The Alan Kelly Matrix Listings.
Alas, Alan Kelly passed away in 2015. As yet,
there is no news as to when – or even if – his invaluable
listings may become available again.
It is fervently hoped that somehow, his monumental work, carried out over many decades,
will re-appear, both as an invaluable Reference Archive, and not least as a fitting tribute to
his great service to world discography.
The slightly edited text below, here since 2009, has been left in place, so that anyone not yet familiar with his work can see and understand the immense scope and value of his achievements.
THE TEXT OF HIS 2009 CIRCULAR, AND HIS DESCRPTION OF THE FILES.
Dear Mr …………..
Although I intend that copies of my Working Files should remain available to anyone who would like to purchase one, I am afraid that I am unable to continue to produce individual labelled CDs. There are several reasons for this. First, since I am not a dealer but merely a retired academic who has reached the age of 81, and who works more or less alone, I would like to reduce the amount of work involved. I would also like to reduce the effects of variations in currency values and the large rise in postal charges, without having to increase the price per set of files. I have also been advised that paper labels on CDs tend to show air bubbles in time and that this may make the discs unreadable. Further, my new computer refuses to recognise any of my old label files and I do not have the heart to begin again from scratch. In any case, I believe that with this type of information and with the vast increase in hard disc capacity and the consequent drop in cost, the advised method of use is to copy the files to your own hard disc and to keep the original as backup. This enables you to access directly from the keyboard, to remove the read only attribute and to save any alterations or corrections you may wish to make.
Instead of selling discs containing files I intend to sell the files themselves – using discs only as a means of delivery for delivery. This means that if you order MAT101 and MAT102 you will recive a CD containing all the files which would have been on those two original discs. The catalogue numbers, prices and contents remain unchanged and there is no extra charge for postage. One CD will probably contain all the files in even a large order, although a second might be required sometimes.
The price in sterling for British
purchasers is £10 per set of files, including postage to a
The price of each set of files sent to
For other countries in
For destinations other than
Payment can be made to my PayPal account using my email address or by sterling cheques or bank drafts.
I am always pleased when collectors take the trouble to advise me of errors or to provide additional information. Such information is much appreciated and will be used immediately to keep the master files up to date.
The complete list of working files is as given below
First Cycle of Matrix Numbers. New items: MAT106, MAT107, CAT7.
& Zonophone matrixes from 1898 to 1905, including the earliest zinc cut
Berliners made by Fred Gaisberg and Sinkler Darby in
MAT102 Fred Gaisberg’s
wax cut matrix series (Berliner & Gramophone) suffixed a (7"), b
(10") and c (12"), running in
MAT103 Will Gaisberg’s
matrix series suffixed d (7"), e (10") and f
(12") used by Will until, in 1911, the series became the general ones used
by any expert working in
MAT104 William Sinkler
Darby’s (Berliner & Gramophone) matrix series were given the suffixes B/g
(7"), x/h (10") and y/i (12") (pre/post January,
1904) and were recorded all over
MAT105 Franz Hampe's C/k
(7"), z/l (10") and Hp/m (12") (pre/post January,
1904) matrix series were recorded from 1902 until about 1916. Franz was the elder brother of Max and
between them they covered the Central European areas, plus much time in
completed (n/o/p). This is the Paris
Branch series begun by Wallcutt with Scheuplein from 1902 to 1907 (matrixes
201o to 7553). It contains French,
Spanish and Dutch entries. From 1907
until 1910 the recordings were made by George Dillnutt, beginning in
Although incomplete this triplet is available to order as it stands.
completed (q/r/s). Max Hampe began to make
records in late 1904 in
Although incompletely translated this triplet is available to order as it stands.
MAT109 Arthur Clarke
(with an "e") made his first Gramophone recordings in 1908. He was allocated the series x
(7"), y (10") and z (12") but the 7" size had
already been discontinued by then. He
MAT115 This contains
Second Cycle of Matrix Numbers.
MAT201 Containing the first two matrix series in the second system of numbering, introduced because of the complete overhaul of studios and systems at Hayes and elsewhere in 1920/21.:
1. The (prefix) BA/CA series was recorded by Sooy in 1921 (Battistini in
2. The Bb/Cc series is the main series used in
MAT202 Not completed (prefix BD/CD and BE/CE).
