2019-10-22T12:13:48+02:00Oktober 22nd, 2019|

GRYF was a small Polish company active from 1904 to 1914. The records were two-sided, 25 cm, with a dark-blue label.

All known records feature their own orchestra named either Warsaw Orchestra “Gryf” (№ 1115 – waltz “Swallows”) or Country Orchestra “Gryf” (№№ 1206 – polka “Party”,1210 – polka “Stars above the Vistula”, 1241 – polka “Bavarian”).

Source: Russian Records



2019-10-17T12:01:38+02:00Oktober 17th, 2019|

After 1945, the property of the German Odeon label at ul. Płocka 13 in Warsaw (the full name of the company was: Polskie Zakłady Phonograficzne Odeon) became the property of the Polish state.

In 1948 the Phonographic Works in Warsaw (with the name Muza on plate stickers) already operated at the same address and in 1951 also the Warsaw Phonographic Works (Muza).

The next reorganization was more profound – in 1953 the recording was separated from the production of discs, creating two separate enterprises: Zakład Nagrania Dźwiękowej at ul. Długa 5 (dealing with the production of sound material) and the “Muza” Gramophone Record Factory in Płock.

In 1955 – as a result of the decision of the Ministry of Culture and Art and activities centralizing economic activities – the two enterprises were merged again.

The Polish Record Company was established, the Polish Record Company was established, and in 1956 a gramophone record factory was attached to it, forming the Polish State Record Company Muza.

Until its purchase by Warner Music Poland in 2015, for €1.9 million, the label was owned by the Polish government.

Source: Wikipedia



2019-08-12T15:36:06+02:00August 12th, 2019|

Melodje was a sublabel of the Polish record label Mewa active from 1945 – 1949. It was mostly dedicated to release Jazz and Classical Music.

Source: Russian-Records.com

Melodje collectors website



2019-08-12T15:14:13+02:00August 12th, 2019|

The Poznań Mewa Gramophone Record Factory was the first private record company in post-war Poland.

The label was founded 1945 by chemical engineer Mieczysław Wejman. The label was derived from the name of its owner, Mieczysław Wejman. The Mewa sublabel Melodje appeared with jazz and classical music recordings (this division was not strictly observed).

Source: Wikipedia



2019-08-12T14:48:17+02:00August 12th, 2019|

Polish private record label situated in Katowice, founded 1946 in Krakow by employees of the local Polish Radio station.

At the beginning, the label operated in the basement of the Krakow Philharmonic using semi-professional equipment for the production of records. The records were of poor quality and pressed in a small number of copies. The songs were recorded in a private apartment in Krakow.

Gong shared the fate of other private record companies that were launched in Poland in the first years after WW2. At the beginning of the 1950s, the label was closed and the commissioning committee meticulously destroyed the entire collection of records in the company’s premises.

Source: Wikipedia



2019-11-29T09:36:42+01:00August 12th, 2019|

Fogg Record was a private record label operating in Warsaw from 1946 –1951, founded by singer Mieczysław Fogg and Czesław Porębski.

Recordings were made in Fogg’s apartment at Koszykowa 69, Warsaw, Poland.

According to Filip Łobodziński, Ignacy Singer (nicknamed Ivo Wesby) had a large role in acquiring the apparatus, and thus the establishment of the label. He was a composer and music director of the Qui Pro Quo cabaret, as well as orchestra conductor in the recording studios of Odeon and Syrena Rekord. There he often met Mieczysław Fogg, managing musical groups during his recordings. According to Łobodziński, the equipment was given to Fogg by Singer as an expression of gratitude. Fogg “helped Singer get out of the ghetto,” “organized him to transfer abroad”.

According to Mieczysław Fogg’s great-grandson, Michał, some of the equipment for disc production was bought back from Singer after the war and brought from Germany (where, moreover, she returned shortly before the official and actual liquidation of the label, because Fogg “sold the equipment for pressing the discs, where he bought it, i.e. in Germany.
Fogg himself only mentions hiding Singer, his wife and daughter in his apartment after their escape from the ghetto, and later help in obtaining false documents, thanks to which Singer could go to Vienna.

Lack of catalogs (lost) does not allow to accurately determine the number of albums issued by Fogg Record.
Mieczysław Fogg writes in his book “From palanta to belcanta”, that there were about one hundred recordings made. The label was shut down in 1951 as part of the state’s struggle against a private economic initiative. Approximately at the same time and in exactly the same way, two other record labels operating after the war in Poland ended: Mewa (in Poznań) and Gong (Krakow-Katowice).

Source: Wikipedia



2022-03-31T09:45:44+02:00Dezember 7th, 2018|

Syrena Record was a Polish record company.

The company was established in 1904 by Juliusz Fejgenbaum, a Warsaw businessman-industrialist. It took the name of Syrena Rekord in 1908. The company produced gramophone records till the invasion of Poland in 1939. The company’s discography includes around 14,000 titles.

Henryk Wars was a long-time music director for Syrena Rekord.