The Scala Record Company began issuing records in England in 1911, pressed in Germany from masters cut by other companys, mainly Beka. After WW1, a new Scala label was introduced which included pressings made in England from masters recorded in London, and from the Starr Piano Company and Aeolian Company, both of the USA. This post-wat label was of a ricj green , with a drawing of the famous Milan opera house in the upper half, and the laabel name scrolled in gold. As Rust [R] rightly opines, the design I as ususual as it is tasteful.
Content: The records were aaimed at the market of those of ‘modest means', and included popular vocals, light classics, and dance music. There is some jazz, not much, bit what there is is of considerable interest. The Original Memphis Five (from Vocalion), and the Southland Six playing Runnin' Wild (from Gennett) may be found. These, and other bands, went under pseudonyms, of the Broadway Band, and Vorzanger's Band (!!). As much as this seems to be fantacised name dreamt up ibn a cloud of hooch by a record executive, it is actually a read bandleader, Victor Vorzanger, a hungarian violinist whose Boradway Band recorded for Scala in England. Rust [R] states that,"... Vorzanger's are almost certainly the first jazz records made by a band of mixed American negro and British white musicians. They were made during the norther summer of 1922. They were also released as Jagger's Elite Orchestra.
Rust [ER] indicates
that pre-war Scala numbering began at 100, and that ‘certain Scala issues
were numbered in a 1000 series coincident with the maain one (label). From
this we could deduce that the examples shown, L016 and L085, were coexistent,
even though L0156 appears to be, by its plain design, an early release.
Rust [R] does not describe this label. Judging by its catalog number, it is much later than the previous two examples - but which year?
Further records in colection:
L146 c3 SCALA Made
O131 c3+ SCALA IDEAL
RECORD Made in England.
V317 c2 SCALA IDEAL
RECORD Made in England.
L016 sc3 SCALA RECORD "The All British
1219 (079). BEAUTIFUL OHIO.
Waltz, played by the Scala Military Band.
1219 (054). WYOMING WALTZ Ibid.
[With original Scala sleeve].
L067 sc3 NATIONAL
RECORD Made in Germany
L082 c3 NATIONAL
RECORD Overlabel - Scala Special Issue No. 266. Made in Germany.