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

According to Abeille Musique, this is also the label behind Best of Jazz - The Swing Era and "L'Art Vocal" series.

Annotation last modified on 2010-10-20 14:08 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 recording 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 new logotype appear on discs covers since number 1380 (Dizzy Gillespie 1953).

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Releases

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Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
The Chronological Classics: Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five 1925-1926 Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five CD 25 600 3307517060020
The Chronological Classics: Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra 1939-1940 Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra CD 22 601 3307517060129
The Chronological Classics: Coleman Hawkins 1934-1937 Coleman Hawkins CD 22 602 3307517060228
The Chronological Classics: Johnny Dodds 1927 Johnny Dodds CD 25 603 3307517060327
The Chronological Classics: Jimmie Noone 1923-1928 Jimmie Noone CD 23 604 3307517060426
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1930-1931 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 23 605 3307517060525
The Chronological Classics: Luis Russell and His Orchestra 1930-1934 Luis Russell and His Orchestra CD 24 606 3307517060624
The Chronological Classics: King Oliver and His Orchestra 1928-1930 King Oliver and His Orchestra CD 22 607 3307517060723
The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1938-1940 Sidney Bechet CD 24 608 3307517060822
The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1928-1929 McKinney's Cotton Pickers CD 22 609 3307517060921
The Chronological Classics: Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra 1925-1926 Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra CD 23 610 3307517061027
The Chronological Classics: Jimmie Noone 1928-1929 Jimmie Noone CD 23 611 3307517061126
The Chronological Classics: Jelly-Roll Morton 1926-1928 Jelly-Roll Morton CD 22 612 3307517061225
The Chronological Classics: Coleman Hawkins 1937-1939 Coleman Hawkins CD 22 613 3307517061324
The Chronological Classics: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1940 Cab Calloway and His Orchestra CD 22 614 3307517061423
The Chronological Classics: Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra 1939-1940 Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra CD 24 615 3307517061522
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1931-1932 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 19 616 3307517061621
The Chronological Classics: Johnny Dodds 1927-1928 Johnny Dodds CD 24 617 3307517061720
The Chronological Classics: King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators 1926-1928 King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators CD 21 618 3307517061829
The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1940 Sidney Bechet CD 19 619 3307517061928
The Chronological Classics: Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra 1939-1941 Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra CD 23 620 3307517062024
The Chronological Classics: Earl Hines and His Orchestra 1941 Earl Hines and His Orchestra CD 21 621 3307517062123
The Chronological Classics: Count Basie and His Orchestra 1940-1941 Count Basie and His Orchestra CD 24 623 3307517062321
The Chronological Classics: Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra 1940-1941 Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra CD 24 624 3307517062420
The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1929-1930 McKinney's Cotton Pickers CD 24 625 3307517062529
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1932-1933 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 23 626 3307517062628
The Chronological Classics: Jelly-Roll Morton 1928-1929 Jelly-Roll Morton CD 22 627 3307517062727
The Chronological Classics: Henry "Red" Allen and His Orchestra 1937-1941 Henry "Red" Allen and His Orchestra CD 20 628 3307517062826
The Chronological Classics: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1940-1941 Cab Calloway and His Orchestra CD 22 629 3307517062925
The Chronological Classics: Mary Lou Williams 1927-1940 Mary Lou Williams CD 25 630 3307517063021
The Chronological Classics: Benny Carter and His Orchestra 1940-1941 Benny Carter and His Orchestra CD 23 631 3307517063120
The Chronological Classics: Jimmie Noone 1929-1930 Jimmie Noone CD 24 632 3307517063229
The Chronological Classics: Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra 1924-1925 Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra CD 23 633 3307517063328
The Chronological Classics: Coleman Hawkins 1939-1940 Coleman Hawkins CD 21 634 3307517063427
The Chronological Classics: Johnny Dodds 1928-1940 Johnny Dodds CD 25 635 3307517063526
The Chronological Classics: Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five 1934-1940 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five CD 25 636 3307517063625
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1933 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 22 637 3307517063724
The Chronological Classics: Sidney Bechet 1940-1941 Sidney Bechet CD 24 638 3307517063823
The Chronological Classics: King Oliver's Jazz Band 1923-1926 King Oliver's Jazz Band CD 23 639 3307517063922
The Chronological Classics: Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy 1939-1940 Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy CD 22 640 3307517064028
The Chronological Classics: Jimmie Noone 1930-1934 Jimmie Noone CD 25 641 3307517064127
The Chronological Classics: Jelly-Roll Morton 1929-1930 Jelly-Roll Morton CD 22 642 3307517064226
The Chronological Classics: Frankie Newton 1937-1939 Frankie Newton CD 24 643 3307517064325
The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1940-1941 Ella Fitzgerald CD 23 644 3307517064424
The Chronological Classics: Teddy Hill and His Orchestra 1935-1937 Teddy Hill and His Orchestra CD 26 645 3307517064523
The Chronological Classics: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1933-1935 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra CD 23 646 3307517064622
The Chronological Classics: Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra 1924, Volume 3 Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra CD 23 647 3307517064721
The Chronological Classics: Horace Henderson and His Orchestra 1940 / Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra 1941 Horace Henderson and his Orchestra / Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra CD 25 648 3307517064820
The Chronological Classics: McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1930-1931 / Don Redman and His Orchestra 1939-1940 McKinney's Cotton Pickers / Don Redman and His Orchestra CD 24 649 3307517064929
The Chronological Classics: King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band 1923 King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band CD 24 650 3307517065025

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