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Arhoolie Records Catalogs & Publications

The Arhoolie Foundation stems from the work of founder Chris Strachwitz and his seminal independent record label Arhoolie Records. In 1960, Strachwitz recorded Texas songster Mance Lipscomb for what was to become Arhoolie Records’ first album. Since then, he has devoted his life to recording and sharing regional music with a special emphasis on the genres of Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, and Tejano/Norteño. In 2016, Smithsonian Folkways acquired Arhoolie Records and continues to distribute the Arhoolie catalog worldwide.

One of the goals of the Arhoolie Foundation is to document the work of Chris Strachwitz, his record labels, and related projects. These catalogs detail the recordings made by Arhoolie Records, Blues Classics, Old Timey and other associated labels.

As of this date, only a few of these catalogs have been completely scanned, they are featured at the top.

Go to: Catalogs in Chronological order Arhoolie LP & 45  Discographies Arhoolie Ocassional / Lightning Express

Featured Catalogs.
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1961 Arhoolie Records First Catalog
Arhoolie 45rpm discography by Tom Ball
Complete LP Numerical

Arhoolie Records Catalogs in Chronological order

1961

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

6 fold out panels

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

The first Arhoolie Records catalog.

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1964

12 fold out panels

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1966

8 fold out panels.

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1966

12 fold out panels

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1967

16 fold out panels

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1968

24 pages. First saddle stitched (stapled) spine booklet catalog.

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1970

24 pages.

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1971

32 pages.

8.5 X 3.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

No year on cover.

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1972

36 pages.

8.5 X 3.75 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1976

36 pages.

6 X 11 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1978

52 pages.

8.5 X 5.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1980/81

60 pages.

8.5 X 5.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1983

68 pages.

8.5 X 5.5 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1985

60 pages.

10.5 X 7.25 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1987

64 pages.

10.5 X 8.25 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1988

68 pages.

10.75 X 8.25 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1989

76 pages.

10.75 X 8.25 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1992

100 pages.

10.75 X 8.25 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1995

116 pages.

11.5 X 8.25 inches.

Graphic design: Wayne Pope

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1997

126 pages.

10.5 X 8.25 inches.

First catalog with a printed spine.

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2000

140 pages.

8.5 X 5.5 inches.

Graphic Design: Morgan Dodge

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2002

164 pages. 8.5 X 5.5 inches. Graphic Design: Morgan Dodge
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2007

172 pages.
8.5 X 5.5 inches.
Graphic Design: Morgan Dodge

This catalog was never printed but was used to email to customers.

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2007 Arhoolie Catalog
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After 2007 Arhoolie never published another detailed catalog.

Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco Music on Arhoolie Cassettes Vol. 1

Published C 1986

76 pages.

10.5 X 8 inches.

A supplement for the Arhoolie Cajun & Zydeco cassettes. Featuring liner notes, and song lyrics. Vol. 2 was never published.

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 Numerical catalogs and discographies.

Complete Numerical Catalog of Arhoolie LPs.

A listing of Arhoolie LPs with album covers, album titles, artists, and song titles. This listing is searchable. Click on image to view entire numerical

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Complete Arhoolie Records 45rpm Discography by Tom Ball

This discography is the work of musician and author Tom Ball who the Arhoolie Foundation thanks for taking the time to document this part of the Arhoolie Records history. Click to image to view the discography.

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The Arhoolie Occasional / The Lightning Express

In the early 1970s Arhoolie Records published a newspaper with articles, reprints of reviews, photos, and other information about the music and musicians on Arhoolie.

The Arhoolie Occasional Number 1

Published 1971

Editor: Chris Strachwitz

Graphic Design: Wayne Pope

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The Arhoolie Occasional Number 2

Published 1973

Editor: Jim Blodgett, Joel Selvin

 

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The Lightning Express

Incorporating the Arhoolie Occasional. No. 3

Published 1976

Editor: Hal Aigner

Cover Art: Robert Crumb

Layout: Bremm Lea Pearson.

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