Classics Records

Classics Records

Profile:
French jazz label, founded by Gilles Pétard in 1989, specialized in thoroughly documented, chronological reissue compilations of major artists from the Swing and Bop era.

The label set out to systematically assemble comprehensive collections of jazz recording by hundreds of artists previously issued on 78 rpm records as the European mechanic copyright laws allowed (issued recordings are protected for 50 years) and issue them on compact disc. The series was issued with informative liner notes in colour-coordinated packaging.
The original series was published by subscription with five issues being released each month. The series started with number 500 in December 1989. The initial release was Ella Fitzgerald 1935-1937.

The Classics label regularly issued new collections until 2004, when its original distributor went bankrupt. The back catalog was then acquired by Abeille Musique which operated the label until July 2008. Five titles announced for an August 2008 release were never issued.

An interesting historical note is that for years these CDs were issued with a huge typographical error. Instead of "Chronological", the typo at the top said "Chronogical".
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
502 Chick Webb 1929-1934(CD, Comp) Classics Records 502 France 1990 Sell This Version
514 Earl Hines And His Orchestra 1932 - 1934(CD, Comp) Classics Records 514 France 1990 Sell This Version
517 Chick Webb 1935-1938(CD, Comp) Classics Records 517 France 1996 Sell This Version
519 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 1937–1938(CD) Classics Records 519 France 1990 Sell This Version
528 Earl Hines And His Orchestra 1934 - 1937(CD, Comp) Classics Records 528 France 1990 Sell This Version
538 Earl Hines And His Orchestra 1937–1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 538 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
540 Henry "Red" Allen And His Orchestra 1933-1935(CD) Classics Records 540 France 1990 Sell This Version
543 Don Redman And His Orchestra The Chronogical Don Redman And His Orchestra 1931-1933(CD, Comp) Classics Records 543 France 1990 Sell This Version
555 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 1931(CD, Comp) Classics Records 555 France 1990 Sell This Version
558 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra The Chronogical Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 1927-1929(CD, Comp) Classics Records 558 France 1990 Sell This Version
572 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 1927–1931(CD, Comp) Classics Records 572 France 1991 Sell This Version
578 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 1929-1930(CD, Comp) Classics Records 578 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
579 Benny Carter And His Orchestra The Chronogical Benny Carter And His Orchestra 1939-1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 579 France 1991 Sell This Version
580 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra The Chronogical Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 1927(CD, Comp) Classics Records 580 France 1991 Sell This Version
591 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 1930-1932(CD, Comp) Classics Records, Classics Records 591 France 1991 Sell This Version
609 McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1928-1929(CD) Classics Records 609 France 1991 Sell This Version
621 Earl Hines And His Orchestra 1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 621 France 1991 Sell This Version
625 McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1929-1930(CD) Classics Records 625 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
631 Benny Carter And His Orchestra The Chronogical Benny Carter And His Orchestra 1940-1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 631 France 1992 Sell This Version
648 Horace Henderson & His Orch.*, Fletcher Henderson & His Orch.* Horace Henderson & His Orch.*, Fletcher Henderson & His Orch.* - The Chronogical Horace Henderson & His Orch. 1940, Fletcher Henderson & His Orch. 1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 648 France 1992 Sell This Version
665 Pete Johnson 1939-1941(CD, Album, Comp, RE) Classics Records 665 France 1992 Sell This Version
670 Harlan Leonard And His Rockets 1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 670 France 1992 Sell This Version
672 Ethel Waters 1925-1926(CD, Comp) Classics Records 672 France 1993 Sell This Version
673 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 1924(CD, Comp) Classics Records 673 France 1992 Sell This Version
692 Willie "The Lion" Smith The Chronogical Willie "The Lion" Smith 1938-1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 692 France 1993 Sell This Version
700 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1938(CD, Comp) Classics Records 700 France 1993 Sell This Version
705 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1937-1938(CD, Comp) Classics Records 705 France 1993 Sell This Version
706 Stuff Smith And His Onyx Club Boys 1936-1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 706 France 1993 Sell This Version
