Classics Records (compilations of the Chronological Series)

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Annotation

A label specialized in issuing chronological complete anthologies of early jazz artists.

List of series:
The Chronological Classics
Blues & Rhythm Series
Best of Jazz - The Swing Era
L'Art Vocal

Annotation last modified on 2015-01-27 09:57 UTC.

Wikipedia

The Chronological Classics CD series is a collection of 965 compact discs that were compiled by Gilles Pétard in France from 1989. The original Classics music label never had a website, and it is hard to find reliable information about the history of the company and its series of recordings.

The label set out to systematically assemble comprehensive collections of jazz recordings by hundreds of artists previously issued on 78 rpm records as the European mechanic copyright laws allowed (issued recordings are protected for 50 years) and issue them on compact disc. The series was issued with informative liner notes in colour-coordinated packaging.

The original series was published by subscription with five issues being released each month. The series started with number 500 in December 1989. The initial release was Ella Fitzgerald 1935-1937.

The series contains some of the greatest jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and a large number of lesser known artists, such as Beryl Booker, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Mezz Mezzrow, and Illinois Jacquet.

The Classics label regularly issued new collections until 2004, when its original distributor went bankrupt. The back catalog was then acquired by Abeille Musique which operated the label until July 2008. Five titles announced for an August 2008 release were never issued.

Many Classics titles are now prized collector's items and can only be found on the second-hand market, often at many times their original purchase price.

An interesting historical note is that for years these CDs were issued with a huge typographical error. Instead of "Chronological", the typo at the top said "Chronogical". This mistake was corrected only in 2005, and a new logotype is used on the disc covers since number 1380 (Dizzy Gillespie 1953).

