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Thread #103288 Message #2101946
Posted By: Joe Offer
13-Jul-07 - 05:19 PM
Thread Name: Jac Holzman and Elektra Records
Subject: Jac Holzman and Elektra Records
I keep discovering record albums from the 1960s that I'd like ot have, and most of them seem to come from Elektra Records, which is now part of the Warner Records Group. Warner and Warner label Rhino have reissued some of the Elektra recordings, and some have come out on the Collectors' Choice label.
I came across an fascinating Website named http://www.recordcollectorsguild.org, and it has a great section on Elektra Records. Here's an excerpt:
Elektra Records was founded in October 1950 in Annapolis, Maryland, by Jac Holzman, at the time a student at St. John's College, with $300 of his own and a matching $300 from classmate Paul Rickolt. Initial recordings were of soprano Georgianna Bannister singing poems of Rilke, e. e. cummings and Hölderlin set to music by John Gruen, and a couple of 78-rpm recordings by fellow student Glenn Yarbrough.
Over the years, this boutique label set the standard for breaking new ground in the worldwide music scene. Elektra was one of the primary forces in folk music in the 1960s, virtually inventing the artist-driven environment that fueled the Southern California rock boom a decade later. Elektra was also one of the first Warner Music Group labels to "go global" with such border-crossing successes as Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell. Elektra's impressive legacy also includes renowned artists such as The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne.
This discography (click) seems to be very comprehensive. I wonder if it's missing anything.
This page from the discography really made me drool, but there are many other Elektra recordings I'd like to have. I wonder how many will be made available in the future. I'd like to see all of them, but the one I'd like most of all to see on CD is the one by my hero Sandy Paton. I wonder if there's any chance....
Can anybody give us information about Jac Holzman and Elektra? How'd they come to be associated with Warner? What's the prospect for more reissues?