Category Archives: Crate Digging

Ready for stereo?

Back in 1968 when this advert appeared in Melody Maker, stereo was still a pricey upgrade for most pop music fans, and many were playing records on older mono record players even though the stereo format had been around for … Continue reading

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Classical sleeves

Three nice illustrated sleeves which I have stumbled across in recent months, all for classical music and issued in the 1950s and 1960s. The first cover design is a real work of art, produced for Columbia’s classical label in 1963 … Continue reading

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Christmas sleeve

I cannot trace James Russell & Co. This charming Christmas sleeve printed for their record department looks to be from the 1930s judging by the stylistic outline drawings of the man and woman who are carrying the letters which make … Continue reading

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Beresford’s Birmingham

This vintage paper bag turned up a few weeks ago at an antique shop, and for £3 I couldn’t resist. Lovingly crafted from brown paper with string handles, and complete with the HMV and Columbia record logos, it must be … Continue reading

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Binn’s department store

I kind of assumed Binn’s department stores must have sold gramophone players and records at some time, but this is the first 78 rpm bag featuring their name I have found. In fact the shop had three slightly different ones … Continue reading

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Records and railway tickets

Palmer, W. G. & Son, on the North End Road in Kensington apparently not only sold gramophone players, wireless sets, and of course 78 rpm records, but also acted as a ticket agency for all the London Theatres and even rail … Continue reading

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Latin Percussion

Latin via Hollywood that is. David Carroll specialised in fronting these percussive jazz / latin albums, and Mercury came up with a gatefold cover theme which incorporated six photographs of the cover model spread across front and back. They used … Continue reading

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Nine Inch Nails

I was told NIN would be worth a listen at the start of their career by Vince Chong, a friend in Canada, so was lucky enough to buy most of their early releases and see them on tour in the … Continue reading

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Horoscopo

Here’s another of those cheery Spanish vacation holiday album sleeves, this time from the Costa Brava. While back in Britain in 1973 we were purchasing Dark Side Of The Moon, Houses Of The Holy or Quadrophenia, over in Barcelona, Olympus … Continue reading

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The Old Grey Mare

A nice piece of social history, referencing popular music and showing the inside of a record department back in the day. Artist Brian Fitzpatrick joined the famous firm of Bamforth’s in 1954 and worked for them for twenty years. Although … Continue reading

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