360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story – review

By Chris Bourke In Books, Music

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7th February, 2013
It’s now just a marketing term, but the concept of a “classic album” was virtually invented by Columbia Records. The US label developed the first long-playing albums in 1948 and it revolutionised the record business. No longer was a wheelbarrow required to carry all the 78rpm discs needed to listen to a symphony. And in popular music, no longer did “album” refer to a phonebook-sized collection of discs by one artist, but a collection of tracks on just one disc lasting nearly 45 minutes. Columbia and its artists ...

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