The Swing Era

The Swing Era

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Series by the Time Life Music label. This is a series, not a label. Only add this to the "Series" field, together with the actual label of the release TIME-LIFE RECORDS.

This series has been reissued several times since its introduction in the early 1970s. The music on these box sets is NOT performed by the original big band artists. The music is a recreation of big band songs, performed by a studio orchestra directed by Billy May and Glen Gray (not on all Volumes) with changing personnel for Capitol Records in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Boxes were issued through a subscription, with one volume being issued about every quarter. Later, Time-Life reissued all the volumes with new color covers starting in the mid-1970s. The series was manufactured by Capitol Records' Special Markets Division.

Original covers were black and white with a color spine. Later, Time-Life redesigned the covers, using a color cover (with the same color as the spines were originally).
Booklets inside these two issues were identical in most cases. Labels for each volume used different colors; although the same label design layout was used for each volume in the series, the individual labels were black on top with a color matching the box set cover on the bottom. In the late 1970s, the set was again reissued, but with beige covers and matching beige labels.

In 1982 a complete series with various colored boxes and spine was reissued for the german market. The booklet inside was printed in german language and had printed "Deutsche Ausgabe" on the cover. Labels were in pale blue with silver printing

By the mid 1980s, the set was reissued with a completely revamped design, this time with silver covers and matching silver labels.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
4TL 345 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1940-1941; How It Was To Be Young Then Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1940-1941; How It Was To Be Young Then(2xCass + Box) Time Life Records, Capitol Records 4TL 345 US 1970 Sell This Version
4TL 346 Various - The Swing Era: 1941-1942 Various The Swing Era: 1941-1942(2xCass + Box) Time Life Records 4TL 346 US 1970 Sell This Version
8TL 343 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1938-1939 - Where Swing Came From Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1938-1939 - Where Swing Came From(2x8-Trk, Comp + Box) Time Life Records 8TL 343 US Unknown Sell This Version
8TL 345 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1940-1941 - How It Was To Be Young Then Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1940-1941 - How It Was To Be Young Then(2x8-Trk + Box) Time Life Records 8TL 345 US Unknown Sell This Version
8TL 346 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life(2x8-Trk + Box) Time Life Records 8TL 346 US Unknown Sell This Version
H-2207 Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era H-2207 US Unknown Sell This Version
H-2207-2 Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era H-2207-2 US 1970 Sell This Version
LYN16209 / SWG1 Unknown Artist The Swing Era(Flexi, 6", S/Sided, Promo) Time Life Music LYN16209 / SWG1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era none US Unknown Sell This Version
R699-01 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime(2xCass, Comp) Time Life Music, EMI Music Special Markets R699-01 US 1999 Sell This Version
R699-02 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime II Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime II(2xCass, Comp) Time Life Music, EMI Music Special Markets R699-02 US 1999 Sell This Version
R700-01 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime(2xCD, Album, 2-C) Time Life Music, EMI Music Special Markets R700-01 US 1999 Sell This Version
R700-02 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime II Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime II(2xCD, Album) Time Life Music, EMI Music Special Markets R700-02 US 1999 Sell This Version
R700-03 Various - The Swing Era 1930-1936 Various The Swing Era 1930-1936(2xCD, Comp) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-03 US 2000 Sell This Version
R700-04 Various - The Swing Era 1936-1937 Various The Swing Era 1936-1937(2xCD, Comp, RE) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-04 US 2000 Sell This Version
