The 78rpm-Club
Pathé introduced a line of “needle-cut” records, at first only for the USA market in 1920.

The needle-cut records were laterally-cut discs designed to be compatible with standard phonographs, and they were labelled Pathé Actuelle.

In the following year, these “needle-cut” records were introduced in the United Kingdom and within a few more years they were selling more than the vertical Pathés, even on the continent.

Attempts to market the Pathé vertical-cut discs abroad were abandoned in 1925, though they continued to sell in France until 1932.

English masters: 78000 – 79000 / 90000 series
American masters: 68000 – 70000 / restarted at 105000 – 108000
French masters: 5000 – 6000

Electrical recording came quite late; only one or two English matrices on Actuelle are electric; the American masters went electric at about 107100, though some early electrics have matrices in an E-2000 range. (Thanks to mgthomas)


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