722 Meade Lux Lewis* The Chronological Meade Lux Lewis 1927-1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 722 France 1993 Sell This Version
723 Boots And His Buddies 1935-1937(CD, Comp) Classics Records 723 France 1993 Sell This Version
724 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1939-1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 724 France 1993 Sell This Version
732 Fats Waller Fats Waller 1934-1935(CD, Comp) Classics Records 732 France 1993 Sell This Version
738 Boots And His Buddies 1937-1938(CD, Album, Comp, RE) Classics Records 738 France 1993 Sell This Version
740 Jay McShann And His Orchestra 1941-1943(CD, Comp) Classics Records 740 France 1994 Sell This Version
743 Meade "Lux" Lewis The Chronogical Classics: Meade Lux Lewis 1939 - 1941(CD, Mono, Comp) Classics Records 743 France 1996 Sell This Version
747 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1938-1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 747 France 1994 Sell This Version
749 Bunny Berigan The Chronological Bunny Berigan 1936-1937(CD, Comp) Classics Records 749 France 1994 Sell This Version
750 John Kirby And His Orchestra 1938-1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 750 France 1994 Sell This Version
751 John Kirby And His Orchestra 1939-1941(CD) Classics Records 751 France 1994 Sell This Version
753 Slim Gaillard / Royal Rhythm Boys Slim Gaillard / Royal Rhythm Boys - The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1940-1942 & Royal Rhythm Boys 1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 753 France 1994 Sell This Version
756 Lovie Austin The Chronogical Lovie Austin 1924-1926(CD, Comp) Classics Records 756 France 1994 Sell This Version
763 Joe Marsala 1936-1942(CD, Comp) Classics Records 763 France 1994 Sell This Version
784 Chu Berry* 1937-1941(CD) Classics Records 784 France 1994 Sell This Version
790 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1939-1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 790 France 1994 Sell This Version
792 John Kirby And His Orchestra 1941-1943(CD, Comp) Classics Records 792 France 1994 Sell This Version
794 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra The Chronological Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 1921 - 1923(CD, Comp) Classics Records 794 France 1994 Sell This Version
795 Jess Stacy 1935-1939(CD, Comp) Classics Records 795 France 1994 Sell This Version
814 Mary Lou Williams The Chronogical Mary Lou Williams 1944(CD, Comp) Classics Records 814 France 1995 Sell This Version
821 Joe Sullivan 1933-1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 821 France 1995 Sell This Version
843 Bessie Smith 1925-1927(CD, Comp) Classics Records 843 France 1995 Sell This Version
849 Charles Brown 1944 - 1945(CD, Comp) Classics Records 849 France 1996 Sell This Version
862 Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra 1941-1945(CD, Comp) Classics Records, Classics Records 862 France 1996 Sell This Version
864 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1945 (Volume 1)(CD, Comp) Classics Records 864 France 1996 Sell This Version
872 Edmond Hall The Chronological 1944-1945(CD, Album, Comp) Classics Records 872 France 1996 Sell This Version
884 Buddy Johnson And His Band* 1939-1942(CD, Comp) Classics Records 884 France 1996 Sell This Version
889 The Three Peppers The Chronological Classics 1937-1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 889 France 1996 Sell This Version
911 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1945 (Volume 2)(CD, Comp) Classics Records 911 France 1996 Sell This Version
912 Kansas City 5*, Kansas City 6* & Kansas City 7* Kansas City 5*, Kansas City 6* & Kansas City 7* - 1938 - 1944(CD, Comp) Classics Records 912 France 1996 Sell This Version
937 Dickie Wells 1927-1943(CD, Comp) Classics Records 937 France 1997 Sell This Version
962 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1946(CD, Comp) Classics Records 962 France 1997 Sell This Version
965 Artie Shaw Artie Shaw And His Orchestra 1938(CD, Comp) Classics Records 965 France 1997 Sell This Version
978 Skeets Tolbert And His Gentlemen Of Swing 1931-1940(CD, Comp) Classics Records 978 France 1997 Sell This Version
991 Maxine Sullivan 1938 - 1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 991 France 1998 Sell This Version
993 Skeets Tolbert And His Gentlemen Of Swing 1940-1942(CD, Comp) Classics Records 993 France 1998 Sell This Version
1013 Wynonie Harris 1945-1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1013 France 1998 Sell This Version
1019 Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1019 France 1998 Sell This Version
1030 Fats Waller The Chronogical Fats Waller 1940-1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1030 France 1998 Sell This Version
1042 Woody Herman And His Orchestra 1936-1937(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1042 France 1999 Sell This Version
1051 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1946-1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1051 France 1999 Sell This Version