R700-05 Various - The Swing Era 1938-1939 Various The Swing Era 1938-1939(2xCD, Comp, RE) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-05 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-06 Various - The Swing Era 1939-1940 Various The Swing Era 1939-1940(2xCD, Comp, RE) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-06 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-07 Various - The Swing Era 1940-1941 Various The Swing Era 1940-1941(2xCD, Comp, RE) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-07 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-08 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: 1941-1942 Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: 1941-1942(2xCD, Album, 2-C) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-08 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-09 Various - The Swing Era 1942-1945 Various The Swing Era 1942-1945(2xCD, Comp) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-09 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-10 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: The Postwar Years Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: The Postwar Years(2xCD, Album, 2-C) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Special Markets R700-10 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-11 Various - The Swing Era Into The Fifties Various The Swing Era Into The Fifties (2xCD, Comp) Time Life Music, EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets R700-11 US 2001 Sell This Version
R700-12 Various - The Swing Era: One More Time Various The Swing Era: One More Time(2xCD, Comp) Time Life Music R700-12 US 2002 Sell This Version
STA 340 Various - The Swing Era 1930-1936: Wonderful Times: Making A Lot Out Of A Little Various The Swing Era 1930-1936: Wonderful Times: Making A Lot Out Of A Little(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 340 US 1973 Sell This Version
STA 341 Various - The Swing Era 1936-1937: The Movies: Between Vitaphone And Video Various The Swing Era 1936-1937: The Movies: Between Vitaphone And Video(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 341 US 1970 Sell This Version
STA 342 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1937-1938: Vintage Years Of Humor Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1937-1938: Vintage Years Of Humor STA 342 UK 1971 Sell This Version
STA 343 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1938-1939:Where Swing Came From Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1938-1939:Where Swing Came From (Comp) STA 343 US 1971 Sell This Version
STA 345 Various The Swing Era 1940-1941(3xLP + Box, Comp, RE) Time Life Records, Time Life Records STA 345 US 1972 Sell This Version
STA 346 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life(3xLP, Comp + Box) Time Life Records STA 346 US 1970 Sell This Version
STA 347 Various - The Swing Era 1942-1944: When Sport Was Mighty Sporty Various The Swing Era 1942-1944: When Sport Was Mighty Sporty(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 347 US Unknown Sell This Version
STA 348 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1944-1945: The Golden Age Of Network Radio Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1944-1945: The Golden Age Of Network Radio(3xLP, Comp, RE + Box) Time Life Records, Capitol Records STA 348 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
STA 349 Various - The Swing Era Post War Years: A Clutch Of Characters Various The Swing Era Post War Years: A Clutch Of Characters(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 349 US 1974 Sell This Version
STA 350 Various - The Swing Era: Into The '50s: How Sex Was Invented Various The Swing Era: Into The '50s: How Sex Was Invented(3xLP, Comp + Box) Time Life Records, Capitol Records STA 350 UK 1971 Sell This Version
STA 350 Various The Swing Era Into The 50's: How Sex Was Invented(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 350 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
STA 350 Various - The Swing Era Into The 50's: How Sex Was Invented Various The Swing Era Into The 50's: How Sex Was Invented(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 350 US Unknown Sell This Version
STA 351 Various - The Swing Era Encore!: The Day Of The Great Entertainers Various The Swing Era Encore!: The Day Of The Great Entertainers(3xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Time Life Records STA 351 US Unknown Sell This Version
STA 352 Various - The Swing Era Curtain Call: The Sounds Of Swing Various The Swing Era Curtain Call: The Sounds Of Swing STA 352 US 1974 Sell This Version
STL 340 Various - The Swing Era 1930-1936 Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1930-1936: Wonderful Times: Making A Lot Out Of A Little STL 340 UK & Europe 1971 Sell This Version
STL 341 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1936-1937: The Movies: Between Vitaphone And Video Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1936-1937: The Movies: Between Vitaphone And Video (Comp) STL 341 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
STL 341 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1936-1937: The Movies: Between Vitaphone And Video Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1936-1937: The Movies: Between Vitaphone And Video(3xLP, Comp, RE + Box) Time Life Records, Time Life Records STL 341 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
