I'll make so assumptions:
- I assume you know some basic vinyl record terminology.
- I assume you have some experience with these records.
Features of the standard budget label jacket
- Back cover features little to no liner notes, and if it gives you some liner notes, the back slick will feature mostly a list of albums produced by that label.
- Liner notes are written less to inform, but more to sell the album to someone that is unsure about purchasing the record.
- The artist credit will be a generic or obviously fake name.
- The jackets will have generic photos, generic artwork, or a cheesecake photo (A picture of a pretty woman).
- Jackets will be cheaply made, they are prone to splitting and are often found split, The only exception to this rule are the albums made by Royale, Halo, and much of the Eli Oberstien owned labels,
- Famous "name" artists are in large letters and any "filler" artist is in much smaller letters, or not even mention at all.
- The album cover is exceptionally appealing, despite the fact the album contains easy listening music or the like.
This is an example of a pre-1957 budget release. Note the lack of a color photograph and the heavy emphasis on the artist.
The back of this particular record only lists other releases Royale releases, or in other words a catalog back…. a practice that only budget labels employed.
Let's try another 50's release.