2021-10-29T15:29:29+02:00Oktober 29th, 2021|

Radioprom was a Bulgarian state-run label formed from Орфей, Балканъ, Микрофон and Арфа.
Active 1952 – 1962 (Company’s name changed to Балкантон)

Source: Discogs


2021-10-26T18:24:26+02:00Oktober 26th, 2021|

German shellac label operating between 1936 and 1951.

The label was launched in March 1936 by Kristall Schallplatten GmbH.

Label owner:
Kristall-Schallplatten G.m.b.H.: 1936 and 1937
Carl Lindström A.-G.: August 1937 until 1951.

Source: Discogs


2021-09-24T16:38:09+02:00September 24th, 2021|

The club “Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft” was founded in 1924 in Berlin, Germany, focused on books. After WWII the club went to Darmstadt, Germany. In 1970 50% was sold to Bertelsmann AG, which acquired the rest in 1988.

Source: Discogs

4 in 1

2021-09-10T13:56:34+02:00September 10th, 2021|

4 in 1 (a British Homophone product) was a genuine attempt to give more value for money. The records do have 4 full-length tunes on every record, each side playing for at up to 6 minutes (some are longer!). The groove is fine and the quality is not bad considering the technical limitations. Each is a master recording and not dubbed from an existing “normal” 10″ record. All matrices are English, and mainly dance bands.

The catalogue ran from 1 to 91 and all date from 1932-34.

Source: mgthomas.co.uk


2021-08-11T16:53:34+02:00August 11th, 2021|

Sonora was a Swedish record company founded on November 5th, 1932 by Erik Ljungberg (1884-1958).

At first, Sonora didn’t have any Swedish recordings to release so their initial releases were reissues of the German record company Artiphon. From 1933 and forward, Sonora solely released Swedish recordings. Between 1933 and 1958 Sonora made approximately 9,000 recordings.

When the founder Erik Ljungberg died and the production of shellac 78s ceased, Sonora was purchased by Philips and became AB Philips-Sonora which later turned to Phonogram AB and then Polygram AB and now Universal Music Group.

There were also a Sonora branch in Norway that started releasing records in 1934, and a branch in Finland and one in USA.

Source: Discogs


2021-08-11T16:01:36+02:00August 11th, 2021|

Symfoni was a classic music record label from Sweden.


2021-08-11T14:25:57+02:00August 11th, 2021|

British label, which bought up most of the Piccadilly / Metropole companies’ metalwork in the early 1930s and reissued those. It also issued its own recordings – usually by second-tier or provincial bands.

The records on the Octacros label were made to be used in movie theaters as intermission music and at ice skating rinks; as the label states, they could be played in public by those who had a contract with Synchrophone. It was bought out by Decca in 1937.

Source: Discogs


2021-06-11T12:50:20+02:00Juni 11th, 2021|

The Danish company EKKO were part of the Schou/Tono labels.
It was founded by Vilhelm Andersen in Copenhagen and existed from 1938 to 1941. The label had a house recording band called the Ekko Danseorkester.
All records were pressed by “Helomit A/S” in Copenhagen.

Source: Lars Bang Andersen


2021-06-11T12:50:47+02:00Juni 11th, 2021|

CORONA was registered for records on February 10, 1936 by the Grammofonpladefabrikken Corona ved K. Raupach, Aalborg.

In 1938 the record label was transferred to C. Schous Fabriker A / S, Copenhagen. C. Schous Fabriker was a soap factory that sold its products directly through its own shops called Schous Sæbehus.

Source: grammophon-platten.de


2021-03-26T14:53:15+01:00März 26th, 2021|

Bosworth records were introduced in early 1937. The records were recorded and pressed by Decca and contained music from scores owned by Bosworth, mainly what is now termed “Library music” (light music that could be used by radio, film and (later) TV producers as background music).

The catalogue starts at BC-1001 in 1937 ans ran to BC-1239 in 1959

Source: MG Thomas