Harmony Records was a label owned by Columbia Records. It debuted in 1925. It was originally used as a label for low-price 78 rpm records in the 1920s and 1930s; subsequently it was revived as a label for budget albums of reissued tracks during the 1950s with nine or ten songs per album. The label was most active during the 1960s and Columbia continued to issue new repackages on the label into the mid-1970s.
In the earlier period, Harmony records were acoustically recorded through early 1929 even though electrical recording had taken over in the record industry. It has been stated that Columbia had redesigned its acoustic recording process just before electrical recording took over, and so the Harmony sound was better than most acoustic recordings. The electrically recorded Harmony records were as good and high quality as Columbia records were.
In 1931 into 1932, Columbia instituted a couple of short-lived series; a handful of double tracked records and also another series of longer playing records.
Grigsby-Grunow, the company that bought Columbia, made the decision to discontinue Harmony, Velvet Tone and Clarion. This decision is thought in hinesight to be a bad choice because at that very same time, Victor was in the process of creating their own budget label, Bluebird, which became a very successful label.
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