Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jules Herman And His Orchestra

There were three discs that I know of that were recorded at Kay Bank and pressed with Soma catalog numbers in 1958, to commemorate the 100th year of the state's existence.  Each disc was issued with sheet music in a sturdy mailing envelope.  I'm not sure who the recipients were.  Perhaps a radio giveaway or members of the Minnesota Historical Society.  I have all three discs, but this one I am lacking the envelope and sheet music.  Will most likely find it someday, but for now I thought I'd share it, to get folks ready for the Minnesota State Fair, starting next week.

Side A vocal:  Lois Best
Sibe B vocal:  The Casualaires

Soma 1096
Year:  1958
Label location:  Minnesota
Pressed by:  Kay Bank

The Iota Song

The Tourist's Polka

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Dick Ford

Richard "Dick" D. Ford 1942-2017

Soma 1082
Year:  1957
Label location:  Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by:  Kay Bank

Mary Ellen

Lawdy, Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Soma (miscellaneous)

The first Soma 45rpm, circa 1955

Wall in the offices of the company
For the past few years I have taken up the task of acquiring copies of every disc issued by Soma records of Minneapolis.  The company didn't leave behind any ledgers that we know of, so a full discography is unavailable.  I compiled an excel file (included in download) listing all the discs I know of.  On that list there are 281 singles (78rpm and 45rpm) and roughly 50 Lps.  I am missing about 70 of the 45s, and need to upgrade about 30 of my discs that are lower quality than VG+.  The first 30 or so discs were pressed on both 45rpm and 78rpm.  Many of the first Soma discs were songs originally issued on the FM Recordings label in Hollywood, CA.  Not sure how that came to be.  Those who knew are most likely deceased.  I hope someday to have all the records, but I'm not entirely sure I'll end up finding all of them.  It's been fun so far and I have no reason to give up. I don't have plans to do anything with the collection once (or if) it is ever complete.  I suppose I have plenty of time to think about it.

I thought I'd upload some of the lesser known discs, which individually wouldn't be worth posting.  I have also included my list of needed records, in case anyone out there can help.   And inside the download folder is a brochure catalog (says complete but it is not) printed by the company, circa 1963.  I was able to scan this rare document from the collection of Dan Heilicher's son Jamie.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Harry C. Browne

The first issue in Columbia's budget label series.  For those who are not familiar, Columbia released the same sides, with the same matrices (in parentheses) on three different budget labels:  Harmony, Diva and Velvet Tone.  I won't go further into that here, since there is information elsewhere online and in print form.

[please be aware the N-word is used throughout "Uncle Ned"]

Harmony 1-H
Year:  1925
Label location:  Bridgeport, Conneticut
Pressed by:  Columbia

Uncle Ned

Goodbye, Liza Jane

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Starday Custom Pressings box set

Starday Custom Pressings are sought-after low-pressing gems from the 1950s and 1960s.  Most often only 100-200 copies were made, and the records are highly collectable.  Some fetch more than $1500+, others only $15.  I have been downloading audio from youtube and ebay for the past 10 years, trying to grow my audio archive of this series.  But my efforts pale in comparison to those of Malcolm Chapman and others, who are way ahead of me.  Several CD compilations have previously been issued, in attempts to get these tracks out commercially.  But those sets have focused on the most valuable of the lot, and couldn't be very comprehensive with only 2-3 discs. 

Here Malcolm and his associates have given us a near complete box set of the series, only missing a few numbers.  Sitting down with this box set and its companion book is a delight.  For those who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours that would be required to obtain all the discs, this box set is an easy solution. 

It is the first of what should be 2 or 3 box sets, according to Malcolm.  This box set was put together by Malcolm in cooperation with the same people who are responsible for The Texas Box and The Michigan Box, and others.  It takes up a bit of room on your shelf, but the space is well spent.

Thank you Malcolm for sending me a copy of this wonderful, long-awaited treasure.

Front of box

The book

Back side of box