BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE ~ DUKE ELLINGTON ~ ~ RCA VICTOR DC 39

Duke Ellington's December 1944 studio recording (Excerpts From) Black, Brown(,) and Beige is a landmark in several ways.

This page doesn't discuss that, or the work itself; instead it presents the associated printed material found in one of the (near-) original issues.

Four 12" sides are used, spread over two records. The masters from which the 78 rpm discs were eventually pressed can be expected to be - as was usual practice for the time - rerecordings, possibly multi-generation.

Various editions exist, with the recording presented in both gatefold sleeve and album form. The one illustrated is a copy of album DC-39 - the (drop) automatic coupling compared with C-39 as given on the liners (the hyphens in album designations appear optional in RCA's publications).

Confusingly enough, the set was available on (at least) three different pairs of catalogue numbers. The sides were issued on records numbered 28-0400 & 28-0401 (side grouping 1/4, 2/3), 28-0413 & 28-0414 (1/2, 3/4) and - as shown here - 28-0415 & 28-0416 (1/4, 2/3).

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SIDE 2

SIDE 3

SIDE 4

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