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Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
The Chronological Classics: Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra 1940-1941 Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra CD 22 701 3307517070128
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1929 Fats Waller CD 22 702 3307517070227
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1934-1935 Django Reinhardt CD 23 703 3307517070326
The Chronological Classics: Blue Lu Barker 1938-1939 Blue Lu Barker CD 21 704 3307517070425
The Chronological Classics: Slim Gaillard 1937-1938 Slim Gaillard CD 20 705 3307517070524
The Chronological Classics: Stuff Smith and His Onyx Club Boys 1936-1939 Stuff Smith and His Onyx Club Boys CD 24 706 3307517070623
The Chronological Classics: Eddie South 1923-1937 Eddie South CD 24 707 3307517070722
The Chronological Classics: Stéphane Grappelli 1935-1940 Stéphane Grappelli CD 21 708 3307517070821
The Chronological Classics: Muggsy Spanier 1939-1942 Muggsy Spanier CD 24 709 3307517070920
The Chronological Classics: Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1934-1936 Mills Blue Rhythm Band CD 24 710 3307517071026
The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1938-1942 James P. Johnson CD 21 711 3307517071125
The Chronological Classics: Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra 1941-1942 Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra CD 20 712 3307517071224
The Chronological Classics: Mezz Mezzrow 1928-1936 Mezz Mezzrow CD 20 713 3307517071323
The Chronological Classics: Alix Combelle 1935-1940 Alix Combelle CD 23 714 3307517071422
The Chronological Classics: Albert Ammons 1936-1939 Albert Ammons CD 20 715 3307517071521
The Chronological Classics: Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra 1934-1935 Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra CD 22 716 3307517071620
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1938, Volume 2 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 23 717 3307517071729
The Chronological Classics: Clarence Williams 1926-1927 Clarence Williams CD 23 718 3307517071828
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1929-1934 Fats Waller CD 23 720 3307517072023
The Chronological Classics: Ethel Waters 1929-1931 Ethel Waters CD 22 721 3307517072122
The Chronological Classics: Meade Lux Lewis 1927-1939 Meade Lux Lewis CD 18 722 3307517072221
The Chronological Classics: Boots and His Buddies 1935-1937 Boots and His Buddies CD 21 723 3307517072320
The Chronological Classics: Slim Gaillard 1939-1940 Slim Gaillard CD 20 724 3307517072429
The Chronological Classics: Roy Eldridge 1935-1940 Roy Eldridge CD 21 725 3307517072528
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1938, Volume 3 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 22 726 3307517072627
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1935 Django Reinhardt CD 22 727 3307517072726
The Chronological Classics: Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans 1938-1941 Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans CD 24 728 3307517072825
The Chronological Classics: Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra 1934-1939 Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra CD 24 729 3307517072924
The Chronological Classics: Edgar Hayes and His Orchestra 1937-1938 Edgar Hayes and His Orchestra CD 24 730 3307517073020
The Chronological Classics: Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1936-1937 Mills Blue Rhythm Band CD 25 731 3307517073129
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1934-1935 Fats Waller CD 22 732 3307517073228
The Chronological Classics: Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra 1937-1940 Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra CD 20 733 3307517073327
The Chronological Classics: Bunny Berigan and His Boys 1935-1936 Bunny Berigan and His Boys CD 22 734 3307517073426
The Chronological Classics: Ethel Waters 1931-1934 Ethel Waters CD 23 735 3307517073525
The Chronological Classics: Clarence Williams 1927 Clarence Williams CD 22 736 3307517073624
The Chronological Classics: Eddie South 1937-1941 Eddie South CD 20 737 3307517073723
The Chronological Classics: Boots and His Buddies 1937-1938 Boots and His Buddies CD 21 738 3307517073822
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1935-1936 Django Reinhardt CD 23 739 3307517073921
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1937, Volume 2 Django Reinhardt CD 23 762 3307517076229
The Chronological Classics: Jay McShann and His Orchestra 1941-1943 Jay McShann & His Orchestra CD 21 740 3307517074027
The Chronological Classics: Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five 1941-1943 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five CD 24 741 3307517074126
The Chronological Classics: Eddie Condon 1927-1938 Eddie Condon CD 23 742 3307517074225
The Chronological Classics: Meade Lux Lewis 1939-1941 Meade Lux Lewis CD 17 743 3307517074324
The Chronological Classics: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 1934-1935 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra CD 22 744 3307517074423
The Chronological Classics: Midge Williams and Her Jazz Jesters 1937-1938 Midge Williams and Her Jazz Jesters CD 24 745 3307517074522
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1935 Fats Waller CD 22 746 3307517074621
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1938-1939 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 23 747 3307517074720
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1937 Django Reinhardt CD 22 748 3307517074829
