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Please enter recipient e-mail address es. But there's a reason TMR only presses tri-colors in limited quantities: they ain't cheap. Here's how that unique LP is made. All vinyl records are born from a master disc that's coated in a smooth lacquer and placed on a machine called a lathe. The lathe cuts a groove in the lacquer that corresponds to the music being recorded.
Once the lathe is finished cutting, the disc is covered in a layer of silver to form a hardened metal stamper that will be used to press the grooves into the vinyl albums. Enter the vinyl material: little vinyl pellets are poured into a hopper, or chute, which feeds them into an extruder.
The extruder melts the vinyl down into thick hockey puck-esque patties often called cakes or biscuits. Typically those pellets are black, but different chemical compounds can produce unique colors like Pepto Bismol pink or even transparent vinyl.
Solid colors or pellet mixes can be tossed into a hopper and extruded into biscuits just like black vinyl. For the print run of "Cosmos" colored records, United threw a small number of glow-in-the-dark vinyl pellets in with the black vinyl to simulate a starry night sky.
Finally, the biscuit and its labels top and bottom enters a press that exerts about tons of pressure using the metal stampers created for the A and B sides of the record; the label is actually pressed into the album to provide stability. The process from the creation of the biscuit to the pressing is entirely automated, which means black, solid color and blended vinyl albums are easy to manufacture. Segmented mixtures, like the tri-color, are more complicated to create. Once the pellets are extruded into biscuits, they're hand-sliced into pieces and reassembled into complete multi-color biscuits.
The biscuits have to be heated during that process to prevent them from hardening; once re-assembled, they're manually inserted into a press. According to Blackwell, the process of manually pressing a multi-colored vinyl adds about a dollar to the production cost. While Liberty issued records on both blue and red vinyl, the red vinyl pressings seem to be more common than the blue ones.
A short-lived record label from Columbus, Ohio, Bel Canto, arrived on the scene in the late s. Bel Canto was an odd label in a number of ways. First of all, they were located in Ohio, away from the music scenes on either coast. The company was owned by Thompson-Ramo-Woolridge later TRW , a company known as an aerospace company and defense contractor, not as an entertainment company. Even more odd was the fact that Bel Canto released all of their albums on colored vinyl and in stereo only, which was quite unusual at a time when more than nine records out of ten were sold in mono.
In the s, a few record companies, notably Columbia Records and their affiliated label, Epic, began pressing colored vinyl records for promotional use. The record company realized that radio station program managers often received dozens of records per month, and they wanted their product to stand out among them and perhaps get airplay as a result.
Colors of vinyl used were green, blue, red, yellow, purple and orange, though red was by far the color used most often. Columbia also pressed at least 14 colored vinyl albums for promotional use on red, yellow, blue, purple and green vinyl. Perhaps the most noteworthy among them were two different titles by Barbra Streisand — The Second Barbra Streisand Album was pressed on blue vinyl and Color Me Barbra was pressed on red vinyl.
Occasionally, starting in the s and continuing to the present day, other record labels have pressed some of their titles as colored vinyl records exclusively for promotional use. As a rule these rare pressings always sell for higher prices than their black vinyl counterparts that were sold in stores. The Chicago-based Chess label, which issued rhythm and blues records in the s and s, and its jazz subsidiary, Argo, pressed a number of titles on beautiful multicolored vinyl in the s as promotional items.
This vinyl compound was created in order to be more resistant to static electricity, and was intended to help prevent records from accumulating dust. Toshiba pressed red colored vinyl records from through early , though they often coexisted on the shelves with black vinyl pressings.
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WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Waltzes Piano Piano music. Similar Items. Having worked in multiple pressing plants and for multiple record labels, I can say that colored vinyl can sound just the same as black. Most all colored vinyl is pressed after the full run of black vinyl and occur on worn-out stampers.
The current backlogs for every step in the vinyl record process makes for sloppy or non-existent quality control — these problems of haste equally afflict all vinyl colors. I just go for a version with the best price. For example, you can find a barely-played 60s pressing of the soundtrack for a couple bucks…and often in dollar bins. Why do I need an expensive colored repress?! Thanks for letting people know! Some really low-grade vinyl sometimes looks brown but is actually black because the wax is so thin you can see through it.
In the end, it goes what people want. As a vinyl junkie and I can admit that. I like vinyl. I think coloured vinyl is great when it adds something to the understanding of the music or what the artist is trying to convey. When done thoughtfully and well, clever packaging and coloured vinyl can actually enhance the music and therefore the listening experience as a whole. So 2 pops with every spin …. Even the most pristine black vinyl cannot represent the music as accurately as can high-resolution digital.
Part of the fun for me is tracking down limited pressings, preferably on colored vinyl which I feel enhances the artistic design of the entire package and increases my enjoyment. To my knowledge, vinyl was changed to black to conceal the blemishes of the raw PVC. Whatever the reason, black is the standard to which median prices can generally be set whether it starts that way or not.
Which more or less proves your point that color makes zero difference. Do you have an example of a record being colored and it not being mentioned on the sleeve?
Vinyl is supposed to be black! At least give me the choice of not buying it! I hate it especially when the coloured vinyl makes no sense in terms of design. The White Album on blue vinyl. That kind of thing. Some indielabels have really nice designs where the colored vinyl is beautifully intergrated with the artwork on the sleeve. Although I would still prefer black if it is availabe.
Great read. Clear vinyl should always be cheaper than black and colors, yet it often gets priced higher in stores, and often this is paired with smaller pressing numbers. This highlights the real reason pricing pressings on Discogs is crapshoot:. Prior to this resurgence, perhaps you can justify talking as if most buyers were educated on this point.
The issue is marketing and the ignorance of vinyl buyers brought in on the resurgence wave. People are getting marketed out of more money for absolutely no reason. Color has zero to do with it anymore.
For some, the gimmick is the best part, and fair enough. I recommend googling the subject, there are many vinyl manufacturers online that will literally grade the typical degradation in sound by their color. Personally, I rip all of my vinyl using a certain turntable with a certain head cartridge with a certain tone arm and a certain platter using a certain pre-amp.
Do you listen to vinyl rips on Flac? Or do you like any Flac compression? It was mentioned by another user earlier that all colors are dependent upon the quality of the pressing as well, so your argument may reflect this.
Even black vinyl can sound like crap if not pressed correctly. It definitely seems a large number of these colored variants get bought in quantity so sellers can then flip them for a higher price. Thanks for those examples, those are awesome. It ceases to be about the music and becomes a race to just collect stuff. Oh boy. I can understand that black vinyl would have less noise then colored or picture discs.A gramophone record, LP, twelve-inch, a rekkid, disco plate, licorice pizza, black gold, wax, an album, a long playing-record or vinyl (which has no plural), call it what you want, we would love to press it for you. We press 12” on or grams, 10” on grams and our 7” has an average weight of 40 grams.