Sadly I don't have it to contribute, but there is one US single that beats them all - "Irving Gluck Twist" by Irving Gluck and the Irving Gluck Combo. Produced by Irving Gluck and Irving Gluck Jr., written by Irving Gluck and Irving Gluck Jr., co-published by Irving Gluck (BMI) and released on the Gluck label.
Must admit I do think the RAK label design is one of the ugliest designs ever. Suits me fine because I always flip past them since 99 times out a hundred it'll be something by Smokie, Hot Chocolate or Mud all of whom I can live happily without. Only RAK discs I like are the CCS and Cozy Powell ones.
Couldn't agree more about this label design... I've never liked it (probably because when I started collecting I was always looking for 60s records and this obviously isn't)... in fact I'm sure the only RAK record I have is RAK 327 (which hides nicely behind its picture sleeve!) so it must have put me off!
Oh and the yellow MGM label (unlike the similar Green Columbia, Red Parlophone etc) continued into the late 60s so you can't really know they are from a certain era... that one thows me! Never had a problem with the round Decca label but the boxed ones are a bit dull. It is odd that someone can love the Stateside 45 label but find the identical Columbia one dull... but then I do know what you mean... probably because the Columbia ones you find end up being Ken Dodd rather than The Pink Floyd!
It's not my web site but it is nearly all the info on the singles and albums that I sent to Benny some years ago. I have, about 3 months ago, sent him the images for the album ETAT 17 but they have still not appeared on his web site. I hope he is OK.
I have a photocopy of a page from a book years and years ago that has STAT 42 listed as "The Glass Band" but that can't be right as it is Mac Kissoon but the book also stated that STAT 46 was Showdown - What's Your Name" supposedly released under Polydor and then under WEA as STAT 52.
According to Dr Wayne Bickerton, chairman and founder of the label who kindly emailed me said that STAT 43, 45, 46, 47 and 49 of the Polydor era were never released. I sent Benny that info to update the listings. I think that needs to be done.
Now wether that means they were just not released officially and exist as demo's etc is another thing as I have STAT 25 by 2 different band names.
You will also see I get a mention at the bottom of the singles page for adding the missing info.
Sorry to go off topic here on a RAK record. By the way I paid homage at the RAK building about 3 years ago while working in London and also crossed the Abbey Road zebra crossing the same day.
The problem with being a completist, of course, is that the first 90% of a label's output can be found fairly reasonably, as long as you're patient (and not too hung up on 'mint only' condition).
The next 9.5% takes longer and consumes far more money, but can still be 'justified' (hee hee)
And the last 0.5% can cost as much as the rest put together :-)
Well done on RAK collection and all other RAK collectors.
I've just never liked the look of that label, just a personal choice thing, but the look of a label would certainly not put me of buying any record.
I've only been collecting London American records in a big way within the last year but have about a hundred so far, none of which have been bought for silly prices. Some admittedly are collection fillers at the moment until a better copy comes along. Mind you I do have a few duplicates, too many Roy Orbison.
The Rak label is one of my favourites too. It enjoyed an amazingly high ratio of hits to releases - certainly in its first few years of operation. Like others here I started by picking up its old hits for pennies in junk shops, and then filling in the blanks gradually, having set myself the task of acquiring Raks 101 to 200. About ten years ago I answered an ad in RC for a run of 50 or so Rak singles in that range - mainly demos but some issue copies too; I think it was a DJ, or maybe magazine reviewer, having a clear out. It worked out about £2 - £3 each. Most were in great condition.
I'm still looking out for 163 and 165; 124 and 145 don't exist, and 147 apparently does exist, but only as a demo! Has anyone seen one?
Since the good Doctor is out and about could you set up the EMI Special products PSR category, as it crossed quite a few of the EMI labels. It might need some thinking how to include it on the website.
