Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973)

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Worldwide catalog numbers used by Columbia Records:

Releases in all countries (except the US, CA, MX, ES, and JP) between 1931–1990 that bear the word mark "Columbia" should belong to this label*. US and CA releases from 1931–1990, and all pre-1931, and post-1990 releases except those from JP, and post-2004 releases from ES, should belong under Columbia* (see exceptions and other notes at bottom).

Columbia Records (featuring the "magic notes" logo) was a worldwide imprint owned by EMI outside of the US/CA/MX/ES/JP from 1931–1990*.
(* EMI Group replaced it on Jan 1, 1973 with its newly-launched EMI imprint, and Columbia Records became largely dormant from then till Sony Corporation completed its acquisition of the rights to its use from EMI, and launched its own Columbia brand globally on Jan 1, 1991.)

The Columbia Graphophone Company, as it was then known before 1931, was originally the UK subsidiary of the US-based Columbia Phonograph Company, which the latter sold off in 1922. Sometime between 1925–1929, Columbia Graphophone acquired its former parent.

In 1931, the Gramophone Company and the Columbia Graphophone Company merged to form Electric and Musical Industries (EMI). American anti-trust laws forced EMI to sell off its US-based Columbia operations.
Until 1951, EMI-owned Columbia's output was mainly recordings licensed from American Columbia, when the latter switched British distribution to Philips Records.

Until 1968, EMI Columbia continued to distribute American Columbia sister labels OKeh and Epic when American Columbia's then parent CBS Inc. moved distribution of all its labels to its new-formed subsidiary CBS Records Inc. (Since 1961, CBS, Inc. had already begun releasing Columbia recordings under the "CBS" imprint outside of the US and Canada. Then in 1966, it created the separate subsidiary to manage both the "Columbia" and "CBS" labels.)

On Jan 1, 1973, EMI replaced the Columbia label with the recently-formed EMI Records, to avoid confusion with the US-based Columbia label. While it had ceased to be an active label by then, the Columbia name remained in use on some EMI releases between 1973–1990.

By 1988, Sony had already acquired Columbia along with its parent CBS Records Group. As CBS had only granted Sony a temporary license for the use of the CBS Records name outside of the US and CA, Sony eventually acquired the rights to the Columbia trademark (aside from the US, CA, JP and (until 2004, when it acquired the rights there) Spain, which were still owned by EMI, allowing Sony to use the name as a worldwide imprint. In Japan, the name is owned by an unrelated company, Nippon Columbia.

* exceptional cases: EMI had engaged in litigation with CBS regarding the import of US releases bearing the Columbia word mark into countries where EMI had still owned the rights to the name at the time. this may explain the existence of non-US releases with the Columbia label prior to 1991 (after EMI had sold the rights to the name to Sony), when rightfully they shouldn't.

where do pre-1931 releases go?
for US releases, the logical label to use would be the Columbia Phonograph Company (predecessor of the present-day Sony-owned Columbia.
for UK or other non-US releases, the logical label would be its British subsidiary then, the Columbia Graphophone Company (predecessor of this label, EMI-owned Columbia Records)

Annotation last modified on 2015-11-30 20:26 UTC.


Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Mu armas isamaa / Kõik taevad laulvad Tallinna Meestelaulu Selts 10" Shellac 2 8701 [none]
El carrerito / Ya no canta Chingolo Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 123
A Montmartre / Estampilla Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 170
The Laughing Curate / Laugh and Grow Fat Like Me Fred Arthurs Wax Cylinder 2 2089 [none]
Εφουμέρναμ' ένα βράδυ / Ταξίμ σερφ Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 326
Der Dr. Lueger hat mir die Hand gereicht Hans Moser 10" Shellac 1 WHA 483 [none]
Η κλωστηρού / Τα μαγεμένα μάτια σου Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 2062
Αλανιάρης / Πρέπει να ξέρεις μηχανή Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 6049
Vous, qu’avez-vous fait de mon amour / La viruta Orlando et son orchestre du Bagdad 10" Vinyl 2 DF 1349
Στα σίδερα με βάλανε / Ο χασάπης Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 2063
Η κλωστηρού / Στα σίδερα με βάλανε Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 2115
Ο μαστούρας / Μόρτισσα χασικλού Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 473
Για το γινάτι σου μωρή / Μανές Πειραιώτικος Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 499
Flickan i fönstret mitt emot / Gamla sta'n Edvard Persson 10" Shellac 2 DS 859 [none]
Cette chanson est pour vous / Darling je vous aime beaucoup Jean Sablon 10" Vinyl 2 DF 1487 [none]
Η πλημμύρα / Σαν είσαι μάγκας και νταής Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 6057
Η γυναίκα μου ζηλεύει / Ο ισοβίτης Μάρκος Βαμβακάρης Vinyl 2 DG 6148
Je ne sais / La muchachada Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2025
La mélodie de notre adieu / Quand tu partiras Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 1945
Mais... si tu pars / Rien que nous deux Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2038
Γιατί μικρούλα μου / Με τις μυρωδιές σου Στράτος Παγιουμτζής & Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης Vinyl 2 DG 6343
Como te quiero / Que le importa al mundo Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2258
Resentimiento / Yo tambien soñé Rafael Canaro 7" Shellac 2 DF 2259
Aunque no lo crean / Casas viejas Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2325
Cuando el corazón / Hay que aclarar Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2452
Paciencia / Pura milonga Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2463
Μια μελαχροινή / Για πες μου αυτή που αγαπάς Ρίτα Αμπατζή 7" Vinyl 2 DG-6363 [none]
Viejos tiempos / Falsedad Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2522
La Der des der / Sans lendemain Fréhel Vinyl 2 DF 2527 [none]
Desengañao / Desencanto Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2557
Salud... salud / Desconfiale Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2583
Félicie aussi Fernandel Vinyl 1 DF 2616 [none]
Por vos... yo me rompo / Callecita de mi novia Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2665
Ilusión / Olvídame Rafael Canaro 10" Shellac 2 DF 2680
Flambée Montalbanaise Gus Viseur et son orchestre Vinyl 2 CL 7331-1
The Sheik / Poor Butterfly Benny Goodman Sextet 10" Shellac 2 DC 338 [none]
Mon amant de Saint-Jean / J'ai tout gardé pour toi Lucienne Delyle Vinyl 2 DF 2898 [none]
La Mer / Seul... depuis toujours Charles Trenet 10" Shellac 2 BF156 [none]
Adieu mon cœur / Le Chant du pirate Édith Piaf Vinyl 2 DF 3069 [none]
Les Trois Cloches / Perrine était servante Édith Piaf & Les Compagnons de la Chanson 12" Shellac 2 DFX 242 [none]
Hymne à l’amour / La P’tite Marie Édith Piaf 10" Vinyl 2 BF 306 [none]
Sous les ponts de Paris / Le plus joli rêve Lucienne Delyle 10" Vinyl 2 BF 316 [none]
Άσε με, άσε με / Πού με βρήκες πού σε βρήκα Σωτηρία Μπέλλου 10" Shellac 2 D.G 6850 [none]
Zal je ook nog aan me denken Eddy Christiani 10" Vinyl 2 DH 527
He Bought My Soul at Calvary / It Is No Secret Jo Stafford 10" Shellac 2 D.B. 2929 [none]
Teasin’ The Beverley Sisters 10" Vinyl 2 D. B. 2810 [none]
Warsaw Concerto Richard Addinsell 12" Shellac 2 DX 1062 [none]
Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel Richard Strauss; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 12" Vinyl 2 33CX 1001 [none]
Symphony in C Major Милий Алексеевич Балакирев; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan - - 33CX 1002 [none]
Overtures: "Le Corsair" / "Benvenuto Cellini" / "Beatrice et Benedict" / "Les Francs Juges" Hector Berlioz; Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki 12" Vinyl 4 33CX 1003 [none]
Symphony no. 5 in C minor Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 12" Vinyl 2 33CX 1004 [none]
