Brillant Sonderklasse

Brillant Sonderklasse (Germany) / 1930

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Design: The trend toward making the label name fill a predetermined space in the upper segment can be seen on some other 1930s-era labels such as Aurore and Lumen, and would continue into the 1940s (e.g. Alben, Roost).

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "According to [German discographer] Mr. Lange, this was an independent company in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Wilhelmsaue, manufacturing cheap records for sale in chain stores between 1930 and 1936, and was the predecessor of the Tempo label -- after 1936 many Brillant recordings were reissued on the Tempo label. 'Sonderklasse' means 'Special Class'; 'Elektrische Aufnahme' means 'electrical recording.'"

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