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In the early years, as Document Records began to grow at a prolific rate, several independent labels where brought into the Document fold; Blues Document with its 6000 series and Jazz Perspectives with its 1500 series and the remnants of the Matchbox Blues 2000 Series are typical examples. Rather than dissolve these catalogues into the main 5000 series, there original catalogue numbers have been retained. Consequently genres cross over from one series to another and artists, such as Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Big Joe Williams, Lead Belly and other can be found in more than one series.

32-20 Series

A fascinating collection of special projects, themes documentaries and featured artists. Includes projects commissioned by Paul Oliver, Bill Wyman and the Bluesbreaker himself, John Mayal.

1100 Series
Edison 1100 Series

Previously unissued recordings by the Edison Company, made between 1914 and 1929, of Jazz, Blues, Old-Time Country, Dance Bands, Hawaiian, Popular and more, including the voice of Mr. Edison, himself.

2000 Series
2000 series - Matchbox

Five albums rescued from the impressive, groundbreaking, Matchbox Blues Series, which first made its appearance in the early 1980s. Covers the complete recorded works of Texas Alexander, Peg Leg Howell and Eddie Anthony.

6000 Series
6000 Series
The original, vinyl, Blues Document Series, preserved. Includes classic recordings such as Blind Willie McTell’s 1940, Library of Congress, session. Plus, classic post war recordings by Memphis Minnie, Jessie Thomas (brother of Ramblin’ Thomas) Carolina Slim, Cripple Clarence Lofton and many more...

8000 Series
8000 Series
This ever popular series documents the early recordings of Old-Timey Country Music. Here you will find rare, historic recordings by The Dixon Brothers, Sam McGhee, Narmour & Smith, Alfred Reed, and many more...



1000 Series
1000 Series
Some of the greatest names in vintage Jazz, Boogie-woogie and Blues. Including Pete Johnson, Jimmy Yancey, Albert Ammons, Alberta Hunter, Kid Ory, Lead Belly and many more.

1500 Series
1500 Series
Vintage recordings from some of the historic masters of Jazz, including Bunk Johnson, Clifford Hayes, Spencer Williams, Teddy Bunni, Johnny Dunn. Porter Grainger and many more.

5000 Series
5000 Series
At 700 albums and growing, this is one of the biggest slices of Black American music history that you will find anywhere. The complete recorded works of hundreds of Blues, Gospel, Spiritual, Boogiewoogie, Songster artists; from the late 1800s onwards. Many, many recordings not available elsewhere, these are the roots of soul, Modern Gospel, R&B, Rap and Rock & Roll.

7000 Series
7000 Series
Boogie-woogie, Blues, Jazz, from Europe, with a little of New Orleans Gospel thrown in for good measure.

9000 Series
9000 Series
These, sapper albums, at a low budget price, are an ideal way to not only dip in and discover the delights of Document Records but are also a great introduction into the Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Swing and Old-Time Country Music. No expertise required; just sit back and enjoy.

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