MAT203 Not completed (prefix BF/CF and BG/CG).
MAT204 1. The (prefix)
BJ/CJ series was recorded by H E Davidson mainly in
2. The (prefix) BK/CK series was recorded
by G W Dillnutt in
MAT205 1. The (prefix)
BL/CL series was recorded by D E Larter in
2. The (prefix) BM/CM series was recorded
by W J Beckwith and later by C C Blyton in
MAT206 1. The (prefix)
BN/CN series was recorded by S E Tunn in
2. The (prefix) BP/CP series was recorded
by J Jackson in
MAT207 This single series of electric recordings carries the prefix BR (10”) or CR (12”). It was used from 1925 to 1930 and provides a complete list of non-studio material made in London, Liverpool, York, etc, recordings made at outside locations and relayed by landline to a recording studio or to the mobile van. All the paperwork for this series has survived and only a single number is missing!
The Branch Catalogues.
CAT0 The Head Office (English) Catalogue (Not yet available; requires editing and correction).
CAT1 The Orient Catalogue. (Not yet available; much still in manuscript).
CAT2 The Russian Catalogue, incompletely translated, but a printout would run to almost 1500 pages. The disc does contain a complete listing of single-sided numbers together with artists, matrix numbers, titles and recording dates for both Gramophone and Zonophone records. The three Russian coupling series of 1913 to 1916 and the HMV EK and EL series of the 1930s are included, as is a compilation of what is known about the Rebikov Catalogue. Many Rebikov plates were pressed as Zonophones.
CAT3 The French Catalogue. This is the second (electronic) edition and contains numerous corrections and additions. I am grateful to those collectors who were kind enough to send me extra information and in particular, to Mr D S Harry, who sent information and details of published couplings which had previously been thought to be unissued. The Supplement reproduces the Paris Local Registers listing records numbered from 50-600 and 52-600 upwards and in use from 1929 to 1934, as far as these have been traced.
CAT4 This is the electronic version of the complete German Catalogue comprising the Gramophone Standard Catalogue, the Zonophone Catalogue and the Gramophone Green Label Catalogue. It has been updated and corrected with additional material (mainly later dates) obtained up to the date of this publication. Although the Supplement contains the local German Registers with the 60-600 and 62-600 (1929 to 1934) series of issue numbers, these are provided although requiring much further work .
CAT5 The Italian Catalogue. This is also a second electronic edition with corrections and additions. The 72 page Supplement reproduces the Milan Local Registers in toto and lists all the records with face numbers in the 100-600 and 102-600 series, used from 1929 to 1934. I also have a few copies of the printed hardbound first edition available at £20/$40/€35, including airmail, if anyone is interested.
CAT6 I have finally, almost two years after deciding to re-edit what data I had on Spanish recordings, managed to edit all the available material into what I hope will be an acceptable file, notwithstanding its limitations. The catalogue is virtually complete from the early days up to about 1915. After that, the Registers in the EMI Archive cease to give details of the recordings issued, while the Coupling Cards indicate only the single-sided numbers with no details of matrix numbers, artists or titles. Artistes' Sheets often provide little more than summaries only of the recordings made, while index cards and pressings have not yet been properly examined. Consequently many later "titles" consist of nothing more than the side and coupling numbers. Even so, there is a very considerable volume of data here which has not previously been listed elsewhere. The three parts of the Catalogue give (a) the standard issues numbered from 60000 upwards, (b) the Zonophone issues numbered from 50000 upwards and (c) the Gramophone green label issues numbered from 260000 upwards although work still has to be done on many of these. Also included are the supplementary files containing the 110-600 and 112-600 series - later issues from 1929 to 1934. Although the Catalogue is very much a working file and not fully complete it would seem a pity if the later information were to be completely omitted.
Central European Catalogue. After its
original allocation to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the catalogue was
CAT8 Not to be produced since the details are already available in Liliedahl's excellent work.
CAT9 The Dutch
Catalogue. This is an electronic version
of the printed volume. There were no Local Registers for The Netherlands, later
records being catalogued in the
Page uploaded 1st December 2009.
Amended 31st May 2016.