Sun Surf and Steel

Sun Surf and Steel album cover.

This one has sat in my sleeve collection for a while. I picked it up as I liked the unusual stormy monochrome cover photo (credited to Max Cherrie, their leader), very unlike the usual sort of touristy idyll images of palm beaches which adorn most steel band albums. And no name or title either. So I was quite surprised when it turned out to be a British release by a reggae outfit called The Cherry Pickers, based in Manchester. Issued in 1975 on their own Custom Records label I assume it was sold at concerts although some of their recordings were repackaged by World Record Club at one point. The trio are still going too!
Who or what custom Records were I don’t know. Discogs reckons it was created by the band but in that case why is the catalogue number CR7737? I like the very home made looking label too.

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.
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