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2/23/13

Fads and budget labels

In the 1960's they were quite a few musical fads, The Twist, hot rod records, Limbo, discotheque records, for example. The 1960's brought a new style to budget label marketing, generic music releases were put on the back burner and fad records replaced them. There were two kinds of budget fad cash-in records; one the label took older material with a similar style and just renamed the tracks, or option two used cheap studio musicians to record albums in the style of the fad. Regardless of what kind the fad record was, they're fun to collect and listen to!

Let's look at the Twist, the one of the first 60's dance fads. 

Bossa Nova
Limbo
The Hot Rod Craze: Records featuring car songs and the constant use recordings of cars peeling out, and other car related sounds in the background.




2/1/13

The Dave Clark Five on Crown Records!

The Dave Clark Five and The Playbacks.

To the playlist!
 The original 1964 release.
The second pressing was released in 1965 (CST-473/CLP-543). I guess the album sold so well that Crown just had to reissue the album. This is the last time  Fazzio's work was used on a Crown release.


This release (CST-644, no mono version) was most likely Crown's last issue ever. This album was released in 1972! Crown, like almost every budget label was folding because of changes in the market, and new copyright law that allowed song writers the right to prevent budget labels from using hit songs for knock off albums (which was the bread and butter of the budget record industry). However I have also read that the Bihari Brothers were having some problems (i.e disagreements) of their own. Because of this the Bihari Brothers budget record empire came to the end after its 15 year reign.