Trans World graphic overload

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!

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
This entry was posted in Labels. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s