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Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca/London phase 4 stereo series

The ones from the 60s were pressed for the RCA Record Club.I posted the numbers of the RCA pressed Phase4s I have.I also  have four non Phase4 London Lps from the 60s  pressed by RCA.Including a RCA pressed mono copy of "Got live If You Want It" by The Rolling Stones. 

The date is wrong.RCA and Decca did joint ventures for Reader's Digest through 1963. There is a Rene Leibowitz/Leonard Pennario Liszt Concerto that was produced by Kenneth Wilkinson.This was issued in1964.


--- On Tue, 6/23/09, Goran Finnberg <mastering@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Goran Finnberg <mastering@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca/London phase 4 stereo series
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 12:53 PM

Tom Fine:

> Not the case with Decca recordings released
> by RCA and later released by Decca. RCA
> would master and press these in the US

I hope the following explains why the above happened.

From the autobiography of DECCA producer John Culshaw:

"Putting the Record Straight"

The following from the end of the 50´s when EMI lost the right to distribute
RCA records in Europe and DECCA took over the same role.

Page 134:

"Certain RCA recordings, although made by DECCA technicans and producers,
were to be paid for entirely by RCA and would remain RCA´s property in
perpetuity; others were to be paid for by DECCA although they would appear
on the RCA label - the difference being that if any time the DECCA/RCA
partnership broke up (which it eventually did), the second category of
recordings would become DECCA´s property and be reissued with a DECCA

In those days computers were not in use, and it is generally true that the
larger the company the more likely it is that a piece of paper containing
seemingly unimportant information will get lost, which is exactly what
happened when, years later, it became necessary to sort out which recording
belonged to which company and which label to stick on it."


End qoute.

When the partnership started almost all RCA recordings in Europe was done by
DECCA for RCA as part of the deal.

This continued right up into the 70/80´s in the RCA classic film score
series by RCA producer/conductor Charles Gerhardt and recorded by DECCA
engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.

Best regards,

Goran Finnberg
The Mastering Room AB

E-mail: mastering@xxxxxxxxx

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