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Initial post: 23 Nov 2008 00:00:02 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
In 1976 I bought a numbered edition of The Streetwalkers 'Red Card' printed in red vinyl. Coloured vinyl seemed quite rare then. Does anyone know when it all started and with which albums?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 02:16:14 GMT
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MC Zaptone says:
Can't give you a definitive answer i'm afraid. There were a lot of coloured vinyl singles released during the 80's as a gimmick, but I know that from 1971 to about 75 a lot of records were pressed using recycled vinyl rather than virgin because of financial restraints so its possible that this was a way of disguising colour blemishes. I have a Stones bootleg from 1974 that is clear with red streaks that appear to run across the record apparently
an in joke about blood on the tracks (probably referring to Keefs habit or something).
good luck I would be interested to hear if anybody knows some more on the history .

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Posted on 22 Oct 2012 16:11:22 BDT
Coloured vinyl has been around for as long as the 45' vinyl record - they were originally colour-coded by genre, until the production costs of maintaining multiple colours became too high. The 70s was a renaissance, rather than the origin of the trend

Posted on 22 Oct 2012 17:36:36 BDT
easytiger says:
Well that's the end of that one SJH! Any knowledge on picture discs? I have 'Fun house' by The Stooges which is a picture disc with Iggy on it. Could this be available at the time of original release or would it be a reissue in the late 70's punk bandwagon?

Posted on 22 Oct 2012 18:00:26 BDT
Coloured vinyl from my own surviving few -

Wat about picture discs -

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 18:02:49 BDT
One of the problems with coloured vinyl was the hardness/durability of the pigemented vinyl. Some of the colours left the vinyl too soft for repeated listening on the average record player. The same problem "visited" the picture discs, all of which led to their general demise.

Posted on 22 Oct 2012 18:05:59 BDT
Here is a collection of vinyl covers that will get some pulses racing(or even skipping a beat) of all sorts of folks I never heard of before -

Posted on 22 Oct 2012 18:25:44 BDT
FDJ says:
The band Penetration's first album came out on clear vinyl and made the album almost unplayable and unlistenable !

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 23:02:20 BDT
Peter and the Test Tube Babies released a single that had been painted and dipped in sand, just to make sure.

The Durutti Columns first album had a sleeve, that was reputedly constructed by Joy Division, on the same label, which was made from 60 grade sandpaper that made it a bit of a loner on the old vinyl shelves.

Posted on 22 Oct 2012 23:23:19 BDT
I have a 12".....

,,,,single/EP that is white. Where does that fit in.

Posted on 22 Oct 2012 23:59:48 BDT
Lez Lee says:
I have a couple of very old 78s (one a 7") with adverts printed on them.

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 08:05:16 BDT
Collette says:
I've got a 12" white vinyl of Dio's "Rock & Roll Children". And a U.S. import of Hanoi Rocks "Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes..." album in see through orange.

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 10:27:46 BDT
The latest Flaming Lips album was produced in limited numbers on clear vinyl, filled with a dilute solution of the band members' blood. I think the trend has finally gone too far...

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 19:14:31 BDT
The first picture disc I heard about was Curved Air's debut album from, when was it, 1970? The first coloured vinyl album I bought was either Cheap Trick's live at Budokan album with a sticker on the cover describing it as 'limited edition in Kamikaze Yellow vinyl' (not very PC!) or The Dickies' 'The Incredible Shrinking Dickies' which was a very queasy orange - apparently with this one normal black copies were harder to find. I also remember buying Styx' 'Paradise Theater' album where the vinyl was laser-etched with the group's name for some reason.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2012 20:43:27 BDT
I had forgotten about the laser etched lps! Thanks, SCH.

Posted on 25 Oct 2012 15:03:37 BDT
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Posted on 26 Oct 2012 03:36:46 BDT
Wharf Rat says:
The first 45 rpm disc, Texarkana Baby by country-and-western singer Eddy Arnold, was issued by RCA in the US on 31 March 1949 and was pressed on green vinyl.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 11:10:28 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Re Styx - just got the album out, the etching has the band name and a border design which extends round the first two tracks on one side. Why do it? because they could (it didn't catch on), because they were past their peak and needed gimmicks (though it's a reasonably good if a tad overblown concept album).

Surely these gimmicks haven't gone too far if only the artist's blood has been incorporated into the vinyl, there are some many other bodily fluids (and solids) which could be used. Certainly the later Stones' albums may have included a significant quantity of 5h!te!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 11:13:17 BDT
Brown vinyl? Hmmmm

Split Enz also released a vinyl with all sorts of fancy laser etching on it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 11:20:49 BDT
Brass Neck says:
I wasn't referring to the colour Smitty!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 12:46:28 BDT
David E says:
I have the Styx album as well. I'm now assuming it isn't a collectors item and worth a small fortune

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 13:07:03 BDT
Seems to be going for about £10 on ebay. A *very* small fortune, sadly

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 13:34:02 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Here's a plan - buy up all the ones off ebay and when they're gone you can sell yours as a true rarity for, oooh, £11.50 maybe?

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 09:53:47 GMT
Elvis' last album, 'Moody Blue' came out in a dark blue collector's edition.
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