Those Blaster Bates comedy albums which turn up regularly in charity shops don’t really hold much interest sleeve wise. But I did like this label variation which Chris Meloche turned up in a Canadian charity shop (they call them thrift or goodwill stores over there – and unlike the UK, many still have boxes of vinyl). I’m not sure why the admittedly funny but often poorly recorded and heavy Cheshire accented after-dinner musings of a former explosives expert should attract the attentions of a small Canadian label, but they did – and Trans World, based in Montreal (at least between 1968 and 1979 when they folded), took up an option on a few of them.
Such a mad graphic mix – it almost looks like something from a mid-1980s 12″ dance label, especially the basic CMYK colours and fake tiger skin effect. But the label logo is straight Canadian world-expo ’60s style typography.
Chris only picked up the albums as he was interested in the UK original Big Ben label (home to Roy Harper’s debut album) about which very little seems to be known. I sent him back to grab another of these Canadian editions for me but someone had beaten him to it!