Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, will team up with John Fahey’s Revenant Records to release The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a comprehensive catalog of recorded material from the legendary Paramount Records.
Paramount Records was founded in 1917 by the Wisconsin Chair Company. During its time as a record company, Paramount recorded thousands of records by some of the biggest names in the business including Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ethel Waters and many more. Unfortunately, no one at Paramount kept a proper record or archive of the music in the studio. Third Man and Revenant Records have come together and compiled a large collection of Paramount recordings in a two volume set.
The process took over two years and a team of 30 to 50 people to finish. The collection will be released in a “Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware.” It features 800 remastered songs, six-180g vinyl records, over 200 restored original 1920s ads and images, and two books. The first book is the history of Paramount and the second is a 360 page encyclopedia guide to the Paramount artists. The set will also include a USB drive containing music and images from the Paramount collection. The vinyl LPs will have 87 songs spread across the six records.
Dean Blackwood, co-founder of Revenant Records, told Rolling Stone about putting together the history of Paramount and sharing it with Jack White “That was really the revelatory moment, just sort of staring at that timeline on my wall, like, ‘Why hasn’t this story been told?’”
The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) is out October 29th exclusively via Third Man and available nationwide November 19. Volume Two is set for a Nov. 2014 release.