The Chronological Classics: Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra 1936-1937 Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra CD 23 749 3307517074928
The Chronological Classics: John Kirby and His Orchestra 1938-1939 John Kirby and His Orchestra CD 22 750 3307517075024
The Chronological Classics: Alix Combelle 1940-1941 Alix Combelle CD 20 751 3307517075123
The Chronological Classics: Clarence Williams 1927-1928 Clarence Williams CD 22 752 3307517075222
The Chronological Classics: Slim Gaillard 1940-1942 Slim Gaillard CD 19 753 3307517075321
The Chronological Classics: Gene Krupa and His Orchestra 1935-1938 Gene Krupa and His Orchestra CD 23 754 3307517075420
The Chronological Classics: Ethel Waters 1935-1940 Ethel Waters CD 25 755 3307517075529
The Chronological Classics: Lovie Austin 1924-1926 Lovie Austin CD 25 756 3307517075628
The Chronological Classics: Nat "King" Cole 1936-1940 Nat "King" Cole CD 20 757 3307517075727
The Chronological Classics: Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra 1939-1940 Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra CD 23 758 3307517075826
The Chronological Classics: Eddie Condon 1938-1940 Eddie Condon CD 20 759 3307517075925
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1935, Volume 2 Fats Waller CD 22 760 3307517076021
The Chronological Classics: Bessie Smith 1923 Bessie Smith CD 23 761 3307517076120
The Chronological Classics: Joe Marsala 1936-1942 Joe Marsala CD 21 763 3307517076328
The Chronological Classics: Bill Coleman 1936-1938 Bill Coleman CD 23 764 3307517076427
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1939 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 22 765 3307517076526
The Chronological Classics: Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra 1937 Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra CD 22 766 3307517076625
The Chronological Classics: Gene Krupa and His Orchestra 1938 Gene Krupa and His Orchestra CD 22 767 3307517076724
The Chronological Classics: Willie Bryant and His Orchestra 1935-1936 Willie Bryant and His Orchestra CD 22 768 3307517076823
The Chronological Classics: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 1935 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra CD 22 769 3307517076922
The Chronological Classics: John Kirby and His Orchestra 1939-1941 John Kirby and His Orchestra CD 23 770 3307517077028
The Chronological Classics: Clarence Williams 1928-1929 Clarence Williams CD 22 771 3307517077127
The Chronological Classics: Eddie Condon 1942-1943 Eddie Condon CD 20 772 3307517077226
The Chronological Classics: Nat "King" Cole 1940-1941 Nat "King" Cole CD 20 773 3307517077325
The Chronological Classics: Wingy Manone and His Orchestra 1927-1934 Wingy Manone and His Orchestra CD 22 774 3307517077424
The Chronological Classics: Ethel Waters 1923-1925 Ethel Waters CD 22 775 3307517077523
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1935-1936 Fats Waller CD 24 776 3307517077622
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1937-1938 Django Reinhardt CD 23 777 3307517077721
The Chronological Classics: Bix Beiderbecke 1924-1927 Bix Beiderbecke CD 23 778 3307517077820
The Chronological Classics: Stéphane Grappelly 1941-1943 Stéphane Grappelli CD 22 779 3307517077929
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1939, Volume 2 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 24 780 3307517078025
The Chronological Classics: Bud Freeman 1928-1938 Bud Freeman CD 22 781 3307517078124
The Chronological Classics: Alix Combelle 1942-1943 Alix Combelle CD 23 782 3307517078223
The Chronological Classics: Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys 1925-1935 Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys CD 25 783 3307517078322
The Chronological Classics: Chu Berry 1937-1941 Chu Berry CD 20 784 3307517078421
The Chronological Classics: Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra 1937-1938 Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra CD 22 785 3307517078520
The Chronological Classics: Nat "King" Cole 1941-1943 Nat "King" Cole CD 22 786 3307517078629
The Chronological Classics: Bessie Smith 1923-1924 Bessie Smith CD 23 787 3307517078728
The Chronological Classics: Bix Beiderbecke 1927-1930 Bix Beiderbecke CD 24 788 3307517078827
The Chronological Classics: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 1935-1936 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra CD 23 789 3307517078926
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1939-1940 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 22 790 3307517079022
The Chronological Classics: Clarence Williams 1929 Clarence Williams CD 22 791 3307517079121
The Chronological Classics: John Kirby and His Orchestra 1941-1943 John Kirby and His Orchestra CD 21 792 3307517079220
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1938-1939 Django Reinhardt CD 24 793 3307517079329
The Chronological Classics: Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra 1921-1923 Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra CD 23 794 3307517079428
The Chronological Classics: Jess Stacy 1935-1939 Jess Stacy CD 21 795 3307517079527
The Chronological Classics: Ethel Waters 1921-1923 Ethel Waters CD 22 796 3307517079626
The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1936 Fats Waller CD 23 797 3307517079725
The Chronological Classics: Wingy Manone and His Orchestra 1934-1935 Wingy Manone and His Orchestra CD 22 798 3307517079824
The Classics Collection: 5 Years 300 CDs Various Artists CD 20 CLA 01
The Chronological Classics: Django Reinhardt 1940 Django Reinhardt CD 21 831 3307517083128
The Chronological Classics: Gene Krupa and His Orchestra 1939 Gene Krupa and His Orchestra CD 22 799 3307517079923