That's one I'm still looking for RAK 137 I've been quite surprised at what I've found Demo's A-Side labels both sides etc it's just a case of persistent looking, but I had plenty of time on my hands back then.
bigtom I've now spent at least £5 for a single on ebay for a few so abit more then £90 :0)
A few years back when not working I used to look for records in charity shops and used to see RAK label records all the time, so I started collecting them trying not to pay more then 25p a single I got 100 different ones at that price or under then had to increase the price to 50p per single, from the 272 RAK records released I've found 230.
I should say that the 272 RAK realeases does not include the other releases like RAK REPLAY PSR etc athough I do collect them plus 12" & albums.
From RAK 101 to RAK 386 they used the boat paper label only the last 3 releases didn't use it.
I love the RAK label as well, having had some Suzi & Mud singles as a child at the time. I was knocked out when I saw my first RAK LP and saw that it had the same label - I imagined that they would only use the boat on the more 'throwaway' singles :-)
I did ponder collecting all of the RAK releases, but I can't see myself buying anything by Hot Chocolate (unless it's to complete my Apple collection), so that's a relief. Nice to see them continuing to use the paper label and boat motif through the 80s as well - e.g. on Kim Wilde's releases.
But back to the original question - yes, I do like certain label/company sleeve designs - Apple, Bus Stop, Harvest, Jam, Neighbourhood, radar, Red Bird, Regal Zonophone etc.
I don't like Pye pink and blue 60s labels though - very bland (leaving plenty of room for the WOL merchants...) and always get very grubby.
Mid/late-60s Fontana does it for me.
The post-62 black Columbia one (with the big '45' on it) is quite special too, but probably more for what was in the grooves.
I actually thought that the boxed Decca/London looked quite smart in a corporate sort of way.
Telegramsam: Thanks for your comments. CCS One of my fave discs also.
The yellow MGM I've always liked, probably because it's bright and you always know the artists are going to be of a particular era.
Must agree about the blandness look of Decca and I would also add black Columbia as well, although they both had a fair amount of great artists in the 60s. There are gems to be found amongst most labels, when you have the time to dig deep enough.
My favourite labels are London American and Stateside Silver & Black Print.
Also like Red Atlantic, Blue Stax, Black & Yellow Oriole and Pye International Red & Yellow. American Laurie label - like the design.
Immediate label - design very much of it's time and a good mix of artists.
I'm currently collecting singles on the Good Earth label. Don't particularly like the look of the label, but there was a small run of singles and I have four singles already, so it comes under my "Fill The Gaps" labels list.
Also under this listing are the EMI T.Rex/Marc singles of which I have about half a dozen. I'm not as fanatical about some artists as I used to be but I find that Marc Bolan & David Bowie fall into the category of if I see anything different or quirky with there name on it i.e. dvds, cds, vinyl I tend to consider making a purchase. Bought Bowies' Laughing Gnome at the weekend. Lots of people hate it, but I like it and that's what counts.
Nice question fabgear66. Though I've always really liked the RAK label - and Tap Turns On The Water was one of my fave discs of the time.
My favourite all time label is the black Fly label (I guess I am biased as a Marc fan). Other faves of mine, for no particular reason other than I've always loved them for the way they look are the green Columbia, the red Parlophone and the yellow MGM. I have also always liked the various Warner Brothers labels with the sole exception of the all orange W7 version.
Most disliked - oh that's really easy, I have hated the British Decca label for its blandness in all its forms. So much so that I even judged output that appeared on it and if I knew they were Decca acts I steered clear. Daft I know - but I really did.
Have you ever been flicking through boxes of singles in a hurry in a shop and your quick sorting system in your brain clicks in "to must look at that" & "can't be bothered looking at that" mode.
Obviously there are labels that relate to particular artists that you are after and there are just particular labels you require.
There are some labels I've always liked the look of and others I haven't.
In particular I've never liked the name or the look of the RAK label and the singles always seem to be Mud or Suzy Quatro. No offence to these artists whatsoever. Whereas the silver topped London American are a different kettle of fish.
I'll add a few of my likes and dislikes. Anybody else have any thoughts on the subject?