Third Man Records to Release 800-Song Paramount Records Collection
Jack White’s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records are set to release The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: 1917-1932, an epic, two volume collection of music, art and more. The omnibus will be housed in a limited-edition, hand crafted cabinet, and will include 800 newly remastered digital tracks from 172 different artists.
Volume One will cover Paramount’s 1917-1927 rise from Wisconsin Chair Company offshoot to top notch record label, while Volume 2 will cover the label’s work from 1928 until its closure in 1932. The first volume will be released exclusively through Third Man Records on October 29, with a worldwide release set for November 19. The second volume will be available in November 2014.
Over the course of 15 years, Paramount Records compiled an extensive collection of recordings by early jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton and blues masters like Charley Patton, Skip James and Blind Lemon Jefferson. The label also recorded various divas, gospel singers, vaudeville acts and more, with many of the releases accompanied by hand-drawn ads that appeared in the pages of the Chicago Defender.
In addition to the 800 remastered digital tracks, Volume 1 will also include over 200 fully restored 1920s ads and images, a 250 page clothbound hardcover art book, six 180g vinyl LPs, a 360 field guide with artist portraits and the full paramount discography. The release will be housed in a handcrafted oak cabinet with velvet upholstery and the digital tracks will be included on a custom USB drive along with a first-of-its-kind music and image player app.
So far, no information about the price of the collection has been made available.