The two volumes in this set chronicle, in meticulous detail, all sessions from 1943-1973 made for King and numerous other labels. All available information is included: recording dates and places, personnel, and issue and reissue numbers for singles and albums. . . . It would be hard to overstate the significance of this work for collectors and researchers with more than a passing interest in recorded music. Goldmine Magazine
Michel Ruppli and his helper, Bill Daniels, deserve the most sincere gratitude of all record collectors.
This book is a complete discographical listing, in two volumes, of all recordings made or issued by King Records and its subsidiary labels. Part 1 (comprising volume I), a listing of sessions using original King masters, uses the master numerical sequence. Material covering all sessions made for the De Luxe, Federal, and Bethlehem labels is found in Part 2. Part 3 lists all other sessions distributed by King on various small U.S. labels and on the King International Series for material leased from European recording companies. In these three parts, all sessions are listed with available details on personnel and recording dates, as well as with the master and issue numbers. Part 4 lists single series used; each issue is listed with references to the pages where detailed information can be found. Part 5 lists album series; for each album, the numbers in brackets refer to the pages where sessions are described. Parts 4 and 5 also include comprehensive lists of foreign issues, primarily European and Japanese. A table of equivalent foreign albums is found in Part 5. The artist index, Part 6, includes all artists appearing in the session listings and directs the researcher to the appropriate pages.