Throughout 2013 Jack White spent a good deal of time with his label, Third Man Records, working on putting out an archival release: The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records. The huge release, done in conjunction with Dean Blackwood’s Revenant Records (founded by John Fahey), features original ads from the era, two books, six 180-gram vinyl LPs, a USB containing all 800 songs in the set and designed to look like a phonograph needle carrying case, and it all comes in a hand-crafted oak case modeled after the kind of case that carried phonographs in the 20s.
The box set features music recorded for Paramount Records by Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Fletcher Henderson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Jelly Roll Morton, and Ethel Waters, among others.
In promotion of the box set Jack White and Revenant Records’ Dean Blackwood appeared on Charlie Rose to discuss the set, White’s work at Third Man, and White’s decision to go solo. Interesting that it’s not really known exactly how much music Paramount, primarily a furniture company, released due to their shoddy record keeping. This two volume set, with 1600 songs in total, is only a fraction of what Paramount recorded.
Look for volume two of the set to be released in November 2014.
via Rolling Stone