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The story of Crown Records told in back slicks and record labels

Crown Records ran between the years 1957 to 1972, for a total of 15 years of incredible cheapness that  would become known by record collectors all over.
In 1957 Crown records started issuing budget records with backs that looked something like this.
An example of first label design 
The first stereo records usually had a little blurb on the back slick on the right or left side of the liner notes.
The first stereo records on Crown were pressed on red translucent vinyl.

By early 1961, Crown stopped issuing records with liner notes and began using a generic back slick, this same back slick was used up until 1964.

Between 1964-1972, this back slick was used with some of the feature albums swapped out for more current albums Crown issued. Sometime in the last couple years of the label some release featured this back.

Then in 1969 Crown changed to this last label style which was used until Crown folded in 1972.


  1. You can actually watch the fall of Crown Records by not only the album slicks they used, the quality of vinyl and the labels, but also in street addresses. Culver City then and now, is a pretty posh area, but their last address 5810 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA is smack dab in the middle of Compton, then and now, a pretty ugly place.....

    1. I never noticed that before! If I remember it right, Crown went bankrupt in the mid 60's, I belive they had to relocate when that happened, and when they did that they switched to using pretty girls or cowboys and those back slicks they used after 1964. That's what I think at least.