Take Two Records was launched in 1978 by Jim Bedoian, a collector of vintage 78-RPM records and rare radio transcriptions. Our specialty was popular vocalists and dance bands from 1915 through the late 1930's. The first vintage reissues on the Take Two Records label started with Vinyl LPs. The target audience consisted of fellow collectors and fans of vintage music as well as a few artists and songwriters from the period.
Our goal in 1978 was to feature popular recording artists from the past and vintage songs by the gifted tunesmiths from Tin Pan Alley. Our catalog included several better-known artists such as Red Nichols, Al Jolson, Ruth Etting, Alice Faye and The Andrew Sisters. However, we have also revived records by once popular stars whose historically important careers had been sadly overlooked. These include names like Lee Morse, Johnny Marvin, Marion Harris, Belle Baker, Libby Holman, Earl Burtnett and others. Based on positive feedback and record sales, it became clear there was serious interest in the material being issued on the Take Two label.
From the outset we produced only high quality vinyl pressings, starting with careful transfers of pristine originals, meticulously engineered and processed. If clean copies were not available in the Take Two vaults, we would reach out to fellow collectors. Take Two quickly became synonymous with high quality-a standard that has been consistently maintained.
From 1978 to 1988 Take Two Records produced over 45 different LP albums. And in 1991 we issued our first Compact Disc, successfully expanding our catalog with many new artists and songs. The response to our CDs was rewarding from both longtime customers as well as new generation of listeners.
From 1991 to 2003 we produced 35 CD's, and introduced a number of new album concepts. Moreover, the sound of this music was substantially improved thanks to the revolution in digital restoration and mastering. Digital technology made it possible to reduce if not altogether eliminate noise from records that would have never been used in the vinyl age. During this period, we also expanded our line to include two and three CD sets (albums).
In recent times there has been an even greater upheaval in the music technology. The Internet has simply changed everything. In the case of music, the ability to purchase CDs online or instantly download individual songs or entire albums has clearly simplified life for the buyer-especially for those who prefer listening to music on their portable devices.
We at Take Two are responding these changes and now offer you this website to help keep our musical legacy alive and well, and to offer listeners a chance to hear, enjoy and purchase the wonderful music of the past.