STL 342 Various - The Swing Era 1937-1938 Various The Swing Era 1937-1938 (Comp) STL 342 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
STL 343 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1938-1939:Where Swing Came From Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1938-1939:Where Swing Came From (Comp) STL 343 US 1970 Sell This Version
STL 344 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1939-1940: 1939: A Real Dream Of A Year Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1939-1940: 1939: A Real Dream Of A Year (Comp) STL 344 US 1971 Sell This Version
STL 345 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1940-1941; How It Was To Be Young Then Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1940-1941; How It Was To Be Young Then (Comp) STL 345 US 1970 Sell This Version
STL 346 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life (Comp) STL 346 US 1970 Sell This Version
STL 347 Various - The Swing Era 1942 - 1944 Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1942-1944: When Sport Was Mighty Sporty (Comp) STL 347 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
STL 347 Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1942-1944: When Sport Was Mighty Sporty(3xLP, Comp) Time Life Records, Capitol Records STL 347 US 1971 Sell This Version
STL 348 Various - The Swing Era 1944 - 1945 Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1944-1945: The Golden Age Of Network Radio (Comp) STL 348 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
STL 349 Various - The Swing Era: Music Of The Postwar Years: A Clutch Of Characters Various The Swing Era: Music Of The Postwar Years: A Clutch Of Characters (Comp) STL 349 US 1971 Sell This Version
STL 350 Various - The Swing Era: Into The '50s: How Sex Was Invented Various The Swing Era: Into The '50s: How Sex Was Invented (Comp) STL 350 US 1971 Sell This Version
STL-351 Various - The Swing Era: Encore! Various The Swing Era Encore! (The Day Of The Great Entertainers) STL-351 US 1971 Sell This Version
STL 352 Various - The Swing Era: Curtain Call: The Sounds Of Swing Various The Swing Era: Curtain Call: The Sounds Of Swing STL 352 UK & Europe 1972 Sell This Version
STL 353 Various - The Swing Era One More Time Various The Swing Era One More Time STL 353 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
STL 354 Benny Goodman - The Swing Era - Benny Goodman Into The 70's - The King In Person Benny Goodman The Swing Era - Benny Goodman Into The 70's - The King In Person (Comp) STL 354 US 1972 Sell This Version
STL 354 Benny Goodman - The Swing Era - Benny Goodman Into The 70's - The King In Person Benny Goodman The Swing Era - Benny Goodman Into The 70's - The King In Person(3xLP, Comp + Box) Time Life Records, Time Life Records STL 354 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
STL 2-346 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life(3xLP, Comp + Box) Time Life Records, Capitol Records STL 2-346 US 1970 Sell This Version
STL 3-346 Various - The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life Various The Swing Era: The Music Of 1941-1942: Swing As A Way Of Life(3xLP, Comp + Box) Time Life Records, Capitol Records STL 3-346 US 1970 Sell This Version
SW1-E Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) Time Life Records, Capitol Records SW1-E US Unknown Sell This Version
SW-EV2A Unknown Artist The Swing Era(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) Time Life Records, Capitol Records SW-EV2A Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SW-EV5A Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo, lig) Time Life Records, Capitol Records SW-EV5A US Unknown Sell This Version
SW-EVI Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era SW-EVI US Unknown Sell This Version
SYB-516 Unknown Artist - The Swing Era Unknown Artist The Swing Era(7", S/Sided, Promo) Time Life Records, Capitol Records SYB-516 US Unknown Sell This Version
TL 505/01 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime(2xCD, Album, 2-C) Time Life Music TL 505/01 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
TL 505/02 Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime II Billy May, Glen Gray Billy May, Glen Gray - Swing Era: Swingtime II(2xCD, Album, 2-C) Time Life Music TL 505/02 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
TL 505/03 Various - The Swing Era 1930-1936 Various The Swing Era 1930-1936(2xCD, Comp) Time Life Music TL 505/03 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
TL 505/04 Various - The Swing Era 1936-1937 Various The Swing Era 1936-1937(2xCD, Comp, RE) Time Life Music TL 505/04 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
TL 505/05 Various - The Swing Era 1938-1939 Various The Swing Era 1938-1939(2xCD, Comp, RE) Time Life Music TL 505/05 Europe 2001 Sell This Version