Die Walkure, Act 3 Richard Wagner; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 33CX 1005, 33CX 1006 [none]
Le Nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Elisabeth Höngen, Sena Jurinac, Erich Kunz, George London, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Herbert von Karajan 3×12" Vinyl 9 + 13 + 5 33CX 1007, 33CX 1008, 33CX 1009 [none]
Boogie Blues / Opus One Gene Krupa and His Orchestra 10" Shellac 2 DW 5169
La Vie en rose Édith Piaf 10" Vinyl 8 FS 1008 [none]
Uma Casa Portuguesa Amália Rodrigues Vinyl 2 DL144
Waltzes Chopin; Dinu Lipatti Vinyl 14 33CX 1032
Tango bleu Tino Rossi 7" Vinyl 4 ESRF 1002 [none]
Dá-me o Braço Anda Daí Amália Rodrigues Vinyl 2 CQ3031
I puritani Vincenzo Bellini; Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano & Rolando Panerai 3×12" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 3 33CX 1058–1060 [none]
Chansons de toujours Tino Rossi, Lina Dachary, Lucienne Delyle 10" Vinyl 8 33 FS 1019 [none]
Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti; Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi - - 33 WCX 1131/32 [none]
Johnny, tu n’es pas un ange / N’y va pas Manuel Édith Piaf 10" Shellac 2 BF 596 [none]
's Zaterdagsmiddags Eddy Christiani 10" Vinyl 2 DH 525
Primavera Amália Rodrigues Vinyl 2 DL 145
Blue Tango Ray Martin and His Orchestra 7" Vinyl 2 SCM5001
Horn Concertos 1-4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Dennis Brain, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra 12" Vinyl 11 33CX 1140 [none]
Cavalleria rusticana Pietro Mascagni; Maria Meneghini Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Ebe Ticozzi, Rolando Panerai, Anna Maria Canali, Tullio Serafin, Vittore Veneziani - - 33CX 1182/1183 [none]
The Man With the Golden Trumpet Eddie Calvert 10" Vinyl 10 33S1020
His Famous Adventures with Old Sam and The Ramsbottoms Stanley Holloway Vinyl 8 33 S 1093
RI-RA-roetsji-KA / Daar bij de waterkant Eddy Christiani 10" Vinyl 2 D.H. 543
Oh ! Mon papa Tino Rossi 7" Vinyl 4 ESVF 1004 [none]
The Sheik of Araby Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra 7" Vinyl 4 SEG 7538 [none]
Il Turco in Italia Rossini; Callas, Rossi-Lemeni, Gedda, Stabile, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Gavazzeni - - 33CXS 1289/91 [none]
Swing Guitars Oscar Moore, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow 12" Vinyl 12 33CX 10051
La forza del destino Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Carlo Tagliabue, Tullio Serafin, Vittore Veneziani - - 33CX 1258–60 [none]
Callas at La Scala Maria Callas - - 33CX 1540 [none]
I Pagliacci Leoncavallo; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Monti, Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan, Tullio Serafin - - 33 CXS 1211/1212 [none]
Cantos e Bailes Gitanos Los Chungos Vinyl 8 33 FP 1091
Flanagan and Allen Successes Flanagan and Allen Vinyl 8 33 S 1010
Amália Encores Amália Rodrigues Vinyl 8 33 CS 3
Memories of Ellington Johnny Hodges 12" Vinyl 9 33CX 10013
Johnny Hodges and the Ellington All Stars Johnny Hodges and The Ellington All Stars 12" Vinyl 9 33CX 10098
The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 12" Vinyl 10 33CX 10132
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Tullio Serafin - - 33CXS 1324 [none]
Surprise-partie à l'olympia Hazy Osterwald Et Son Sextette 12" Vinyl 12 33 FPX 141 S, FPX 141 S
Cartoline dai Tropici Franco e i "G5" Vinyl 8 33 QS 6086
Φιρί φιρί το πας / Πώς τα κατάφερα Μάνος Χατζιδάκις 7" Vinyl 2 7272 [none]
La Goualante du pauvre Jean Édith Piaf 7" Vinyl 4 ESRF 1022 [none]
La Vie en rose Édith Piaf 7" Vinyl 4 ESRF 1051 [none]
Chansons claires : 10 chansons nouvelles Charles Trenet 10" Vinyl 10 FS 1053 [none]
Les Premiers Grands Succès d’Eddie Constantine Eddie Constantine 10" Vinyl 10 FS 1062 [none]
The Superb Lyrebird: Australia's Forest Singer Peter Bruce 7" Vinyl 2 SEGO 70006 [none]
The Flip Phillips Quintet Flip Phillips Vinyl 8 33CX 10074
La sonnambula Vincenzo Bellini; Nicola Zaccaria, Fiorenza Cossotto, Maria Meneghini Callas, Eugenia Ratti, Nicola Monti, Giuseppe Morresi, Franco Ricciardi, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto - - 33CXS 1469, 33CXS 1470, 33CXS 1471 [none]
Dreams & Desires Norrie Paramor & His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 12 33SX1059
Party Doll / My Baby’s Gone Buddy Knox 7" Vinyl 2 45 DW 5586 [none]
Ό,τι γράφει, δεν ξεγράφει / Τα νιάτα τα αφιλότιμα Μάνος Χατζιδάκις 7" Vinyl 2 7287 [none]
Φούστα κλαρωτή / Αχ βρε παλιομισοφόρια Μάνος Χατζιδάκις 7" Vinyl 2 7310 [none]
I Love You, Baby / Tell Me That You Love Me Paul Anka 10" Vinyl 2 DB.4022