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How To Press A Record
Photographer Marco Walker documents the stages of how a record is pressed.
You seen how records are mastered, now see what happens when they’re pressed.
For a music format that exists on a microscopic level, perhaps the most intriguing thing about the way in which records are pressed is the sheer industrial and mechanical nature of the process. From growing stampers in chemical baths to shrink-wrapping the gatefold sleeves, the pressing of a record is at every stage both an incredibly physical and exact process.
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How To Press A Record

Photographer Marco Walker documents the stages of how a record is pressed.

You seen how records are mastered, now see what happens when they’re pressed.

For a music format that exists on a microscopic level, perhaps the most intriguing thing about the way in which records are pressed is the sheer industrial and mechanical nature of the process. From growing stampers in chemical baths to shrink-wrapping the gatefold sleeves, the pressing of a record is at every stage both an incredibly physical and exact process.

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Command Records Artwork

Command Records was founded in 1959 by Enoch Light (1905-1978). Light’s goal was to create recordings of the absolute highest quality that would take advantage of super advanced technical capabilities of 1950s/1960s home audio equipment.

I really love these vintage album cover.

TALKING STAMPS: TINY VINYL RECORD POSTAGE STAMPS THAT WERE PLAYABLE, 1972

Known as the “first talking stamps” in 1972, these tiny vinyl postage stamps from Bhutan were totally playable and when the needle was put on the record stamp you heard Bhutan’s national anthem and a capsule history of the nation. Talking stamps were thin plastic embossed records with removable back to expose the adhesive.

According to eBay, they’re highly collectable (an entire set is around $495.00) and even still legal for mailing use.

WFMU has a few samples of what these tiny vinyl stamps sound like. You can listen to them here.

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We Buy White Albums
15 August 2014 - 14 September 2014

FACT and Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) have joined forces to present Rutherford Chang’s collection of over 1,000 first-pressings of The Beatles’ White Album. Chang’s entire collection will be displayed in the format of a record store with two vital differences, only one album is displayed, and records are only bought not sold. Visitors are invited to browse and listen to copies of their choice. 

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  • We Buy White Albums
  • 15 August 2014 - 14 September 2014

FACT and Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) have joined forces to present Rutherford Chang’s collection of over 1,000 first-pressings of The Beatles’ White Album. Chang’s entire collection will be displayed in the format of a record store with two vital differences, only one album is displayed, and records are only bought not sold. Visitors are invited to browse and listen to copies of their choice. 

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Smoke Signals: A Collection Of Famous Album Covers Painted On Empty Gitanes Cigarette Packs