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Those pics remind me of the days I used to go to the roller rink Togo skating and the ever visible DJ booth always had a few of those colored and unusual vinyls playing in the mix I always thought the sight of them spinning on the platter was a sight to behold
 
Arrived today. Limited edition splatter colored, 200 signed copies.


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(Clockwise from top left--Raul Malo, Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin and Jerry Dale McFadden.)
 
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Sweet Lizzy Project, Technicolor. A fantastic and stylistically varied album from a rock band formerly based in Cuba. Limited edition Technicolor-splattered vinyl which matches the cover art.
 
I am not sure but back in 1986, the Canadian group Glass Tiger released "The Thin Red Line" in 1986 which has the songs "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (duet with Bryan Adams), "Someday" & "I Will Be There" (also a duet with Bryan Adams) & the album was in silver!! Hard to say if Capitol Records reissued that album.
 
Now, here's an oddly colored record:

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I hinted at this one a week or two ago. I'll have more of a write-up on it once I get a spare moment to evaluate, and my new tubes come in from Uncle Kevvy.

Anyways, the vinyl isn't clear, and isn't fully opaque either. So you can partly see through it. These have a cloudy/milky appearance. This is supposed to be "Clarity Vinyl," whatever that means. It was kind of a silly period for Classic Records since they were nearing the end and started releasing some outrageous packages like the Clarity Vinyl series, which was an album cut at 45 RPM and pressed single-sided.

The single-sided records were etched on the flip side (I exaggerated the contrast so the etchings would appear):

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Now, here's an oddly colored record:

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I hinted at this one a week or two ago. I'll have more of a write-up on it once I get a spare moment to evaluate, and my new tubes come in from Uncle Kevvy.

Anyways, the vinyl isn't clear, and isn't fully opaque either. So you can partly see through it. These have a cloudy/milky appearance. This is supposed to be "Clarity Vinyl," whatever that means. It was kind of a silly period for Classic Records since they were nearing the end and started releasing some outrageous packages like the Clarity Vinyl series, which was an album cut at 45 RPM and pressed single-sided.

The single-sided records were etched on the flip side (I exaggerated the contrast so the etchings would appear):

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That Casino Royale Issue label is almost Spot on its missing the Columbia pictures and Screen gems credits under their logos but it appears they did a great job overall
 
That Casino Royale Issue label is almost Spot on its missing the Columbia pictures and Screen gems credits under their logos but it appears they did a great job overall
The reissue labels often try to go for as much authenticity as they legally can. And it's also odd how, in the case of RCA, some countries were able to use the Nipper logo, while others couldn't.

The reissue labels that bother me are the ones who use their own label designs. It's a minor annoyance and certainly much easier from a legal standpoint, but it still bugs me a little.
 
I recently bought a few records from Walmart, of all places... but among them are two records that I love the aesthetic of.

First is the clear vinyl of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, which I absolutely adore the aesthetic of as well as the sound quality.

Second is the white vinyl (disc 1) of Queen's Greatest Hits.

Other faves include the red and yellow Venus and Mars by Paul McCartney & Wings, and I got an exclusive translucent blue vinyl of James Taylor's Greatest Hits from Barnes & Noble a few years back. All sound superb.
 
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Blue Note is doing a limited series of albums remastered and pressed by Third Man Records in Detroit. Blue Note president Don Was is a native Detroiter, and for the first five titles, they chose five artists who originated in Detroit. This is the 313 Series, based on Detroit's original 313 area code.

The yellow-in-black "eclipse" pressing was available only from the Third Man store, which is where I bought my copy. Indie record stores also got a blue version, along with standard black. The white-in-blue "eclipse" version (representing Blue Note's blue and white record labels) was also available from Third Man, but is also being released by Blue Note through their own store within the coming week. Both "eclipse" versions are limited to 313 copies. The official colors of Third Man Records are black and yellow; the record label has that same yellow background for the traditional Blue Note lettering, and the "O" in Note is the Third Man logo.

Donald Byrd's Electric Byrd is one of those five, and the only one I'd be interested in picking up at the moment.

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To add to the above, my own copy looks like this. The yellow in the vinyl is a little difficult to color correct, but I got it as close as I could to the rich yellow that Third Man uses on their products. (Their store has a lot of similarly-colored merchandise.) Note how different both sides of the pressing are colored--this is caused by the small vinyl pellets being distributed differently within the "puck" from which the record is pressed. Side two does have more yellow than side one. Also, notice on the very bottom edge, slightly towards the left, are some stray yellow pellets that ended up drifting out to the side.

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The Blue Note label has the Third Man logo in the "O" of "NOTE". It is a modified circular version of the ellipsoid Third Man logo.

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Hype sticker for the series; the "Eclipse" label is how they mark these at the Third Man store, and you can see the Third Man logo in its original form on the sticker.

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The store itself is themed similarly...

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...as is the record pressing plant operation:

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Very cool. Did you visit the record plant?
I was close--there are large windows in the store that face into the plant, and I "borrowed" those photos (as I didn't have much time to look around the store). They do offer occasional tours though.

I visited Quality Record Pressing and Analogue Productions (aka Acoustic Sounds) in Salina, Kansas back in May, though, as a buddy of mine works there.
 
About 10 years ago, I was given a box of singles that had two Beatles records with colored vinyl. They were issued for jukeboxes only. One is blue and has The Long And Winding Road backed with For You Blue. It has a date of 1987. The other is pink and is Twist And Shout backed with There's A Place. I am guessing it is from the same time as the blue issue.
 
From a couple of Christmases ago, here's Amy Grant's "Coke Bottle Clear" vinyl of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. It was a limited pressing sold only in Cracker Barrel Restaurant stores. Originally on A&M and religious labels, it's now a "Capitol" product - but all under the UMe umbrella now anyway.

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And two Carpenters titles on colored vinyl have found their way into my collection. First is CARPENTERS COLLECTED on red clear vinyl:

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Then came the Royal Philharmonic albums on white vinyl:

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That's kind of odd that they are now calling it "Warner Records" instead of "Warner Bros. Records." And, what does "DTLA" mean? Downtown Los Angeles? (It used to say Burbank.)

I had Rumours on white vinyl. It was the only vinyl copy of it I ever had. I wasn't really into colored vinyl very much. But it looks cool!
 
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