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    So, thanks to amidar & giantchicken for reminding me to do this, and pointing towards the pretty wonderful ST33 Art of the Vinyl Sleeve blog which had some interesting info on the World Record Club label:

    The World Record Club, which had begun life in the mid-50s (and remained) a mail-order only label, used generic sleeves in their early days, but later moved to full colour covers on which they spent a lot of effort to counter the perception of being a budget label. You joined up and got a monthly catalogue to browse (though there was one show store in London). Initially material was classical but they branched out to Easy Listening, Jazz and Pop. Because the records didn’t have to struggle for attention in shop racks, WRC developed a clean style much of their own, with bright photographs and illustrations – some very good, others less so. Once you’ve seen a few, you soon get to recognise the look, and although you only saw them back in the 60s and 70s if you were a WRC member, today a lot ore reaching the second hand market. Titles were generally quite plain in typographic terms. Back covers were always white with black text. The label had their own art director, and much of the cover material was specially commissioned. WRC also operated in America and Australia. The Australian WRC actually set up their own art policy and so most of their sleeves were unique (a book on these is in preparation in Australia and we will review it here as and when). In the mid-70s WRC was purchased by EMI who kept it going for some years.
    Well I first noticed them when I was getting back into records about five years ago and picked up this for the sleeve, which funnily enough is in ST33's banner.



    When I see them out shopping I don't tend to buy them unless they are very, very cheap as the music is not (always) the sort of thing I go for. However, a cursory inspection has indicated I have acquired a few. All of them have that bright, clean, spacey feel that appeals to me alot. Here are some I've just snapped now. Some are better than others, of course.

















    Finally, the sleeve that amidar (and I'm sure many others) picked up. Do add your own!
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    Nice one eine, great thread. Here's a couple of stock images of a couple I came across recently:

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    The seekers cover always makes me do a double take until I realise who it is and the Cy Grant didn't live up to its promise.
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    • #3
      Mind you, it wasn't all great, particularly on their 'Recorded Music Circle' classical wing. I picked this one up recently....



      ...like watching varnish dry...

      ...although it is handy for camouflaging any more embarassing albums I may own and inadvertently leave lying around...

      you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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      • #4
        Definitely a lot of terrible sleeves. The Lilac Time and the Swan Lake I posted are not good. They all have the same vibe though, and I like that. There is something heroic (possibly fasicst with a small f) about keeping regular mass production marching together.
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        • #5
          The Ketelby cover is great its a shame his compositions conjure up nothing like he implies in his titles. His Persian market sounds more like a rainy day on Rotheram market to me.

          Here's another I have although maybe more suited to the visual puns thread:

          Billy Daniels - The Daniels Touch

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            • #7


              Don Burrows Quartet - love this record and love the sleeve - a huge improvement on the EMI version
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              • #8


                Nice thread. This is my fave WRC cover - damn nice music as well...
                Last edited by IAN; 15-04-2016, 03:22 PM.

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                • #9
                  Couldn't agree more Ian - lovely record



                  Coltrane - Ballads
                  Another improvement on the original in my opinion
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                  • #10


                    Not so great sleeve - but the music is very worthwhile
                    "Record collecting is no mere hobby, no innocuous leisurely diversion. It is a feverish passion bordering on dementia, driving those under the influence to irrational, compulsive, fanatical extremes."

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                    • #11


                      Something more traditionally Vinyl Vulture friendly
                      "Record collecting is no mere hobby, no innocuous leisurely diversion. It is a feverish passion bordering on dementia, driving those under the influence to irrational, compulsive, fanatical extremes."

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                      • #12
                        Continuing on the jazz tip and another that is an improvement on the original cover. I actually let this go last week:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Expiry2011 View Post


                          Not so great sleeve - but the music is very worthwhile
                          I really like the sleeve, the sharp angle rush that suggests movement, the use of red and black, all says buy me for some action
                          some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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                          • #14


                            Swingin' On The Moon

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                            • #15


                              Never seen this one - but like it!

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