first line lists the label, catalog number, format (see below), country of
issue (see below), year of issue. The second line provides the album
title. Total Time is listed for those CDs where Charlie Christian appears on all
tracks. The tunes on the album are then listed in track order. Emboldened
recording dates, matrices, or track times indicate that the details differ
from incorrect data on the label and/or booklet.
Tunes on which Charles
solos or has a prominent role are listed in all-caps; those on which he is solely on
rhythm guitar are not; tracks on which CC does not appear are not listed.
Playing time for individual tracks (on the later entries) are those listed on
the liner notes or as detected by my CD player. Matrices are assigned to each take
by the studios at each session (usually)if no suffix is assigned, I have
used the last letters of the alphabet in the order they were recorded (if known)
with partial takes identified by lower-case letters and complete takes identified by capital
letters. Tracks noted as incomplete are those where a more complete recording is
known to existit does not necessarily mean they are partial recordingsthe
omitted parts are explained in the Solography and Tunes sections.
Track Time, when listed, is usually of the entire track for CDs and, for
LPs, it is usually the time listed on the label or cover. The actual time of
the music, adjusted for correct pitch, can be found in the “Tunes” section.