Soundwave Record

Soundwave-Record (U.K.) / c. 1914

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Design: The strap across the centre which is bracketed into the surrounding border suggests this was possibly a Beka production (see the Beka Grand Record, right), as well as the company's penchant for hyphenating their label names. 'British Make' is also unusual wording; 'British Made' or 'Made in England' is more usual. And 'Overture 1812' would more usually appear in English as '1812 Overture.' The Band of the 12th Hussars is also enigmatic because there is no British regiment of that title, only a German one.

The crude woodcut illustration combining the words 'sound' and 'wave' would seem to represent an ocean buoy, with its watertight canister below the surface surmounted by a metal frame carrying a bell at the top (the word 'soundwave' would today suggest quite a different visual image). What the initials 'TB' might stand for is unknown. The printing here is uncharacteristic of German presswork; the gold ink (always difficult to print with) has badly flooded the image in several areas.

History: Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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