Opera (Export)|
|1924–1934||50000-D to 50385-D||General (1924–1939)|
|"||53000-D to 53008-D||Educational (1924–1929?)|
|"||54000-D to ?||Race (not used?)|
|"||60000-D to 60007-D||Classical (1924)*|
|"||65000-D to 65034-D||Classical (1924)*|
|"||67000-D to 73284-D||Classical/Masterworks (1924–1952)|
|"||68000-D to 68088-D||Classical (1924)*|
|"||71000-D to 71003-D||Classical (1924)*|
|"||5000-M to 5138-M||Celebrity (Black label; 1925–1934)|
|"||6900-Ms||Celebrity (South America)|
|"||7000-M to 7784-M||Celebrity (Blue label; 1925–1953)|
|"||8900-Ms||Celebrity (South America)|
|"||9000-M to 9171-M||Celebrity (Purple label; 1925–1947)|
|"||9900-Ms||Celebrity (South America)|
|"||50000-F to 82000-F’s||Ethnic (blocks within for different languages)|
|"||50000-X to 57000-X’s||Ethnic export (blocks within)|
*These early series, denoting different price categories, were discontinued ca.1925; records remaining in the catalog were renumbered into other series. Subsequent classical releases were numbered in the 67000-D series or the new “M” series. When 67999-D was reached in late 1931 that series continued into the 68000-D’s, reusing some previously used numbers. The series continued for many years, eventually reaching 73284-D in 1952.
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The Columbia Master Book Discography, 4 Volumes, Complied by Brian Rust and Tim Brooks. Reprinted by permission.