1052 Harry James And His Orchestra 1941(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1052 France 1999 Sell This Version
1061 Mildred Bailey 1929-1932(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1061 France 1999 Sell This Version
1073 Don Byas 1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1073 France 1999 Sell This Version
1081 Stuff Smith The Chronogical Stuff Smith 1944-1946(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1081 France 1999 Sell This Version
1085 Red Norvo 1933 - 1936(CD, Comp) Classics Records, The Chronological Classics 1085 France Unknown Sell This Version
1086 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1086 France 1999 Sell This Version
1092 Harry James And His Orchestra 1941 Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1092 France 1999 Sell This Version
1113 Lucky Thompson The Chronogical Lucky Thompson 1944-1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1113 France 2000 Sell This Version
1119 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1947-1948(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1119 France 2000 Sell This Version
1130 Blue Lu Barker 1946-1949(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1130 France 2000 Sell This Version
1139 Wynonie Harris 1947 - 1949(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1139 France 2000 Sell This Version
1184 Lennie Tristano 1946-1947(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1184 France 2001 Sell This Version
1191 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1949-1950(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1191 France 2001 Sell This Version
1221 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1947-1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1221 France 2002 Sell This Version
1258 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1950-1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1258 France 2002 Sell This Version
1282 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Chronogical Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1282 France 2003 Sell This Version
1290 Lennie Tristano 1947-1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1290 France 2003 Sell This Version
1291 Sonny Stitt 1950-1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1291 France 2003 Sell This Version
1388 James Moody 1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1388 France 2005 Sell This Version
1437 Slim Gaillard The Chronological Slim Gaillard 1951-1953(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1437 France 2007 Sell This Version
1447 Erroll Garner 1954(CD, Comp) Classics Records 1447 France 2007 Sell This Version
5016 Lloyd Glenn 1947-1950(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5016 France 2001 Sell This Version
5024 Crown Prince Waterford 1946-1950(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5024 France 2001 Sell This Version
5025 Fats Domino 1949-1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5025 France 2002 Sell This Version
5028 Andrew Tibbs 1947-1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5028 France 2002 Sell This Version
5037 Buster Bennett The Chronological 1945-1947(CD, Comp, Mono) Classics Records 5037 France 2002 Sell This Version
5056 Howlin' Wolf Classics - The Chronological 1951 - 1952(CD, Album, Comp) Classics Records 5056 France & Benelux 2003 Sell This Version
5069 Lloyd Glenn 1951-1952(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5069 France 2003 Sell This Version
5071 Lowell Fulson 1947-1948(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5071 France 2003 Sell This Version
5106 Tiny Grimes 1949 - 1951(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5106 France 2004 Sell This Version
5138 Johnny Ace 1951-1954(CD, Comp) Classics Records 5138 France 2005 Sell This Version

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oldhippierick

oldhippierick

September 19, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
I have 684 of these albums and being it takes forever to post here and with as many mistakes on what was posted here Great Job folks.. I would up load all correct pic's for about 684 more Chronological Classics but why bother they are to large and I don't down size to so small 600x600 as rule an d yes I have them all as The Chronological Classics (artist) (year) so they are all together in player example "Louis Armstrong The Chronological Classics Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra 1930-1931 (1990)"
and the rest of you all have as "1930-1931" so they would be as artist and not as one collection together
Doctorbenway23

Doctorbenway23

August 23, 2013
For many years these CDs were issued with a very obvious typographical error. "Chronological" at the top of the front on the booklet is spelt as "Chronogical".
This mistake was corrected only in 2005, and new logotype appear on discs covers since number 1380 (Dizzy Gillespie 1953).
Lots of people have therefore listed the albums incorrectly but I guess that's just me being pedantic.