WOW, cover art!
SO cool! You can almost smell them…
Brilliant stuff! Have we heard any of these discs on Excavated Shellac or Opika P? Is there a systmatic study out there of record company iconography + who it was aimed at?
Thank you. There will be more. No, there is no systematic study – some sleeves are rarer than the discs themselves. But they were aimed at the consumer, in the intended regions, countries, shops, large and small.
And no, none of them make appearances on “Strings” or OP!
Many thanks. On the imagery, I was struck by how variable it is: from idealised scenes on the HMV Bantu sleeve to strictly calligraphic on the Sodwa. Obviously designed to help records sell, but it would be interesting to see how successful (or otherwise) a big company like HMV was in meeting local sensibilities vs. more local companies. Great that you have managed to source sleeves too – the whole package (music, label + sleeve) is fascinating + so rarely presented. Might we hear some of these in the future on the blog? I hope so!
Zonk! What beauties!
beautiful labels and the paper sleeves are almost as good
these are awesome, thanks!
just for the record (no pun intended), the rabbit brand label reads, approximately:
brand new songs, beautiful lyrics
international rhythms, recorded using radio technology
loud sound, clear listening, durable
for sale, wholesale and retail, at
the t. ngek chuan store
4-way intersection, banglamphu, pratumai, phranakhon”
You are lucky to have the record of Ahmad Al-Sheikh I don’t know if I have it, but this singer is great, he is on the list of my coming release “the early Syrian and Lebanese singers” of the beginning of the XXth century.
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