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Document Records Catalogue


DOCUMENT RECORDS (established 1998) has uniquely sourced, re-mastered ,  digitised and re-issued  the vast majority of Afro-American acoustic blues, jazz, spirituals and gospel recordings (1900-1945) from the original 78 recordings.

Spring Sale

It has been a turbulent time of late; the untimely deaths of some of our most talented and revered musicians coupled with so many celebrations, on this side of the pond at least. We had been planning a Spring Fling Sale for a while and the weekend’s dedication to the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard of Avon put us in mind of this;
"Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once” (William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing").

Which, roughly translated, means “Most Document CDs for a fiver for one week only.

Document Spring Fling Sale 2016

This astonishing project encompasses over 25,000 different tracks was made possible by the support of collectors, academics and ethnomusicologists.

Document 8000 Series

8000 SeriesDOCUMENT’S 8000 series  is sourcing , digitising  and  re-issue  much of  the  "old timey" pre-war country catalogue  to make it  permanently  accessible for all.

In addition DOCUMENT has acquired the exclusive rights to over 360 hours of previously unreleased material produced by the Edison Company (1914-1929).

The vast repertoires includes Jazz, Blues, Country, Dance Bands, Vaudeville, Opera, Classical and speeches by popular orators and politicians of the time.

Document 5000 Series

Document 5000 SeriesThe BIG one. At 679 CDs and growing this is one of the biggest slices of Afro-American music history that you will find anywhere.

The complete recorded works of hundreds of blues, gospel, spiritual, boogie-woogie, songster artist; from the late 1800s onwards.

Many, many recordings not available elsewhere these are the roots of soul, modern gospel, R&B, rap, black urban vocal music and rock.

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes
and Songs from the 1930s

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s147 Recordings (3 CDs) collected by Herbert Halpert for the Library of Congress in 1939.

Primarily conceived as a way to get people and the economy back to work, Roosevelt's WPA arts projects published state tour guides, collected ex-slave narratives, and collected folklore of all sorts, but especially folk music.

This set contains the complete fiddle and banjo field recordings collected by Herbert Halpert for his 1939 field trip in Mississippi. Then working with the New York chapter of the Federal Theatre project Halpert was drafted by the Federal Music Project to produce the recordings. An army ambulance was donated and renovated with WPA labor. The Library of Congress loaned recording equipment. The Presto 78 disc cutter, then the state of the art for portable recording equipment, was installed in the ambulance, which was later nicknamed the "Soundwagon."

Budget Boxes & Bundles

Hershel Brown

Josh White CD Bundle
6 CDs

Mississippi Sheiks CD Bundle - 4 CDs

Georgia White CD Bundle 4 CDs

Sister Rosetta Tharpe CD Bundle
3 CDs

Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues The Early Years 1927 ~ 1935 
3 CD Box Set

Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice.
3 CD Box Set


Document Third Man Vinyl Bundle

Document Reissue
Volume 3



Document Downloads

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Document Podcasts


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Document Educational

Special rates for all Document products are available for Schools, Colleges, Universities, Museums and any other places of education or research. Please email your enquiries to 

The Document Records Catalogue

For less than the price of most CDs on the market Document presents The Catalogue.

One hundred and fifty pages, many printed in full colour.
Over eight hundred and eighty titles.
Over twenty thousand tracks.
Over two thousand three hundred main artists indexed alphabetically.

Click here for more details for the catalogue that's a collectors item itself!.


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