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[Sunset Tower Records, Los Angeles] (1971)

Description: This color film captures one of Tower Records flagship stores, located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Tower Records was founded in 1960 in Sacramento and became an international business before closing in 2006. The record store helped revolutionize the music industry. The film was made by Sacramento City College professor Darrell Forney and shows customers shopping in the store in the evening.

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Recards - The Birthday Card that converts into a Record Player!

Convert the card into the record player and play the 7” vinyl that comes with the card, yes, vinyl included too!

I love this idea! If it would be up to me, I would change the actual music that’s on the 7”, but the idea itself is great. 

The Clash  (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais

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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