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  13th Oct 2011, 10:16 PM#21  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Looked more like migraine to me.

  14th Oct 2011, 9:46 AM#22  QUOTE  REPORT  
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  10th Nov 2011, 10:39 PM#23  QUOTE  REPORT  

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This is slightly off topic, but EMI has had some pretty ugly logos here in the states:

EMI is the label. ERG is EMI Record Group.

  10th Nov 2011, 10:40 PM#24  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Dr Doom wrote:


More Crusty Butt than Crested Butte!

  10th Nov 2011, 10:42 PM#25  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Dr Doom wrote:
TheJudge wrote:
I think this one's a runner:

It looks a lot better in a company sleeve.

Or possibly worse! as it's even more stripes but I kinda like it.

I think that watching that spin around the turntable might induce vomiting.

  4th Dec 2011, 1:02 PM#26  QUOTE  REPORT  

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My vote goes for MAM -- that label looks like it was put together in five minutes by someone with a sheet of Letraset.

Edited by Klepsie on 13th Feb 2012, 6:34 PM

  8th Dec 2011, 6:43 AM#27  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Klepsie wrote:
My vote goes for MAM -- that label looks like it was put together in five minutes by someone with a sheet of Letraset.

I think we might have a winner (?)
Gordon Mills had better taste in the artists he managed than a sense of design.
Or maybe not. I still think Gilbert O' Sullivan's "Alone Again Naturally" is still one of the most vomit-inducing recordings ever produced.

Edited by Bobzyeruncle on 8th Dec 2011, 6:44 AM

  13th Feb 2012, 6:31 PM#28  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Beat this!

  13th Feb 2012, 10:14 PM#29  QUOTE  REPORT  

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This one makes me think of a slice of brain tissue under a microscope.

  15th Feb 2012, 2:45 PM#30  QUOTE  REPORT  

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This one always struck me as a little uneccessary

Great tune tho'!

  17th Feb 2012, 1:47 AM#31  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Here's another one that looks as if they gave the office boy a sheet of Letraset and told him "you've got ten minutes to design a label for us". Look at the angle of those letters! Too wonky to even pretend to be a straight line, but not offset at enough of an angle to look as if it's deliberate:

  17th Feb 2012, 6:05 PM#32  QUOTE  REPORT  

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My vote goes to RAK, horrible, the stuff of childhood nightmare's, ugly charity shop style photo/painting, who thought that would make a nice record label, it doesn’t, burn it, throw it into hell. I used to watch the record spinning on the deck to see if it improved the design, it didn’t.

My second nomination is for Bell. If I paid 35p for a record back in the day, I want to see 5p worth of label design. At least the ugly design compliments the awful music.

  18th Feb 2012, 11:03 AM#33  QUOTE  REPORT  

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Welcome to 45cat.
Interesting to read your comment on the RAK label.

On 13 June last year I made a comment on the RAK label.
RAK 119
By the end of the day I had over 20 replies on the subject.

Again as with most things it's just a matter of personal taste.
Although it's always great to read someone with an opinion similar to yourself
and then you think, oh well it's not just me.

Anyway you certainly put your point over quite vociferously!
I wonder if any of our newer 45catters over the last six months have any thoughts on the subject.

Don't know if the Bell label bothers me too much, although I think I preferred the silver on black label as opposed to the black on silver label.


Edited by fabgear66 on 18th Feb 2012, 11:06 AM

  19th Feb 2012, 7:45 PM#34  QUOTE  REPORT  

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I've never really seen the point of this...

...small wonder the label didn't bother the chart compilers - it didn't exactly 'sell' itself, did it?

  19th Feb 2012, 9:59 PM#35  QUOTE  REPORT  
Juke Jules

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Funny how our tastes differ. That Sovereign has everything I want of a label, and I notice some members have chosen similar B+W labels as avatars (above). For a colourful picture label I always thought RAK was one of the best, but I know I'm in a minority there :erk:

  19th Feb 2012, 10:04 PM#36  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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I think generally I like any paper label, it's the injection moulded ones I detest. The only problem I have with RAK is that it's one of the most populous in charity shops! I do still however look for one that I haven't got and I would never pass up a demo whatever label.

Edited by Oakley Boys on 19th Feb 2012, 10:05 PM

  19th Feb 2012, 10:23 PM#37  QUOTE  REPORT  
Ade Macrow

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Oh, I LOVE the RAK label - a fine, strikingly unusual design. Never liked the Decca dark blue labels much, either with curved Decca headings or boxed logos. And the latter blue/white 'rays' type look was an abomination to this man's eyes....

  12th Mar 2012, 9:36 PM#38  QUOTE  REPORT  

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I don't mind the lion but can't stand the lines. It really interferes with the text.
I'm not a fan of yellow either.

  12th Mar 2012, 10:00 PM#39  QUOTE  REPORT  

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I know it's not a record, but it's the ugliest sleeve I ever saw.

  12th Mar 2012, 10:29 PM#40  QUOTE  REPORT  
Paul Vinyl

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Here's the discussion about Rak.I still think it's a good design better then most from the 1970's.

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