by Music Librarian Christopher Popa
Given the unbelievable amount of information which must be gathered, this is a work-in-progress! Though, as discographers readily admit, it would be a very difficult task to track down every single LP which included music of the big bands, I am satisfied that I at least have documented the major US issues.
Titles shown, including capitalization and punctuation, mirror the album covers as closely as possible, given space limitations here.
If I have what is the same label and catalog number but listed seperately, there is some element to merit that, such as a different cover design or wording or color, etc. etc.
Release dates, where indicated, are generally from Billboard, the Schwann catalog, or from the item itself. Listings shown in Schwann seem to have been delayed at times, compared to the "official" record company release dates.
Several record labels have their own peculiarities.
Most Reader's Digest titles will appear to be out of chronological order, due to their confusing numbering system which re-used basic numbers but with different letter combinations.
In some cases, such as Columbia's albums of the '70s and '80s, some prefixes have been ignored so that titles will show in numerical order.
Similarly, in the cases of Columbia House or Columbia Musical Treasuries albums, those are listed in numerical order even though frequently using different prefixes with the numbers.
Technically, the titles listed as Wing are actually Mercury Wing, but to differentiate them better (and to save a few spaces on each line), I have separated them.
Even though it was most conspicuously used by RCA, I have added an "e" designation after certain catalog numbers (RCA or not), to indicate albums which are "electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo."
Anthologies are not yet fully reflected in any individual bandleader's listing.