Album Chart of 1948

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Album Chart of 1948
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THE DAWNING OF THE LP ERA

For the first time ever, the United States were not represented at the top of my album chart. But there was a much bigger story than THAT going on…

Back in 1931, RCA Victor had debuted the first commercially available vinyl long-player designed for playback at 33? RPM, but the venture was beset with technical problems and customers were not happy; by 1933 the format had disappeared from trace in the home music market. Much like the space race, the battle was on, although there was no big hurry what with the depression and the war. It was the boffins employed by Columbia who finally solved the problems various, and they duly launched the world’s first “microgroove long players” in the summer of ‘48 - the time was right.

“COLUMBIA'S DISK MARVEL” proclaimed Billboard excitedly on 29 May 1948. In New York, Columbia president Goddard Lieberson introduced the LP at a press conference in the Waldorf Astoria on June 18, 1948. On show were two formats: a 10” record in diameter, matching that of existing 78 rpm singles, and a 12” record initially earmarked for longer classical works. At hand, were 2 albums being re-issued from their pre-existing 78 formats: there was “The Voice of Frank Sinatra” (CL-6001) to represent the 10” Pop market and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor with soloist Nathan Milstein, and Bruno Walter conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York (CL-4001) in 12” format for fans of the classical.

CL-4001 was the first to be released on June 28, 1948.

The bulky record albums with 3, 4 or 5 big discs in the book were on a loser almost overnight. The new LP was the bomb - it sounded great and was a lot less hassle to deal with. But we still called it an album. For the sake o’ auld lang syne.

Goodbye noisy old shellac, hello sophisticated vinyl…

p.s. Allez les bleus!

The Jukebox Rebel
24-Sep-2015

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CHANSONS DES CAFÉS DE PARIS [1948]
Édith Piaf
Decca A-697
France
5.30 “Below average” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Les Cloches Sonnent” (7.0) • “Monsieur Ernest A Reussi” (6.5) • “Si Tu Partais” (4.8)
TJR saysFollowing her highly successful 1947 American tour, Édith Piaf’s stock was high, and she was all set for the worldwide a...more →

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MOOD ELLINGTON
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Columbia CL-6024
the USA
4.31 “Lame” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Hy’a Sue” (5.5) • “On A Turquoise Cloud” (5.4) • “Three Cent Stomp” (4.5)
TJR saysThe 49-year-old bandleader’s first album on Columbia, a moody 10" LP record issued in 1948. The album consisted of CBS s...more →



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