Collectables Records

Collectables Records

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Collectables Records
Founded 1980
Founder Jerry & Nina Greene
Distributed By Self-Distributed
Genre(s) Various
Mailing Address 60 Portland Road,
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428
Telephone 610-649-7650 (general)
800-446-8426 (wholesale inquiries)
800-336-4627 (mail-order)
Country US
Web address

Collectables Records is a reissue record label founded in 1980 by Jerry Greene. Greene was previously associated with New York City's Times Square Record Shop, Philadelphia's Record Museum retail chain, and the Lost Nite and Crimson record labels.

Collectables is the largest independently-owned (and family-operated) reissue label in the United States. It maintains a catalogue of over 3,400 active titles on compact disc, with thousands of additional titles available on vinyl. It has released hundreds of recordings from the vaults of major labels such as Columbia, Atlantic, RCA, Capitol, Vee-Jay and others, making many available on CD for the first time. Genres found on Collectables include nearly every style of rock music, plus jazz, comedy, blues, doo-wop, funk, and many others.

Collectables publishes the Priceless Collection series of budget compilations. Many of the label's other releases combine the contents of two original LPs on a single CD.

The company also manufactures multi-CD compilation box sets sold exclusively through retailers such as QVC, Costco and Sam's Club.

Collectables is one of a group of companies, including Alpha Video, Gotham Distributing Corporation and the e-commerce website, owned and operated by Jerry Greene and the Greene family.

Collectables recording artists

The following artists have had at least one recording re-issued on the Collectables label.

(In alphabetical order)

Dee Clark

  • The Classics
  • The Collegians
  • Ray Conniff
  • The Cordials
  • The Court Jesters
  • The Crests

Stan Freeberg

  • The Galaxies
  • Tommy Hammond
  • The Harptones

Lena Horne

  • Billy Idol
  • The Islanders

Burl Ives

  • Jack And The Rippers
  • Wanda Jackson
  • The Jive Five
  • The Kodaks
  • The Keynotes
  • Buddy Knox
  • Andre Kostelanetz
  • Lady Wilde
  • Jackie Layne & The Pathfinders
  • Gary Leath
  • Little Joe Blue
  • Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords
  • The Martells
  • Bill Massey
  • Johnny Mathis

Gene McDaniels

  • Scotty McKay
  • Gary Middleton
  • The Mods
  • The Monarchs
  • Lou Monte
  • The Novas
  • The Nutmegs
  • The Paragons
  • Carl Perkins
  • Royce Porter
  • Vernon Pullins
  • ? and the Mysterians
  • The Raindrops
  • Randy & the Rainbows
  • Eddie Rambeau
  • Genya Ravan
  • The Ravens
  • Lou Rawls
  • Johnnie Ray
  • Red Crayola
  • Jim Reeves
  • Wes Reynolds
  • Riot
  • Johnny Rivers
  • The Royal Guardsmen
  • Shane With The group
  • The Shells
  • The Sheppards
  • Dinah Shore
  • Bobby Short
  • The Silhouettes
  • Ginny Simms
  • Joe Simon
  • Frank Sinatra
  • The Slocum Brothers
  • Warren Smith
  • Somethin' Smith & The Redheads
  • The Spaniels
  • Benny Spellman
  • Crispian St. Peters
  • Jo Stafford
  • Terry Stafford
  • The Staple Singers
  • Kay Starr
  • Ray Stevens
  • Al Stewart
  • Enzo Stuarti
  • Sugarloaf
  • Gene Summers
  • J.B. Summers
  • The Sunrays
  • The Super Disco Band
  • The Sveshknikov Choir
  • The Swallows
  • Billy Swan
  • Bettye Swann
  • Sweet Sensation
  • 13th Floor Elevators
  • The Tokens
  • The Quinns
  • Kenny Vance
  • Jimmy Velvit
  • The Versatones
  • We The People
  • Roger Whittaker
  • The Willows
  • Joe Wilson & The Sabres

Criticism regarding recording quality

The recording quality of early Collectables' releases is often criticized by audiophiles. Early LPs and CDs were often dubbed from scratchy records. Both Sides Now publisher Mike Callahan (in his book of CD reviews, Oldies on CD), regularly gave early Collectables' CDs low scores based on the sound quality. Over the years, the sound quality has improved greatly on Collectables' releases. Since the mid-1990s, Little Walter DeVenne has remastered many of the label's reissues, and the company has also made extensive use of the in-house mastering and restoration services of the major labels from whom they license material.

See also

  • List of record labels

External links

  • Official website
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