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12 inch die cuts

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 11, 2009 12:35pm | Post a Comment

The art of the 12" company sleeve can really be quite entertaining. The middle sleeve above is not a Big Beat sleeve-- does anyone out there know what company made these? The Alicia Bridges and Travolta sleeves below are not company sleeves, but are good examples of the disco die cut promotional sleeve popular in the early years of the 12". Experiments with the 12" single format began in 1974 and by 1975 a decent amount of promo 12"s had been released. Within a couple of years the 12" single would become the format of choice for promoting dance oriented tunes. By the 80's, 12" records were pressed for most every mainstream hit, dance oriented or not. Springsteen w/  "dub version" b-sides, etc.





Above we have a couple of die cut sleeves used to market LPs, not 12"s. Below there's a Russian example. This sleeve may have been used for either LPs or 12"s, but this particular release is a disco-ish LP.

K-Tel 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 13, 2008 12:30pm | Post a Comment

Another batch of awesome K-Tel goodies.  Check out the "Body Moves" label underneath the "Dance the Night Away" paste over label.  I wonder if it was just an attempt to up the sales or if "Body Moves" had some legal issues??  My favorite on this page is the Osmonds Kolob / K-Tel deal down in the last row...

















K-Tel Records part 1

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 10, 2008 10:37pm | Post a Comment


Kicked off in 1966 with a compilation of 25 country hits, K-Tel was a major force is the music industry year after year. It was founded by Canuck Philip Kives with money he earned selling Veg-O-Matics and Feather Touch knives he had marketed for Seymour Popeil.  Mr. Popeil's son went on to found Ronco, a company that offered similar products, musical and otherwise.  Specializing in compilation albums and quickie T.V. ads, the company moved some serious units.  With huge series releases such as the "Hooked on" records, the company was a major player in the music industry.  That series charted very high and went as late as '88 with the classic Hooked on House release.

Scary investments in Oil and Real Estate put the company in jeopardy, but regrouping and canny business moves pulled them out.  Expanding into dalliances with that evil siren "the internets," however, has put the company into perilous straits. Time will tell whether or not this prolific bunch will weather the storm...











Final October Favorites

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 31, 2007 10:00pm | Post a Comment


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APPY    ALL    HALLOWS    EVE


OK, so the day has finally arrived...All Hallows Eve...Devils Night...So my final three suggestions for listening pleasures this wicked evening are here as well...

First, I'll break ranks and suggest a compact disc.  Not just a compact disc but a compact disc single, CD5, whatever...In 1997, the visionaries @ K-Tel came up with the idea to release a novelty single for the Halloween season by none other than Chubby Checker...Maybe they had seen his half-time extravaganza with the Rockettes back in '88 and, that being pretty scary, they thought he could pull of the Halloween thing. The tracks- Doin' The Zombie, House of Horror, The Twist, & Screams From Beyond rival the Fat Boys collaboration on the scare-o-meter (of course none of these tracks come close to the Fat Boys collaboration that the Beach Boys did, or worse yet Mike Love's "Rock n Roll Again" LP where he helps butcher some older songs...check out "Walk Away Renee" by the Association, Midi/Yamaha DX7 frights from hell...anyhow I digress)




Next is an album I've selected purely for the cover. Don Shirley's "Orpheus in the Underworld" on Cadence Records, 1956...


Considering how polite and restrained Don's piano work is, his painting on the cover is quite surprising. Very wicked indeed.  A beautiful shellac original, in the future I will do a bit on Cadence Records. The label history is quite interesting and earlier releases such as this gives other labels known for their lavish packaging, such as Liberty and Atlantic, a run for their money...




Finally, we have "Barbara, the Grey Witch"...

Released sometime in the very early 70's on LA label DEA, this release bears similarities to the Louise Huebner classic in that there are incantations over crazed music and much 'feminist' power type talk.  I'm hoping that the Producer, Ed Hansen, is the same fellow who Directed Eroticize (the full nude workout VHS classic featuring Kitten Navidad, Phil do you have a copy?). My copy of this double LP has an axe mark (a little accident a couple of years ago) that makes one side unplayable, so I'll be accepting gifts of both Barbara and the Chubby Checker CD (as I only have a burn of that release). You can see where the axe hit the record on the front cover, below her left arm...I've got to go now,  enjoy your Samhain, however you must...