Electrecord is a Romanian label, founded in 1932 as Cristal (2).
Label Code: LC 0541 / LC 00541

It served as the only record label in communist Romania, transformed into the national recording company, following the centralization-oriented socialist doctrine.

In order to avoid disc importing from Western Europe and U.S., Electrecord was often demanded to release copies of some of the discs released abroad (just as recording companies in U.S.S.R. were doing themselves). Even today it is the subject of many anecdotes complaining about the bad quality of Romanian discs; a comparison between an import and a local copy would be the most eloquent proof.

All in all Electrecord had a very difficult task to maintain a good balance between the government's demands and that of the artists and listeners. Despite the bad quality of recordings and lack of information with disk covers (regarding line ups and personnel), Electrecord proposed a number of collection discs, of which the most successful were those of the Formații de muzică Pop (Pop music bands) series, which became Formații Rock (Rock bands) starting with number four (one must keep in mind that even the word rock was a concept very difficult to accept by the regime!).

From 1990 on, Electrecord gradually lost market share as new recording companies emerged. However, some of the musical groups who had worked with them before have carried on until today. Aside from these cases, most of the discs Electrecord released after 1990 were either best of's extracted from older recordings or remastered versions of LPs recorded years before.

For production credits see Electrecord.
Studios: Studioul Tomis & Studiourile Electrecord.

N.I.I. (Norma Interna de Întreprindere): Each company needed to revisit periodically its technical standard for approval by the ministry.
It may appear as: N.I., N.I.I., St.I., St.i. Norma Interna de Întreprindere means factory internal standard.

The Factory internal standards periods include the following:
N. I. 210-60 - was used between 1960 until December 1964
N.I. 52-65, N. I. 52-65 - was used between January 1965 until December 1965
N.I. 760-66, N.I. 760/66 - was used from January 1966 until December 1970
N.I.I. 433/71, N.I.I. 433/1971- was used between 1971 until December 1976
N.I.I. 433/77, N.I.I. 433/1977 - was used between 1977 until December 1983
N.I.I. 433/84, N.I.I. 433/1984, N.I.I. 629/1984 - was used between 1984 until December 1987
N.I.I. 433/88, N.I.I. 433/1988 - used between 1988-1991

Parent Label:Electrecord S.A.
Sublabels:Aksak, I. I. S. Electrecord, Interpreți de muzică populară romînească, Istoria Muzicii Universale În Exemple, Leader Jazz Records, Romanian Contemporary Music, Simex, Studioul Tomis, Studiourile Electrecord
Contact Info:

Electrecord S.A.
Bd. Corneliu Coposu 11

(+40) 021 313.4850
(+40) 021 313.4185
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