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Paul Morley and his guests consider how technological changes over the years have influenced music.

Paul Morley and his guests consider how technological changes and record companies have influenced the music we listen to.

With the help of Jac Holzman, Morty Craft, Marshall Chess, Chris Wright and Simon Draper, the record men behind such labels as Elektra, Warwick, Chess, Chrysalis and Virgin, Paul Morley charts the changing relationship between artists and labels, and explores how record companies developed their own distinctiveness around the taste and style of certain individuals. To what extent did these maverick talent spotters, playboys, dreamers, moneymen and taste-makers mould the shape and momentum of popular music for decades to come?

First broadcast in 2009.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Sex Pistols

    ANARCHY IN THE U.K.

    • Never Mind The Bollocks....
    • Virgin.
    • V-2086.
  • Roxy Music

    Virginia Plain

    • ROXY MUSIC.
    • EG.
    • EG-821522.
  • The Velvet Underground

    ROCK AND ROLL

    • THE VERY BEST OF THE VELVET UNDERGROUND.
    • UNIVERSAL/POLYDOR.
    • 065 625-2.
  • Chuck Berry

    JOHNNY B GOODE

    • CHESS PIECES.
    • UNIVERSAL.
    • PROMO-1.
  • Bob Luman

    Let's Think About Living

    • Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Ann.
    • Acuff-Rose Opryland.
    • AROMG CD-50 02.
  • Bobby Rydell

    Sway

    • The Best Of Bobby Rydell.
    • London.
    • HAU-8502.
  • Carla Thomas

    Gee Whizz

    • Atlantic R&B 1947-1974.
    • Warner Platinum.
    • none.
  • Etta James

    I'D RATHER GO BLIND

    • BLUES BROTHER SOUL SISTER.
    • DINO.
    • DINCD-56.
  • Sousa's Band

    DANCING IN THE DARK

    • The 1890s Volume II.
    • Archeophone.
    • ARCH-9006.
  • Marcello Sambrich

    Ernani, Ernani, Involami. Tutto. Sprezzo

  • Enrico Caruso

    Tosca: Act I: Recondita Armonia

    • The Best Of Caruso Volume 1.
    • RCA Red Seal.
    • RB 16127.
  • Billy Murray

    The Little Ford Rambled Right Along recording

    • The Wibbly Wobbly Walk - novelty numbers from the original phonograph cylinders and 78s.
    • Saydisc.
    • CD-SDL-350.
  • Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five

    SKID-DAT-DE-DAT

    • LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND HIS HOT FIVE 1925~1925.
    • CLASSICS.
    • CLASSICS-600.
  • Louis Armstrong

    POTATO HEAD BLUES

    • Louis Armstrong: The 25 Greatest Hot Fives & Hot Sevens.
    • Living Era.
    • CDAJA-5171.
  • Mississippi John Hurt

    Frankie

    • American Music Folk Ballads.
    • Folkways.
    • FK-251.
  • Paul Whiteman

    Whispering

    • CHART TOPPERS OF THE TWENTIES.
    • ASV LTD.
    • 0101-0101.
  • Vernon Dalhart

    The Prisoner's Song recording

    • RCA Nashville Classics: 40s and Before.
    • RCA.
    • RCA-74321317692.
  • Roy Acuff

    GREAT SPECKLED BIRD

    • Opry Country Classics Vol 1.
    • Opry Music.
    • FLOATM-6019.
  • Hank Thompson

    THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE

    • Capitol Country Greats.
    • Capitol.
    • ST-21909.
  • Kitty Wells

    It wasn't god who made Honky Tonk Angels

    • This record is not to be Broadcast -75 records banned by the BBC.
    • Acrobat Music.
    • ACTRCD-9015.
  • The Carter Family

    I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blues Eyes

    • KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE.
    • PROPER.
    • P1605.
  • Bing Crosby

    AS TIME GOES BY

    • Bing Crosby: We're Just Wild About Harry.
    • Bing Crosby Radio.
    • BCR-01.
  • Frank Sinatra

    THESE FOOLISH THINGS

    • THE MICHAEL PARKINSON COLLECTION.
    • UNIVERSAL.
    • 2CD-9811787.
  • Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

    THAT'S ALRIGHT

    • ELVIS INSPIRATION.
    • BOULEVARD VINTAGE.
    • BVBCDI-1004ZUK.
  • Percy Mayfield

    Strange Things Happening recording

    • Percy Mayfield: Memory Pain.
    • Ace.
    • CDCHD-438.
  • Nat King Cole

    Too Young

    • Nat King Cole - 20 Golden Greats.
    • EMI.
    • CDEMTV-9.
  • Jackie Brenston

    Rocket 88

    • THE R&B BOX VOL 2.
    • RHINO.
    • R2-71806.
  • Roy Brown

    GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

    • Roy Brown: Classics 1947-1949.
    • Classics.
    • CLASSICS-5021.
  • Bill Nelson

    Do You Dream In Colour

    • QUIT DREAMING AND GET ON THE BEAM.
    • COCTEAU RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • Magazine

    About The Weather

    • VIRGIN.

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